Several members of The Foxfield Railway took part in a photoshoot on Sunday 7th May
2017, in preparation for the publication later in the year of a children’s book “Bel
and the Kittens”.
The story concerns two local children, ten-year-old twins Sam and Samantha, and their
adventures on The Foxfield railway where they meet, amongst other friends, a magical
owl called Ee’boo in Wimberry Wood, and Zurfass, a mine-pixie (“knocker” in Staffordshire
folklore) from Foxfield colliery.
The children also befriend Barnabas Pyke who is the driver of “Bel” which is of course
the famous steam locomotive “Bellerophon” an old favourite on the Foxfield Railway.
And the Kittens? Well, you’ll have to read the book when it comes out to find out
who they are!
In the accompanying photographs, Sam and Samantha are played by Sebastian and Maisie
(Amanda Andrews Agency), two children who in real life live beside the Foxfield Railway
and are regular visitors. Barnabas Pyke is played by Foxfield’s very own Geoff Walker.
Ee’boo is played by Chocolate, a Eurasian Eagle Owl from Lower Moss Wildlife Hospital
courtesy of Ian Daniells.
It is hoped that proceeds from the book will help fund developments at The Foxfield
Railway and the Lower Moss Wildlife Hospital. A film based on the characters will
hopefully be produced next year, funding having been agreed in principle.
Themed educational events at Foxfield for local schools are also in the process of
being finalised, encompassing railway/industrial heritage and wildlife/conservation.
If anyone has a Co-op loyalty card, they are probably familiar with the Co-op Communities
Fund in which the Co-op gives 1% of everything members spend to certain chosen charities.
Until the end of June, the Knotty Coach Trust's Accessible Brake Coach is one of
those chosen causes and if members go to: https://membership.coop.co.uk/causes/10673/
they can choose us as the cause they would like their 1% to go to. It literally
only takes a few seconds, and it won't cost them a penny. 1% may not sound much,
but with enough people doing it, it can raise thousands.