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L&BR Thames Valley Group - Autumn News


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

I start by reminding you of the forthcoming meeting of the L&BR Thames Valley Group on Saturday 17 October. The meeting will start at 2.00 pm. The venue is the hall at Newbury Baptist Church, Cheap Street, Newbury RG14 5DD. This page shows a useful map.

The Church car park is quite small so provided you are sufficiently mobile I suggest you make use of one of the local public car parks. You might even decide to visit the local shops and restaurants before coming to the meeting!

We are fortunate to have two guest speakers, namely Peter Miles (Chairman of the L&BR Trust) and Mike Buse (Chairman of Exmoor Associates).  As both speakers will be travelling some distance to be with us, do please come and find out more about the progress currently being made to reinstate what we regard as 'our railway'. I am sure you will have many questions for both of them!

Recent activities

During the first weekend in September the L&B TVG stand was in evidence at the Andover Model Railway Club Exhibition. This was the first time we have been to that event and I very much hope it won't be the last. The organisers made us very welcome and we all felt the time spent talking to visitors was very useful.

Thanks to my brother, Alan, for his help on the Saturday and to Sue and John Ablett and to Alan for their help on the Sunday.

The first weekend in October we took the stand to Fareham Model Railway Exhibition. This was the first time we had been so far south from the normal stomping ground of the Thames Valley Group. We spoke with many people who knew nothing of the 'renewed' L&B, but we also found many who had been to Woody Bay in the past year or so and who were looking forward to their next visit. All were greatly impressed to hear we have recently submitted the planning application to extend from one mile to five and a half miles!

Many thanks to Jerry Oakey, John Jones, Chris King-Smith, Richard Bullock and Roger Beazer for all their help over the weekend. At times we had four people manning the stand who were all engaged in conversations with visitors while yet more visitors were looking at the display. The journey south was well worth the effort!

I look forward to seeing you at Newbury on 17 October.

Mike Pearce

Leader Thames Valley Support Group of the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway

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