LMS in 2013

News November 2013

At Monday's monthly meeting we discussed arrangements for the forthcoming visit to Pendon model railway this Saturday, the 9th.  Meet at Butts Green at 9.30.  Colin's bus is not available so some cars will be needed, depending on numbers.   For a future visit Peter suggested the Titanic Exhibition in Southampton and maybe we could go in early December if we agree a date at the next meeting. Who said 'It's a disaster!' ?
For other possibilities there were suggestions of the Wadworths brewery in Devizes and the railway museum at Swindon. Some of our previous visits have tickets allowing a free return visit within a year, particularly Bovingdon, Brooklands and Crofton.  You have kept them somewhere safe haven't you?
We mulled over the function of a device with a handle and rollers which Mike brought.  Ian identified it as a Ginny, a tool for shaping the edges of sheet metal. By changing the rollers different shapes can be formed.
I am currently working on a temporary weather shelter for cars stored during the winter and I could use some metal for the framework, has anyone any Dexion or similar surplus to requirements, perhapshe frame parts from a gazebo that might have been wrecked in the gales recently. Any offers gratefully received. I started with wood but metal gives better strength and lightness and easier dismantling.
Next hall meeting is on Monday the 2nd of December at 11.00.

News October 2013

Last month saw a fascinating visit to the Crofton engines near Pewsey on their steaming open day - enough of us for a bus and two cars.  Is this a record?  I hadn't really been aware of the importance of canals in the evolution of transport in this country and their development, decline and restoration is well worth researching.  Perhaps we might see more of the Kennet and Avon in future visits.  Thanks to Adrian for suggesting this and Colin for transport and Terry Gray for explaining it all to us in such detail.  For those who were unable to go Allen has put pictures on the Lockerley website.  The brief images above show the restored Kennet and Avon canal,small steam engines inside the Crofton building, the valve head for the "pull up" ebeam engine and the boiler which provides steam to both main beam engine pumps.   Members may note that wifi broadband is now available in the village hall and the login in details are noted on the Coffee Shop notice board.
Chris advised that at Mottisfont interest in the pump is growing with involvement of their curator and environmental advisor. Clearance of vegetation is scheduled for this winter.  Apparently the Lost Gardens of Heligon have a pump like this restored to working order see <http://www.clemson.edu/irrig/Equip/ram.htm> for details of how a pump works and there's indication of National Trust's restoration of one at The Vyne.
Phoebe Merrick has arranged a meeting of local history groups at Romsey on the 19th of October and Glenn and Peter have offered to represent LMS.
John confirms the date for visiting Pendon model railway as Saturday the 9th of November. Meet on Butts Green at 0930.  Colin's bus will not be available so cars will be needed.
Ian Musson has offered a free garage which he needs to move. It is a pre-cast concrete type 20 x 20 feet although being in sections it can be assembled smaller if preferred.  It will need a door and some roof sheets but it is free and Ian is even willing to deliver it with his crane truck if anyone will take it on.  At the hall we all said we would like another garage but nobody has any room for it, but we can help with moving and erection as needed.  Ian needs to move it as he is being charged for storage at present and if no one takes it it will probably end up being ground up for rubble. If it's too ugly you can always grow creeper up it.
There is a steam working and road run at Picket Piece, Andover on Sunday the 13th which should be good.
The Morris Minor has passed its MOT with only a moderate amount of welding being needed and we're still getting sunshine in October.  I have the possibility of a 1970 Morris Minor 1000 for spares. I haven't peeped under it yet but it is said to be too rusty to repair. I don't need an entire car for spares but I could use a few parts. Is anyone else interested in parts, either for a Morris or the many other vehicles of the era which shared common parts?

