Civil Service Retirement Fellowship


The group meets on the first Wednesday of each month at Brookvale Village Hall from 10 am to 12 noon and all retired Civil Servants and their partners are welcome.  Details can be obtained from the Secretary Tony Brazier on 07715 640171 or at and for information about our trips please contact Kate Lambeth on 01256 328791 or at

The committee members are:-

Chairman – David Cowling, Vice-Chairman – David Dance,

Secretary – Tony Brazier, Treasurer – June Brazier,

Membership Secretary – Sonia Waite, Welfare Officer – Christine Broadbent,

Kate Lambeth and Maggie Hatton.

The programme for the 2019 meetings has been prepared with a Candle Making demonstration in February, the AGM followed by lunch in March, talks on:- “The Body Thro the Porthole” in April, The Mid Hants Railway in May, My Life as a Journalist in June, Queen Victoria in July, Florence Nightingale in August, Eccentric London in September, My Family and other Meerkats in October and then a presentation on Home Safety from Hampshire Police in November followed by the Christmas buffet in December. Proposed outings are to a matinee performance at The Theatre Royal Winchester on 20th March to see “The Verdict”, The Bombay Sapphire Distillery and Hinton Ampner on 18th April, Kew Gardens on 8th May, Afternoon Tea at BCOT on 22nd May, The Watercress Line on 13th June, Bosham Arts and Crafts Centre on 10th July, Cowes during Regatta week on 15th August, a River Cruise from Oxford on 12th September, the Mystery Trip on 11th October, Millets Farm Centre on 21st November and Christmas Lunch at BCOT on 12th December.

The group’s meeting on Wednesday 1 May opened with a plant sale which included 40 pots of bedding plants kindly donated by Wyevale at Dummer. This raised £68 which will go towards group funds. In welcoming everyone the chairman, David Cowling, thanked all those who had both contributed, and bought plants, at the sale. After this the secretary, Tony Brazier, gave details of the forthcoming trips, and the Welfare Officer, Christine Broadbent, gave an update on those members who had not been well.

The speaker this month was Dr Becky Peacock from the Mid-Hants Railway which is known as the Watercress Line. She gave a history of the line which was formed in 1861 when the Alton, Alresford and Winchester Railway Company was authorised to build a new railway to connect tothe existing lines at Alton and Winchester. It was opened on 2 October 1865 as the Mid-Hants Railway with trains being operated by the London & South Western Railway which eventually purchased the line in 1884 after it went bankrupt. It was mainly a freight line and obtained the nickname “The Watercress Line” as this was a large part of its business from the Alresford area. The line was closed by British Rail in 1973 and bought in 1975 to reopen as a heritage line in 1977 running a 10 minute journey from Ropley to Alresford. It now runs the 10 miles from Alresford to Alton and has many special events and themed days throughout the year.

Bookings are now being taken for the trips to:

Tea on the Watercress Line on Thursday 13 June
Bosham Arts & Craft Centre on Wednesday 10 July
and Isle of Wight during Cowes Week on Thursday 18 August.

The next meeting is on 5 June which is our open meeting with refreshments and the speaker is Deborah A Brady on “My Life as a Journalist”. The group meets on the first Wednesday of each month at Brookvale Village Hall from 10am to 12noon and all retired Civil Servants, their relatives and friends are welcome. Further details about the group and information about our trips can be obtained by contacting