The Brighton Circle

Aims and Objectives

The Brighton Circle was formed in 1974 with the aim of collecting and publishing information on the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway Company and its constituents. It is the Circle's intention to cover all aspects of the Company's history and all members are encouraged to contribute as much information as possible so that a complete picture may be built up.

As a means of furthering this aim, Stewards have been appointed to cover particular subjects, such as Locomotives, Carriages, Wagons, Architecture, and Liveries. An increasingly detailed coverage is thus being achieved


A high quality illustrated journal, called The Brighton Circular, is now published in A4 format, three times a year as a journal of record and contains historical articles on all aspects of the LB&SCR. Naturally the Circular is dependent on contributions from members and the Editor welcomes contributions from anyone who has suitable material.


In addition, a new newsletter The Satellite is published four times a year mainly via email. This is more informal and carries topical information, such as members' requests for information and the responses, book reviews, news of the Circle's activities or items of interest to modellers.

Modellers Digest

The Circle’s Modelling Steward publishes twice a year “The LB&SCR Modellers Digest”. This is an online publication first issued in January 2015. It is full of information written by Circle members and others on all aspects of Brighton modelling in a wide variety of scales. The current edition can be found at .


The Circle usually holds two full day open meetings for members each year, both on Saturdays. The Spring meeting (March/April) is held in Hove, and the Autumn meeting (October) in London. These provide excellent opportunities to meet other members of the Circle, to view and display models of LB&SCR origin, and to discuss matters of interest. Both meetings include an illustrated talk on some aspect of the history of the Company presented by one of the members. The Circle holds its Annual General Meeting as part of the Autumn meeting in London.

During the year other informal meetings are held in various locations in the South East. The Circle also maintains a display stand at a number of model railway exhibitions.

Online meetings

Whilst unable to hold physical meetings during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Circle has made use of Zoom meetings called "Virtual Blatchington" (named after the normal location of the Spring meeting). These will continue as it allows members to join in who cannot make physical meetings,

Email Group for Circle Members

Brighton Circle members are eligible to join the Brighton Circle Email group. This is a mailing list for discussion of anything related to the LB&SCR, including modelling. It provides a more immediate forum than the Circular and is suited to more informal discussion than would appear in the magazine.

To join simply email Dave Searle asking to join, making sure you include your name, membership number and email address.

Social Media

The Circle supports a Page and a Group on Facebook:

Subscription & Membership details

Membership application form (Word document)

The annual subscription is £18.00 and covers the calendar year 2021. Those joining after June may pay £9 to cover membership up to the end of the year. Members joining at any time during the year who pay the full subscription receive all journal issues for that year, but those electing to pay for the half year from the end of June receive the journals for that half year only. All cheques, postal orders, etc., should be made payable to The Brighton Circle, and sent to the Secretary: Nicholas Pryor, 19 Sotheby Road, LONDON N5 2UP, England.

Alternatively, complete and sign the form and send a copy by email to the Secretary who will contact you to arrange payment online of your membership fee.

Privacy Statement

The personal information provided to the Brighton Circle will be stored on a computer database of members' details and used for administration purposes by the Brighton Circle's appointed representatives in the following ways:

You can request for your data not to be used for any of these purposes at any time by contacting the Secretary.

Summary of the Circle AGM (November 2020)

As a result of the pandemic restrictions, it was not possible to hold a formal AGM in person in 2020. Members were invited to submit questions and motions, and an Agenda was sent to all members, listing the business to be dealt with supporting information. This also contained several questions asked by members together with responses from the Committee. All members were invited to participate by post or email.

The AGM was replaced by an administrative process on Saturday 21st November, conducted online between the outgoing Chairman Mike Cruttenden, the Secretary Nicholas Pryor, the Treasurer Ron Palmer, the Editor David Lowe, and the two candidates for election as Chairman, Dave Searle and Eric Gates.

The Secretary confirmed that 162 valid Ballots had been received, and that the votes had been tabulated. All motions were declared carried:

  1. to authorise and validate the process adopted for this meeting as constituting a valid Annual General Meeting of the Brighton Circle.
  2. to approve the Minutes of the 2018-19 AGM held on 12th October 2019.
  3. to approve the report of the Chairman.
  4. to approve the report of the Secretary.
  5. to approve the report of the Treasurer.
  6. to approve the report of the Editor.
  7. to retain the annual subscription at £18.00 for all members, and to abandon the £1.00 joining fee.
  8. that the Circle adopt an A4 format for the Circular. Preferences for the frequency of publication were 30 for four issues a year, and 81 for three.
  9. to confirm the re-election of all existing Officers and Stewards (save for the Chairman Mike Cruttenden who was standing down).

In the election for Chairman, Dave Searle received 91 votes, Eric Gates received 63 votes and there were 8 abstentions. Dave Searle was therefore confirmed elected.

Those members attending the online meeting then took the opportunity to welcome the new Chairman to office and to thank Mike Cruttenden for his 46 years of service to the Circle.

The meeting was then closed.

There followed an immediate informal meeting of the Committee of the Circle attended by all four officers.

ChairmanDave Searle
SecretaryNicholas Pryor
EditorDavid Lowe
TreasurerRon Palmer