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`Scene and Heard’ at the recent Westcott Stationary Engine Heritage Weekend

‘It’s Petrol – I can smell it with my eyes shut!!’ ‘Scene’ at this years Great Dorset Steam Fair! Images courtesy of John Moss

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High Beeches Hot Air Engine Part 4

With Dave Carpenter back and the team again at full strength we have made some good progress. A few lengths of iron water pipe acquired at a local scrapyard and a box of iron fittings acquired at Cranleigh classic car show have been used to plumb the cooling water tank […]

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Sad loss of Paul Britton

I am sorry to report that Paul Britton passed away on the 19th October. Like me, he joined SEAMS in 1991 at the inaugural meeting. Back then, our engine mates were people like Gus Jewsbury and Jim Silsbury, all local and sadly gone now. Working for the same company as […]

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Singleton Open Air Museum 4th & 5th October 2014

The club has been exhibiting at this show for a number of years. I arrived about 1pm and a few members had just arrived before me but I was soon set up and put the kettle on, then we set up the pen for the engines. The weather stayed dry […]

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A Busy (and warm) September 2014

In early September Jon and I made the trip to Giverney in France for the annual engine show. We met with Martin Chamney up from Dorset on the ferry. Between the three of us we had two Tom Seniors, a Stover KA, a Ripon gas engine and a Leek gas […]

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Harvesting the Old Fashioned Way -West Stoke 6th & 7th September 2014

I have been going to this show for a good number of years and have camped at most of them but this year I travelled down both days. The show is a good working show demonstrating harvesting the grain by old machines, with tractors doing the cutting, combining and bailing […]

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News from the Editor Nov/Dec 2014

It hardly seems possible we are but a few weeks away from Christmas!… and yet today whilst at work, I looked out and saw a lovely sunny day and I am still walking around in a T-shirt, Summer just doesn’t seem to want to end just yet. The rally season […]

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A Little Light Relief

A man in a hot air balloon realised he was lost. He reduced altitude and spotted a woman below. He reduced altitude a bit more and shouted, ‘Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don’t know where I […]

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High Beeches Hot Air Engine Part 3

Ian and I have been continuing the restoration but without Dave Carpenter, who is thankfully out of hospital and on the mend but under strict orders to take it easy! We have installed the repaired cold cylinder and furnace cylinders with the steel plates made by Michael Brown put in […]

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2014: Anniversary of WW1

This year, 2014 is the 100th anniversary of the start of WW1 and is quite rightly being remembered by the many ceremonies and events taking place in the UK and across the continent. I have been restoring my 1914 International Famous engine and am reminded that wars generate rapid developments […]

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