2021 Events 

CTP Autumn Road Run - 05.09.21
 
I had the pleasure of joining the CTP Road run which was a round trip starting and finishing at Salisbury Livestock Market taking in the New Forest and the seaside!
 
One of my stops for photographs was the beautiful Green Dragon at Brook, a traditional listed Grade II thatched country pub.  My sincere thanks to the landlord who permitted me to park on site, to enable me to get some photographs, which was very much appreciated due to my health at this current time.  
 
 
If you are in the area do pop in, you won't be dissapointed.  I understand the odd steam engine stops over as well.
The White Horse Inn 'Steam Up', Stourpaine - 04.09.21 & 05.09.21
 
What an amazing gathering at The White Horse Inn, a traditional public house, in the village of Stourpaine.  The White Horse Inn is also the local shop and post office and a welcome ice cream was had!
 
The steam up weekend is normally earlier in the season but as always due to lockdown it was prevented from taking place, therefore, re-arranged for September.
 
A lovely mix of full size steam and miniature road steam could be seen, during perfect September weather.
 
An event not to be missed!
Basingstoke Festival Of Transport - 22.08.21
 
Basingstoke Festival of Transport returned after a sixteen month break due to Covid-19 celebrating its 30th anniversary.
 
This year’s festival was organised jointly by the Thornycroft Society and Basingstoke Deane Rotary and supported by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, was held in the War Memorial Park.  The show attracts more than 700 vehicles and around 15,000 people.
 
Entry was free as always, with a £2.00 charge for the car park.  Very good value for money!
Imberbus - 21.08.21
 
(Extract from imberbus.org)
 
Imberbus 2021 was held on Saturday 21st August  when more than 18 old and new Routemaster buses (plus a few guest vehicles) operated from Warminster to Imber and other points on Salisbury Plain.
 
A major difference to the event this year was that on this date, access to Imber was only possible using the Imberbuses themselves.  Cars, motorbikes, cycles, scooters or pedestrians were not permitted access to the military roads on this date, so anyone that wanted to drive their own vehicle to Imber had to delay their trip until the following weekend when the road through Imber was available to all vehicles.  
 
Please see route and timetable in pdf format.
 
 Important features of this year’s Imberbus included:
 
  • At least 25 buses in operation, some of which were wheelchair accessible.
  • Departures approximately every 15 minutes from Warminster Station to Imber from 9.45am onwards.
  • Buses serving Tilshead, Chitterne, West Lavington, Market Lavington and Brazen Bottom twice an hour throughout the day.
  • Buses twice an hour to New Zealand Farm Camp until early afternoon.
  • One morning and two afternoon journeys running direct between Warminster and Chitterne (not via Imber).
  • Most journeys operated by at least 2 vehicles.​

​Imber Church was open for viewing and refreshments from 10:00 to 18:00.   Refreshments were also available at Caspers Cafe on Platform 1 of Warminster Station and at the village halls in Chitterne and Tilshead.  Refreshments at Chitterne Village hall sampled and excellent, even taking card payments!

 

In addition, cream teas were served in the Old School House next to Market Lavington Church between Midday and 5pm;

Imber Bus Map 2021

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Imberbus 2021 Summary Timetable

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WAPG - 29th Vintage Tractor Road Run - 08.08.21
 
I was delighted to join the road run for a few photographs, despite the wet weather!
 
The road run set off at 10:30 from Totteridge Farm, Milton Lilbourne  and followed the following route:
Little Salisbury-Sunnyhill-Wilcot-Manningford Bruce-North Newnton-HALF WAY at Woodborough-Alton Barnes-Clatford-West Woods-Clench Common-Wootton Rivers-Little Salisbury.
 
Thank you to eveyone for their hospitality.

Carter's Steam Fair, Bath - 07.08.21 to 22.08.21

 

These photographs were taken as the fair arrived early in the morning and their preparations to open up for the public in Royal Victoria Park, Bath.  I was at The Royal Victoria Park Bath, for the arrival of the large convoy of Carters Fair Vehicles as they arrived all the way from their White Waltham base.  This is no mean feat for normal vehicles etc but with a travelling heritage fair and some slow moving vintage lorries it’s an epic journey.
 
Joby Carter spent his birthday building up the fair ground rides, just another day for the fair showman.
 
Not all of the vintage rides are out at the moment due to restoration work - every winter, months are spent.
Wiltshire Vehicle & Machinery Enthusiasts Tractor Road Run - 11.07.21
 
The road run started at Down Farm, Everleigh and the halfway point was at Chute Club.  
 
Lockdown and COVID-19, has taken its toll on each and everyone of its members.  However, the new club was pleased to host a Tractor Road Run.
 
The 2021 Road Run
 
The Road Run was a 28 mile route in the local area that featured vintage tractors and was open to members and non-members, with lunch which was held at The Chute Social Club.
 
The start/end point was at Down Barn Farm in Everleigh.  Trailer parking was made available at the road run courtesy of Mr Waight.
 
