East Sussex Omnibus Society

Leyland Lion - No. 12


Meetings 2019


Our meetings take place on the second Thursday of each month at the Westham Village Hall at Peelings Lane, Westham, BN24 5HE, near Eastbourne, unless stated otherwise.

We have put together a varied programme of events and will do our utmost to keep within the calendar, however, we reserve the right to alter or cancel the dates where applicable.

The programme for 2019 is listed below.

10th JanuaryJohn Bishop presents – ‘Manx Electric Railway - 125th Anniversary’.
14th FebruaryAdam Yates with a delve into the archives - 60s & 70s
14th MarchAlan Snatt with a year in the life of his camera
11th AprilChris Pearce and Richard Alexander present "Bus Preservation Scene in Sussex".
4th &
5th May
Magnificent Motors Rally on Eastbourne Seafront.
For more information on this event, visit the website at www.magnificentmotors.co.uk
9th MayJames Luke with a Sussex Extravaganza!
13th JuneA country run out courtesy of Seaford & District.
11th JulyAnnual General Meeting.
Followed by Roy Mellor.
8th AugustA chance for you to shine, members video and social evening!
24th to 26th August43rd Festival of Transport Show at Hellingly.
For more information on this event, visit the Eastbourne Historic Vehicle Club website at www.ehvc.co.uk
12th SeptemberPeter Dann with the Heathfield Pool
10th OctoberMervyn Stedman - My portrait of Southdown - Part 2
8th NovemberIan Manning - Britons abroad and Routemasters in Paisley.
1st DecemberEastbourne Historic Vehicle Club Collectors Fair, Polegate Community Hall.
Date moved to Wednesday 18th DecemberChristmas Evening with member's slides, raffle and mince pies.

- Meetings 2019 - printable PDF file.


Meeting Reports

  Reports of this year's meetings are listed below. For reports of other year's meetings, click here.
April 2019
Chris Pearce and Richard Alexander present "Bus Preservation Scene in Sussex"

We were very fortunate to have a fascinating talk on the preserved veteran bus operations run by Chris Pearce and then a talk on the maintenance of vintage buses by ex-Stagecoach Engineering Director, Richard Alexander.

Starting with various anecdotes from his job as a Stagecoach Inspector Chris went on to describe how he came to start his business with an ex-Southdown Queen Mary and built up a business specialising in the use of vintage buses and how he had come to acquire a sizeable fleet.

After a welcome refreshment break Richard explained the pitfalls of operating elderly vehicles and by way of detailed photographs showed what they had managed to accomplish on limited resources and with skills accumulated over many years with particular emphasis on the restoration of Southdown's 1929 Leyland TD1 and 1923 Leyland G7.

A thoroughly interesting and entertaining talk ran on beyond our normal finishing time but everyone was left wanting more. A final video of a Leyland 0600 engine in full flight on the workshop floor was a memorable highlight.

Our thanks to them for coming over from Worthing and Portsmouth to entertain us in such a professional and enthusiastic way and to the Hall Caretaker for allowing us to over-run our time.

Adam Yates

May 2019
Roy Meller - Colour Scene

As James Luke had to defer his proposed presentation for family reasons, we were fortunate that member Roy Meller was able to come to the rescue with a show entitled "Colour Scene".

Having trawled his photo archive for the period covering the post de-regulation era, Roy took us on an alphabetical tour of the country showing us the variety of post de-regulation liveries... some good... some not so!

Thanks Roy for coming to the rescue at short notice for a highly enjoyable evening presentation.

Richard Maryan

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