just a lunch time watering hole for professional gentlemen which
this club provides in spades but also a social amenity enjoyed by
fellows who enjoy snooker, golf and other pastimes. The club is
private with membership open by way of nomination and guests are
regularly invited to the quarterly lunch time Wine & Cheese
Soirées. Go to web site for more information.
of the Nationwide University of the Third Age organisation the
Greater Thame branch is available for mature adults residing in Thame
and the surrounding villages. Comprising many self motivated interest
groups the whole membership meet monthly with invited interesting
some 30 plus years ago during one of the UK's frequent recessions
this club provides guidance, fellowship and interest for
entrepreneurs running their own small and medium size businesses
without the pressure of networking. Guest speakers at the monthly
meetings held at Missenden Abbey provide valuable topical information
useful to those without large research resources.
Vale's premier information web site funded entirely by the
subscription of local businesses and other organisations to provide
an unbiased and wide ranging search facility for residents,
businesses and visitors in the area. Many listings are free for
charities and not for profit organisations so lots of listings found
here that are not elsewhere.
& Princes Risborough Railway
of South Oxfordshire's wonderful heritage preservation railways
wholly operated by volunteer members dedicated to keeping the image
and social history alive about the rural branch railways that served
these communities in yesteryears. Open at weekends for most of the
year for family fun and steam enthusiasts to enjoy including a seven
mile journey alongside the ancient Icknield Way plus refreshments,
shop and special activities.
St Pancras Reunion Group
and nearly exclusive railway reunion group where I am regarded as
Young Raymond listed here just in case someone or more
finds me on the web who was also young in the 1960's and worked in
the offices of the District Operating Superintendent at St Pancras
before Dr Beeching wielded his axe and split us all apart. Actually,
anyone who worked at St Pancras during that era is welcome to join us
and we meet nearby at least once a year.
Pure Pleasure (FPP) is a travel group for mature people founded to
raise funds from the profits of days out and short holidays usually
by coach from Aylesbury, Hemel Hempstead and Rickmansworth areas to
contribute to the Iain Rennie Hospice Nurses at Home organisation.
With a membership of about 150 and growing this is a lovely way to
socialise, take coach trips with acquaintances rather than strangers
and raise funds for a worthy cause. E-mail for details.
have included Peter's Railway which is a site for railway
engineering books written and published by Christopher Vine which I
think are absolutely ideal for the budding young engineers of today.
These fun stories combine loads of technical information that is well
presented and should nurture young minds that might prove
inspirational for their future development. Well I am biased but have
a look as these books start where Thomas the Tank Engine leaves off.
Better than Biggles!
of Aylesbury Model Engineering Society
is the place to go if you want to meet or join a happy bunch of self
motivated and sometimes self taught engineers par excellence running
a more hands on railway in the smaller forms from garden size to sit
on and ride. Situated in the grounds of the Buckinghamshire Railway
Centre you have to pay this Centre to gain admission but after that
you are in for a treat. I think members run from 7 to about 99 years
young so there is something for everyone including girls. Very good
web site so take a look.
is a serious railway museum but their own web site does not do them
justice as it has degenerated into an on-line ticket booking centre
with a bias towards commercial events. For this reason I direct
readers to the wikipedia information site where much more interesting
stuff is to be found. The museum is owned and managed by the Quainton
Railway Society Ltd a mutual company limited by guarantee but the
Trustees, (directors by another name), seem to have lost
their way in recent years. Some of this is and has been documented
elsewhere in this web site but if you are real enthusiast look past
their public offering then visit and poke around. Good luck because
you may have hordes of. Children around your ankles.