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Thames Valley Group - January Newsletter

Dear L&BR Supporter

All of a sudden we are almost at the end of January. Who knows where the time goes?

Earlier this month we took the Thames Valley Exhibition stand to Scoutrail at Kidlington. Many of the visitors to our stand have been to Woody Bay in the last couple of years and were very interested to discover how the proposed extension is faring. Many thanks to Roger Beazer and Colin Smith for setting up the stand and manning it on the Saturday and to John Elvin and Alan Pearce for their help on the Sunday.

Next weekend (Saturday 4 – Sunday 5 February) we have been invited to attend the Alton Model Railway Exhibition in Eggars School- click HERE for more details. This will be a first for us so we are looking forward to talking about the L&B to a new audience.

The following Saturday (11 February) we will be returning once again to the Newbury Model Railway Exhibition in St. Bartholomew’s School. Details of that show can be found by clicking HERE.

On Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 March we will be going to my local Model Railway Exhibition, at Aldworth Science College in Basingstoke. THIS LINK will take you to their webpage.

As always, if you visit any of those exhibitions do please say hello to the folk manning the L&B stand. It is always good to meet other L&B supporters.

Last, but certainly by no means least, do please make a note in your diary for Saturday 22 April. That is the date of the next TVG meeting in Newbury. We are very fortunate that our speaker for the afternoon will be Paul Gower. Back in 1979 Paul was one of the founding members of the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway Association - the fore-runner of the current L&BR Trust.

Paul told me that the title of his talk will be ‘The Lynton & Barnstaple Railway – a different view…’. This ‘view’ relates to the original design of the L&B back in the 1890’s. You might find you perhaps disagree with some of Paul’s view but you can be sure you will hear many fascinating facts and see pictures which you have not seen before, such is the extent of Paul’s knowledge of the L&B and the size of his collection of photographs of the railway.

The meeting will be in our usual venue, the hall of Newbury Baptist Church in Cheap Street - more details including a map and the postcode will be found HERE.

The meeting will start at 2.00 pm and continue until 4.30 pm.

The Church car park is quite small but there are several public car parks nearby. The bus station and railway station are just a few minutes walk from the Church.

Admission to the meeting is free. However, L&B books and other L&B items will be available to buy, so please bring some money with you!

The meeting is not restricted to L&B members, so please feel free to invite family and friends who might be interested in the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway. By the end of the afternoon they might even decide to become members!

If you don't really know Newbury then you might find this website useful to find somewhere to eat before or after the meeting.

Finally, once again I remind you how much information you will find about ‘our railway’ by looking at the L&B website. In particular, by clicking on the button labelled ‘For Online Members Page’ (halfway down the screen on the right hand side) you will discover things which non-members are not privileged to read. You do need to be ‘registered’ to get in there, but that is easily achieved by following the instructions on the screen.

I look forward to seeing you in Newbury on 22 April, perhaps even before that at one of the local shows!

Mike Pearce
Leader of the Thames Valley Area Group of the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway

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