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Welcome to the Thames Valley Support Group

All members of the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway Trust share a passion for the railway and all are obviously anxious to see its continued ongoing success. However there are three difficulties that some members who reside beyond easy travelling distance of Woody Bay may encounter:

  • A difficulty of meeting other members of the L&BR Trust, who in time may well become good friends;
  • Finding a way and means of becoming an active member of the Trust whilst living some distance from the railway; and
  • Supporting and promoting the Railway at events near to their place of residence.

Many members want the satisfaction of doing something beyond the payment of an Annual Subscription, to overcome these difficulties, the Thames Valley Group of the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway Trust brings together those members who reside within the Thames Valley and the surrounding area for the purpose of promoting and supporting the Trust's efforts to restore, reopen and operate the railway in Devon.

This is achieved primarily by publicising the Railway at shows and exhibitions within our area. The Railway is now at a very exciting stage with so much ‘about to happen’ and we know that there are many people in the Thames Valley Area Group who are happy to ‘do their bit’ in various ways to support our railway from afar.

Mike Pearce
Leader of L & B R Thames Valley Support Group - Email


 

Thames Valley Group - LATEST

Apr
10

Spring has arrived, yet some days it seems like summer and on other days perhaps more like winter. I guess it is what we delight in referring to as 'British Weather'!

Since the last newsletter the Thames Valley Group stand has been visible at a number of events.

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Thames Valley Group - January Newsletter

Jan
29

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.

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Thames Valley Area Group meeting in Newbury – Saturday 19 November

Nov
23
2016

It was good to see so many Lynton & Barnstaple Railway (L&BR) members and non-members gather in Newbury Baptist Church Hall on the afternoon of Saturday 19 November. The attendance register showed that some folk had travelled from as far afield as Bristol, Corby, Hambledon and New Milton, such is the magnetism of the L&B! Newbury has proved to be a good location for these meetings, both for those travelling by car and for those using public transport.

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Thames Valley Group - an autumnal update and a reminder

Nov
17
2016

Just a quick reminder about the meeting in Newbury Baptist Church Hall this Saturday 19th November. Meeting starts at 2 pm - bring money to buy Calendars, Christmas Cards plus several other L&B items, be they for yourself or as presents for family and friends!


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Thames Valley Area Group Newsletter - Summer 2016

Jul
31
2016

At last, the weather of the past couple of days reminds me of what I think summer was like as a child. Still, the mix of sunshine and showers in recent weeks has apparently helped to encourage visitors in North Devon to visit Woody Bay, so that is good news!

The news in this newsletter is very much of future events, so do please mark the various dates in your diary. I look forward to seeing you at one or more of the venues.

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Thames Valley Area Group Newsletter - Spring 2016

Apr
11
2016

It is good to look out of the window and see the variety of flowers which are already in bloom and all the leaves which are suddenly making an appearance on trees and shrubs. It might not be very warm yet, but it certainly feels more like Spring than it did just a couple of weeks ago!

News items on the L&BR website tell us that visitor numbers are already up compared with 2015. We don't know what prompted those folk to visit Woody Bay, but we like to think some are the result of us talking to visitors to our stand at various exhibitions in recent months.

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L&BR TVG will be at BASINGSTOKE MRE 12 – 13 March

Mar
06
2016

This coming weekend, Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 March, the L&BR Thames Valley Group stand will be among the many displays at Basingstoke Model Railway Exhibition. The show will be found in the four large halls of Aldworth Science College, Basingstoke. Doors open at 10 am both days. This link  http://www.bnhmrs.hampshire.org.uk/exhibition/  gives more details of the venue and the exhibits.

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Thames Valley Support Group - Newbury Saturday 13th February

Feb
12
2016

This weekend Mike Pearce and the team will be at the annual exhibition of the Newbury Model Railway Club. Held at St Bartholomew's School on the Andover Road.

Click here for a map of how to find the school.

Opening times are from 10:00am to 4:30pm.

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Thames Valley Group Newsletter - January 2016

Jan
17
2016


With Christmas and New Year festivities now but a distant memory it is good to think ahead to all the exciting news we hope to hear about 'our railway' in 2016!

Members of the Thames Valley Group have already been 'out on the road', spreading the word about the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway. On Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 January our stand could be found at Kidlington Scoutrail.

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TVG at Kidlington Scoutrail January 9th & 10th

Jan
09
2016

Kidlington Scoutrail takes place in Exeter Hall, Kidlington on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 January 2016. Further details can be found here.

Among the exhibits will be found a live steam layout called Nockingbigg End. This layout is owned and maintained by a small group which includes L&BR members John Smith and Trevor Garnham - you may have seen the layout in the marquee at the 2015 Autumn Steam Gala at Woody Bay.

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