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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 31 - Spring 1977

Publicity Report - 1976 / 7 - Reg and Janice Uphill

This year, as many of you will already know, the Thames and Chilterns Tourist Board have had a leaflet printed, comprising five railways in their area, including Quainton. We are still having posters printed for each of the three open weekends, and there are plenty of orange general posters (23" x 16") for the more permanent sites. (If your orange poster has faded, please ask for another one). However, these small leaflets can in many cases be used instead of the posters, e.g. in sweet shops where the poster is felt to be too big, but also as hand-outs to anyone who might possibly come to Quainton. We have 10,000 and as they are only valid for 1977, we have plenty to put to good use and will be most grateful if readers can find homes for as many as possible. Members who have already had some have found them very easy to place.

We were given the used raffle tickets of the Quainton Memorial Hall draw which was held last August Bank Holiday, and after the mammoth task of unfolding them all and listing the various towns and villages, we now have quite a comprehensive idea of where people come from who come to QRS. Needless to say, the bulk of the people came from Quainton, Aylesbury, and the outlying villages in the environs of Quainton; but there were numerous people from the counties around Bucks: Oxfordshire, Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Hertfordshire, and of course Greater London. Further afield people came from Essex, Kent, Surrey, Sussex, Hants, Suffolk, Northants, Gloucestershire, Warwickshire and Leicestershire.

What was most interesting, however, were the number of people who had come from much further away such as Yorkshire, Dorset, Cheshire and Norfolk; there was even one from Newport, South Wales; Skeene, Aberdeenshire and one from Bermuda! This was particularly useful information as it does show that it is worth placing posters and leaflets far afield-people will travel long distances, or perhaps come to Quainton when they are visiting relatives or on holiday in the area. Who knows, but our British Rail members, for instance, who travel round the country quite a bit, and put the posters on outlying stations and faraway canteen noticeboards, may be bringing in quite a number of visitors. The same goes for people who live in very quiet streets, or in houses with long gardens shrouded in trees - the postman, milkman, gasman, etc., all call and may be interested in Quainton. We live in a small cul-de-sac with only twelve houses but always keep a poster in the window, and we know, for instance, that our milkman is a regular visitor. The poster also serves as a guiding beacon to those of you who want more posters and have forgotten the number of our house!

The text in this Quainton Railway Society publication was written in 1977 and so does not reflect events in the 38+ 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.

Publicity Report - 1976 / 7 - Reg and Janice Uphill - Quainton News No. 31 - Spring 1977

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