Area Groups 2021

Area Groups - 2021 Activity

Cambridgeshire and the Fens Group - 20th October 2021

On Wednesday 20th October 2021, a small but attentive and generous audience attended the March Society meeting at March library to listen to B17 SLT historian talk about the Sandringhams and the project to built a new B17.

Cambridgeshire and the Fens Group - Community Magazine 'Discovering March'

A half page illustrated feature in community magazine 'Discovering March' has been published in the October 2021 issue. The article explains the reasons for the B17 project and promotes the sale of the new calendar and jigsaw puzzle. The magazine is a free issue publication distributed to 10,400 homes and business premises in March and the surrounding area.

Cambridgeshire and the Fens Group - September 2021

The Cambs and Fens Group breakfast meeting on Tuesday 21st September 2021 was open to the public. All who attended to participate in the excellent morning meal provided by March Conservative Club contributed as the B17 SLT had a concession to provide the tea and coffee that accompanied the meal. Several diners were also attracted to the B17 raffle tickets and branded goods that were offered for sale.

The members, and local enthusiasts who remained afterwards, listened to an address by Brian Hall, who spoke about the origins of the B17 new build project, its progress and prospects. At the conclusion, Peter Wright, local group leader, thanked the management of the venue for hosting the event and in particular to the club manager who undertook all the cooking.

Although this event was of only 3 hours duration and a local experiment, it achieved good financial results. A new member submitted his application to join and two local members who were unable to attend the meeting for health reasons sent substancial financial contributions.

E-mail comment afterwards from a local member - 'Well done everyone! A lovely morning, great food and the tea lady spot on cuppa. Kind regards'.

Wansford Steam Event - 21st / 22nd August 2021

Peter Wright was assisted for two days by Steve Halford with help and transport from Richard & Joan Munns on Saturday morning and John Woodford on Sunday evening.

The number of people patronising the railway seemed less that previous visits; however the weather was better than forecast with some intermittent light rain on both days but only heavier towards the end of the event on Saturday. We were visited by several members who were pleased to see us and a satisfactory amount was raised towards the Trust’s funds.