V.E.R.A. Winter Meetings

Meetings for 2021/22

We are returning to live meetings, to be held at Patcham Community Centre, Ladies Mile Road, Patcham, Brighton, BN1 8TA, commencing at 7.30pm. (Doors open 7pm)

Admission is free for both members and guests but a donation towards our running costs would be appreciated.

Wednesday 29th September 2021

Blay Whitby:  “The Blackpool Story Part 4”.

Blay returns to continue the story of Britain’s only survivng first generation tramway.  He picks up the tale in the dark days of the 1960s when it looked like even Blackpool’s trams would not survive much longer.

Wednesday 24th November 2021

Tim Kendell:  “How Dr Beeching saved the Railways (and set the scene for the current Railway Renaissance)”.     

In a talk which may challenge some preconceptions, Tim looks at  the development of Britain’s railways and how they became unsustainable, leading to the realisation that something had to be done.  The talk then looks at what changes were actually made and how it enabled the railways to be in a fit state to become the mode of choice for the future.