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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 30 - Winter 1976


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A Gosling - The Spirit of 1976

What an opportunity! New Year's Day is the traditional day of new resolutions which are usually made with great conviction and then evaporate when our individual weakness overcomes our good intentions! What an opportunity 1977 presents to every member of this Society to submerge his personal attitude towards the way things are done, (or ought to be done!). What an opportunity to make a New Year Resolution to work with fellow members for the good of the Society! There's no limit to the progress we could, and should make in 1977. The plans have been well and truly prepared and I have published them in full detail in Quainton News - see Issue No. 27, Spring 1976, just in case you have forgotten them already.

But plans will not progress without cash and effective action by each and every one of us who is able to contribute his time and enthusiasm. Cash flow depends on this enthusiasm too. Our income is largely dependent on the public support we attract to our Open Days and it is vitally necessary to give the best possible entertainment to our visitors. What nonsense is reported to me concerning problems with two train running next year. For goodness sake, let's work together. What is the closed season for? If you really care for the Society you must make quite certain we have two train running at Easter. I saw the situation at August. Don't let this happen next year please.

I ask some members: where is your loyalty? If you feel change in the administration is required it is in your own hands. We are a democratically run Society. But please don't forget the loyalty displayed by your present officers. I'll be frank with you. The Quainton Railway Society would never be in its present healthy position today if we had not had such a splendid hard core of devoted long serving officers backed by so many hard working members who have valiantly stuck to their tasks and objectives, year after year.

As I said in the opening paragraph, this is a New Year of opportunity. Will you please think about your own position and decide what you are going to do in 1977 for the good of this splendid Society. Make it a year when our plans, (or, in other words our good intentions), are fulfilled. Make it a year when our Society goes from strength to strength. And make it a year which, at its close, will find yourself proud of the part you have played in that progress. Good wishes for 1977, and, quite sincerely, thank you!

The text in this Quainton Railway Society publication was written in 1976 and so does not reflect events in the 39+ 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. 30 - Winter 1976

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