What we do
We meet every month of the year with a programme of eleven meetings featuring a presentation by a speaker who is either a visitor or from our membership, plus our AGM held in January. Our programme page gives detailed information of the current year plus an archive of earlier annual programmes. The Pewsey Vale Express our quarterly newsletter, is distributed at meetings and also viewable on this website.
Our meetings, on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:45 pm, are held at Woodborough Social Club, Smithy Lane, Woodborough, Wiltshire, SN9 5PL. There is ample parking and meetings are held in a large hall with bar facilities. The meeting fee is £3.00, which includes a raffle ticket, and visitors are very welcome. Visitors may attend two meetings but would then be expected to join the Society (£7.50 per annum ordinary rate, £5 for seniors).
It was at the tail end of the 1980s that a small group of people stood chatting in a Pewsey car park. They had all just attended an interesting lecture on the GWR by the well known railway enthusiast David Hyde, co-author of the book GWR to Devizes.
The group discussed their recent experience and agreed that such enjoyable events could be continued if they formed a local society to promote an interest in railways. They agreed to canvass support for such a society and duly met at the Greyhound Public House in Pewsey in 1989. The turnout and enthusiasm was far greater than had been expected, with more than 15 people in attendance, and from that early back room meeting, the Pewsey Vale Railway Society was formed. As the membership grew, so did the need for a more spacious venue to host the meetings, and the Society transferred to the nearby Royal Oak establishment. Meetings were held there until a few years later when the landlord, a serious railway enthusiast, unfortunately moved on to other things.
The Society was offered the use of Woodborough Social Club, and has been meeting there ever since, on every second Tuesday in the calendar month. January 2014 saw us celebrating our 25th anniversary. With that many years, and more, of monthly meetings behind us, backed by an enthusiastic membership, the Society continues to prosper.
We ventured onto the World Wide Web in March 2010, thanks to pioneering work by Paul Dyer, a Society member. Our aim is to maintain an informative and interesting website for both members and visitors alike. Please add us to your favourite bookmarks, and feel free to contact us with any comments.
Pewsey Station is served by intercity services operated by First Great Western to and from the West Country. The average journey time betwen London Paddington and Pewsey is just over an hour on an HST.
Our local station at Pewsey was opened by the Berks and Hants Extension Railway on 11 November 1862. Pictured here is the waiting room on the up platform. It was built in 1984 to replace the old wooden structure and to match the distinctive ‘Berks and Hants’ style of the original station buildings on the opposite platform.
Photo P Dyer
Photo P Dyer
6024 KE1 on Up Bristolian at Chippenham Aug 2010
Photo MVA Wilkinson