Worcestershire Snow Watch


Brrr it’s so cold – I dared venture out for a play date earlier but that’s it.

For those of you not so lucky to be off work or school I though it would be useful to do a snow watch with school and transport news plus any other useful information.

Schools closures on Friday 2nd March

Abbey Park First & Nursery School

Alvechurch CE Middle School

Alcester Academy

Arrow Vale RSA Academy

Ashton-under-Hill First School

Aston Fields Middle School

Astwood Bank First School

Badsey First School

Batchley First School

Belbroughton CE Primary School

Birchensale Middle School

Bishop Perowne CE College

Bredon Hill Middle School

Catshill Middle School

Charford First School

Cherry Orchard Primary School

Church Hill Middle School

Claines CE Primary School

Colmers School and Sixth Form

Crabs Cross Academy

Crown Meadow First School

Dines Green Primary School

Dodford First School

Droitwich Spa High School & Sixth Form Centre

Fairfield First School

Finstall First School

Flyford Flavell First School

Hagley Primary School

Hanley Swan St Gabriel’s and St Mary’s CE Primary School in Upton, will be closed due to having no water.

Hartlebury CE Primary School

Heart of Worcestershire College, all sites will be closed to staff and students.

Ipsley school

Leigh and Bransford Primary School

Lickey End First school

Matchborough School

Moons Moat First School

North Bromsgrove High School

Norton College, Worcester

Nunnery Wood High School

Nunnery Wood Primary School

Parkside School

Oakhill First School

Offenham CE First School

Offmore Primary School

Oldbury Park Primary School

Ombersley Endowed First School

Overbury CE First School

Parkside Middle School

Redditch college

Sidemoor First School & Nursery

South Bromsgrove High School

St Bartholomew’s CE Primary School

St Egwin’s CE Middle School

St John’s CE Primary School

St Kenelm’s CE Primary School

St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Broadway

St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Evesham

St Oswald’s CE Primary School

St Peter’s Catholic First School, Bromsgrove

St Peter’s Droitwich CE Academy

Stoke Prior First School

Stourport Primary School

Studley – all schools

Sytchampton Endowed Primary School

Tardebigge First School

Tenacres First School

The Coppice Primary School

The Stourport High School & VI Form College

Tudor Grange Academy Redditch

Webheath First School Academy

Westacre School

Westlands First School

West Malvern School

Whittington CE Primary School

Wilden All Saints’ CE Primary School

Witton Middle School

Woodrow School

Woodfield School

Woodrush High School

Wyre Forest School

For more on school closures see Worcestershire County Council’s website

Play and support group closures

Due to adverse weather conditions all fridays Worcestershire health and care trust breastfeeding support groups are cancelled. For breastfeeding support and information please contact the National Breastfeeding helpline 0300 100 0212. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Baby Latte @ the Hive tomorrow is CANCELLED due to the adverse weather conditions. If you need support and your baby is less than 6 weeks old please phone your breastfeeding support worker or midwife. If over 6 weeks contact your HV or the telephone advisory service on 0300 123 9551. You can also pm me. The next group in Worcester is on Tuesday at Saffron Children’s centre 10-11.30.

Water babies. ☃️ SNOW UPDATE ☃️ Due to School & Venue Closures Lessons have been cancelled as followed for Friday 2nd & Saturday 3rd March 2018.

Croft Prep School – Fri 2.3.18 & Sat 3.3.18
Wyre Forest School – Fri 2.3.18
Broad Meadow Farm – Fri 2.3.18
Point 4 – Sat 3.3.18

Craft Cooks, Worcester. No classes on 02 March.

Messy Play at Batchley cancelled on 02 March

Stagecoach, Redditch – classes suspended on 02 March


Birmingham Airport

Flights are operating but many flights have been cancelled including to Ireland and mainland Europe. Check with the airport before traveling.


Transport Update:
Diamond Buses
Many services are likely to be heavily disrupted due to the current weather conditions, we are trying to stick to planned routes and times where possible. Your patience is very much appreciated, and please take care.

