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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


TVSG at Scoutrail 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


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


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


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


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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