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Visit to the Shillingstone Railway Project / Vintage Motorcycle Club

On the 26th July 2015 Linda Adams is arranging a visit to Shillingstone Railway Station where there will be a chance to see a range of PRE 1931 MOTORCYCLES.

The Wessex Veteran and Vintage section of the Vintage Motorcycle Club will be present from about 1pm and they will be happy to explain and display their machines to us. All these motorcycles are pre 1931.
They will actually arrive at about 10 am and, after a coffee at the café, they will be going for a 30 mile run before returning for tea and snacks/ cakes!

The Shillingstone Railway Project aims not only to restore the station and available surrounding area to how it was in the early 1950s and 1960s, but also to enhance it. Much has already been achieved, including ...
Renovation of the station buildings to include a shop, café, museum and model railway exhibition.
Repair and reconstruction of the platforms, fencing, signal box, platform shelter and other outbuildings.
Restoration of the station gardens and greenhouse.

Shillingstone Station has played host to both King and poet in its 103 year history. King Edward VII, who visited on several occasions, alighted here on his way to stay with Lord and Lady Wolverton at nearby Iwerne Minster House. It was as a result of the King’s visits that the station acquired its ornate canopy, unusual for such a small station but considered necessary to protect the royal guest from inclement weather. With the outbreak of World War I, the poet Rupert Brooke joined the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve and was stationed nearby at Blandford Camp. From there, he and his battalion marched to Shillingstone Station where they boarded a train to Avonmouth and then on to a troop ship bound for Gallipoli. As history records, he never returned.
Please contact Linda Adams on 01202 743169/ 07787 171278 if you are interested in coming along on the 26th July.
We are asking for a small donation of £2 members / £3 non-members, half of which will be given to the Shillingstone Railway Project.
As always, if you have no transport but would like a lift, please let Linda know in plenty of time.

Parish Chest

The owners of this online shop, from which the Society has sold many items over the years, have decided to retire and the shop will close its doors to customers on Monday 10th August 2015.

Whilst all efforts have been made to remove links and references from this website, it is possible that reference will remain in Society documentation until such time as re-printing is required.


We have vacancies for a number of important roles in the Society.

Chairman - David Gynes is definitely stepping down at the AGM in November. It would need to be someone who lives within travelling distance of Treetops to attend committee meetings, but doesn't have to be male.

Fairs organiser - Ann Capon is going to give up this post (not sales) after our Family History Day (12th March 2016). However, she would like someone to shadow her for a while with a view to taking on the post, with help & guidance from her if needed, from anytime soon. Hopefully, further details of what is involved will appear in the next Journal.

Education Officer - Educating people, whether members or not, is one of the charitable purposes of the Society so it's important, if the Society is to retain its charitable status, that we have someone to organise education courses.

If you are interested in finding out more about any of these roles, please Contact us (during normal office hours) or by email.


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