V.E.R.A. Winter Meetings

PLEASE SEE THE NOTICE ABOUT THE 30th SEPTEMBER MEETING, WHICH IS NOW TO BE HELD USING ZOOM.

Why not join us at one of our Winter Wednesday Meetings
at West Blatchington Windmill, Holmes Avenue, Hove

All meetings start promptly at 7:30 (doors open at 7:00pm) with a break for light refreshments during the evening, finishing by 10:00pm. No charge is made for VERA members attending these meetings, and visitors (£2.00 admission which covers refreshments) will be made very welcome.
As usual meetings will be advertised in the local press, some transport magazines and on this page.  Please ensure you arrive early to get a seat and to allow the meetings to start on time.

Meetings for 2020/21

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT ANY OR ALL MEETINGS MAY BE CANCELLED IF THE CURRENT ‘SOCIAL DISTANCING’ RULES ARE STILL IN FORCE

September 30th 2020 – ‘Blackpool Tramway Part 3’ – Now on ZOOM

Blay Whitby returns again to continue the story of the iconic Blackpool Tramway, including the post-war era when new trams were ordered but routes were closed.

PLEASE NOTE. The meeting on September 30th will be a little different as instead of being able to hold it in the usual venue due to the continuing health alert it is going to be undertaken using Zoom. This is a social sharing platform which has provided a lifeline to businesses and clubs during the pandemic. We hold a regular Zoom meeting for our volunteers and it has proved very successful in keeping everyone in touch. If anyone is interested in joining the meeting then please email our programme secretary Ian Gledhill at iangledhill@outlook.com and he will provide you with instructions for joining Zoom and provide the link to the meeting.


November 25th 2020 – ‘New Zealand’

Local historian Brian Boddy, well known in so many transport circles, bases this talk on his travels in New Zealand in 2004, giving us a portrait of not only the many and varied transport systems but also the stunning landscapes. 


January 27th 2021 – ‘150 years of Brussels Trams’

Postponed from March 2020.

Starting with a short horse tram route in 1869, the city of Brussels has grown its tram system to one of the largest in Europe and the 16th largest in the world.  Celebrating 150 years of continuous operation is no mean feat and there are plans to massively increase the number of routes and tramcars in operation. 

Ian Gledhill visited the city at the time of the celebrations and presents his experiences in this the last talk of the season.


March 31st 2021 – TO BE CONFIRMED