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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 63 - Summer 1987

AGM Review

The eighteenth Annual General Meeting of the Quainton Railway Society was held on Saturday 25th April 1987, in the C E Combined School, Quainton. Our Chairman, Andrew Bratton, welcomed everyone to the meeting, stated that there were sixty-two shareholding members and five associate members present and declared a quorum. Andrew then gave his report and explained the drive to increase profitability on open days. As a result, the Executive had decided to expand the number of open days in 1987. A special meeting had been called in November, where the financial and commercial plan for 1987 was explained. In addition to the current programme of Sunday opening, it had been decided to open on Wednesdays in June, July and August, at Christmas for Santa Steamings and on Saturdays (not in steam) in April to October. Extra attractions would be sought and a site ramble was being introduced. One very prestigious event early this year was the choice of Buckinghamshire Railway Centre to be the venue for the 1987 Steam Heritage Awards, at which Metropolitan No. 1 won the Rail Category Award. Our Chairman stated that we had to continue to increase our profitability in order to ensure a future for our collection. He was confident that we had the ability , but said that we needed more help to improve and run the site and help the visitors. Extra help was needed to distribute publicity and recruit more members.

Each Sub-Committee Chairman then presented a short report - the first being by Roy Miller (Hon. Secretary) for the Administration Sub-Committee, which had dealt with the annual review of insurances, the production of the new operating rule book and the expansion of the Crew Training Board (to become the Staff Training Board), with the added responsibility of guard and station master training. Roger Wornham had taken over as Chairman of the Board, in place of Reg Uphill.

Trevor Page, Chairman of the Commercial Sub-Committee, then reported on the commercial activities of the past year. The Buckinghamshire Railway Centre name had become well established in 1986 and had caught on well with the press. The site was appearing more attractive to the public, but there was still a long way to go. Attendances had shown an improvement during 1986, but the disastrous weather on most of the bank holidays had considerably reduced the number of visitors on those weekends. Visitors were staying on the site longer and spending more money, as indicated by the increased profits in refreshments, the shop, secondhand bookshop and sales stands. Everyone must continue to smarten up and present a better image - if the loco crews could wear a collar and tie, then everyone else was capable of being presentable as well.

Next Frank Boait, Chairman of the Engineering Sub-Committee, gave his report. On Civil Engineering, the main project at the end of last year had been the relaying of a section of the up yard running line, where in excess of £2,500 had been spent. In the down yard the signal box was being repainted, the footpath from the restoration shed to the Wembley building relayed and a substantial amount of trackside fencing replaced. On Depot, the station canopy had been refelted and made water-tight and much work undertaken on the roofs of the Terrapin building and the secondhand bookshop. The new ticket office at the main entrance in the down yard was nearing completion. A new power cable had been laid to supply the up yard and 3-phase power was now on site. The major project during the winter had been the station building, where extensive rebuilding work had been necessary after the discovery of dry rot. The area in front of the station was also being landscaped. Thanks were given to everyone who helped during working week. The locomotive department had not undertaken any major restoration work last year, because of the financial restraints, but they had been busy with day-to-day maintenance. During 1986 Metropolitan No. 1 and No. 1900 had visited Tyseley and 9466 had visited Swanage. Duncan Battersby, Head of Carriage & Wagon, then spoke about his department's work, which had included jobs on all the serviceable rolling stock.

Eric Miller said a few words as Fund Raising Officer, outlining his plans for 1987, including the annual raffle and the current position regarding the collection of waste paper. Chris Tayler reported next on filming and visits. Several contracts were undertaken during the year, but a major problem was that nobody was on site during the week to handle enquiries. It was hoped to expand all filming activities this year and he asked that telephone enquiries be passed to him quickly, as time was often crucial. The report of the Executive Committee was adopted and all voted in favour, after which the Treasurer reviewed the accounts for 1986. After some discussion, the accounts were adopted and all voted in favour. The auditors were also reappointed, with everyone voting in favour. Mark Toynbee, Public Relations and Marketing Officer, then spoke about how members could best publicise the Centre. Everyone should take every opportunity to spread the word. Of the 80,000 leaflets printed for 1987, 30,000 went to the Thames & Chiltern Tourist Board and the rest were available for members to distribute, preferably over a 50 - 60 mile catchment area, including shops, clubs, pubs, etc. He said that leaflets should never be put through letter boxes etc. as this yielded a response of less than 2%. A good idea was to swap batches of leaflets with oilier attractions. 5,000 new hanging cards had just been produced, for which a 48% grant had been forthcoming from the Thames & Chiltern Tourist Board. Next on the agenda were proposals for membership subscription increases to £6.50 adult, £3.25 children and £9.50 family, plus a proposal to introduce life membership at £80 for existing members and £100 for new members. Both proposals were carried.

Resolutions 1, 2 and 3 concerning the election of officers and members to the Executive were next on the agenda and were discussed in great detail. They were then put to the vote, but all three were lost. Resolution 4, concerning the sale of Society locomotives Punch Hull and Tom Parry, was then read to the meeting, discussed and the vote carried. There was then a proposal to elect the Hon. William (Bill) McAlpine as a Vice President of the Society and this was duly carried.

Next followed the election of members to the Executive Committee. The Chairman stated that T Davey and J Carter had stood down, also T Walden. F Boait, R Miller and T Page stood for re-election and N Dicker, M Goodwin, B Murray, C Tayler and S Wornham had been nominated. After the vote it was declared that F Boait, B Murray, T Page, C Tayler and R Miller had been elected, but that there has a tie for the last place on the Committee between N Dicker and M Goodwin. Another ballot was held, after which it was declared that N Dicker had been elected. There then followed any other business, before the meeting was closed at 6.20 pm.

The text in this Quainton Railway Society publication was written in 1987 and so does not reflect events in the 27+ 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.

AGM Review - Quainton News No. 63 - Summer 1987

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