Category Archive: News

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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Nov 17

VoBR Launches Online Shop

The Vale of Berkeley Railway has launched an online shop for items of clothing ranging from T-shirts and Jackets through to Workwear and Hi-Vis tops, all with the Vale of Berkeley Railway logo attached. A link to the Shop has been provided on the main menu of this website but may also be viewed here. …

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Nov 07

Winchcombe Railway Museum Digitisation Two Thirds Complete

The Winchcombe Railway Museum, in partnership with the Vale of Berkeley Railway, have completed about two thirds of their project to digitise the extensive railway artefacts owned by the Museum. It is hoped one day a new museum building can be built at Sharpness along side the Sharpness branch line so the public can see …

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Oct 26

Hamfallow Parish Council Visit

On Wednesday (25th Oct) three councillors from Hamfallow Parish Council paid the Vale of Berkeley Railway a visit. They were shown around the engine shed by Graham Sturgess (trustee) and with Wednesday being one of our volunteer days they were able to see a hive of activity on various restoration projects which left them very …

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