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Dorset venue operator to be given £180m Fairfield contract

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A social enterprise company which manages the Bournemouth International Centre on the south coast is set to be announced as the new operator for Croydon’s Fairfield Halls later this week.

Bournemouth International Centre: it’s good, but it’s hardly the South Bank

A council report revealed that the deal, which could last up to 15 years, may be worth as much as £180million to the operator.

But for legal reasons the council, which owns the Fairfield Halls arts complex, has withheld the identity of the winning bidder. They will be signing what amounts to a pretty chunky concessions contract, with the new management team retaining the money made from staging shows, plays, conferences and concerts in the Croydon venue.

Industry sources have indicated that Dorset-based BH Live, the operators of nearly 20 halls, arts venues and sports centres along the south coast, is to be revealed on Friday as the…

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Lamb Shoulder Roast With Spring Vegetables

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Canal Walks…….Hebden Bridge to Todmorden

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With glorious weather forecast for today I decided to continue with my exploration of the canal paths of West Yorkshire. Todays walk (number four in the series) would be from Hebden Bridge to Todmorden (which can never make its mind up whether it is in Lancashire or Yorkshire, but that is altogether another blog), a distance of about 5 miles.

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As you make your way out of Hebden Bridge you notice a significant change in the topography as the canal begins to wind its way along the Calder Valley and the valley slopes right down to the waters edge for much of the journey. On a hot day like today I was grateful that much of the path was shaded by the overhanging trees.

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It was noticeable that the very first signs of autumn are here as leaves are beginning to change in colour and…

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Flying Scotsman……..trial run to Oxenhope

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IMGP1542.jpgOn the 31 March 2017 I shall be making the trip from Oxenhope (West Yorkshire) to Carlisle via the Ribblehead Viaduct aboard the Flying Scotsman (had to remortgage the house to buy tickets)……..but as my mother used to say “there are no pockets in shrouds so get the money spent”.

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Anyway, I decided to have a trial run to Oxenhope station this morning to check out parking and departure details on the day. So in awful wet weather my wife and I set out for the station, and arrived in equally unpleasant wet weather.

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Having parked up the car we wandered on to the platform to see a small steam train with several carriages and quite a number of people milling about. One of the “officials” approached us and asked could he help as the station was closed today. He then explained that three people were having the “Footplate Experience”…

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ESNG Exhibition 2017 #3

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Also in the corridor was Kuritu.  It’s unusual in three ways. It’s Japanese, it’s an inter-urban railway, and it has been designed to be viewed from both sides. A simple design, but it just ‘oozes’ Japan.

Ian Lamkin lives just up the road in Redhill, but is always booked up further in advance than my ability to arrange a show.  So it was very pleasing to get him and Santa Barbara along.  Santa Barbara is a near scale model of the area around Santa Barbara Amtrak station which is between the beach and the main downtown area. Many photographs and measurements have been taken around the station to recreate as many details as possible. The Surf Line runs from San Diego up through Los Angeles to Santa Barbara, 100 miles north of Los Angeles.

I managed to catch Atlantic Road in a train-free moment.  But it’s the summer of 1998 and…

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Flying Scotsman Flying South

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60103 ‘Flying Scotsman’ is probably one of the most famous and iconic heritage steam engines in the UK and this past Bank Holiday weekend it has come south from its home at York to run on the Bluebell Railway in Sussex.

60103 at East Grinstead

Built as LNER4472, an A1 Pacific class locomotive at Doncaster, it entered into service in February 1923. It didn’t receive a name until the following year when it was part of the British Empire exhibition when it was decided to name it after the daily express train from London Kings Cross to Edinburgh ‘The Flying Scotsman’. It 1924 it became the first locomotive to officially be recorded as reaching 100mph and it headed the first non-stop run between London and Edinburgh in May 1928.

Model of 4472 as originally built

In the 1940s the A1 class was rebuilt and remodelled into the new design A3 Pacifics and 4472…

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Fisherton Sarum out on the road again, the Epsom and Ewell show this coming weekend

Recommend the Epsom show – not able to go this year, enjoy if you do.

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This coming weekend, 22nd & 23rd April, sees the annual Epsom and Ewell MRC exhibition and one of only a couple appearances of Fisherton Sarum this year. The Epsom and Ewell Model Railway Club is I think one oldest model railway clubs around having been established in 1952. The exhibition is being held at their usual venue of the North East Surrey College of Technology (NESCOT), Reigate Road, Ewell, Surrey KT17 3DS. It is always good to be exhibiting in the heart of the Southern Railway’s territory.

I have taken some time out from building my latest little train set Canute Road Quay (which itself is making its first ‘public’ debut the following weekend, more of which ina future post next week) to set Fisherton Sarum up at the clubrooms of the High Wycombe and District MRS, for which I am most grateful to repair a couple of…

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ESNG Exhibition 2017 #2

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A feature of ESNG shows is ERIC the Roundhouse.  We try to have ERIC appear in a new guise for each show – recent themes have been a PW depot, locomotives seen in Redhill, Japanese locomotives, and Lehigh Valley diesels.  However, we were running out of ideas.  A flash of inspiration, and we proudly present: ERIC, International Tramway Museum.  I didn’t realise I had quite that many trams!

On the far side of the hall, John Brightwell’s ‘Alpenbahn’ modular layout settled down to run a steady stream of trains all day.  Alpenbahn was originally conceived and constructed as a modular layout by members of ESNG. It is now being curated by John Brightwell. As the name suggests, an alpine scene is represented, the idea being that very long prototypical trains can be run through an evocative landscape. Today, Alpenbahn is linked to two of Richard Oliver’s N-Club modules.

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A very special school stages 40th anniversary open days

A great school doing a brilliant job.

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A very special school is this summer celebrating its 40th anniversary of being based on Pampisford Road, South Croydon.

St Giles, Croydon’s Special School of the Year, is full of amazing children and dedicated staff. All of the pupils attending St Giles have complex physical and medical needs. At the school, they flourish in the highly specialist environment, with education and health professionals working closely together so that every child can “Be the best they can be”.

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Tall Ships Festival 2017 (1)

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Keith and I spent a day at the Tall Ships festival this week. Our first stop was at The Royal Arsenal at Woolwich where a number of visiting ships were berthed.

Artemis built in 1926 as a whaler. Later converted to a freighter and now used as a floating hotel cruising the Baltic.

Replica of The Nao Victoria which circumnavigated the world in 1519-1522

Tolkien was built as a diesel powered tug operating out of Rostock. In 1995 she was in Rotterdam when the company who owned her went bankrupt. She was bought by a private individual who removed her diesel engines and converted her into a top-sail schooner. She operates cruises in the Baltic and the North Sea

TS Royalist belongs to the Sea Cadets and is used for training.

When the ships leave Greenwich on Sunday, they will sail to Portugal before crossing the Atlantic to Canada.

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