Due to the circumstances of the pandemic which have meant that the Club has been unable to host any meetings/activities, the Committee have decided that payment of subscriptions will be suspended until the TVTEC is able to resume normal scheduling. We look forward to welcoming members back as soon as we are able, but in the meantime please stay safe and well.
Seasons Greetings to you all, I trust that I find you well. I know that I don’t have to state the obvious in that this year has been like no other and our hobby has suffered. None of our rallies have taken place and the Appleford 70th celebration, which the Club was planning to take an active part in, had to be postponed. Our monthly meetings had to be cancelled as there was no way we could conform to Covid rules. The Committee managed to hold one meeting in August under socially distanced rules and came to the conclusion that everything that was planned for the year would have to be put on hold until life resumed some form of normality.
Those members with access to the Club’s website will have seen some of our club members progressing some of their long-term projects. It was particularly nice to see Richard Hawthorne’s Fowler roller, Busy Bee, up and running again after having a new boiler and a major overhaul. I suppose the restrictions of the year mean that Richard has not worn the engine out again already!
At the moment it is impossible to predict what next year will bring. There is hope that the vaccine will allow the return of some form of normality. The TVTEC reaches it’s 60th year in 2021 and we will plan to celebrate it in some way as soon as that is possible.
In conclusion, I would like to wish you all the best Christmas possible under the current circumstances and sincerely hope that 2021 will be a better year for all of us.
With Lockdown rules relaxing it was a chance to have a steam up and take Marshall no.37690 Old Timer to a local wood yard to pick up some slab wood for home firewood, report Ben Brown and Fred Cooper.
With two trailers in tow the route through busy Newbury town centre was navigated on what was to prove the 3rd hottest day on record with 37 degrees recorded. It was one of those days where the safety valves can be heard but not seen.
Once on the south side of Newbury we felt more at home in the countryside.The yard was about a mile down a single track unmade road probably much like the roads the engine travelled on with a threshing set when new in 1902.
After turning the trailers and loading the wood a pause for lunch and then ready for the road back, stopping at a brook halfway down the track to lift some water. The track steepened considerably when approaching the main road, providing some fine chimney music.
On return to base we decided we hadn’t had enough yet so decided to drop the wood off and head off back out to the pub for a meal and a well earned pint.
A thoroughly satisfying day’s steaming that was much needed after the last few months.
Old Timer pausing after arriving at the wood yard
The first load being dropped on to the trailer
Loaded and ready to go a quick pause for a photo
Stopping for a drink from the brook
Marshall no.37690 Old Timer after arrival back at base
All club meetings and events are cancelled until further notice. The committee will review when government guidelines are lifted and post further information on this site and on the facebook page. Stay safe and stay at home.
For the February meeting of the TVTEC, member Jeff Shackell, will give an illustrated look back at the engines he has owned over the last 4 decades. See you from 7.30pm on Monday 10th February at The Angel, Woolhampton. (https://www.angelwoolhampton.co.uk/index).
Monday 10th February: Jeffrey Shackell gives a talk on the engines he has owned Monday 9th March: Annual General Meeting Monday 6th April: (please note brought forward 1 week due to Easter) Slides of 1970’s rallies in the Thames Valley Monday 11th May:A Talk on Plenty’s of Newbury Monday 15th June:External visit to be confirmed Monday 13th July:Club models night at Fred Cooper’s yard Monday 10th August:Noggin and Natter at the Angel