3mm Society, Railway

Crawley MRE 11th/12th April

http://www.crawleymrs.org.uk/exhibition/next/

Unfortunately I cannot go due to Society and family engagements.

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Beer, Buildings I like, Life

Finding the Dark Star

I mentioned in my earlier blog that we passed the Dark Star brewery on the way down to Steyning and thought that would be a good place to visit. Well on the way back that’s what we did – nearly driving past until a voice in the back said oh the Dark Star brewery! So a swift U turn found us on an anonymous Industrial estate searching for the delight that is Dark Star. Unit 22 was our goal and sure enough the Dark Star shop beckoned the 3 of us inside and oh what delights we found – Hophead in bottles, Festival, Partridge & Revelation on draft, so 2 pints of Partridge (Supplied in a plastic carton like that used for milk) and 2 bottles of Hophead were swiftly purchased, all for the princely sum of £8.20!

As we turned to leave one of the staff said to us where have you come from ? Croydon we said and he replied as you have travelled a way to see us would you like a tour round the brewery? Well we did not need to be asked twice and spent around an hour being shown how Dark Star beers are made. Very interesting, I never realised how much went into making beer and the set up was not want I expected – no copper stills, stainless steel is used instead. here are the pictures

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So after our trip round we bade our farewells and headed back to Croydon. A trip to Partridge Green and Dark Star is recommended and needless to say the 2 pints of Partridge are no more having been consumed that very evening!

7mm, Railway

Wealden Railway Group small layout show

Yesterday saw Mr. P and a good friend of ours Brian, venture in to deepest Sussex – Steyning in fact to visit the Wealden Railway group small layout show. A delightful drive down to Sussex saw us past through such delights as Cowfold, Partridge Green (Home of the Dark Star Brewery, more of which on a later blog) until we reached Steyning which once upon a time had a railway station on the Horsham to Shoreham by sea (the Adur Valley line) alas closed in March 1966.

Once in Steyning high st our miss sat nav said we should find School Lane and indeed we did only to find that the car park we wanted was the other side! Having navigated to the car park we found the Steyning Centre and paid our £3.50 day membership to enter a rather packed hall.  Before us in the hall were a variety of layouts in the popular scales (alas no 3mm) although we did spot a couple of 3mm Society members.  Our ticket enabled us a free cup of tea to wash down a slice of fruit cake to satisfy the inner man for 5 minutes.

Wandering round and viewing the many layouts was very enjoyable and the Wealden Group are a friendly lot. We stayed for the majority of the morning, a group of like minded souls doing something they enjoy. Here are the pictures

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Some World War 1

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Fawcett Street Yard

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Whitecross Street

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Cornwall China Clay

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All in all a very enjoyable show and thanks to Andrew Knights for organising it.

Now off to find the Dark Star!

Buildings I like, Life, Work

The Land of the Magna Carta

Went to the Houses of Parliament today for work with launch of Tenants Leading Change and a reception held by Stephen Williams MP.

A most enjoyable morning it is a useful insight in the goings on in Parliament and the fact that someone had actually taken the time to value resident involvement.

We were allowed the opportunity to have a look round, the pomp and splendour is something to behold. We also watched a debate by Vince Cable from the public gallery – very interesting.

Here are some photos

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