Taken from the Mercian, December 1965 Vol.4 No.6
As you will notice, this issue of ‘Mercian’ is shorter than we have recently been used to. This is due to the indisposition of the Editor, Malcolm Willis, who has entered hospital. I am sure all members will wish Malcolm a speedy recovery, and hope that he may soon return to the most valuable work which he does fro the Society.
Malcolm Willis returned to the Society, but not to the Editorship of the ‘Mercian’, taking on the role as Membership Secretary. He did an excellent job of expanding the Magazine and would surely be missed.
This is the last edition of Mercian this year, a year which has been very rewarding for the Society. We have realised one of our major schemes, the purchase of our branch line at Chasewater. Work has been going on there for some months, and track-laying has gone on steadily. Early next year we hope to have a permanent building erected, and several locomotives delivered. If work is to go ahead as planned in the New Year, more assistance will be needed, and I appeal to all members who can help in any way to visit the Hednesford depot or the Chasewater branch any Sunday, when you will be made very welcome.
I like this photo as it shows the Valley pit in the background (left, above the wagons) and the Hednesford War Memorial in the background (right, above the carriage) JD
Once again we are almost at the end of another eventful year for the Society with the prospect for 1966 even brighter.
A great deal of work has been done at Chasewater and at Hednesford by our gallant band of stalwarts who give their time each weekend to further our aims and ambitions. Lots more work has still to be done and many more workers are needed to help carry the burden.
The Society is deeply indebted to one of our members, namely Dr. Plummer, for his generosity in purchasing and cost of transporting a locomotive to Chasewater.
Any Society which is to survive in these days of rising costs must have a healthy Bank Balance, and I strongly urge all members to participate in all money-raising efforts which are organised to help the Society to stay solvent.
We are fortunate in having many friends who are sympathetic to our cause, even if they are not members, who give willingly in so many ways, such as refreshments or prizes for various events, helping at Open Days and last, but not least, rummage for our annual event which Mr. Wooding organises each year.
Chasewater Light Railway Report – D.A.Ives. Hon. Sec.
Good progress was made during the golden month of October. Work has slowed down during the winter months. However, a few real stalwart members have continued to lift and relay track in spite of cold and wet conditions. Work parties are being conducted on Saturday afternoons, weather permitting. Track-laying must continue during these winter months if the full length is to be completed by April. The Chasewater party consists of approx. 12 regular members, who are now resigned to the fact that the job will have to be completed by them and them alone.Chasewater 1966 – Laurence Hodgkinson
Stop Press!!! A strong steel door has been fitted to the platelayers hut at Chasewater, where we intend to store all our track-laying tools.
Treasurer’s Report – F.J.Harvey.
I would like to begin my report by thanking all those members who have renewed their membership subscriptions since the last issue of Mercian. There are still quite a lot of lapsed members, however. This is the time of year for giving, so please help the Society by sending your subscriptions as soon as possible.
The loan which was needed to buy the Midland Railway Royal Saloon has now been completely repaid. We shall now be able to give more attention to clearing the outstanding debt on the Stroudley E1 as outlined in the last issue.
So far we have received no offers of financial help towards the transportation of the Peckett 0-4-0ST from Warrington. As I have pointed out before, this is a matter of extreme urgency. Unless we have some support, we shall be throwing away a working locomotive. Please see what you can do to help. Any donation, no matter how small, will be most welcome.
Still not enough working members or money – but they kept going!