Watercress Line

Regional groups

Alton

Where:
The Community Centre, Amery Hill, Alton, Hampshire GU34 1HN 

When:
On the fourth Thursday of the month at 7:30pm.

 

Programme 2019: TBC

 

Further Information:
 
The meeting are  in the members room (Lounge bar), on the ground floor and is wheel chair accessible. For the interval, the bar is open but, Tea / Coffee are from a machine in the Community Centre reception area
 
Car Parking at Alton Community centre is free after 18:00 hrs.
There are plenty of places within walking distance of the Community centre that serve food, but some do not start service until 18:30.
 
Entrance Fee is £3.00

Contact information:
For further information telephone David Mould on 07711 824335, email david.j.mould@hotmail.co.uk

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Croydon

Where:
West Croydon Baptist Church at Spurgeon's Bridge, Whitehorse Road, West Croydon CR0 2JH 

When:
On the second Friday of the month at 7:30pm.

Programme 2018:

14th Dec.              Christmas Meal at the Banana Leaf restaurant

Programme 2019: TBC

 

Further Information
West Croydon railway, bus and Tramlink stations are only 5 minutes walk away and buses 50, 75, 157, 289, 450, 468 pass nearby.

The purpose of the Croydon Group is to support the Mid Hants Railway physically and financially, and to provide local members with monthly talks and information on developments on the the Railway. Every year, through our fundraising, we donate over £500 to specific projects on the Railway, to help to keep steam running between Alton and Alresford.

You can help the Group support the Railway by coming to our monthly meetings on the second Friday of each month, except August: non-Members are also welcome. For your £1.50 (2010) entrance fee we can offer the chance to:

  • be entertained by a varied programme of transport speakers;
  • chat to like minded enthusiasts;
  • bring a friend along as well;
  • publicise the Group by taking and displaying copies of our programme sheet;
  • publicise the Railway by taking bulk supplies of leaflets for display;
  • help distribute the quarterly Mid Hants News magazine to local members;
  • help us with the occasional publicity stand;
  • dispose of your loose change in our model Bulleid coach;
  • win a prize in our monthly raffle;
  • give your old aluminium cans to us to sell towards Group funds;
  • travel in our Bulleid coach No. 4211 on our annual trip on the line;
  • work on the vintage coaches and wagons owned by some members of the Group - see Preservation News for more details!

Contact Information
For general group information telephone secretary Chris Le Corney on 01843 843215
or for details of volunteer coach restoration, John Cook on 020 8699 6647

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Portsmouth

Where:
The Railway Social Club, opposite Fratton Railway Station, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO1 5BL

When:
On the third Tuesday of the month at 7:30pm.

Programme 2018:

18th Dec.          Members slides with mince pies

Programme 2019: TBC
 

Contact Information:
For further information contact David Meyer,
46 St. Barbara Way,Anchorage Park, Hilsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO2 0UT
Telephone 02392 671251 or e-mail david.meyer2@tiscali.co.uk

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Southampton and Waterside

Where:
The British Rail Institute, Romsey Road, Eastleigh, Hampshire SO50 9FE. 
 

When:
On the third Wednesday of the month at 7:30pm.

 

Programme 2018:

19th Dec.       Christmas film show

Programme 2019: TBC
 

Contact Information:
For more information contact David Mead  42 New Road, Ashurst, Southampton SO40 7BS Tel. 02380 293186 e-mail dave.mead@btinternet.com

Meetings are held jointly with The Railway Correspondence & Travel Society whose Branch Secretary is E. Vaughan, 7 Blackdown Close, Dibden Purlieu, Southampton, SO45 5QS tel. 02380 849533.

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South West London

Where:
Surbiton Hill Methodist Church, 39 Ewell Rd., Surbiton KT6 6AF

When:
On the first Tuesday of the month at 7:00pm for 7:30pm.

Programme 2019: TBC

 

Further Information:
The entrance to the Church Hall is through the door to the left of the building. It is always locked and we will have an access key card to let people in. If no-one is on the door, please press the buzzer and someone will come.
Parking is in the spaces (about 20) down both sides of the church, but as there are three rooms in the Hall, we may be sharing the spaces. If they are all full, which we are told does not often happen, then there is free parking in the street outside. There is disabled parking in front of the church.
Buses 281 and 406 stop close to the Church Hall, and K2 stops nearby. The venue is about 500 yards walk from the south side of Surbiton station.
Admission is £2.00 per meeting at 7.00 p.m. for 7.30 p.m. until 10.00 p.m.

