Doncaster Railway Pensioners Branch

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The Doncaster Trades Club closed down unexpectedly on 28th October leaving no time to make alternative arrangements for the meeting on 1st November.

The rest of the 2018/2019 meetings will be held at the old venue, St James church hall, Hexthorpe.

(The Central Heating has been fixed and the hall is now warm.)

Dates and times are unchanged.

A good social atmosphere exists in the Doncaster Railway Pensioners Branch, with about 80 members attending each of our six General Meetings and AGM.  Members are encouraged to bring friends along to our monthly sessions – non-railway people are welcome to become Associate Members if they wish.

Our meetings take place on the first Thursday of each month from October through to April, all starting at 1:45 p.m. in the Lounge in the Doncaster Trades Club on the first floor of the Frenchgate Centre.

Guest Speakers at most meetings.

Newsletters are sent to all members. If you are able to receive the Newsletter by email, please contact
the Chairman, Jim Jewell, who will arrange this – it will help greatly with Branch finances, now that the
cost of postage is so high.


To celebrate the hundred year anniversary of the First World War, following the talk in January, arrangements have been made to have a guided tour of Doncaster Museum who are holding a special exhibition on life in Doncaster during the war period.

This will be on Thursday the 17th January 2019; full details will be given later.

Members who do not attend the meetings are welcome to join us.
Contact either Jim Jewell (01302 851841) or Pat Plant (01302 365809) for further details or to book.



Our new venue is the Lounge in the Doncaster Trades Club situated on the first floor of the Frenchgate Centre.

It is close to the lifts and escalators from the Transport Interchange and there are car parking facilities above the Frenchgate Centre.


The Programme of Meetings for 2018/2019 will begin on Thursday the 4th of October.

All meetings will be held at the Trades Club, commencing at 1.45 pm and finishing at 3 pm.

First Meeting  – Thursday 4th October  2018.
Christine Johnson, Wonderful Life of the Honey Bee.

Second MeetingThursday 1st November  2018.
R Aston, 100 Years of Doncaster Corporation Transport 1902 — 2002.

Third MeetingThursday 6th December  2018.
Stephen Gaye, Sheffield to Cleethorpes Line through Kirton Tunnel — Part 2.

Fourth MeetingThursday 3rd January  2019.
Sam Armstrong (Doncaster Museum), Doncaster Stories of World War 1

Fifth Meeting  – Thursday 7th February  2019.
Pam Hankinson, Victim Support.

Sixth Meeting – Thursday 7th March  2019.
Philip Langford & Malcolm Barnsdale, More Photographs of Old Doncaster.

Seventh Meeting – Thursday 4th April  2019.
Annual General Meeting & Ian Margerison, McMillan Cancer Support.

If you regularly attend the meetings you are aware we usually run a raffle at a couple of them in an effort to raise money to help towards the running costs of the hire of our meeting room and the speakers.

The raffles are always well supported and we are grateful to all those who regularly provide prizes/buy raffle tickets.

This season we are planning to hold raffles on the 6th December and the 7th March. Any offers of suitable prizes would be gratefully received.