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May 2022
Issue 65 now available. This issue has a specific focus on the ongoing review of the relationship between the Signal Box team and the Romsey Buildings Heritage Trust who own the building and the site (previously mentioned at last year’s AGM as reported in Issue 63). However there’s still space to see pictures of the local dramatic society using the box as a backdrop for publicity for their production of “The Railway Children”, and to get updates on the Wednesday working parties and the café, amongst other things.
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March 2022
Issue 64. This issue starts with news of two new chairs. We acknowledge the contribution made by Jamie Brooker over the past 4½ years as he steps back (we hope temporarily) from his role. Dick gives his usual report on open days and events, including the recent model railway exhibition weekend. Adrian writes about the manufacture of replica signalling parts to make our signals “look right”. Read on for even more information about the work of the team.
November 2021
Issue 63. Featuring an appropriately wintery view of the signalbox site, this edition reports on the successful reopening of the visitor attraction in the second half of the year. With membership numbers at a recent high (and with several new young members) there are extra volunteering opportunities described, and with the re-introduction of the “Knowing Me, Knowing You” feature we find out about two of these younger members. The newsletter also contains the minutes of our AGM where (amongst other things) revisions to our relationship with the Romsey Buildings Heritage Trust (with consequences for our Constitution) were discussed.
August 2021
Issue 62. The previous issue had reported problems with the stairs but this issue opens with news they have been completely replaced. There’s also positive news about the reopening including a record attendance in one day at the site. We’ve acquired some extra signalling equipment to add to our exhibits over the next few months. Finally volunteer Dave Trewern gives an insight into the running of the café and we acknowledge the support given by two other stalwarts, David & Marion Canning.
May 2021
Issue 61. This gives details of the reopening of the Signal Box site from June 2021 and of other related attractions. There’s details of an urgent repair being undertaken on the steps to the operating floor. We also have some recollections of the late Peter Jordan who had been instrumental in the work of restoring Exeter West signal box at Crewe. The newsletter references a second supplement describing the history of the Cowley Bridge simulation which has been combined with part 1 describing the original box and can be found on the Cowley Bridge page of this website.
February 2021
Issue 60. This is an update on what had been able to take place during the periods of lockdown. The newsletter references a supplement describing part 1 of the history of Cowley Bridge which now has been combined with part 2 and can be found on the Cowley Bridge page of this website.
November 2020
Issue 59. This covers the AGM of the Friends and the successful reopening to the public in September 2020. Also included is a two-page article on signalling at Ilfracombe Please note that the link on page 7 to the GDPR policy for members is broken, so you can CLICK HERE to download it.
August 2020
Issue 58. Primarily dealing with the plans for reopening the site in line with the current Covid-19 control measures, this also highlights some of the work undertaken at the site to improve the facilities over the past few months.
May 2020
Issue 57.
Feb 2020
After a long break in production of newsletters, a new editor is appointed. Issue 56 has an editorial from new editor, plus an update on events and progress on site..

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