Gathering started from 08:30 and they set off at around 10:00.  There were COVID-19 safety measures in place to protect those attending.  Participants were also asked to bring their own lunch.  As usual, this was a very well run event with a compact route which the club members and guests all enjoyed.
 
Aaron Vallis  and his team organised this event, so very well done to him.  A very pleasing day out into some areas I had not visited for several years.
 
The Route
 
The actual mileage on the public highway was carefully kept to a minimum, with the majority of the route on byways and smaller country roads.
 
The circular route kept the entries  close to the clubs Pewsey base and the entries were escorted front and rear by officials, to minimise any congestion. Marshalls were also posted on some junctions.
 
From the start point the route headed east, towards Everleigh passing the hanger at Everleigh Satellite Landing Ground. The most tangible clue of the area's existence is the Super Robin hangar.  The former landing ground is situated just to the north of Everleigh.
 
The route travelled a short distance along the A342, then branched off towards Collingbourne Ducis, crossing the A338 and out towards the Shears Arms, where the route turned left towards the Fair Mile, then turned right passing the racing stables at Herridge Stud Farm and on to Collingbourne Woods.
 
This woodland is made up of Collingbourne and Coldridge woods, both ancient woods to the south of Savernake Forest, which are predominantly broadleaf and in particular beech.
 
A brief halt was taken in the woods near Gammons Farm to allow the crews to have a relaxing few minutes.  The route then turned left onto the Chute causeway and then turned right down through the Chutes to the social club halfway halt.
 
The route after the break passed by Conholt Park and then through Fosbury and passing Oxenwood and Tidcombe.
 
A left turn for a short distance on the A338 took the route onto the Fair Mile  with a trip down the old Brunton Hill Climb, then passing through the village and left back onto the A338 at Collingbourne Kingston before turning right onto the byway at Mill Lane and back towards Everleigh.
 
At the junction to the road that runs from Everleigh to Pewsey, a problem occurred, when a national cycle race was in action on the same road being travelled back to the end of the route.  However, access to this road was totally blocked by the spectators.  The tractors had travelled along the byway to this point, only to find the byway illegally blocked by many parked cars.
 
After  a few heated words with  some of these spectators a race organiser was contacted.  The lady concerned completely understood the situation  and agreed that the tractors could be allowed back to the finish point in convoy with a rear escort. ( a very sensible organiser, who did not hesitate to act).  How the same roads, came to be permitted to use the same route, at the same time, could have been extremely dangerous.

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dcrh@supanet.com

 

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  • Eleanor firmstone (Thursday, January 23 20 09:20 am GMT)

    Hi, do you have any information on the steam roller ru7342. We now own the roller and wondered what year this was taken.
    Thanks Eleanor

  • Sarah Mitchell (Wednesday, September 11 19 10:31 pm BST)

    Hi there is a wonderful picture you took of a dear friend of mine on his journey to the gdsf this year. It is in the western daily press dated 22/08/19 Carl Brown roading the Marshall to gdsf. I cannot locate this picture on any website to purchase and was hoping i could purchase through yourself many thanks Sarah

  • John Baines (Friday, April 05 19 03:45 pm BST)

    Have you any photogaphs of James & Crockerills yard in Durrington? Their MD Peter Barber owned the Burrell Scenic Road loco 'Prince of Wales@ and other engines including Burrell roller 'Daffodil'

  • Zoe Read (Saturday, March 02 19 07:08 pm GMT)

    I see you already have dates for this one but I wondered if you would consider adding Purbeck Rally to your event list?
    9th -11th August
    worgret road, wareham, dorset, BH20 6AB
    Raising funds for Forest Holme Hospice Charity & other local causes.

  • Andrew Gray (Wednesday, February 20 19 07:55 pm GMT)

    Is that Mr Dimmer and the train made at Durrington Sec Modern, I started there 1963 and left 1968. Mr Dimmer (Regg) was such a great teacher. Wonderful set of images to treasure. p.s we met today at the Boscombe Down Tornado fly past.

  • Jamie (Saturday, September 01 18 01:39 am BST)

    Hi!

    I am Jamie. One of the coalomen from last weeks steam fair. I know you mentioned taking lots of photos of us and it would be lovely to see them. Please get back to me when you can with prices ect i will most certainly purchase a few! In the meantime i will admire wgat you have on your page here already, hope you enjoyed the show! Speak soon

    Regards
    Jamie

  • Don Russell (Friday, August 17 18 08:51 am BST)

    Hullo, found your site when looking for GDSF info. I was wondering if you had any information regarding engines travelling to the GDSF. I read engines will be raising money for cancer on there journey but I cannot find any info regarding route and timings.Thanks

  • Brian Moore (Saturday, August 04 18 12:40 pm BST)

    Thanks David: Brian

  • Peter Freeman (Thursday, May 10 18 09:56 pm BST)

    Fantastic site, easy to read and great pics! Keep up the good work.

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