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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 66 - Winter 1989 / 90

Fund Raising

1989 Raffle - Dusty (Eric Miller)

As you know the money from this years raffle was put towards the land appeal. Arrangements have been made with our bank to deduct all monies raised from the cost of the loan so that not only do we benefit from the deduction, but even more important we do not have to pay the interest in future years. The amount raised from the raffle this year was over £l,000 a truly splendid result. The lucky winners were as follows :

lst Prize    £200    Mr Woolhead of Wing
2nd Prize  £75      Mr W Franklin of Aylesbury
3rd Prize  £25      Members Jim & Peggy Stevens of Stoke Mandeville

I would personally like to thank all our members who sold tickets on our behalf - I agree it is an awkward job - thank you also for the letters you sent me, it's so nice to keep in touch.

Paper Recovery Scheme - Dusty (Eric Miller)

This has gone very well. The skip has been moved in order than non-members can contribute to the cause, some donors come to the site bringing papers from quite a distance (Andover, Southampton, London) sometimes a pleasant word and a hand with the elevation can be rewarding to all parties. So far the amount raised this year is approximately £700.

General - 1990 - Dusty (Eric Miller)

Following the Royal launch of 6024 King Edward I in April and the centenary of the runs from Chesham to Watford in July this year 1990 sees the 21st anniversary of the Society's move to Quainton Road. I can only tell you that there are some really big things which could come to fruition in this year. We hope for some developments that could give us the opportunities we have all been wishing for. More of this anon.

The Land Purchase - Andrew Bratton

As I am sure you are well aware we successfully completed the purchase last March of the remainder of the up yard land (excluding the approach road and station building) plus the car park fields; in all 16½ acres bringing our total land ownership to nearly 30 acres.

It really was an anxious period; we got news of the proposed auction only two months ahead. It had to be kept secret to avoid any counter bids. We, fortunately, managed to persuade the vendor, British Rail, to withdraw the lot from auction providing contracts were exchanged before the 'appointed' day. After much frantic activity, by Roy Miller, our Curator, and our Solicitors, the contracts were finally exchanged on the last working day prior to the auction. Thank goodness they were for there were many parcels of BR land in the auction, which was held in Central London, and they were fetching 'silly' money. I believe the £80,000 we paid could have doubled.

The appeal for funds was then launched. This not only went to members but numerous Government bodies and some two dozen grant giving charitable trusts. Much midnight oil was burned by Janice Uphill and myself doing the typing.

To date the direct appeal to members has produced £14,500. Dennis and June Vass 'penny pond' has raised around £260, their stall has made a profit of £750, Ann Taylor's bric-a-brac stall £400 with the grand draw raising a further £1000. The Museums and Galleries Commission awarded us a £10,000 grant and the balance has been financed by a 20 year mortgage for £50,000 from our bankers. I wish I knew how the others managed to obtain grants so easily.

Although the land purchase has dented our finances, and the monthly interest charges of around £700 are a heavy burden, I am sure we are all relieved to have this under our belts'. Without room to expand and adequate car parking the Centre would surely decline. It provides many new opportunities and your ideas will be welcomed.

10,000,000 Pennies Appeal - Dennis Vass

We must constantly bear in mind that money borrowed has to be repaid at some time. The purpose of the appeal, quite simply, is to raise £l00,000 which represents the purchase price of the site plus a margin to enable the Society to start the major developments we require.

As part of the effort, a pool has been placed outside the Carriage Shop to collect pennies (and larger coins!). By the time you read these notes over £260 (26,000 pennies) will have been collected from the pool - a gratifyingly generous response from our visitors and members.

Proceeds from the Carriage Shop are put towards the appeal and over £750 has come from this source so far this season.

Elsewhere, Ann Taylor is operating a bric-a-brac stall inside (and outside!) the ex LNWR Observation Saloon next to the Terrapin Building. So far this year this stall has raised the remarkable sum of £400. Although at times Ann has difficulty in closing the door of the coach at the end of the day, more items are still needed.

Undoubtedly , most of the Ten Million Pennies will come from grants and direct donations by members but the foregoing projects are useful (and almost painless) ways of moving towards our goal.

Please support them in cash or kind, or both. Thank you.

The text in this Quainton Railway Society publication was written in 1989 and so does not reflect events in the 25+ 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.

Fund Raising - Quainton News No. 66 - Winter 1989 / 90

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