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Thames Valley Group – Kidlington Scoutrail – January 5th & 6th

“Kidlington Scoutrail” is a Model Railway exhibition organised by the 33rd Oxford (Kidlington) Scout Group – more details will be found at

The exhibition aims to raise funds for the various Scouting activities. The proceeds of the 2019 show are earmarked for a disabled toilet in their Scout hut so that less able youngsters will be able to take part in Scouting activities.

One of the layouts was Nockingbigg End. This Garden Rail / live steam layout is owned and run by a group which includes L&B members Trevor Garnham and John Smith. You might have seen Nockingbigg End in the Marquee at a Woody Bay Gala.

The Thames Valley Group stand was situated next to Nockingbigg End. This gave us the opportunity to point to the model L&B locomotives and carriages on the layout and then to the video on the DVD player. We were able to tell visitors that those trains are not just a figment of the modelmaker’s imagination – they actually exist in reality! It was great to discover just how many visitors to our stand had visited Woody Bay in recent months.

Synchronised pointing! - John Elvin (left) and Alan Pearce (right) indicate salient features of the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway to two interested visitors’

Scoutrail attracted more than 1000 visitors during the weekend. We handed out many leaflets and sold various L&B items, thus raising some useful funds for the railway. We believe that the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway gained several new members as the result of our conversations. We are also inclined to think that a number of people were going to invest in shares in the Old Station House Inn.

We pointed out that we cannot advise or encourage anyone to invest in those shares, but we are permitted to tell them about the share offer. We did emphasise that the offer is due to close at the end of January…

Many thanks to Roger Beazer, Colin Smith, John Elvin and Alan Pearce for all their hard work in setting up and manning the L&BR stand.

Mike Pearce
Leader of the L&BR Thames Valley Group

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