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The Application form for the dinner to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of BRPS is now available to download. Although the original booking deadline has passed, there are still some places left - if any member would like to attend please respond ASAP.

The Notice of the BRPS 2019 AGM is now available to download.


The late Derek Robinson Derek Robinson

It is with great sadness that I must notify the sudden death of Derek Robinson. Derek will be known to some of you as the long-time and indefatigable Membership Secretary for the Friends of Sheffield Park. He was also an active member of many Bluebell-related online communities.

Derek was a stalwart supporter of the Bluebell Railway and was tireless in his support for the Friends of Sheffield Park group. It was very rare for Derek not to attend the regular FoSP Wednesday working days and he will be very much missed.

I have just been made aware of funeral arrangements, and I have been asked to make it clear that as many of Derek's friends and colleagues from the Bluebell as possible will be very much welcome to attend. I have volunteered to provide an estimate of the numbers attending, so it would be very helpful if anybody planning to attend could let me know as soon as possible, via the email address given below.

Funeral Arrangements: - Tuesday February 12th 2019, at 1pm, Woodvale Crematorium, Lewes Road, Brighton, BN2 3QB followed by a gathering at a nearby venue, to be advised.

An appreciation of Derek and of his support is being prepared for Bluebell publications and will appear in due course.

Chas Melton
charles.melton@bluebell-railway.co.uk
(Projects Coordinator, The Friends of Sheffield Park)


The late Charles Bird - 23 Nov 2018 Charles Bird

Charles was a volunteer with the "Alf Brown Gang", a team of engineers who built many of our Southern rail-post signals, as well as much other work around the railway. He was a volunteer for over 50 years. He passed away on Wednesday 2 January 2019 at St Peter and St James Hospice.

His funeral was held at Woodvale crematorium in Brighton on Monday 28 January. The family arranged for a bus from Upper Beeding, following the hearse to Woodvale, stopping at Hove Railway station en route for those wishing to join there.

As part of Charles' celebration, the family asked that rather than flowers, donations be forwarded to Macmillan Charity would be appreciated. A book of remembrance was available at the ceremony and wake for memories to be shared and documented.


The late Roy Matthews Roy Matthews

Roy dedicated his retirement to the restoration of the Bluebell Railway's Metropolitan Railway carriages, and was in fact the only member of the BASH project to have worked on the four carriages consistently for all 15 years.

As a young man he flew Tiger Moths, Harvards, Ansons, Wellingtons, Lincolns, Meteors, Twin Pins and Britannias, but the most remarkable type for an RAF pilot must have been the Washington, their version of the Boeing 29 Super Fortress ... Roy wasn't too keen on them, though. He was in early 90s when he died on 22 October 2018.


Phillip Cooper

We are very sorry to report that Phillip, a former General Secretary of the Society, passed away peacefully on 17 January 2019 in St George's Care Home, Ditching Common.

Phillip's funeral will take place on Thursday 31 January at 11am at St Paul's RC Church, Hazelgrove Rd, Haywards Heath RH16 3PQ followed by burial. Refreshments afterwards at 28 Courtlands, Haywards Heath.

Donations in Phillip's memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Society


Dennis Burfoot (1926-2018)

An obituary for Dennis, who died about a year ago, has kindly been provided by his daughter.


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The Bluebell Railway was granted a shield, reproduced at the head of this page, in its early days.
The shield shows the arms of the Earl of Sheffield, those of the Lords of the Manor of Horsted Keynes,
and of the towns of East Grinstead and Lewes.

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