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Thames Valley Group Newsletter - November 2020

I do hope you are keeping well and managing to cope with this current lockdown. It is good to hear the recent positive news about various vaccines - let us hope they will prove to be successful.

A TV programme to watch

A new series of the TV programme “Walking Britain’s Lost Railways” starts next week.The first episode will feature Woody Bay station, the Lynton to Barnstaple line and the Barnstaple to Ilfracombe line. The programme will be aired on Channel 5 at 8pm on Friday 27th of November and will then be available on ‘catch up’ on My5 TV
The presenter, Rob Bell, will be exploring sections of the former trackbed of the Barnstaple to Ilfracombe line and the Barnstaple to Lynton line.

Please tell your family and friends. They might not necessarily be attracted by the thought of seeing a steam engine, but the scenery of North Devon is glorious. It will help them to understand your interest in the L&B and might perhaps encourage them to take a break in North Devon and to visit Woody Bay Station.

Do take this opportunity to 'escape to the country' for an hour that Friday evening - I am sure it will help to lift our spirits!

Bratton Fleming Station

It is good to know that the purchase of Long Acre / Bratton Fleming Station has now been completed and that the land has been secured by Exmoor Associates ready for the eventual extension of the L&B.

Thanks are due to David Cameron for his perseverance – you will find more details here and here

The chance of gaining £1000 for the L&B

We have been told about the possibility of gaining a sum of one thousand pounds for the L&B - details are as follows.

Ecclesiastical Insurance: Movement for Good have launched this year’s 12 days of giving, their way of giving back to the communities they serve and championing the issues that really matter to them.

Designed to give eligible charities the financial assistance they need to help them make a real difference, they’re donating £1,000 to 10 charities each weekday from 7 – 22 December. That’s £120,000 to 120 charities over 12 days.

All you need to do is visit here and click ‘nominate a charity now’. You only need to supply a few details and can opt out of receiving junk mail.

Each draw will close at midnight the day before, with all nominations rolled over to the next available draw unless the charity is drawn. The L&BR Trust is charity No.1082564

The more nominations a charity gets, the greater its chance of receiving a £1,000 donation, so do please spread the word to your friends and family. Only one entry per person is permitted.

Best wishes for Christmas and a Happy New Year!I see from my diary that next Sunday (29th November) is Advent Sunday. I will therefore conclude this brief newsletter by sending to you best wishes for Christmas. It will undoubtedly be a very different Christmas for many of us but we must all do our best to find enjoyment as and when we can.

Do stay positive, and may 2021 prove to be a better year than 2020.

Mike Pearce

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