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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 99 - April 2008


I have looked back over the Editorial and Chairman's comments since I started editing qn. There has not been an edition without us facing some challenge or other, be it legislation changes, of which there has been many, or the changing circumstances of our customer and volunteer base. Trying to predict how we will be affected and even more importantly, how best to react to such a complex and constantly changing model, with so many dependencies that are outside our direct influence, is the challenge we face and will continue to face. This is why we need dedicated professional management in place to stand any chance of surviving in the family entertainment market of which we are a part. Janet Small has taken on this challenge in the new General Manager role, but she cannot do it without the rest of us.

I recently visited a friend who also does voluntary work, but in their case they have created a drop in centre in a deprived part of Manchester. At times, like us, it seems as if it is an insurmountable task. They too have difficulty raising funds and finding volunteers, but despite this they soldier on. Where is this going you wonder; well, in their office there was a motto embroidered on a sampler that reads, Great things can be achieved by lots of people doing little things. The parallel with the BRC is that you do not have to virtually live on site to contribute. If every member gave 1 day's assistance a year it would be the equivalent effort of around 3 full time members of staff. There are so many diverse things that need doing, not all of them requiring attendance on site; it is a fair bet that there is something you could help with. So why not contact Janet to see if you can help.

I have struggled again this month with content so please get busy with that pen or PC, unless you want me to bore you with my efforts. We have not had many articles on the carriage and wagon stock so these would be particularly welcome. As I am now semi-retired myself it would be best if you could drop any articles for qn in the post to me to the address below, as I won't get to the Centre quite as often as when I was working in the area. The next edition is the numerical ton up for qn so it would be good to make it a really interesting edition.

The text in this Quainton Railway Society publication was written in 2008 and so does not reflect events in the 6+ 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. 99 - April 2008

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