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Saturday/Sunday 4 - 5 January : L&B TVG at Kidlington Scoutrail

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The L&BR Thames Valley Group took their stand to Kidlington Scoutrail for the two day model railway show on the weekend 4 - 5 January. The exhibition is organised as a fund raising venture by the 33rd Oxford (Kidlington) Scout Group - you will find more details at

1. L&B members Trevor Garnham and John Smith were also at the show with their live steam garden railway layout Nockingbigg End. (Photo by Scoutrail)

There is always a delightful atmosphere in Exeter Hall when Scoutrail is on. Many families attend with children of all ages, some plus grandparents. The show comes at the start of a new year and most folk are pleased to have an event which puts Christmas firmly in the past and encourages us all to look forward to what we might do in the months which lie ahead.

From the TVG perspective this is great! We are aiming to tell folk all about the delights of Exmoor, Lynton & Lynmouth and in particular the pleasure they will discover if they fit in a visit to Woody Bay during the forthcoming year.

As is often the case at such events, we had many conversations with people who have been to Woody Bay in the past and it was good to hear them say how much they had enjoyed their visit. Needless to say we encourage them to pay another visit and thus discover what has happened since they were last there, such as the arrival of LYN and the five heritage carriages.

In some ways it is even better when we get to talk with those who know absolutely nothing about the L&B. It was amazing to discover just how many of the visitors to our stand holiday in the Woolacombe area year after year but have never ventured over to Woody Bay. We very much hope that our various conversations during the weekend will have persuaded some of them to drive over and see what the L&B has to offer to all.

Thanks are due to Roger Beazer and Colin Smith for setting up the TVG stand on Friday evening and then manning it all day on Saturday.

1. This photo (taken by Colin) shows Roger putting a customer's L&B merchandise into a carrier bag. Nockingbigg End can be seen in the background.

2. On Sunday John Elvin plus Alan and Mike Pearce looked after the stand. In a gap between talking with visitors John grabbed the opportunity to take a photo of the brothers Pearce (far left and far right) both in full flow!

The next outing for the TVG stand will be to the Alton MRE at Eggars School on Saturday and Sunday 1 - 2 February. ( for more details).

Deep snow in Basingstoke prevented us from attending that event in 2019 so fingers crossed the weather will be better this year!

Mike Pearce

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