WILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Thursday, January 3, 2019:#1) Pints & Pages At Pancho’s CantinaThe Wilmington Memorial Library is hosting its monthly Pints & Pages (social book club for 20 and 30-year-olds) meeting at 7pm at Pancho’s Cantina. Instead of discussing a particular book this month, meet up to share your latest favorite reads, watches & listens! Plus get great recommendations from others. Bring along at least two (books, movies, series, podcasts, etc.) to share! If you don’t have it in hand, that’s okay! Just remember the title. Register HERE.#2) Board Game Design For Teens At LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is hosting a Board Game Design workshop for teens. Have an idea for your own board game? Bring it to life! Over the course of six sessions, you will come to understand the process from start to finish through instruction by a professional board game designer, while you work on your projects at home. Space is limited. Grades 7-12. Registration is full, but there is a waiting list HERE.#3) Lego Building At LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding a Lego Building session from 3:45pm to 4:45pm. Build a unique LEGO creation. For Kindergarten & up! No registration required.#4) Drop-In Meditation At Wilmington LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is hosting a meditation class at 12:30pm. Join technology librarian Brad McKenna for his weekly drop-in meditation sessions. It will be a mixture of silent and guided meditations. The Insight Timer app will be used so you can continue your practice at home. No registration required.#5) Wilmington Recreation Commission MeetingThe Wilmington Recreation Commission meets at 5pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, September 5, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, July 11, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, September 3, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”
West Midlands Trains will be taking over from London Midland from December this year. The council said it pushed not only for the service to the capital to remain, but for improved connectivity to Birmingham from Stoke-on-Trent. Councillor Dave Conway, leader of the city council, said: “This announcement is a real win-win for the city’s residents and economy, it is great news. “Not only do we keep the popular connectivity to London Euston, but we also get a new hourly service to Birmingham, meaning improved services and more seats for travellers on what is an already extremely busy line. “As the UK’s 13th largest city, we deserve to be getting improved rail services, not reductions on what we already have. Stoke-on-Trent has been well connected by rail to London and Manchester in recent years, but we’ve always felt services to and from Birmingham could be improved. Read MoreAppeal as two miles of wire worth £90,000 stolen from Staffordshire railway tracks Councillor Daniel Jellyman, cabinet member for regeneration, transport and heritage, said: “For more than 12 months we have been involved in a lot of work behind the scenes to promote the city’s interests and make sure we get a great deal. “We’ve met with companies who were interested in taking on the franchise, including the successful operator, and explained to them how Stoke-on-Trent is a city moving forward, a city on the up, and what we would like to see in terms of improvements. “We also gave them evidence and examples of why it’s not only important but a good business decision to improve services between Stoke-on-Trent and Birmingham, and the talks were very productive and open between both sides. “We’re aware of the recent reports which have been in the media and the concerns expressed by passengers and residents, and although we could not say anything publicly until now, in the background we’ve been continually fighting the city’s corner and we’re delighted with the outcome.” Read MoreBogus HS2 officials target Staffordshire farmers He added: “To see the current level of service to the capital maintained, and a new hourly train to Birmingham introduced, is a really positive result for our residents and businesses in the city. We couldn’t be happier.” The new franchise is set to start in December 2017, with the first timetable changes taking place a year later. The Sentinel first revealed Alsager, Kidsgrove and Stone might lose their direct service to London under the plans in January 2016. Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA council has welcomed the news that a direct rail service to London will be maintained when a franchise changes hands – bringing with it a new hourly train to Birmingham. Last week West Midlands Trains Ltd confirmed there will still be a direct service from Stoke-on-Trent to London Euston on the franchise’s routes from December 2018. The company is taking over the franchise from London Midland, which has run a train from the Potteries to the capital for 10 years. Other stations in the area, including Stone, Kidsgrove and Alsager looked set to lose their direct train to London – with passengers having to change at Stafford to continue down to the capital – while the only direct trains from Stoke-on-Trent to Euston would be the twice-hourly Virgin Trains services. Stoke-on-Trent City Council today said it had been talks with companies bidding for the franchise for more than 12 months in the run up the announcement.