Singleton Steam Weekend

Back in August a few Double LL Members were at the Weald and Downland Museum at Singleton for there Steam Event, always a nice event with plenty to see.

Here are a few pictures that John and Mary Stubbington have kindly sent into us here.


Just a reminder for all members that November is the Double LL Club AGM. Wednesday 16th November at The Grange Centre, Midhurst. Hope to see lots of you there.

Also all the cup and trophies winners from last year please make sure they are returned to the committee asap.

Olivia and Victoria

John and Mary Stubbington has sent in this lovely picture of their grand daugther Olivia. She is pictured with her new book from Victoria’s Torton Tales series and is standing on the footplate of Victoria from the book seriers.

If you would like to get your copy then go the Victoria’s Torton Tales website..

October and November Events

As we run towards the end of the year here are the next few events we still have to attend.

19th Wednesday Club Night – Punch & Judy. It’s an hilarious behind the scenes performance, we had him a few years ago and it was the funniest club night ever..
23rd Sunday – Collectomania at The Grange Centre in Midhurst. For more information contact Dave Rudwick 01403 820808


16th Wednesday – Club Night – AGM at the Grange Centre in Midhurst
20th Sunday – Double LL Autojumble at the Grange Centre Midhurst. Contact Dave Rudwick for more information

Isle of Wight 1940s Steam Railway Weekend

A great article in our latest newsletter, Mechanalia. sent in by Colin and Jennifer Mansfield.

We were invited once again to the Isle of Wight Steam Railway 1940s weekend on the 2nd & 3rd July, this would be our third year attending what has become an excellent rally. The ferry to the Island is assisted by the main event sponsor “Wight Link Ferries”, this really is a great help with the costs. The weekend is a fund raising event for the steam railway which has a track from Small Brook Junction (mainline) to Wooton. The headquarters being at Havenstreet Station, this contains all the rolling stock exhibition area, shop, tea rooms and is the setting for the 1940s event.
This year the entertainment was from the Cinque Ports Lindy Hoppers, the Three Bells and Ricky Hunter. The Spitfire Bar provides evening entertainment. The site is not large but well laid out with a 1940s shopping street, a typical town street with Police Station, Land Army LDV station, bombed out buildings, lots of army vehicles of every shape and size. This year they had a typical farm layout with many vehicles including four full size steam engines and one driving a thrashing machine. A rope making demonstration, WI soap and jam making: including a couple with an Austin Ten living out the back in the period with not a modern item in sight.
Our exhibit this year was our two berth 1934 Bertram Hutchings Winchester caravan. As all entrants were asked to dress in appropriate vintage costume the photograph shows us parked next to Chris Sales 1938 Jubilee caravan.
To our great surprise on the Saturday Prince Michael of Kent GCVO, KCVO, CD, was on the Island to start the Cowes Round the Island Race, after this he visited the Cowes lifeboat then came to see the steam railway.
After his ride on the footplate he was interested in the 1940s experience and came over to our 1934 vintage caravan, he spent some considerable time looking at our exhibit looking in detail at all the restoration work, he was particularly interested in our layout for lunch and made the most favourable comments on seeing our Victorian tea cosy.
Colin and Jennifer Mansfield