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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 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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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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