Watercress Line

Regional groups


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

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

Programme 2019:

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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NEW VENUE - St Mary Magdalene with St Martin Church, Canning Road, Croydon, CRO 6QD


First Monday of each month starting at 1930 hours, except May and August.


2nd September - Bluebell Railway Carriages and OP4 Project at Horsted Keynes

7th October - To be advised

4th November - British Transport films

2nd December - Christmas meal



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.

The venue in Canning Road is a short walk away from Croydon Tramlink tram stop at Lebanon Road and buses 119, 194, 198, 289, 312, 367, and 466. East Croydon station is around 10 minutes walk away.

You can help the Group support the Railway by coming to our monthly meetings (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
Contact Chris Le Corney 01843 843215 for any further information.

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

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

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

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

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

Programme 2019: 

Wednesday 18th. September 2019 - South Western Railway Update by Phil Dominey.

Wednesday 16th. October 2019 - St. Pancras Re-Modelling by Mervyn Dunwoody.

Wednesday 20th. November 2019- Mid-Hants and Heritage Railway Galas - Tony Storey.

Wednesday 18th. December 2019- Railways on Film - by David Doulton.

Wednesday 15th. January 2020 - Southampton Trams by Martin Petch.

Wednesday 19th. February 2020 - CanPac Project by Becky Peacock.

Wednesday 18th. March 2020 - Railway Allsorts by Ken Mumford.

Wednesday 15th. April 2020 - Indian Hill Railways by David Peel.

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

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

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

Programme 2019:

3rd Sep The London & South Western Railway in 1914 by Alan Norris

1st Oct On and Off the Route of the Devon Belle Part 2 by Ken Mumford

5th Nov From the MHR Archives by Keith Brown

3rd Dec Christmas Social

7th Jan An evening of Vintage Films with Stuart Saunders

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

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

(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.

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.


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

Nov 28th                   More Railway Holidays                                                          David Homer

Dec                           No meeting


January 23rd            Merthyr to Newport                                                                Ken Mumford
February 27th           AGM and MHR Update
March 26th                URIE Restoration Project                                                       Mark Pedley
April 23rd                  Quiz and Joint Meeting with Reading Transport Group
May 28th                    More Railway Signalling & Memories                                    David Canning
June 25th                   Suburban Railway-Basingstoke to Southampton                  Paul Joyce
July                            No meeting
August                       No meeting
September 24th        Members’ Photos, DVDs and Memories
October 22nd            An Update on the CANPAC Restoration                                Dr Becky Peacock
November 26th         Trams and Trolley Buses                                                        Graham Bilbe
December                  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

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

The third Monday of each month at 8:00pm - doors open 7.30pm

Programme 2019:

Mon Oct 21 Presentation from the vast collection of Colour Rail photos by Paul Chancellor

Mon Nov 18  Clan Line, Chris Meredith

Monday Dec 16  The W&G Christmas Party with the annual quiz, short films, photo competition and seasonal refreshments. Always a good night. All welcome.


Programme 2020:

Mon Jan 20 Eastleigh Works and CanPac Update   Dr Becky Peacock

Mon Feb 17  I Moved It My Way   Andrew Goodman  MD of Railway Support Services

Mon Mar 16  AGM plus Mid-Hants speaker

Mon Apr 20  Railway Roundabout  Brian Araman

Mon May 18  A Talk on Terence Cuneo - Railway Artist

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 reasonable prices. 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:

If 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 Chairman David 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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