The Railways Come to St Peter’s!

The St Peter’s Autumn Fair was held on Saturday November 3rd… but that doesn’t begin to capture the excitement of the day. For the first time we were joined by 8 miniature layouts, depicting various railways as they might have been – and in one case, as they were in the 1930s: George Loydall’s beautiful and accurate model of the Cornish village Helston and its station (now no more).

Photo: George Loydall running a train into his model of Helston Station

George Loydall running a train into his model of Helston Station

Photo: A young visitor watches intently

A young visitor watches intently

The visitors ranged from enthralled children to seasoned modellers – and every visitor enjoyed it. The children seemed to like “Beamends Colliery” – a not-too-serious coalmine railway made by vicar Chris Burch – but that was partly the skill of novice operator Roger Hughes, who came over from Coventry to help Chris, and proved a sucker for the charms of pint-sized Fat Controllers!

Photo: Roger with two young spectators

Roger with two young spectators

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“Will it go backwards, mister?”

While the trains were running in the church, the hall was full of shoppers buying cards and craft goods for Christmas. The cakes and home-made chutneys went like – well, hot cakes – and the bacon butties went down a storm – helped by the farm-produced bacon from Eastwell, near Melton Mowbray. At the end of the day everyone was exhausted, but the church funds had expanded by some £1200 – and that’s a result!

Photo: Cakes and refreshments at the autumn fair

Cakes and refreshments at the autumn fair

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This entry is dated Wednesday, November 7th, 2007 at 7.49pm and is filed under News.

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