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Aylesbury Literary Club

Not 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.

Greater Thame U3A

Part 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 speakers attending.

Chiltern Business Club

Founded 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.

Aylesbury Vale-Web

Aylesbury 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.

Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway

One 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.

DOS St Pancras Reunion Group

Small 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.

FPP Travel Group

For 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.

Peter's Railway

I 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!

Vale of Aylesbury Model Engineering Society

Here 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.

Buckinghamshire Railway Centre

This 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.