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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


Thames Valley Group Newsletter - Summer2019


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

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Thames Valley Group - Basingstoke MRE


The L&BR Thames Valley Group took their information and sales stand to the Basingstoke Model Railway Exhibition on Saturday and Sunday 9 – 10 March

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Thames Valley - February Newsletter


Thames Valley Newsletter

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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.

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Thames Valley Newsletter September 2018


This from Mike Pearce:

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Thames Valley Group Meeting - Saturday 14 April


It was very pleasing to see the large number of members who had made the journey to Newbury for the recent meeting of the Thames Valley Group. Some had travelled from as far afield as Milton Keynes to the north, Southampton to the south, Guildford to the east and New Milton to the west.

It was especially good to see Chris Ward in the audience, Chris founded the Thames Valley Group back in 2004. With Gail, his wife, Chris then moved to North Devon in 2012 to be closer to their beloved Lynton & Barnstaple Railway.

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Chas Summers - Guest Speaker at the Thames Valley Group 14th April


Chas Summers will be giving a talk to the Thames Valley Group Saturday 14th April. The event will be held at the Baptist Church Hall, Cheap Street, Newbury, RG14 5DD.

Commencing at 2pm, the presentation will feature 200 colour views of the last 35 vears of the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway restoration. All welcome.

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Thames Valley Group Meeting 18 November 2017


Saturday 18 November saw the half-yearly meeting of the L&B Thames Valley Area Group. It was pleasing to see the large number of members who gathered for that event. It was amazing to realise just how far some members had travelled to attend the meeting, such is the magical attraction of the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway!

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Thames Valley Group Newsletter – Autumn 2017


Dear L&BR Supporter:

We are now certainly into autumn, but how good it is to be able to look back and recall what a glorious summer we had this year – it is not often we can do so. Good also to look back to the L&BR Autumn Gala and remember what a terrific event that was!

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Thames Valley Group visit to Fareham MRE


The L&BR Thames Valley Support Group took their publicity and sales stand to Fareham and District Model Railway Club’s annual exhibition recently. This was a two day event, held over the weekend 7 – 8 October. This link gives more information about the show.

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