St Alban’s South Signal Box

We’ve just returned from St Alban’s South Signal Box as part of Heritage Open Days 2011.  We’ve gone by it countless times on the train ‘down to London’ as they say but we had no idea that it’s open to the public.   In fact, it’s open every second Sunday of the month.  Do check the website for a full list of opening times.

‘Early in 2002 a group of St Alban’s residents decided that the signal box at the end of their road had been left to decay for 25 years too many.’

I highly recommend a visit.  It’s one of those hidden gems in St Alban’s.  I’m by no means a train spotter but I found it very interesting and my husband and daughter were enthralled.  We listened to a short talk about the restoration which included a demonstration of how it would have worked in action and then the kids got a chance to pull the levers, which would turn the signals on in the garden.

There’s also a historical exhibition on the ground floor and the gardens are lovely.

Do you know any other local gems I should look out for?


Bush Tales by Matthew R Jameson

Prior to agreeing to review Bush Tales by Matthew R Jameson, a multimedia collection of 12 stories rooted from the legends and Folklore of Africa performed by West End stars, I had a quick look at their website.  Madame was transfixed immediately, so I agreed.  We haven’t listened to the CD yet, as I’m too lazy to load it into I-tunes but we have read the Bush Baby Chorus Book and watched almost all of the stories on DVD.

I was a bit worried that the language was a bit beyond a 3 year old but this didn’t take away from her enjoyment.  She loves the musical scores and the beautiful illustrations. She keeps saying ‘I want to watch another one’.  My personal favourites are Unthinkably Pink and the Meerkat Muchachos.  It’s a wonderful way of introducing children to Classical Music, something which we may not have done otherwise.

I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on the Unthinkably Pink Bush Tale Games and Story Book app.  We had a small hiccup with I-tunes codes so I’ll have to get back to you on that one.

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