Invitation to join Burnham club weekend coach trip to Norfolk

TVTEC club members are invited to join the Burnham club on their weekend coach trip visit to Norfolk. See attached pdf flyer. If you are interested in going please contact Michelle Harrison on 01189340597 or by email at

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February Club Meeting at Beenham Social club

With kind permission from the East Anglian Traction Engine Society we will be showing a collection of films recorded by the late Steve Neville from the 50’s 60’s and 70’s. Additional commentary and stories will be provided by Jim “Necko” Sarney who was present in many of the films. Please note the event will take place at the Beenham Social club instead of the Angel at Woolhampton. The address is Picklepythe Lane, Beenham, Reading, RG7 5NT. See you there from 19.30.

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January Club Meeting

For our January meeting on Monday 10th January we have Alan Stevens presenting some previously unseen engine photo’s from his massive collection.

Here’s one of the lovely Fowler Volunteer from Alans collection to whet your appetite.

See you at the Angel Inn Woolhampton from 7.30pm

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TVTEC Christmas Meeting 2021

The  TVTEC Christmas meeting will be held at the Beenham Club on Monday 13th December from 19.45hrs – 23.00hrs.

Picklepythe Lane, Beenham, Reading, RG7 5NT

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Club Meeting Monday 8th November

For the November meeting we will be showing some of the clubs collection of 1970’s and 1980’s rally colour slides. This will feature pictures of engines from rallies in the south of England, many that no longer take place.

George Fensom’s Burrell DCC 5nhp General Purpose Engine no. 4055 at the Chiltern Rally

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October Club Meeting – Monday 11th October

For our October club meeting we have Jim Sarney and Trevor Smallbone presentng a collection of working day engine photos with many in colour. It promises to be a good evening. Hopefully see you at the Angel Woolhampton from 1930pm

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TVTEC Club meetings to restart next week

The club comittee have deemed it safe for our monthly meetings to recommence. Starting with the September meeting on Monday 13th September. This will be just a social catch up at the Angel pub in Woolhampton. We hope to see you there.

Plans for speakers over the coming months will be communicated soon.

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A Little and Often

A short but informative film about the art of firing. It may be railways but the principle is the same and will be useful if and when we have to burn smokey coal again.

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Club Subscriptions

Dear Members,

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.

Yours sincerely

Ewen Davis – Chairman

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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.

Ewen Davis

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