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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 20 - Summer 1974

The AGM of the QRS, 1974


The meeting was held on 23rd March at Aylesbury with Peter Clarke, our Chairman, occupying that 'hot seat'. The report of the Executive Committee was adopted unanimously and so were the accounts. Our Treasurer, Andrew Bratton, gave some very interesting information relating to the financial effect of the different sections. For example, he demonstrated the profitability of Easter compared with the more modest returns from the other Holiday weekends. He gave figures justifying the decision to restrict the operation of the Quaintonian DMU from Aylesbury to the Bank Holiday and he expressed his pleasure at the results from the progressive policy of the Sales Department.

When the item on the agenda, 'Election of Executive Committee', was introduced by the Chairman, he expressed appreciation to the retiring members and praised the hard work and devotion shown in the past year by the Officers of the Society. A ballot was held at which the shareholders were voting for three members to serve on the Committee in the ensuing year. Those elected were Roy Miller, Ray Hedley and Austin Harland. The feature of this AGM was that there were five nominations for three vacancies, a situation which was discussed at length by the meeting. The policy of co-opting members onto the Executive had been practiced since the Rules were formulated in 1969 but the expansion of the Society was considered by some members to justify a larger number of full members of the Committee. It was decided to ask the Executive Committee to re-examine the management structure of the Society with a view to resolving the problem at an Extraordinary General Meeting at the same date as the next Annual General Meeting. It was also agreed to alter the rule so that Officers and other members of Committee can now be elected providing they are over 18 years of age instead of the minimum age being 21 years.

The scope of the other activities which might be popular with members was debated and some interesting possibilities like rail tours, visits and lectures and film shows were thought to be very worthwhile exploring. The excellent investment which could be made if we were to purchase a set of four BR coaches was enthusiastically endorsed by the meeting and the outcome of the idea is explained in an article in this issue of Quainton News.

It was a good AGM in all respects. Under 'Any other business' the meeting discussed a wide variety of topics:- Insurance, the water supply for the engines, the ladies loo, dustbins, the Beattie restoration, the Midland coach, loose shunting of unbraked vehicles and the use of plastic teacups were pondered upon. There's a lot more to railway preservation than an engineman's cap and a paintbrush!

Finally, a vote of thanks to Janice Uphill, our intrepid 'better half' of the Publicity team, for her kindness in preparing a typed transcript of the whole proceedings from which the Editor has tried to distil this abridged report for all who were not able to be present. We'll look forward to seeing you next year. Watch for the date in December's 'News'.


Notes:
The text in this Quainton Railway Society publication was written in 1974 and so does not reflect events in the 40+ years since publication. The text and photographs are repeated verbatim from the original publication, with only a few minor grammar changes but some clarifying notes are added if deemed necessary. The photos from the original publication are provided as scans in this internet version of this long out of print publication.

Reference:
The AGM of the QRS, 1974 - Quainton News No. 20 - Summer 1974


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