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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 46 - Spring / Summer 1982

Editorial


As I write this Editorial it is mid-summer and I must explain why it is likely to be August before you receive your Spring / Summer issue, which had an official Press Date at the beginning of April. Earlier this year the Executive Committee were faced with some difficult decisions concerning expenditure, which had to be reduced in line with the poor receipts from the 1981 Open Days. One possibility had to be considered affecting Quainton News - that of reducing the number of issues. With this in mind I decided to delay the publication of this issue by two months. If we can avoid cutting out an issue I will make sure you have another News before the end of the calendar year and another will be published before Easter 1983.

We can take heart at the excellent attendances at our Easter, May Day and Spring Bank Holiday Open Days this year - 1982. Easter was really busy and 7,350 people came along to Quainton - then we had the best May Day since commencement with 4,200 visitors - and four weeks later, at the Spring Bank Holiday Weekend, we had 3,300 folk 'past the gate'. This is really good news. Our income and progress depends on the 'mums and dads' and families who respond to our publicity. What an important factor is publicity. We must all do all we can to further the efforts of our Publicity Officer - I ask you to read what I wrote on page 2 of the Summer / Autumn 1981 News again!

For as long as I have been the Editor of our magazine I have been pressed by all Departments to use the pages of this journal to 'prick the consciences' of members who are not giving any practical help to the Society at Open Days and at other times on the restoration and maintenance of our depot, equipment and stock. I understand it is the experience of most preservation societies that only about 10% to 15% of the membership are able to be active and all the others are, for a variety of reasons, unable to contribute more than their interest in the Society's well-being, perhaps by useful words of publicity to their friends and by the occasional donation to one of our special funds. Fair enough! So it seems to me that we can only increase our active membership by an increase in our total membership, hoping that the 10% rule holds good. So that, my friends, is the message I leave you with to think about. Will you please try to enrol a new member? And, just a thought, I'm sure you haven't forgotten to renew your subscription to Bev Potter have you?

In the last issue of Quainton News I gave dates in the Editorial of some of the 1982 Open Days, but I must now make a correction. We are not going to be in action on 19th December or on 2nd January 1983, because the attendances on the corresponding days last year, 177 and 432 respectively, were not large enough to cover the publicity and other costs. Sorry!


Notes:
The text in this Quainton Railway Society publication was written in 1982 and so does not reflect events in the 32+ 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:
Editorial - Quainton News No. 46 - Spring / Summer 1982


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