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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 42 - Autumn / Winter 1980 / 81


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J R Fairman - All the Family

As 1980 draws to its closing hours, it is good to review the progress we have made at Quainton and I have included a photographic review of some of the highlights and achievements of the year. Perhaps we have not quite reached the financial objectives we had hoped for, but many members have put in a wonderful effort, which has led to a real boost in attendances on many of our Open Days. These are hard times for many of us. Our Society is no exception and we will need to make further attractions to encourage visitors to come and come again to enjoy our entertainment. I believe our Centre is truly a first-class Preservation Working Museum and I believe the potential at Quainton is tremendous. It will continue to develop with just two ingredients: enthusiasm and involvement by members and cash. So, although 1980 was 'The Year of the Volunteer', let us make 1981 a continuation of that spirit and, if you have your own special project, please remember that we must all pull together and the No. 1 Priority must always be the Society's well being.

Sadly, time takes from our numbers friends who have served the Society well and this autumn we bade farewell to Roy Oxendale, who passed away at the end of October. An obituary appears in this issue. Four members have also relinquished their offices, but will, we trust, continue to help us on a less formal and regular basis. Nigel Halliday has given up the 'unpaid' post of Assistant Editor, Anthea Hanscomb is withdrawing from her active involvement (including her regular script-writing for Quainton News). Peter Hoskings is ending his sterling service as our Sales Officer and Tony Lyster is finishing his term as the Society's Public Relations Officer. Every member has many reasons to be grateful for the wonderful services rendered by each and every one of these stalwarts and we do, most sincerely, offer them our warmest thanks and our best wishes for the future.

The text in this Quainton Railway Society publication was written in 1981 and so does not reflect events in the 33+ 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.

Editorial - Quainton News No. 42 - Autumn / Winter 1980 / 81

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