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Rail, Road and Rossonians – Mary Sinclair-Powell

Published February 24th

Mary filled a gap in our 2014 programme when a speaker couldn’t come. She is a local historian with many fascinating tales to tell. We look forward to hearing more of them.

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Boating Around the Bend – Mike Ayland

Published January 27th

Mike will be talking about commercial shipping on the lower reaches of the River Severn

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Around Bath by Tram – Peter Davey

Published November 25th

A very young Peter Davey’s interest in trams was initiated by his late father when taken to see the last of Bristol’s trams. He was bitten and, over the years, has amassed a wealth of knowledge about the tramway systems in the West of England. He has a large collection of original photographic slides which have been collated into several presentations. His garage is now a small museum which houses tram artefacts and memorabilia. Peter is Chairman of the Clifton Rocks Railway and has appeared on BBC TV. We have heard about trams in Bristol, Gloucester, Weston-Super-Mare and now he […]

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Showmans’ Buses – Glen McBirnie

Published October 28th

Buses often had new uses once their usual life with public transport operators was finished. A number were purchased by fairground owners and adapted for their own uses. Glen will be giving a presentation on a number of these vehicles. He is a former driver for Rugby Cement and previously addressed the Group on vehicles used by this company.

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Wrecks and Relics – Paul Barnett

Published September 23rd

Paul Barnett is a Marine Historian specialising in sites on the lower reaches of the River Severn. He has addressed the group on a number of previous occasions, speaking about the Severn Bridge Disaster and the Purton and Lydney Hulks. His new talk seeks to outline Purton’s now famous flotilla of concrete ships, obscure and yet vital in the formation of Mulberry Harbours.

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Motorcycle Safety Testing – Nic Fasci

Published July 22nd

Following his excellent talk last year on his work at the Vehicle Certification Agency, keen biker Nic Fasci returns to talk about the safety testing of motorcycles. We are expecting Nic to arrive on a motorcycle!

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The History of the Fairground – Bill Lane

Published May 27th

The History of the Fairground – Bill Lane. Bill is highly regarded amongst the showmen’s fraternity and is an Honorary Member of the Showmen’s Guild of GB and associated with other fairground organisations and societies. He is also a Correspondent for the ‘Worlds Fair’, the showmen’s weekly newspaper. He will be displaying a number of his fairground models.

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Building A Boat – Alan Keef

Published April 22nd

Building A Boat – Alan Keef. Alan founded the railway engineering works (Alan Keef Ltd) at Lea Line, but he also has a strong interest in boats. His talk is about the construction and fitting of his new boat. He is a member of the WVTIG. Rearranged from last year.

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Herefordshire’s River Trade – Heather Hurley

Published March 25th

Herefordshire’s River Trade – Heather Hurley. She is a well known local historian and has recently written a book on this subject. Books will be on sale!

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Two Horses – Mike Ayland

Published February 25th

Although Mike is a member of the WVTIG, we have no idea what this talk is about! However, it should be interesting judging from his previous presentations. He is an active member of the Lea Bailey Light Railway.

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