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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 Group at Basingstoke MRE this weekend

Mar
14
2015

TVG will be taking its stand to the Basingstoke MRE this weekend.

Please will any members at the show introduce themselves to the those manning our stand as it is always good to be able to put names to faces.

Mike Pearce

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Kidlington Scoutrail 2015

Jan
11
2015

The weekend 4th – 5th January saw the first outing of 2015 for the exhibition stand and sales table of the Thames Valley Group.

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Thames Valley Report: Fawley Hill Show

May
28
2014

During the weekend of 17/18th May The Lynton & Barnstaple Railway was just one of the many groups with a stand at the Fawley Hill Show. See HERE for details of what you missed if you were unable to get there and to remind you of what you saw if you were able to make a visit.

Many thanks to Robin and Angela Horne for setting up and manning the stand – they even camped under canvas for the whole weekend, such is their dedication to ‘our railway’!

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Thames Valley Group Spring Newsletter

May
02
2014

Dear L & B Supporter

My continued commitment to family matters means the activities of the Thames Valley Group are still somewhat limited. In particular I am conscious it is some months since we have had a group meeting in Newbury. However, I am pleased to be able to report that in recent months various members of the group have been out and about promoting the L & B.

RECENT EVENTS

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Thames Valley Group Basingstoke Exhibition

Mar
16
2014

For the weekend of 8th & 9th of March members of the L&B Thames Valley Group took our display stand and sales table to the Basingstoke Model Railway Exhibition. Other than London, this is regarded as the biggest and best model railway exhibition in the South of England with more than 2000 visitors during the weekend.

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TVSG at Scoutrail 2014

Jan
09
2014

ScoutRail is a Model Railway exhibition run by the 33rd Oxford (Kidlington) Scout Group. Held in 2014 at Exeter Hall in Kidlington on the 4th & 5th January.

Nockingbigg End, The 16NGM Abingdon Group layout was displayed. Seven operators ran a variety of 16mm Locos and Rolling Stock over the weekend, including an impressive representation of the L&B.

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Thames Valley Group Meeting 19th October

Oct
15
2013

For those of you within striking distance of Newbury you are welcome to come to the next meeting of the L&B Thames Valley Group this Saturday (19th October) when Peter Miles, L&B Chairman will be present.

The meeting is open to all, not just to L&B members. As well as having the opportunity to learn more of recent progress you will also have the chance to buy various L&B merchandise and see some of Trevor Garnham's films. The meeting will start at 2.00 pm.

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Thames Valley Area Group Newsletter

Sep
19
2013

Thames Valley Area Group - 2013 Autumn Newsletter

I realise some months have elapsed since the last Thames Valley newsletter. Unfortunately, much of my time nowadays is spent caring for an aged parent and this leaves very little time for L&B matters. This was not something I envisaged when just one year ago I agreed to take over from Chris Ward as Leader of the Thames Valley Group and obviously has implications for operating the Thames Valley Group about which please read below for more details.

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Thames Valley Group at the Basingstoke Model Railway Exhibition

Mar
14
2013

This weekend, members of the Thames Valley Support Group took our stand to the Basingstoke Model Railway Exhibition. We talked to lots of people, but do not yet know if one of them was the benevolent benefactor we were seeking for our railway!

However, we discovered that many of them do know of the L&B and some of them have visited the railway. Many indicated they hope to visit in time to come. All in all we felt we had generated or re-generated interest in Woody Bay and all that place represents to us.

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Here is an Archive of past Thames Valley Group News

Dec
12
2012

December 2012

Thames Valley Group Newsletter No. 16 is now online! Download it (as a PDF file) HERE!

September 2012

Thames Valley Group Newsletter No. 15 is now online! Download it (as a PDF file) HERE!

July 2012

Thames Valley Group Newsletter No. 14 is now online! Download it (as a PDF file) HERE!

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