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Thames Valley Group

Welcome to the Thames Valley Support Group

The Thames Valley Group’s activities take place mainly within a 30 – 40 mile radius of Basingstoke .

Twice a year we have an area group meeting in Newbury and look to invite a guest speaker.  Past guests have included the L&BR Trust and Company Chairman and the Chairman of Exmoor Associates. (Read more about Exmoor Associates HERE).  Our meetings enable attendees to hear the latest news about the railway and to ask questions directly of the management. Attendees also have the opportunity to meet other members and to purchase L&B merchandise. These meetings are also open to non L&BR Trust members in the hope that they will decide to join us. The meeting-room is just a short walk from Newbury rail and bus stations.

We have an Exhibition and Sales Stand which we take to Model Railway Exhibitions and other venues such as the Didcot Railway Centre and the Mid Hants Railway. Members are encouraged to help man the stand, especially if it is at a venue close to where they live.

As well as telling visitors all about the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway we suggest that they become members of the L&BR Trust.  We also do our best to encourage them to take a short break or holiday on Exmoor and to visit Lynton and Lynmouth and, of course, to take a ride on ‘our railway’ whilst there.

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


 

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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Thames Valley Support Group – End of Season Update

Oct
31
2015

We gathered in the hall of Newbury Baptist Church on Saturday 17 October. Most were L&BR Trust members although some were not. However, they all shared a common interest, the resurgent Lynton and Barnstaple Railway!

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L&BR Thames Valley Group - Autumn News

Oct
07
2015

 

Looking out of my window today many of the trees do suddenly look distinctly autumnal and everywhere looks very wet. How fortunate we were with the weather for the Autumn Gala, just a week or so ago!

Imminent date in your diary

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Thames Valley Group Newsletter - Summer 2015

Aug
26
2015

L&B TVG Newsletter Summer 2015

“Summer? What summer?”, I hear you cry. As L&B supporters we must always be optimistic, especially when it comes to the weather!

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L&BR TVG at Didcot Railway Centre

May
08
2015

L&BR 'on show' at Didcot Railway Centre

The L&BR Thames Valley Group stand was 'on show' at the Didcot Railway Centre during the recent Bank Holiday weekend. It was great to be able to tell visitors to our stand all about the recent public consultation exhibition and that the the planning application documents will be submitted in the next few weeks.

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Thames Valley Group - Spring Newsletter

Apr
20
2015

How good it is to look out of the window and see sunshine and spring flowers. The arrival of warmer days and more hours of daylight makes one want to get down to North Devon and to once again marvel at the view from the platform of Woody Bay Station while waiting for the next train to arrive!


The year to date

Members of the L&BR Thames Valley Group have already taken our stand to three different exhibitions this year.

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