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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 28 - Summer 1976
The 7th AGM of the QRS - 3rd April, 1976
The venue this year was Stoke Mandeville Hospital's Sports Club at Aylesbury and there were 57 shareholders present. Thanks were accorded to John Mortham for the excellent facilities.
The Chairman, Peter Clarke, presented the Annual Report which was adopted unanimously and in his review of the past year he referred to the long negotiations with BR over the purchase of the property in the up yard which had been happily concluded. He welcomed the Vale of Aylesbury Model Engineering Society to the site. He said that it was remarkable that in a very difficult year for the country as a whole we had enjoyed a most successful year and we were looking ahead to the accommodation required in the new yard, (see Quainton News No. 27).
The Treasurer, Andrew Bratton, in his usual clear but cautious manner guided the meeting through the Society's accounts and reiterated the Committee's objective to maintain the financial position in its sound state. He stated that provision had been made in the 1976 budget for the completion of the Restoration Building doors and frames, lean-to stores and end walling. The accounts were adopted without dissent.
At the election of members to serve on the Executive Committee, Messrs P I Clarke, A Harland and R Hedley retired and offered themselves for reelection. A fourth nomination was S Britt-Hazard. At a secret ballot the three retiring members were returned and Peter Clarke agreed to stay as Chairman, (thank goodness!).
At most AGM's it is the 'any other business' part of the agenda which is most interesting and the QRS meeting was no exception. Questions were raised and discussed on a wide variety of subjects including the problem of site tidiness, the procedure for electing members to the Executive and the importance of having the right type and cover of insurance for members and for the Society. It was natural that the subject of train operation in the up yard should be discussed. The Chairman said we would consult the D of E before we do any running and he thought the track would need considerable attention before it could be contemplated. Alteration to the headshunt would also be required and extra fencing, (like Didcot), before movements could be carried out while the public were present.
Inevitably there was speculation about the future of the BR line from Aylesbury to Calvert and the fascinating prospects of what we should do if it closed. It was agreed that we should certainly aim to unite the two yards and have connections to the GC main line but the other ideas were in the realm of worthwhile conjecture! The Chairman summed up by those immortal words, 'Wait and see.'
Other important matters aired were:- Plans for a turntable, the choice of Mk I corridor coaches instead of compartment stock, the possibility of increasing the number of Open Days and the priority need to complete the workshops.
One other matter worth recording was the concern expressed by many members at the vehicles which were at Quainton which were not receiving active restoration work from their owners. It was agreed that this could give our visitors a poor impression of the depot and it was further suggested that the Committee should be more careful when approaches are made in the future for permission to bring rolling stock to Quainton.
At the Extraordinary General Meeting which followed the AGM, changes to rules were approved which will make the annual subscription for Associates of the Society £2.50 for those over 18 and under 65 years of age. Members will pay £2.00. Other rates for Family membership were also approved. The Hon Mem Sec will no doubt be willing to advise the best sub for you to pay!
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