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Thames Valley Group

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


 

FLYING SCOTSMAN is too big to visit Woody Bay...

Mar
13

...so we took the L&B to see the FLYING SCOTSMAN!

FLYING SCOTSMAN came to the Mid Hants Railway for a three week stay at the 'Watercress Line’ recently. The locomotive was based outside the engine shed at Ropley Station.

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Saturday 1 & Sunday 2 February : L&B TVG at Alton FebEx 2020

Feb
03

The L&BR Thames Valley Group were very pleased to be invited to FebEx 2020 - the model railway exhibition organised by Alton Model Railway Group.

The TVG stand was in an excellent position, just inside the door of one of the halls. (Photo John Jones.)

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Saturday/Sunday 4 - 5 January : L&B TVG at Kidlington Scoutrail

Jan
04

The L&BR Thames Valley Group took their stand to Kidlington Scoutrail for the two day model railway show on the weekend 4 - 5 January. The exhibition is organised as a fund raising venture by the 33rd Oxford (Kidlington) Scout Group - you will find more details at https://www.scoutrail.org.uk

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Thames Valley Group Newsletter - Summer2019

Sep
01
2019

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

Mar
12
2019

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

Feb
13
2019

Thames Valley Newsletter

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

Jan
11
2019

“Kidlington Scoutrail” is a Model Railway exhibition organised by the 33rd Oxford (Kidlington) Scout Group – more details will be found at http://www.scoutrail.org.uk/

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

Sep
22
2018

This from Mike Pearce:

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Thames Valley Group Meeting - Saturday 14 April

Apr
25
2018

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

Apr
07
2018

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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