Landmark Finger Post Vadalised

Vandalised Finger Board

Residents are positively enraged by the mindless damage to a local Wombourne landmark. The ornate and very symbolic wooden carved finger post which marks the crossing point between the Wombrook Walk and the South Staffordshire Railway Walk was discovered to have had it’s top half forcibly removed. (See red arrows indicating that the top half of the board was forced in one direction).

The original finger board was not only an example of an excellent wood carving, but it had been carefully produced following careful research into the local history, flora and fauna associated with the village of Wombourne. Carefully captured within its imagery was a representation of the endangered water vole, a protected mammal resident along the Wombrook.

Unfortunately a minority criminal element exists in the community, possessing little intelligence and contributing nothing but problems to it. The reader is left to imagine the level of punishment furious local villagers were suggesting should be given to the individuals responsible for the damage.

It is believed that the vandalism occurred sometime between Sunday 25th September and Thursday morning, 29th September. If you were walking in the vicinity during those dates, and saw something connected to this crime, please contact Staffordshire Police on 0300 123 4455.

Railway Walk: Signs of Autumn

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Seldom is a walk along the disused Railway Track dull or repetitive. There is often something new to see. Perhaps it is the regular, repetitive act of walking, running or cycling along the track that induces a sense of familiarity, and anything that wasn�__t there previously alerts the subconscious to the very presence of a different plant, or the sudden movement in the undergrowth caused by a foraging bird.

Squirrels and wood pigeons are an all too common sight, but attest to the �__health�__ of the particular environment that surrounds us.

Few cannot be amazed by the gradual changes that occur along both the Brook and the Railway Walk throughout the year, in keeping with the different seasons. Particularly striking recently was this splash of red (see the photograph above) prominent amongst the predominant greens of the trees lining the Railway Walk. Although other trees are starting to shed their leaves, this particular tree is most noticeable due to the striking flame red colour of its leaves.

Railway Walk: Wombourne Station.

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This was taken close to the old Wombourne Railway Station, which now serves teas on weekends during the warmer months of the year. The scene looks south along the Railway Walk-towards the centre of Wombourne. The Railway Walk is a very popular route for walkers, runners and cyclists, and is usually quite a busy thoroughfare on a Sunday.

Local athletics clubs make good use of it not only for training events, but several times a year stage triathlons along it, with the swimming stage being held at Wombourne Leisure Centre.

Do you know anything about the history of the Railway Walk? We’d welcome any information you have in the Comments section below!