Herald - Issue 427

Page 32 • The HERALD • 4th August 2022 v READ THE HERALD ONLINE: www.herald-publishing.co.uk v Your Local Professional Electrician • Complete Rewires • Periodic Inspection Reports • Fault Finding & Repair • New Consumer Units • New Circuits • Central Heating Wiring • Extra Sockets/Lights • PAT Testing • No Job Too Small • Part P Registered • Fast & Efficient Service • Free Estimates Telephone Gary on 07788 865081 forestelectrical@gmail.com FLAT ROOFING SPECIALISTS All Roof Repairs Tel: 023 8184 5632 Mobile: 07880 508415 Email: steve@braithwaiteroo ng.co.uk THE FLAT ROOF SPECIALIST PC PAINTING & DECORATING SERVICES Interior/Exterior Painting Decorating & Small Home Improvements Paul 07783 405977 Free Estimates ~ Fully Insured 30 years experience pcdecor8@gmail.com All joinery and carpentry requirements undertaken • Bespoke wooden windows, doors and staircases • PVCu windows and doors fitted • Decking, pergolas and out buildings • Custom made wardrobes and cupboards • Fencing and gates Contact us for advice and quotes Tel 023 8066 8021• Mobile 07467 594993 Professional quality joinery for over 25 years SIBLING REUNION Visitors to the Hythe Pier Heritage Association’s Centenary Celebration for the Hythe Pier Railway in July had an opportunity not seen in almost nine decades, to see three World War I Brush locomotives together at Hythe Pier. When Mr omas Percy introduced the railway onto Hythe Pier in July 1922, it was operated using any two from the three he had purchased from a War O ce redundant plant catalogue in 1920, speci cally for the purpose of transporting passengers to his ferry boats at the end of the 640 metres pier. He had paid £787 and 10 shillings for the locomotives, Brush numbers 16302, 16304 and 16307. Railway engineer Gerald Yorke, who had been engaged to get the new railway in place, actually recommended to Mr Percy that he should dispose of the locomotives and replace them with more modern equipment. at was in 1935, when 16304 was broken up for spares for the remaining two that operate to this day. A er decades of working a slate quarry in North Wales, 16303 found its way into private ownership in 1981. In 1998, it was acquired by Peter Smith and moved to the Amberley Museum in West Sussex. Peter has subsequently painstakingly restored it to its original con guration, running on batteries. e Hythe locomotives were converted to operate on DC current from a third rail before entering service on Hythe Pier. 16303 was on display during the Centenary Celebration in Hythe, allowing an almost unique opportunity to view these remarkable examples of early 20th Century engineering, both in their original and evolved forms. More Information from e Heartbeat of Hythe Page 83 (Alan Titheridge, published July 2021): 16303 – Although not certain, believed to be HMEF Queensferry (Flintshire). Nothing further is known of its early history until February 3, 1950 when records show the sale of two battery-electric locomotives (16303 and 16306) by E Smith & Sons, Chester to Thos. W. Ward, Sheffield who immediately sold them on to W.O. Williams, Harlech. They were moved on to Manod Quarry, Blaenau Ffestiniog where 16303 was used to Peter Smith in 16303 at Amberley (Photo: Chris Rennie) Hythe Pier Railway (Photo: Alan Titheridge) Hythe Pier Railway 1923 haul large slabs of slate up steep inclines until 1979. Acquired by Rich Morris in 1981 and subsequently by Peter Smith in February 1998, when it was moved to the Amberley Museum in West Sussex. After much restoration it was successfully made mobile and is now presented as MoM3. A Walk on the Wild Side! It was with great delight that Hythe & Waterside Rotary were able to organise their annual Charity Woodland Walk at Beaulieu again this year, courtesy of Lord Montagu and with the co-operation of the Countryside Education Trust.  e walk, across areas of the Beaulieu estate not normally open to the public, enabled local groups, charities and individuals to raise money for their own good causes. Many walked for Rotary Ukraine which was much appreciated. Almost 70 adult walkers and children (some with their dogs) took part on a lovely sunny (but not too hot) Sunday a ernoon and great fun was had taking part in the ‘bug hunt’. Hythe & District Inner Wheel provided refreshments to ensure that all walkers received tea, co ee, cold drinks and delicious cakes and biscuits in the Tree House a erwards. Nigel from e Gateway Club said: “Our club thoroughly enjoyed the walk, looking for the bugs and having a good fun afternoon. The cakes and drinks at the end were, as usual, fantastic. Thank you to all at Rotary, we will be back next year”. Team Bega route. We have raised £220 for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust in memory of our dear friend. Thank you, Rotary, for organising such an event in such a beautiful place”. If you would like to register your interest in next year’s walk (date to be con rmed), please email walk@hwrotary. org or telephone 023 8181 8187. If you would like to add to the money raised for Rotary Ukraine, please visit www.cafdonate.cafonline.org/19983 Carol, formed ‘Team Bega’ a er her 12 year old grandson, Jamie, came up with the idea to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis a er a close friend died of the disease aged just 20. She said: “4 of us walked the entire 8k distance and 3 of us walked the shorter

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