Important information about June Visit

For those of you joinin us to visit Consuta tomorrow, please note the time has been put back to 2pm.

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June meeting visit to see Consuta


Monday night’s meeting (10th June) at the Angel Wollhampton will just be Noggin and Natter, as we will be visiting the Premesis of the Umpire Steam Launch “Consuta” on Sat 15th June at 1pm.

Consuta was built 120 years ago to carry rowing umpires at the Henley Royal Regatta. Her revolutionary design made her builder, Sam Saunders of Goring-on-Thames, one of the pioneers of high speed sea and aircraft at the beginning of the 20th century.

We are privileged to be able to visit the Consuta trusts premesis, who also have the 1870’s Thornycroft steam launch Cygnet as well.

The best postcode to use is RG8 9NH which is for the Church cottages, Lower Basildon.
Go into Beale Park but once in the grounds carry on along the single track exit road, which is about about quarter mile and brings you to two large barns on the right. Exit the BP gate onto Church Lane. here there is good but limited parking on the lane. BP have asked not to park visitor cars on their property. People can then walk back into the park, to a shed next to the Henley Sales and Charter barns; note however the access is along a grass track into the field.

For more info visit the Consuta web site:


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John Newton

It is with great sadness that the TVTEC Committee have learned of the death of John Newton on Saturday 25th May.  John chaired the TVTEC from March 1982 to March 1996 and played a key part in raising the profile and reputation of the Club. John played an active role in fighting the corner of the traction engine movement when our hobby was threatened by EEC rules and regulations in the 1990’s. He had a genuine passion and enthusiasm for steam and was an erudite man with the ability to mix with and talk to anybody and everybody, and always had stories to tell from early preservation days and of his families life with steam. John rescued a number of engines for preservation including Ransomes, Simms and Jefferies Traction Engine “Ivanhoe”, Aveling and Porter Roller “Churchill”, and Burrell Showman’s Road Locomotive “The Philadelphia”. John also stepped in to buy the late Fred Simmons Fowler Traction Engine “Volunteer” when it was nearly sold out of the country.


John Newton and his father on Ransomes Simms and Jefferies trsction engine “Ivanhoe” sometime in the 1960’s

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June External visit

It was hoped we could have a visit to see the steam umpire launch Consuta for our next meeting on evening of 10th June, but unfortunately health and safety rules have prevented us from doing this. We hope that we can arrange it for a daytime visit on Sat 15th – watch this space for confirmation.

The meeting will go ahead as normal on 10th June at the Angel Woolhampton, for those who want to turn out for a noggin and natter.

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Don’t miss tonight’s meeting!

Tonight we have Frank Bamfield showing old transport films, it’s always a fun evening when Frank comes along and shows films from his extensive collection! See you at The Angel, Woolhampton 7pm onwards.

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April Meeting this Monday

For the April Club Meeting we have Gerald Whittaker from Whittaker Signs giving a talk on painting and lining engines. See you at the Angel from 7.30pm on Monday 8th Aprilmistress

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TVTEC Spring Gathering


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February Club Meeting on Monday

Don’t forget the February club meeting on Monday 11th, at the Angel Inn, Woolhampton. (

Jim Sarney will be giving a talk on replacing fireboxes and other restoration.

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February Club Meeting

For the February club meeting we have Jim Sarney giving a talk on replacing fireboxes. With Jim’s extensive knowledge and passion for steam it is set to be a meeting not to be missed.

DON’T FORGET WE HAVE CHANGED VENUE FOR OUR MEETINGS. See you at the Angel Pub ( Woolhampton fron 7.30pm on Monday 11th February.

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Change of Venue for TVTEC meetings

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). 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.

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