Category Archive: News

Apr 29

100 Club Launched

A new funding initiative called the 100 Club has been launched after a successful trial of internal members. The idea is that you buy a ticket, costing £16 per year, which will enable you to be entered into a draw, each quarter, along with other 100 club members. Half the proceeds for that quarter are …

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Mar 24

Network Rail License

Network Rail have granted VoBR a license to clear the undergrowth around the track in Oldminster Sidings. This is as a result of many months of negotiations, led by Trustee Robin Payne and follows on from a series of ecology surveys VoBR commissioned over the last two years, headed up by Trustee Graham Wiltshire. All …

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Mar 02

100 Club’s First Winners

The first draw of the new VBR 100 club took place on the 1st March at the Merchiston Surgery, Swindon, where Judith Freeman, who administers the club, works. One of her colleagues  Mike Goodfield, very kindly agreed to draw the two winning tickets, with a prize of £62 each. The lucky winners are: Mr Paul Waldron …

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Feb 16

Membership Breaks 400

We are delighted to report that as we approach the end of a membership year we have just broken the 400 barrier with membership now standing at 404 members. This is fantastic news and we really value this support. 2018 is going to be a really exciting year as we’re poised to start clearance work …

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Jan 19

Boost to Signal Box Fund

SVTEC, the organisers of the Gloucestershire Vintage & Country Extravaganza held at South Cerney every year, have very kindly donated £1000 to Vale of Berkeley Railway, helping to boost the signal box fund. Howard Parker (Chairman), Graham Sturgess (Trustee) and Paul West all attended the awards ceremony, where they donated over £2500 to other worthy …

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Jan 14

Railtour down the Sharpness Branch Line

On Saturday 13th January, the ‘Severn Aggregator’ rail tour, organised by Pathfinder Tours made its way down the Sharpness Branch line, passing the dig at Berkeley Station reaching the limit of the line at Oldminster Sidings, Sharpness. On the return trip the train stopped at Berkeley Station for a period, probably the first time a …

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Jan 12

Charitable Status for the Vale of Berkeley Railway

We have just received the wonderful news on the 10th January that the Vale of Berkeley Railway Charitable Trust is now a charity, registered as a CIO, registration number 1176597. The application process has been challenging at times and the Charities Commission really made us think hard about how everything we do has to be …

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Jan 04

Amazing finds from the Berkeley Station dig

The dig at Berkeley station has continued at a fantastic pace this year and resulted in some interesting finds from the old station building. Some of the highlights include one of the columns from between one of the front double windows, lots of window surround bricks, a shard of decorative frosted glass and the ends …

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Jan 04

Digitisation Project is Completed

The Winchcombe Railway Museum digitisation project has been completed. Michael Quinion, the project leader, was delighted to announce that 9774 digital records have been created for the museum’s artefacts with the help of a team of 16 volunteers working over the last 5 months. The next stage of museum development will be to begin using …

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Dec 21

Raffle Winners

The VoBR raffle was drawn at the Trustees meeting on the 9th December where the following winning tickets were drawn: 1st prize: Ticket 01594, Mr R Carruthers of Wotton under Edge 2nd prize: Ticket 01735,  Mr K Long of Pershore 3rd prize:  Ticket 00906, Mrs P Moloney of Cheltenham Congratulations to the winners. The trustees …

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