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The L&B's East Anglia Support Team (EAST) are busy restoring L&B heritage vehicles at Friday Wood Farm, Colchester. Given the geographic area and the number of members resident therein, it is hoped that through this page we can raise even more awareness of where we are, what we do, when we do it, etc, etc. as we do want to encourage even more volunteers at Friday Wood Farm. To read more about our work on the heritage vehicles CLICK HERE

EAST GROUP Fridaywood Workshop closed until further notice


The L&BR East Group committee are following the decision of the L&BR Trust and current government guidelines to cancel all group meetings and activities. Consequently, the EAST workshop at Fridaywood Farm is now closed until further notice.

Also, our AGM - scheduled for 18th April 2020 - and all other planned events are now postponed for the duration of the emergency.

We will keep you informed and hope to re-open for volunteers as soon as restrictions on association are lifted.


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EAST Group Update, January 2020


A Happy New Year to everyone

As regular readers know, John Myhill has taken on the onerous task of arranging a programme of social visits for L&BR EAST Group members. All visits are dependent upon interest from members.

Our first event of the year is now arranged for Saturday 15th February 2020 to see Daws Hall's outstanding display of snowdrops in all their glory.

I’ll let John give you details:

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EAST Group Workshop October Update


EAST Group Fridaywood Farm Workshop Update, October 2019

The L&BR East Group 2019 Christmas Lunch will be held on the 14th December 12:30 at one of our regular haunts, the Layer Fox, 2, Malting Green Road, Layer De La Haye, Colchester CO2 0JH. Click HERE for a copy of the menu. 2 courses are £23.95 plus £2.05 tip = £ 26.00p. 3 courses are £ 28.95p plus £2.05 tip = £31.00p.

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East Group to attend ExpoNG at Swanley this Saturday


The L&BR East Group have been invited to attend ExpoNG at Swanley Saturday 26th. Our exhibition stand - manned by East Group members - was last seen at the Autumn Gala and attracted lots of attention in the Marquee.

ExpoNG is the familiar name for ‘Expo Narrow Gauge®’, the model railway exhibition dedicated to modelling narrow gauge railways in all their forms. Held annually at the end of October by the Greenwich and District Narrow Gauge Railway Society

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EAST Group News September 2019


Friday Wood Farm Workshop Update September 2019.

Be proud, be very proud!

Carriage No.5 has left the workshop and is now at Woody Bay to much cheering, rich acclaim, cries of ‘stunning’, ladies fainting and horses bolting!

It has been two months since the last EAST Group update due to all efforts being concentrated on completing Carriage No.5.

Our volunteer hours for July 2019 totalled 268 and for August an amazing 411. Wonderful work.

Congratulations to all our workers and volunteers.

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Carriage No.5 is on its way!


August 13th: Another fabulous effort from everyone at Fridaywood Farm

1. All loaded and ready to go. (Photo - Dave Gandell)

Some super photos from Chas Summers

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Fridaywood Farm Workshop Update July 2019


Lynton & Barnstaple Railway EAST Group

Our volunteer hours for June 2019 totalled 398 which is more than twice what was achieved in May.

The Volunteer hours for the six months to the end of June 2019 were 1131 - again up on last year.

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EAST Group AGM, 25th May 2019 UPDATE



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EAST Group AGM, 25th May 2019


The L&BR EAST Group AGM was held on Saturday 25th May 2019 at Eight Ash Green Village Hall 23, Spring Lane, Colchester CO6 30F

After several years Tony Ely has stood down as Chairman and Steve Arthurs was today duly elected as his successor.

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L&BR East Group AGM 25th May


L&BR East Group AGM

To be held at Eight Ash Green Village Hall Commencing at 13:00 - all L&BR Trust Members will be welcome. refreshments will be available.

Nominations are requested for the post of Chairman, Deputy Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and 5 Committee Members.

Nomination forms are available from Steve Arthurs

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Corporate Supporters - Where to Stay

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