 News September 2013

Another well attended Monday meeting at the coffee shop and a warm welcome to two new members, Tony Morriss and Ron Hughes. Chris advised that he has not heard back yet from the National Trust about our proposal to renovate the Mottisfont pump. He has visited another Trust house where a similar pump is unrestored but has a display outlining its function. Prior to going ahead with ours perhaps we could place a display and if it generated some public interest the Trust might be keener to go ahead.  Glenn advised that he has moved the trailer to his working area and has finished removing the wood and bolts. Next it requires cleaning and painting of the framework.
John told us that East Tytherley is also planning to commemorate D day next year and as there is little point in having two events in adjoining villages we will work with them for a joint event. Glenn described his ideas for large scale photos of leading figures such as Churchill and Eisenhower. A sub committee is to be formed for these arrangements. Colin has had no takers yet for his proposed visit to Normandy next year.
Lockerley church is in need of a relief clock-winder for when Alan is away. Glenn has kindly volunteered.  Lisa Shaw of the Fete committee has thanked us for Sid the Scarecrow, our fete sign.  I missed the bus and train event at Alton which I mentioned in the last News. Colin went and says it was good. It's a bit hard on event organisers, when it rains no one comes and when it's too hot that also keeps us at home. It does for me anyway.
Some months ago I mentioned fund raising for East Dean church. Celebrity and Dean resident Tiff Needell has kindly agreed to give a talk to assist and this will be on the 19th October. 
Other dates for your diaries include Wallop Vintage Gathering and boot sale on Sunday the 25th of August and the Crofton visit on the 28th of September. On the 14th of August there is a talk on the Sprat and Winkle railway at the Priest House in Romsey.  The date of the visit to Pendon model railway is now in doubt. The open day has moved to the 9th of November and Colin's bus is not available. Alternatively if we can form a party of ten they will open specially for us. John will look into this and send a group mail.  We have not had a Malthouse lunch lately, and we settled on Monday the 23rd of September to let everyone get back from their holidays.
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News August 2013

Another well attended Monday meeting at the coffee shop and a warm welcome to two new members, Tony Morriss and Ron Hughes.  Chris advised that he has not heard back yet from the National Trust about our proposal to renovate the Mottisfont pump. He has visited another Trust house where a similar pump is unrestored but has a display outlining its function. Prior to going ahead with ours perhaps we could place a display and if it generated some public interest the Trust might be keener to go ahead.
Glenn advised that he has moved the trailer to his working area and has finished removing the wood and bolts. Next it requires cleaning and painting of the framework.  John told us that East Tytherley is also planning to commemorate D day next year and as there is little point in having two events in adjoining villages we will work with them for a joint event. Glenn described his ideas for large scale photos of leading figures such as Churchill and Eisenhower. A sub committee is to be formed for these arrangements. Colin has had no takers yet for his proposed visit to Normandy next year.
Lockerley church is in need of a relief clock-winder for when Alan is away. Glenn has kindly volunteered.
Lisa Shaw of the Fete committee has thanked us for Sid the Scarecrow, our fete sign.
I missed the bus and train event at Alton which I mentioned in the last News. Colin went and says it was good. It's a bit hard on event organisers, when it rains noone comes and when its too hot that also keeps us at home. It does me anyway.
Some months ago I mentioned fund raising for East Dean church. Celebrity and Dean resident Tiff Needell has kindly agreed to give a talk to assist and this will be on the 19th October. Full details to follow.
Other dates for your diaries include Wallop Vintage Gathering and boot sale on Sunday the 25th of August and the Crofton visit on the 28th of September. On the 14th of August there is a talk on the Sprat and Winkle railway at the Priest House in Romsey.  The date of the visit to Pendon model railway is now in doubt. The open day has moved to the 9th of November and Colin's bus is not available. Alternatively if we can form a party of ten they will open specially for us. John will look into this and send a group mail.  We have not had a Malthouse lunch lately, and we settled on Monday the 23rd of September to let everyone get back from their holidays.  Next hall meeting is on Monday the 2nd of September at 11.00.