Contact Information:
For more information telephone Secretary Stuart Saunders on 020 8979 6484

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Sussex

Where:
The Community Centre, Southwick St., Southwick (near Shoreham-by-Sea), West Sussex BN42 4FW

When:
On the third Thursday of the month at 7:30pm.

Programme 2018:

20th Dec.           Christmas films by Keith Carter

Programme 2019: TBC

 

Contact Information
For further information contact Peter Winchester on 01903 762280, Mr M. E. Stroud on 01273 550818 or Nick Kelly on 01273 703489 or email villiers2stroke@live.co.uk.

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Thames Valley

Where:
(Upstairs room) Church House, Church Street, Caversham, Reading RG4 8AX 

There is a small car park at the rear of the building. Access to the building is via a rear door from this car park. The Waitrose car park farther down the road may also be used.

When:
On the fourth Thursday of the month at 7:30pm (unless stated otherwise), except July, August and December when there are no meetings. 

Arrive at circa 7:30 pm for a prompt start at 7:45 pm. Meeting finishes promptly at 10:00 pm.

Refreshments are provided at the mid-meeting interval.

 

2018 Dec          No Meeting

2019

Jan 24th                  Brecon to Newport                                                               Ken Mumford

Feb 28th                  AGM and MHR Update

Mar 28th                  Waterloo to Basingstoke-A Suburban Railway                     Paul Joyce

Apr 24th (Weds)     Quiz and Joint Meeting with Reading Transport Group

May 23rd                 Railway Signalling                                                                 David Canning

Jun 27th                  More Trams and Trolleybuses                                              Graham Bilbe

Jul                             No meeting

Aug                           No meeting

Sep 26th                   Members’ Photos, Slides, DVDs and Memories

Oct 24th                    An Update on the CANPAC Restoration                               Dr Becky Peacock

Nov 28th                   More Railway Holidays                                                          David Homer

Dec                           No meeting

Further Information:

A newsletter, The Mogul, is published at each meeting providing news and information about the Railway and topics of local interest. 

Contact Information:
For more information telephone Rob Latham (Chairman) on 01628 633914 (note updated number) or David Homer (Meetings Secretary) 01628 671406.

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Woking and Guildford

Where:
St. Nicolas Church Hall, High Street, Guildford, Surrey GU2 4AW 

When:
On the first Wednesday of the month at 8:00pm - doors open 7.30

Programme 2019:

Wed Jan 2  Britain's Last Mechanical Signalling  with Gareth David who is writing a book on this subject.

Wed Feb 6   TBA

Wed Mar 6  AGM plus hopefully a visit from our new GM Jason Houlders.

Wed Apr 3rd  Railway Preservation in France with the ever entertaining Michael Bunn.

Wed May 1  The Golden Arrow with Michael Pym whose talks are always well presented.

Wed Jun 5  TBA

Wed Jun 19  Summer evening trip on Watercress Line. 19.30 departure from Alton for a round trip. Cost £5.00 each - all welcome.

Wed Jul 3 The Coming of the Railways to Basingstoke with MHR member David Brace of the Basingstoke Railway Club.

Wed Aug 7 Railway Film evening.

 

Further Information:
For a small admission fee, you will enjoy an entertaining evening with refreshments. You will be able to obtain the latest information about the railway and group outings and there will be books, magazines and other railway items for sale at very reas. All MHRPS members are most welcome - please bring your families and friends too, we will encourage them to join the Society! The hall is open from 7.30pm. Each year we make a significant donation to the Railway for a key project - this year we have supported the 75079 restoration project. Nearby parking costs £1.00. 

Contact Information:

f you would like to receive further information about the Watercress Line, the Woking & Guildford Group or even become a working volunteer on the railway, please contact our Secretary, Dave Pegg Telephone Home Phone 01483 834062, Mobile: 07969 369 426 or e-mail david.pegg@ntlworld.com

Or Alan Jordan Home phone: 01243 265233, Mobile: 07903353011,

email address: family.jordan@talk21.com

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