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Title: GWR Staff Association clubs
Post by: grahame on March 18, 2019, 12:53:17 pm
From Plymouth Live (https://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/whats-on/music-nightlife/railway-workers-vanished-laira-railway-2646423)

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The railway workers have vanished from the Laira Railway Social Club

The once booming GWRSA club at the bottom of a Laira cul-de-sac is determined to attract fresh blood who love a cheap beer

[interesting history article follows]

The GWRSA club at Westbury has gone and been replaced by a car park

I recall attending meetings at the Taunton club just to the north of the station, and at the Bristol club (felt like underneath the old train shed).

Sports and Social club changes and refunctioning not unique to the rail industry ... Spencer's Sports and Social Club in Melksham is a thriving club where perhaps the name is the only survivor from the heavy engineering plant.   Melksham House, once the sport and social club of Avon Tyres, became "an altertross around our neck" [company manager's comment a few years back] and is now in the hands of the local council who have taken a very long time to progress their "Melksham Campus" plans beyond plans.


Title: Re: GWR Staff Association clubs
Post by: didcotdean on March 18, 2019, 01:45:23 pm
GWRSA club in Didcot seems to be always threatened of disappearing through some kind of redevelopment, but with South Oxfordshire DC taking an age to do anything round the station area it maybe safe for a while.


Title: Re: GWR Staff Association clubs
Post by: bignosemac on March 18, 2019, 02:05:09 pm
Both Taunton and Bristol's 'Railway Clubs' are long gone. I believe there are still open GWRSA's in Yeovil, Exmouth, Exeter (x2), Plymouth, Hereford, Bridgend, Port Talbot and Didcot.


Title: Re: GWR Staff Association clubs
Post by: stuving on March 18, 2019, 03:27:45 pm
GWRSA Reading survived the rebuild, being just outside the operational station boundary, and I think it's still open.


Title: Re: GWR Staff Association clubs
Post by: old original on March 18, 2019, 03:31:50 pm
Redruth and St. Blazey still open but St. Austell and Truro gone, although Truro is open as a public house... "The Railway"


Title: Re: GWR Staff Association clubs
Post by: TaplowGreen on March 18, 2019, 04:37:37 pm
There's one in Slough I think, right next to the station?


Title: Re: GWR Staff Association clubs
Post by: Phil on March 18, 2019, 05:34:51 pm
I used to commute weekly to Basingstoke and there was a very busy-looking one at the back of their station - can't remember the platform number as it's probably ten years ago now and lots of trains have passed under the bridge since then. 6 or 7, I think. Basingstoke was also the last place I saw slam-door stock in regular service.


Title: Re: GWR Staff Association clubs
Post by: bobm on March 18, 2019, 08:32:08 pm
There's one in Slough I think, right next to the station?

Isnít that where the Slough and Windsor Railway Society meet these days?


Title: Re: GWR Staff Association clubs
Post by: TonyK on March 18, 2019, 09:05:01 pm
Civil Service clubs are also going, as the few that are left no longer play snooker and tend to booze less.


Title: Re: GWR Staff Association clubs
Post by: Witham Bobby on March 19, 2019, 09:34:28 am
It may surprise some, given the railway status of the place these days, that there was until fairly recently a BR(WR)SA branch at Honeybourne.  Last time I checked, it was still going as a social club, but no longer connected with railways

[Edit:  It's still functioning. The club's Facebook page claims a 60 year heritage]


Title: Re: GWR Staff Association clubs
Post by: Fourbee on March 19, 2019, 10:46:43 am
I used to commute weekly to Basingstoke and there was a very busy-looking one at the back of their station
Basingstoke Railway Social Club on the North side. Used to be a CIU club; the last time I tried to get in they weren't affiliated any more - but they let me in anyway.


Title: Re: GWR Staff Association clubs
Post by: IndustryInsider on March 19, 2019, 10:53:16 am
It may surprise some, given the railway status of the place these days, that there was until fairly recently a BR(WR)SA branch at Honeybourne.  Last time I checked, it was still going as a social club, but no longer connected with railways

[Edit:  It's still functioning. The club's Facebook page claims a 60 year heritage]

Yes, Honeybourne used to be quite a 'railway town' for a village! The station was a junction with no less than four signalboxes.


Title: Re: GWR Staff Association clubs
Post by: eightf48544 on March 19, 2019, 03:31:29 pm
There's one in Slough I think, right next to the station?

It's now the home of Slough and Windsor Railway Society.

If you are ever in Slough on a Friday night look in there is likely to be something on, we meet every Friday most years except when Xmas comes on Friday.


Title: Re: GWR Staff Association clubs
Post by: SandTEngineer on March 19, 2019, 03:40:44 pm
It may surprise some, given the railway status of the place these days, that there was until fairly recently a BR(WR)SA branch at Honeybourne.  Last time I checked, it was still going as a social club, but no longer connected with railways

[Edit:  It's still functioning. The club's Facebook page claims a 60 year heritage]

Yes, Honeybourne used to be quite a 'railway town' for a village! The station was a junction with no less than four signalboxes.
It once had five boxes but North Loop closed in 1933.


Title: Re: GWR Staff Association clubs
Post by: Bmblbzzz on March 19, 2019, 08:29:34 pm
It may surprise some, given the railway status of the place these days, that there was until fairly recently a BR(WR)SA branch at Honeybourne.  Last time I checked, it was still going as a social club, but no longer connected with railways

[Edit:  It's still functioning. The club's Facebook page claims a 60 year heritage]

Yes, Honeybourne used to be quite a 'railway town' for a village! The station was a junction with no less than four signalboxes.
I've been through Honeybourne numerous times but never even seen the station.  :-[

Back to the GWRSAs, isn't (the site of) the one in Bristol now a trendy style coffee place? And also I think a nursery school in part of it.


Title: Re: GWR Staff Association clubs
Post by: FremlinsMan on March 19, 2019, 11:04:07 pm
GWRSA club in Didcot seems to be always threatened of disappearing through some kind of redevelopment, but with South Oxfordshire DC taking an age to do anything round the station area it maybe safe for a while.
'Twas a good venue for the Didcot Red Hot Blues club nights, especially as the beer was sold at a keen price.


Title: Re: GWR Staff Association clubs
Post by: Witham Bobby on June 21, 2019, 11:22:52 am
It may surprise some, given the railway status of the place these days, that there was until fairly recently a BR(WR)SA branch at Honeybourne.  Last time I checked, it was still going as a social club, but no longer connected with railways

[Edit:  It's still functioning. The club's Facebook page claims a 60 year heritage]

Yes, Honeybourne used to be quite a 'railway town' for a village! The station was a junction with no less than four signalboxes.

On the main line, heading from Campden towards Evesham - Honeybourne South Loop,  H Station South, H Station North, Sheenhill (WWII ARP style 'box - short lived 1943 - 1962???).

On the Branch (only a brief existence, before the junction control was moved to Station South in 1933) was Honeybourne North Loop Jcn.

On the Cheltenham to Stratford line, heading from Broadway towards Long Marston - Honeybourne West Loop Jcn and H East Loop Jcn.

Sheenhill and North Loop Jcn were not functioning at the same time.  So I make it six boxes, rather than four. 

North Loop Junction box was removed to someone's garden in the village and could be viewed from trains on the OWW route.  The top of it now resides in the car park at Toddington

There was a little loco "shed" at Honeybourne, mainly for locos on banking duty.  When I was signalman at Moreton in Marsh during the mid 1970s, it was a great delight to hear the tales of Honeybourne from the older hands who had joined the railway before WWII.  It was a very significant place.



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