The following services will not be operating 2 March until further notice:
55 70 36 62 47 48 S2 S3 S11 S15 88 30, 28A and 247. The 75 will run but will be a limited service. Stratford services. 229,19,27 also suspended.
NB: All other services (unless listed) are running, however expect delays whilst we get to your stop. Safety first as drivers will be manoeuvring along the icy roads.

Kidderminster Service Update 09:00: Good morning due to unsafe road conditions we are unable to operate the… https://t.co/ZFUC9nAgHi

First Worcester.

Due to extreme weather overnight First Worcester services are still suspended. We are currently running road tests and will update as soon as possible


West Midlands Railway:

Trains are currently being disrupted on the following routes:

  • Trains between Birmingham New Street and Longbridge / Barnt Green are now able to run but at a significantly reduced level
  • No trains between Hereford and Birmingham New Street
  • A significantly reduced service between Worcester Shrub Hill and Stratford-upon-Avon
  • A significantly reduced service between Birmingham New Street and Lichfield
  • There is currently no service to Alvechurch or Redditch

Chiltern Railways

Trains across the Chiltern Railways network are subject to short notice cancellations or delays of up to 30 minutes.

Please note: No Chiltern Railways services will be able to operate between Oxford and Oxford Parkway today. It is very unlikely that road transport will be available.

A number of Train Operating Companies have issued warnings of service changes, or disruption to your journey.
We strongly advise you check before your travel using the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner or Live Departure Boards and allow extra time for your journey


Update from Worcestershire highways on 02 March:

We’ve been battling conditions all night – please do not travel this morning unless essential – if travelling please take extreme care – drifting snow is still blowing onto roads due to windy conditions

There are 2 RTCs northbound on the M40 from J15 northwards, Entry onto M42 north is closed, 3 RTCs southwards after J15 with lots of lanes closed. Its very windy in parts with patches of ice (updated at 08:00 02 March)

A435, Birmingham Road, towards Coughton and Alcester is CLOSED!! (Updated at 09:00 2nd March)

Worcestershire County Council


Your care provider will have a contingency plan for bad weather and disruption. If you have any concerns during this spell of bad weather please contact your care provider.

For any other concerns about the health or welfare of an older family member, friend or neighbour call 01905 768053 for immediate help and intervention. Calls answered 24/7.

Children’s centres

ALL children’s centres in Worcester, Malvern & Droitwich are closed 02 March due to the adverse weather!

Gritting Routes

The latest gritting routes can be found on Worcestershire County Council’s website


Due to the weather conditions Alvechurch Library will be closed tomorrow and courses cancelled. We will be in contact with any learners booked on courses that were due take place.

Upton Library is closed on Friday 2 March

Catshill Library is closed on Friday 2 March

Rubbish Collections

No collections in Kidderminster until Monday.

No collections in Bromsgrove on Friday 2 March

No collections in Worcester on Friday 2 March

Update from Malvern Hills DC: Most rubbish/recycling collections will not take place today although some crews have gone out. If we do not get to you today please leave out double on your next scheduled collection day. This also applies if we were unable to get to you earlier in the week due to ice. https://t.co/PuPRV07sKN

Update from Redditch Council: Brr! We’re attempting to collect bins where possible today, whilst avoiding risks to ourselves and you. There may be areas where we are unable to collect. Look out for more updates later. https://t.co/KL4sgfpxeK

Update from Wychavon Council: Due to the snow and icy conditions NO bin collections will take place today. Apologies for the inconvenience caused, but this cancellation is for your safety. Staff are clearing footpaths instead.
Please leave your bins out and we will collect as soon as it is safe to do so.

All Household Recycling Centres in Worcestershire will be closed today.

News and other closures

A litter pick in Evesham organised by the town council has been cancelled due to the snow. The litter pick for the Great British Spring Clean will have new dates published shortly. It was due to take place on Saturday.

Baddesley Clinton is closed on Friday 2nd March

Croome NT is closed on Friday 2nd March

West Midlands Safari Park is closed Friday 2nd March

Abbey Stadium – closed on Friday 2 March.

Hanbury Hall is closed on 2nd March

Worcestershire County Museum is closed on 2nd March

Arley Aboretum is closed 2nd March

360 Play is closed Friday 2 March