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Thames Valley Newsletter September 2018

This from Mike Pearce:

When I stepped outside my backdoor before breakfast this morning I thought how autumnal it is starting to look and feel. The summer bedding plants are now past their best and the air temperature was noticeably lower than it has been for some months. Leaves are starting to fall from the trees.

However, although autumn is on the way the year 2018 still has much to offer for those who love the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway!

The Autumn Gala is just a few days away, on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 September. Please click here to read more details about the Gala.

I understand that many hotels and B&Bs in Lynton & Lynmouth are already fully booked for that weekend. If you have yet to book your accommodation you might find this website useful. If you prefer to phone the TIC their number is 01598 752275.


I turn now to more local L&B events

In June I gave an illustrated talk about the L&B to a group of Mid-Hants Railway members. It was good to discover that many of them had been to Woody Bay and had enjoyed that experience. Even if they had yet to visit, they all seemed to enjoy hearing about the L&B. They also bought some L&B merchandise which is all good publicity for our railway!

At the start of September we took the Thames Valley Group L&B stand to Andover Model Railway Exhibition. Thanks are due to Roger Beazer, John Jones and Alan Pearce for their help that weekend. We talked with many visitors and all were pleased to hear of the progress being made with the proposed extension of the line to Wistlandpound.

The TVG exhibition stand will next be in evidence at the Watercress Line Steam Gala from Friday 19 to Sunday 21 October. If you go to that event do please come and see us and introduce yourself to us – it is good to meet other L&B supporters. We will be in the viewing gallery of the carriage shed at Ropley Station, just by the ‘Harry Potter’ footbridge.

The very next Saturday (27 October) we have been invited to take the stand to Newbury Model Railway Exhibition. Once again, do please say hello to us if you go there.


You are then invited to the L&B Thames Valley Group meeting in Newbury on Saturday 3 November. Our speaker that afternoon will be L&B Trustee Ian Cowling.

As I expect you know, Ian was very much the driving force behind the successful L&B Planning Applications for the extension of the line. It will be good to hear about the reality of that mammoth task and to learn about progress with the application for the Transport and Works Order from Parliament.

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 do remember to bring some money with you. If you wish to pre-order items to collect at the meeting then please send me an email before I go to Devon for the Gala weekend.

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.

I look forward to seeing you at the Newbury meeting on Saturday 3 November.

Mike Pearce

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

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