John and Christine Gartell, their family and friends look forward to welcoming you to the narrow gauge Gartell Light Railway.
The executive coach departs:Faygate (A264 bus stop) 7.15
Haywards Heath (Orchards) 7.35
Sheffield Park Station 7.50
East Grinstead Station 8.10
Godstone Green (main bus stop) 8.30
Redhill (Redstone Hill car park) 8.45
Reigate (London Road Bus Stop) 9.00
Return home by 10.00pm
The fare is £40.00, and is inclusive of:
Steam train travel, 2-course Lunch, Talk, Visit to the signalling system, and extra train rides.
Please choose lunch menu from:
1. Fish, chips & peas
2. Ham, egg & chips
3. Veg. flan with salad & crusty bread
4. Homemade lasagne with salad & crusty bread
Fresh Fruit Pavlova and cream
Tea or coffee
Bookings to Mr Chris Cooper, 7 Rickwood Park, Beare Green, Dorking RH5 4PP, tel 01306 713295 (eves only).
Cheques payable to BRPS Social Sub Committee - Please enclose SAE and state pick-up point and meal required.
Booking closes 14 days before travel.
HorstedFest 2006 took place at Horsted Keynes station on Sunday 28th May. The platform between the buffet and the bookstall became the stage for the evening's entertainment, provided by local group 'Tumbling Dice' (Nicky and Paul) ....and some members of the railway! If Martin Reeves is reading this I have to say that this year's singer is more attractive....!
The backdrop for the evening was provided by the West Country and our thanks are due to David Foale and Roland Law for crewing the locomotive, as well as guard Ken and the signalmen.
The platform became an impromptu dance floor in between visits to the bar where Bluebell and Wadsworth 6X were on tap for the connoisseur. The barbecue was ably manned by several people during the evening, inevitably including Paul Auckland who appears to have neglected the tambourine this year.
During the evening a raffle was held with star prizes like a Tessa the Train picture book (have you finished it yet Scratchers?) and a 'Thomas' whistle, whilst some unlucky people won alcohol.
An enjoyable evening of music, dancing and socialising for all who attended. Thanks to the Social Sub-committee for organising it.
Thanks are also due to Ken Upton for providing this report.
Chris Cooper organised a bus trip to Sir William McAlpine's Private Railway. Travel was by a vintage Southdown Leopard 37 seater tourer to Fawley Hill for a special visit to Bill McAlpine's private estate and extensive museum, and also a chance to travel on his railway with a 1 in 14 gradient.
Chairman & Trustee: Neil Glaskin
Secretary: Ruth Groome
Treasurer & Horsted Keynes Rep: John Woods
Coach Trip Organiser: Chris Cooper
Sheffield Park Rep: Tom Lovell
Catering Rep: Helen Lovell
Kingscote Rep: Vacant
If you need to contact the SSC this should be done initially via the representative at your local station, should this not be possible please write to the Secretary or Chairman c/o Sheffield Park
The SSC also supports other groups within the Bluebell Railway in publicising social events organised by and for BRPS members. If you are organising an event on the railway would you please let the SSC know. This will prevent us arranging a clashing event and enable us to maximise the enjoyment of the membership. We may be able to assist in advertising your event via this web page.
We are setting up a system whereby news of events will be sent to members by e-mail; further details of this will be available shortly.
We will endeavour to publicise events with plenty of notice. Publicity will also be provided through Bluebell News, Points & Crossings (for working members) and posters around the railway.
A number of events are currently being discussed, but if you have any ideas for events, please let us know in writing.
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