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Thames Valley Group Newsletter - Summer2019

Bridge the Gap!

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Latest news from North Devon

We hope you have all seen the recent addition to the Home page of the L&B website. On the right hand side of the screen there is a box entitled “Phase IIA Construction News”. If you click on that you will be taken to a page that is updated weekly telling of the progress being made in rebuilding Bridges 54 and 55. It is good to see that and to at last realise that the work to build the long awaited extension is now underway!

Invitation to the next TVG meeting

It was great to see so many L&B supporters at the TVG meeting in Newbury on 27 April. It is now time to invite you to our next meeting, but do please note we will be gathering in a different church hall in Newbury.

We will be meeting at the Methodist Church - their hall has curtains at the windows which will make it easier to see the images of our next presentation.

The meeting will be on Saturday 21 September from 2.00 pm to 4.30 pm and our speaker is L&B aficionado Keith Vingoe. A member of the L&B for nearly forty years and a Director of the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway Community Interest Company, the L&B Trust subsidiary which runs operations in North Devon, for 15 consecutive years. Keith’s current responsibilities relate to Commercial and Marketing matters.

Keith has been researching the L&B since 1974 and is the custodian of countless L&B photographs, both of the original railway and of the current heritage railway. He also has an absolute mass of knowledge in his head. Keith told me his talk will range ‘from about 1890 up to the present day, and beyond’!

Whether you have only recently discovered the L&B, or have been a follower for even longer than Keith, I am sure you will enjoy learning more about our railway perhaps things you did not know or maybe being reminded of something known but forgotten.

The venue for the meeting will be the hall of Newbury Methodist Church, Northbrook Street RG14 1AN. You might find this link will help you to locate the premises and this link will help you to find a suitable car park.

Admission to our meeting is free.  L&B books and other L&B items will be available to buy, so please do remember to bring some money with you.

The meeting is not restricted to L&B members, so please feel free to invite family and friends who might be interested in the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway. By the end of the afternoon they might even decide to become members!

If you don't really know Newbury then you might find this websiteuseful to help you to find somewhere to eat before or after the meeting.

The L&BR Autumn Gala

The following weekend (Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 September) will see the Autumn Gala at Woody Bay and planning is well underway for that event. I have been told that in addition to the fifth carriage (Number 5), there will be at least two L&B engines on site.

If you will be visiting the Gala then please do consider sparing an hour or so to help man the car park for the Park & Ride. Many of us live too far from Woody Bay to volunteer on a regular basis, so it is good to be able to do our bit to help while we are there. Please send an email to Anne Belsey to offer your services or to discover what is entailed.

Future outings for the L&BR TVG Exhibition Stand

After a quiet summer, October promises to be a busy month for the Thames Valley Group Exhibition Stand. Dates in the diary are as follows:

Saturday 5 – Sunday 6 October – Fareham Model Railway Exhibition

Friday 18 – Sunday 20 October – Autumn Steam Gala at the Watercress Line

Saturday 26 October – Newbury Model Railway Exhibition

If you visit any of those events then do please introduce yourself to the folk manning the TVG stand – it is always good to meet other L&B enthusiasts!

I look forward to seeing you at the Newbury meeting on Saturday 21st September for what promises to be a most enjoyable and memorable presentation.


Mike Pearce

Leader - Thames Valley Area Group

Corporate Supporters - Where to Stay

The Denes Fox and Goose Highfield House Lynton Cottage Moorlands North Cliff Sinai House