News  July 2013

Several members took part in Lockerley Fete last week in various capacities and we were complimented on Sid the Scarecrow, the fete sign made by Glenn Hunt and Peter Batten. Sid was retrieved after the fete and is available for loan to any village group who can make use of him. Fresh lettering can be provided as necessary. Your secretary was delighted to win the trophy for Best Classic Car for the '34 Hudson, a nice surprise as the paint and trim are nowhere near show standard. On second thoughts did they really mean 'Thank you for not bringing, yet again, that dreadful scabby old Morris?' You never know.
Ian Musson's proposals for renovating the Mottisfont pump have been passed to the National Trust for their consideration. We do not know at what position in their hierarchy the decision might be taken, so for the moment we can do no more until we hear from them. Allen Mornington-West has provided pictures and diagrams of a similar pump in France for reference.
Colin McCabe has suggested a visit to the Normandy beaches next spring. The format for this is flexible, possibly sleep on ferry - long day ashore - sleep on ferry back, or maybe longer if people are willing to pay for overnight accommodation. If you are interested please let Colin know and advise any preferences. 2014 is of course the 70th anniversary of D-day.
Thanks to John Niblett  for letting us know about the running of 'Tangmere' last week, a most impressive sight. Engines of this type ran past my school when I was a kid.
There are plenty of dates coming up for your diaries;
On Sunday the 21st of July the Watercress Line are holding a joint event with the Alton bus rally. This one is not an LMS visit as such, make your own way there if interested.
On the 28th September we have our visit to the Crofton engines and they have also a steam event that day. On Wednesday the 30th of October the Pendon model railway is open, including the seldom seen Nadder Valley layout.
PS The Morris is not really scabby at all. It is delightfully patinated.

News June 2013

At last Monday's monthly meeting -meetings are usually held on the first monday of the month - Ian Musson produced his statement for the National Trust explaining what could be done to refurbish the pumps at Mottisfont.  Subject to their agreement it would involve clearing years of muck, stopping the flow, dismantling the pumps (how exactly will depend on their condition) and assessing what repairs are necessary.  Further stages would be determined by the deterioration found upon dismantling. Heavy lifting, flowing water and possibly foul air will involve consideration of elfin safety.  The next stage is to await the Trust's go-ahead.
Glenn Hunt reported continued progress on dismantling the WW2 bomb trolley, with the rusted bolts undone and the top frame removed.
Michael Perkins' farm machine which was offered for re-homing last month has been rescued by Tim Iles. Let us know how you get on with it Tim.
Nick Flood reported that St John's church at Lockerley has lost the plug from the font.  Would anyone be willing to turn a suitable replacement?  I suggested a cork but something a little more elegant would be nicer.  Contact Nick for details.
The fete committee have asked if we could help them with a sign to place on the road by the Glebe Field.  A scarecrow theme was suggested so we will sculpt a figure from an 8x4 sheet of ply. Thanks to volunteers Glenn Hunt with carpentry and Peter Batten with artwork.
We discussed possible future visits including perhaps the Dorset Steam Fair in September. Some local members have visited the Crofton engines and confirm that they are worth a visit, so Saturday September the 28th is a date for the diary as they have a steam event that day.
On Sunday the 21st of July the Watercress line are combining with the Alton Bus Rally to provide a large event, train and bus themed of course but also with classic cars, lorries, emergency vehicles and bikes.  Next meeting at the hall will be on Monday the 3rd of June. Happy spannering,

News May 2013

Two weeks ago (around mid April 2013) Chris Furzey, Ian Musson and I visited Mottisfont to see the ram pumps with a view to possible refurbishment.  We met Howard Brisland the head gardener, who showed us the system, most of which remains intact in the abbey grounds.  Water from the font flowed to a feed tank, the flow from which operated two ram pumps to supply water to a reservoir at Cadbury farm, the highest part of the estate.  From there water flowed down to the various buildings as required, with a compressed air booster to maintain pressure upstairs at the abbey house. Ian is familiar with this type of pump and will write a method statement for the Trust showing what could be done.
Allen Mornington-West is keen to feature LMS in more detail on the Lockerley website and, as many of our visits so far have gone unrecorded, please take photos of our projects, functions and visits.
We have long been anticipating a visit to the Crofton engines near Pewsey, which supplied water for the Kennet and Avon canal.  On the 28th of September they are hosting a steam event there so this would seem like a good day for our visit.
Peter has still been unable to open a society bank account for our modest funds, so has decided to keep it in cash in a place of safety.  I can only assume the bankers are overcome with contrition following their recent excesses. (' Money? Oh no, we couldn't possibly, root of all evil you know.')
This weekend sees the annual Spring Autojumble at Beaulieu. Treasure beyond the dreams of avarice.  Next month, on the 8th of June East Tytherley fete takes place including a display of classic vehicles. Last year's was rained off but the 2011 event was very good.  Recommended visiting ...  Happy spannering.