Due to the sudden closure of the Englefield Social Club, The January TVTEC meeting will be held in a new venue. This will be the Angel pub at Woolhampton (RG7 5RT). http://www.angelwoolhampton.co.uk/index. Woolhampton is on the A4 approximately half way between Reading and Newbury. We have a private room for our film show and everything will be the same other than the location. We have Alan Stevens showing slides of Steam in Ireland.
Please pass the message on to all members, especially those who don’t see the Facebook / Website. See you there from 1930 on Monday 14th January.
A compilation of all the entrants from the Appleford Rally programmes from 1953 – 1971 has been made. 151 engines attended Appleford over the years according to the programmes with likely many more attending and not being listed. We would like to give the opportunity for all of the engines to attend if they wish. The link below will take you to a PDF link for the list of engines. Each engine has been listed with its owner at the time of attending an Appleford Rally, and the current owners have been intentionally left out for now. We are looking for contact details for all engines that don’t have a “yes” in the owner contacted field, if you have any information, please let us know!
Appleford engine list
In July 2020 it will be 70 years since Arthur Napper and Miles Chetwynd-Stapylton D.F.C had a race with their traction engines, which unknown to them at the time would be a major part in forming the steam preservation movement. A celebration event will take place in Appleford on 25th July 2020. It is intended to invite every engine that attended an Appleford rally between 1950 and 1971 and have a traditional traction engine rally as they were in the early days. There will be traditional ring events, photographic opportunities, photographic displays and generally lots of steam nostalgia.
Arthur Napper was a founder member of the Thames Valley Traction Engine Club and its president for many years. The TVTEC also ran the last Appleford rally in 1971.
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For the November Club Meeting we have Mr. Roger White coming to give a talk entitled “Chicken Guns and Steam Engines”. Roger will be talking about his job in testing aircraft and his collection of Steam Engines. See you at Englefield Social Club from 1930 on Monday 12th November.
For the October Club Meeting on Monday 8th October we will have Peter Green coming to give a talk about the Steam Boat Alaska.
This weekend there will be a gathering of vintage vehicles in Burghclere village near Newbury. Centred around the newly built Burghclere miniature railway (https://www.facebook.com/BMRSociety/) there will be full size and miniature road steam, cars , tractors and much more. The sports club will be serving refreshments.
Pictures provided from Burghclere model railway facebook page.