Notes of our meetings, outings and other works in 2017

June 2017

I must apologise for the lateness of the newsletter this month which means rather short notice for two events.
On Sunday the 18th the well known Pendon and Madder valley model railway near Didcot is open to the public and an LMS visit is planned. Meet on Butts Green at 9.15.  Colin and his bus are not available so some cars will be required, depending on numbers.
Local historian Phoebe Merrick gave a talk recently on the early Romsey garages, Mitchells and Wrynams, which was very well received. Unfortunately it clashed with the LMS visit to Birmingham classic car show but Phoebe has offered to give the talk again. I have arranged for us to use the end room at the Star at East Tytherley on Monday the 19th from 7.30.
Monday the 19th also sees the meeting of the railway group at the coffee shop from 1100. Ah, the hectic social whirl!
Lockerley fete is on Saturday the 24th at the Glebe Field. We will be providing Sid and Sally, the scarecrow signs and also a display of classic vehicles. Please be in position before the start at 1.00. 
There are a couple of dates for your diaries. Andover family festival is on Saturday the 1st of July at Charlton Sports centre.  The Broughton Pageant of Transport is on Sunday the 16th of July, see for details. This is a new event and if the name is anything to go by it sounds rather grand. Book your entry free on their website.
The next hall meeting is on the 3rd of July at 1100.

May 2017

We have a lunch booked on Monday the 22nd from 1230 at the Star at East Tytherley, sorry about the short notice, hope to see you there.
Glenn is arranging a visit to the Wadworth brewery at Devizes, the morning visit   starts at 1100 and plenty more to see afterwards. Date to be advised when they can fit us in.
Another visit suggestion is the Pendon and Madder Valley model railway, a permanent exhibition near Didcot. The date for this one is also to be advised, as opening is limited.

April 2017

Last month's visit to Birmingham Classic Car Show was very popular, so much so that Colin had to find a larger bus to take everyone. A good time was had by all, with no impulsive purchases of ruinous project vehicles. Well done. At the hall meeting we discussed the Men and Sheds scheme. Public funding is tempting but would involve bureaucracy, and there seem to be few suitable buildings vacant near Lockerley. We also considered an autumn exhibition at the hall but encountered problems with availability of hall and caterers. We also need to decide what artifacts we have suitable for exhibiting. Maybe next year. Afterwards Marv invited us to view his railway and Mini Cooper projects and fascinating they were. Thanks Marv. Glenn suggested that a visit to the Mini factory at Cowley might be possible, as his son in law is now working there.

Diary dates;

24 April. Rail group meet at hall 11.00

30 April. Daffodil car run through Stockbridge during the morning.

1 May. Popham wings and wheels.

13 May. Awbridge Fete, with classic vehicle display.

13 & 14 May model railway show at Wilton

I have to make a confession here. At the last hall meeting I wrote 'Unimat lathe' on my pad and now cannot for the life of me remember who mentioned it or why. If it requires urgent action please send a group mail. Too many gaffes like this and I might be head hunted for Trump's new press secretary

March 2017

We start this month with a warm welcome to two new members, Dave White and Allan Mechen. Last week's trip to Somerset didn't start very promisingly, it was raining and I had been unable to contact the man with the gearboxes. Nothing daunted we headed west, meeting Somerset and Dorset rail route at Radstock where the local museum of mining and industrial archaeology was closed. However from there we were able to contact the seller, collect the gearboxes and the sun came out. Driving through the lovely rolling Somerset countryside now it is hard to imagine that once this was a major centre for coal mining and industry. A surprising amount of colliery, canal and rail archaeology remains if you know what you are looking for, and thanks to Phil we did. Returning via Radstock the museum had opened and very interesting it was too. We have booked an LMS lunch at the Star at East Tytherley on Monday the 20th March. Meet at 12.30 for 1.00. Their 'pie and pint for a tenner' is very good. This follows a meeting at the village hall coffee shop for model railway enthusiasts, from 11.00. The Daffodil Run for early cars passes through Stockbridge on Sunday the 30th of April, and Awbridge fete (classic cars welcome) is on the 13th of May. The next hall meeting is on the 3rd of April at 11.00. I have an unexpected new project, of which more anon. Are there any fans of Russian motorcycles out there? Happy spannering,

February 2017

lms treaclepot 01tnlms mtg feb17 01tnlms klaxon 01tnThe meeting took place on Monday 6 February and two curious objects were presented for identification ... here they are (answers lower down).

Last Mondays meeting was well attended, with the mystery object from Phil being an ancient pot and tongs from the legendary Lockerley treacle mine. Quite a find, Tony Robinson eat your heart out! We have yet to set a date for the Devizes brewery and canal visit but it will be in the spring as some of it is of course in open air. Ian Musson is disposing of an unused domestic radiator. It is six feet high and about eighteen wide, an unusual size. Contact Ian if you can use it. There are several dates for your diaries. Romsey Model railway exhibition is on the 4th and 5th of March at the Crossfield Hall. On the 31st of March local historian Phoebe Merrick is giving a talk on Wrynams and Mitchells, two of the earliest and longest lasting garages in Romsey. Their origins go right back to the pioneer days of motoring in this area. This is at the town hall at 1415 but unfortunately coincides with the Birmingham car show. The Haynes museum at Wincanton is now hosting old car get togethers on the first Sunday of each month. Apparently the bacon butties are excellent, but as it is a round trip of a hundred miles you would have to be very fond of them! We have an early invitation to display classic vehicles again this year at West Dean fete on the 3rd of June at 1230.  Happy spannering, 

One is a treacle pot - the long lost legendary Lockerley Treacle Pot - with a pair of box jointed treacle tongs.  The other os a klaxon - this one is powered by 240Vac and it really does make a racket.

January 2017

We had another well attended meeting this month and lively discussion ensued. We continued to discuss possible venues for visits and after last months list we came to a decision, well two actually, which turned out to be new ideas altogether. On the 31st of March Colin is taking his bus to the Classic Car Restoration Show at NEC Birmingham. Places are limited and some have been taken already so let him know if you would like to go.
Glenn suggested a visit to Devizes for a tour (and tasting!) at Wadworth's brewery which we can combine with a look at the Caen Hill lock flight and other local items of canal heritage interest. The brewery visit requires booking so the date will be advised in due course.
Michael Bowyer has asked if we can help with securing drain covers at the old army camp site, and it was thought that we might combine this with some metal detecting. Contact Glenn if you would like to join in.
Ian Musson is still clearing out and would like to find a home for 24 concrete blocks, of the regular size.
Some small grants have become available for local groups through the Diocese Community fund. Ideas included the village hall folding door replacement, and also an exterior clock. Offering this to the hall committee they say they can apply directly themselves so there is nothing to be gained by LMS acting as middle men. The grants can also be available for community social functions, but I can't imagine the diocese being willing to fund a visit to a brewery!