Warmley Signal Box opens with Box of Delights Festival

Published on: 28 Aug 2013

The official opening of the newly refurbished Warmley Signal Box and the launch of the ‘Box of Delights Festival’. Chairman of South Gloucestershire Council, Cllr Ian Boulton will introduce Graham Darby, one of the last signalmen who worked at the Warmley Signal Box, as he arrives on a vintage bus. The opening and festival launch coincides with the ninety-fifth anniversary of the Signal Box and has a 1918 theme with organisers and guests dressed in period outfits.

Other attractions include miniature train rides, a traction engine, puppet shows, live music from local musicians, stalls and refreshments. There will also be a competition on the day to ‘name the signalman’ where visitors will be asked to suggest names for the two mannequins that are now resident in the Signal Box.

Visitors are invited to come in costume and can also take a free ride on the vintage bus that will run between the Warmley Signal Box and the Avon Valley Railway between 11am and 5pm.

WHEN/WHERE: 12pm, Sunday 1 September at Warmley Signal Box, London Road, Warmley, South Gloucestershire BS30 5JB

BACKGROUND: Built in 1918, the Warmley Signal Box is a Grade II listed building which was last used in 1968 as a freight railway. The building is on two levels and still has its original mechanisms, weights and levers. The Signal Box has just undergone a full refurbishment and now has electricity, lighting and a brand new viewing platform. It has a garden and there is also a free car park, toilets and a café nearby.

Cllr Ian Boulton, Chairman of South Gloucestershire Council, said: “This event will be a fantastic way to open the Warmley Signal Box which has just been fully restored in all its London Midland Railway glory. It is particularly fitting to have Graham Darby involved, who was one of the last signalmen to work on the railway when it ceased operating in 1968.”

The Warmley Signal Box is steeped in history and is centrally placed in the Warmley community. It sits on the Bristol to Bath Railway Path where it cuts across the London Road in Warmley, providing excellent accessibility for walkers, cyclists and drivers.

The Box of Delights Festival features a number of events at the Warmley Signal Box and is part of South Gloucestershire’s Discover Festival, which runs from 12 September to 1 November:

Business at the Box
Thursday 12 September, 12pm to 2pm and 4.30pm to 6.30pm
Drop in sessions to discover what the box can do for your business or event.

Greetings from Warmley
Saturday 21 September, 12pm to 4pm
Celebrate Warmley’s local history by sharing stories about the area and writing down your memories of the past on a postcard. All ages welcome.

Weekend of wheels
Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 September, 10.30am to 4pm
A weekend of bike related activities including a Dr Bike on hand to fix any poorly bikes, cheap helmets available to buy, our pedal powered smoothie bike, free eye tests, music and much more.

On Your Doorstep
Saturday 12 October, 11am to 3pm
Launch of the On Your Doorstep activity map that features recommendations for local guided walks and bike rides. Come along to be among the first to view the map and enjoy an evening of live music.

All aboard the Chatterbooks express
Saturday 19 October, 2.30 to 4pm (Suitable for ages 7 to 12 years)
Cadbury Heath Library bring their regular Chatterbooks session to the Signal Box, with a railway themed story and activities.

The nearby café will be open during these events.

For further information please contact Community Spaces on 01454 865877 or visit www.southglos.gov.uk/signalbox

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