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9:00 am Newbury Farmers Market @ Newbury Market Place
Newbury Farmers Market @ Newbury Market Place
Feb 17 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Newbury Farmers Market @ Newbury Market Place | England | United Kingdom
Newbury Farmers Market A part of the Thames Valley Farmers Market Co-Operative, this market offers a wide variety of high-quality specialty produce from a range of small producers. We pride ourselves on the locality and[...]
4:00 pm Evelyn – Special Screening @ Vue Cinema, Kennet Centre
Evelyn – Special Screening @ Vue Cinema, Kennet Centre
Feb 17 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Evelyn - Special Screening @ Vue Cinema, Kennet Centre | England | United Kingdom
Evelyn is a deeply personal documentary from the Academy Award winning team behind The White Helmets (2016) and Virunga (2014). The film follows the story of a family overcoming the unthinkable. On a walking odyssey[...]
5:00 pm Sunday Pizza Night at the Queens... @ Queens Arms
Sunday Pizza Night at the Queens... @ Queens Arms
Feb 17 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Sunday Pizza Night at the Queens Arms in East Garston @ Queens Arms | England | United Kingdom
Most of the restaurants and pubs may be shut of a Sunday evening – but not the Queens Arms. Just as the last Sunday lunches are being cleared away, we’re firing up our pizza ovens[...]
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9:30 am Monkey Mayhem @ The Beacon
Monkey Mayhem @ The Beacon
Feb 18 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Monkey Mayhem @ The Beacon | England | United Kingdom
Pre-school stay and play session with bouncy castle and ball pit. Buy tickets on the door – no booking required.   Dates Every Monday & Friday (except Bank Holidays). Price £3.70 per child or £5.70[...]
10:00 am Book and DVD Sale @ Burghfield L... @ Burghfield Library
Book and DVD Sale @ Burghfield L... @ Burghfield Library
Feb 18 @ 10:00 am – Feb 23 @ 4:00 pm
Book and DVD Sale @ Burghfield Library @ Burghfield Library
Book and DVD sale  Monday 18 – Saturday 23 February at Burghfield Library, nothing more than £1. For more information, please contact the library. Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newburylibrary/ http://info.westberks.gov.uk/35189
10:00 am Indoor Bounce & Inflatables for ... @ Swindon MECA
Indoor Bounce & Inflatables for ... @ Swindon MECA
Feb 18 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Indoor Bounce & Inflatables for Halfterm @ Swindon MECA | England | United Kingdom
Monday 18th – Friday 22nd February 2019 10am – 4pm (Daily) UNLIMITED PLAY Bouncy Castles (up to 10yrs) Inflatable Obstacle Course (up to 10yrs) Toddler Soft Play (0-4yrs) 0-6 Months – Free Under 4’s –[...]
10:00 am Monday Rhymetime @ Thatcham Library @ Thatcham Library
Monday Rhymetime @ Thatcham Library @ Thatcham Library
Feb 18 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am
Monday Rhymetime @ Thatcham Library @ Thatcham Library | England | United Kingdom
Monday Rhymetime at Thatcham Library Rhymetime for under 3’s at Thatcham Library. Every Monday in term time, 10.00-10.20am. For more information, please contact the library. Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newburylibrary/ http://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/30286
10:00 am Music Mondays, Wantage @ Vale & Downland Museum
Music Mondays, Wantage @ Vale & Downland Museum
Feb 18 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am
Music Mondays, Wantage @ Vale & Downland Museum | England | United Kingdom
For under 5s – come and join Music Mondays.  Join in with traditional songs and rhymes accompanied by live music. Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Spaces are limited so please book in advance[...]
1:30 pm Duplo Play Sessions @ Theale Lib... @ Theale Library
Duplo Play Sessions @ Theale Lib... @ Theale Library
Feb 18 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Duplo Play Sessions @ Theale Library @ Theale Library | Theale | England | United Kingdom
Duplo Play Sessions For toddlers and preschoolers: Mondays, 1.30-3.00pm all year round Wednesdays. 10.45am-12.15pm half-term and holidays An informal session to have fun with Duplo. Younger siblings welcome – we have a few baby toys to[...]
1:45 pm Let’s Talk About the Old Days @ ... @ Theale Library
Let’s Talk About the Old Days @ ... @ Theale Library
Feb 18 @ 1:45 pm – 3:15 pm
Let's Talk About the Old Days @ Theale Library @ Theale Library | Theale | England | United Kingdom
Let’s Talk About the Old Days Regular events for older people – Carers welcome. 3rd Monday each month, starts 19th November. Please call or email ahead if you wish to attend – For more information,[...]

Our Competition Winners on The Flying Scotsman

Thursday 4th October 2018 – LNER Pacific no. 60103 Flying Scotsman on a Cathedrals Express from Theale to Taunton.

Our Steam Dream competition winner Will Beattie from Ramsbury treated his Dad to the trip for his 60th birthday!

Train Photographer Tony Bartlett

Experienced photographer Tony Bartlett captured The Flying Scotsman as it steamed across Hungerford Common:

Just as forecast, the day dawned with light cloud thereby nullifying the problem for photographers of having to shoot directly into the sun. In fact as I arrived at my chosen spot on Hungerford Common, I could see mist descending over the town but my limited view remained reasonably clear, although the low level of available light was not ideal for action photography. The train was on time into its station stop at Newbury so there was not long to wait before the sound of the steam exhaust could be heard approaching rapidly from the far end of the Common, shortly after followed by Flying Scotsman bursting out from under Dun Mill overbridge, having blasted the underside of the bridge with steam in characteristic fashion:

The original plan had been for the Pacific to be accompanied by a 4-6-0 for its tour of Devon and Cornwall – Mayflower was to join later in the journey but being unavailable a Black Five was having to deputise. By good fortune this was presumably still in the London area so we were treated to the sight of it double-heading with FS for this first part of the tour:

 

 

….. a grand sight indeed, and an unusual LNER/LMS combination! The yellow signal on the up line was initially a cause for concern indicating that an express was imminent with potential to spoil the view, but at the time it was in or approaching its stop at Hungerford (not so good for spectators there).

In the interests of balance I took a ‘going away’ shot of the two locos to give more prominence to the Black Five no. 44871, which shot also displays the corridor tender of the Scotsman with its rear carriage connection and porthole lighting the corridor. For today it would only provide a good view of the smoke box of no. 44871:

 

For more from Tony about our local steam train heritage, click here.

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