V.E.R.A. Winter Meetings

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 2016/17

September 28th 2016 – ‘Southern Electric’

A welcome return by Nicholas (Nick) Owen who will entertain us with his memories of Southern Electric.  Nick wants the audience to participate and so welcomes hecklers! It’s sure to be entertaining and a meeting not to be missed.

November 30th 2016 – ‘Life above a Railway Tunnel’

So what’s it like living over a busy railway tunnel?  David Porter can tell you as he is the owner of the turreted cottage that stands above the northern portal of Clayton Tunnel.  David will tell us what is good and bad about living there and some of the history behind the tunnel. 

January 25th 2017 – ‘Steam Tug Challenge’

The story of the Heritage Lottery funded restoration of this Dunkirk ‘Little ship’ presented by retired Marine Chief engineer Clive Purser.  Volunteers worked long and hard down at Shoreham Harbour to get this vessel shipshape and seaworthy.  Clive will tell the story of the project from the first survey and bid through to the tug’s triumphant return to her old home on the River Thames.

March 29th 2017 – ‘The Balcombe Tunnel Murder’

Never let it be said that we don’t have variety at VERA meetings! James Gardner will enlighten us on the gruesome event that happened in this Brighton Line tunnel back in 1881, only the second railway murder in history.