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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 12 - June 1972
The QRS Third Annual General Meeting - 1972
The third AGM of the Society was held at the New Friarage Hall at Aylesbury on 15th April 1972 and this is a summary of the afternoon's events. Firstly our Chairman, Peter Clarke, introduced the members of the Executive Committee who all looked very responsible and serious! Then we had a review of the past year and it was heart-warming to realise that by the Charity status our rolling stock is secure from exploitation by commercial interests in the future. The major negotiation in the current year was the purchase of the east side yard from BR. Members were able to see the 'area coloured green on the plan and to appreciate the problem of defining the boundary between the area the Society is to acquire and the land still needed for BR purposes. The Chairman told the meeting that a price had been agreed for a mile or more of track in the east yard and this transaction was going ahead. Another vital purchase had been made; a good building at Wembley from London Transport.
After the shareholders present had received the Hon. Secretary's report a vote was taken and the report was adopted. Roy Miller's report had confirmed the many points mentioned by Peter but he also brought us up to date with our present membership figure; 445. During the year we had gained 107 new members.
The all important presentation of the audited accounts by our Treasurer, Andrew Bratton, was the next item. Fortunately the Society's income exceeded expenditure and the discussion centred on specific aspects.
One question answered by Andrew, who is also the Society's bridge engineer concerned the payment to BR for their work on the station footbridge and the anticipated purchase of the concrete PW hut. The meeting then elected the Executive Committee; Roy Miller, John Hutchings and Austin Harland were re-elected and Ray Hedley joined the committee. Co-opted members Reg and Janice Uphill and Anthea Hanscomb are continuing to serve and everybody agreed that Ivan Start should have their grateful thanks on his retirement to even more devoted activity in the Carriage and Wagon Department. We were also pleased to record the unanimous re-election of Mr C H Walker as our auditor. As is often the case in an AGM the most lively discussion followed the more formal part of the Agenda. Topics such as insurance and liability, the supply of mains electricity and the problem of injury to members were carefully considered but the most absorbing subject was the developments of the up yard, the provision and erection of buildings and the financing of these projects. There was complete agreement with the Executive's priorities; purchase of land first followed by covered accommodation with security and protection for our stock. And then we will probably have electricity too! The last news item from the AGM was that we are interested in an old Great Central water crane and water loco in Rickmansworth yard. They are in good condition and were recently repainted and overhauled. London Transport are to dismantle them and put them in the yard ready for transport to Quainton.
At the Extraordinary General Meeting which followed a break for tea, the proposal to amend Rule 5c was defeated. This would have altered the way an Honorary member of the Society would be created but the wording of the amendment was not accepted. Rules 10 and 12 concerning the subscription for a member joining part of the way through a year were approved.
Annual General Meetings may not be very exciting but they are vitally important to the well-being of a Society. They are safety valves where some 'steam' can blow off to waste and members can also be constructive and helpful in their comments. If the 1972 meeting can be summed up in a few words these shall be, "Thank you to all our Officers and members of the Executive Committee for the tremendous hard work you have done during the year but we are, as always, impatient and want to progress even faster!"
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