History Group Speaker – 14 April 2011

Hemyock Railway Station

Hemyock Railway Station

The Hemyock History and Archiving Association’s Speaker of the Month for April 2011, has been confirmed.

Amyas Crump will talk on ‘East Devon’s railway heritage’.

This will be in the form of a slide show using mostly 1960’s colour film from several photographers who visited the area during the last years of steam working. It will include the Exe Valley, Main line, Tiverton or ‘Tivvy’ Bumper, Westleigh Tramway and of course, the Culm Valley.

Amyas says of himself: “Having been born on the wrong side of the hill – in Ford Street – an early birthday outing to see off the last train from Hemyock, sparked a lifelong interest in our railway history. Later, through the recovery of Brunelian type trackwork from Burlescombe, this interest extended into industrial railway archeology. With the demise of so much of our rail network and those who knew it, a film and relic archive has been built up which is now used for exhibitions, publishing and slide shows.

The Archives will be adding some pictures of railway scenes, later. The impact the railways had on the local history in the region has been most important to the community. This talk will be of great interest to a good cross section of people.

Recent talks have seen standing room only – we’d expect more of the same for this speaker’s fayre, so please arrive early to get a good seat – front facing, of course.

The ‘journey departs’ at 7:30pm at the Church Rooms, Hemyock. Parking is limited, so please try and use the local amenities free car park near the village hall (140 yard walk), to allow those with reduced mobility to get ‘that bit closer’. As always, the small silent army of volunteers will be brewing light refreshments from the buffet car. No calls for ‘tickets please’ but donations are taken for the up-keep of the Church Rooms.

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