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From the Secretary’s Report.
Members will be pleased to hear that we have moved the Barclay saddletank to the Hixon yard of our friend Jake Bacon. (I’ve not read anything about this loco in the magazines until now. It’s now known as Colin McAndrew! There’s a photo of it at Hixon.)
Barclay Loco Colin McAndrew at Hixon – Rob Duffill’s Collection.
Renovation work is in progress until such time as she can be moved to the safety of the Chasewater building. It is hoped that the two Pecketts will join her in the very near future, and I would like to express thanks to all those who have responded to the call for cash to cover the removal expenses.
Progress at Chasewater has been maintained steadily by the faithful few and the line is now in up to the site of the building. The other track here has been left for the time being to enable the contractors to work in the confines of the trackbed. A start has been made at the causeway end of the line in re0laying a length taken out by the demolition people and then work will centre on track tidying, moving a considerable amount of shale and spoil to strengthen the embankment near the small overbridge and other remedial works. We shall still need plenty of help so please come.
From the Treasurer’s Report
Finance is reasonable at the moment but Chasewater is a big drain on resources and we must try to stem the flow as much as possible without jeopardising the project. (Given the state of Chasewater water level at the moment, the wording seems very prophetic!)
Late Round Up – Hon. Editor
I must apologise most profusely for the lateness of this edition due to personal circumstances beyond my control. The next edition will reach you on time, and will contain news of the AGM. I hope you will bear with me this time as I do like to have the mag. out on time. (Considering the fact that this was the fourth magazine of the year members nowadays would certainly bear with him!)
After a fair few years with the Museum on loan, our friend, known as ‘Meccano Joe’ has very kindly given these 3 large and some smaller items from his large collection to Chasewater Railway Museum.
They have always created great interest from kids young and not-so-young, and evoked many memories, as I’m sure they will for years to come.
These items, along with many more, were on show some years ago at Christmas in the Heritage Centre, where Santa used to reside. (Picture below).
Many, many thanks Joe.
The models can be seen on this photo, with the never-to-be-forgotten talking robot, wired for sound, who talked to the children with no apparent human aid! He got some amazing looks!
Godfrey has been very busy tidying up the signal box nameboards.
They used to lie flat and were very attractive for small feet to walk on!
No more, Godfrey made some brackets so now they stand at an angle, and also they can be seen so much better.
Pop in and have a look.
Taken from the Mercian October 1965 Vol.4 No.5
Another long magazine, with three more pages dealing with general preservation issues and a further two pages devoted to a humorous look at ‘Meetings’, which does not concern the vast majority of our members – our meetings are too short to be funny!!
Excerpts from the Officers’ reports
Treasurer’s Report – F.J.Harvey
Once again we start a new financial year, one which no doubt will provide a great many headaches for the committee.
In order that our projects can go ahead our financial position must improve a great deal. We have just paid our first year’s rent for the Chasewater branch which has rather depleted our bank balance. I would like to appeal to all members for financial support. This is urgent as we have several items of expenditure looming up.
One of the platelayers cabins on the Chasewater branch is in need of considerable repair. This will have to be done in the next few weeks so that our track laying equipment can be stored there in safety. A petrol trolley would be a tremendous asset if the money was forthcoming. Members are having to push a loaded trolley, weighing over two tons, for over half a mile and this distance is increasing each week as we lay more track.
We are also faced with the problem of moving the Peckett 0-4-0ST from Warrington. This is likely to be quite expensive and anyone who is interested in seeing the locomotive in steam at Chasewater next year is requested to give some financial support.
Turning to a more cheerful note, the loan for the Midland Railway Royal Saloon should be paid off completely by December. We hope that this will enable us to concentrate on paying off the outstanding money on the E1 0-6-0T (Cannock Wood) £125. Donations are still urgently required here.
The committee are trying to raise money but we do need the support of all members. This is a crucial moment in the life of our society. Please help now while there is still time. If any member is prepared to help us in raising money, please contact one of the committee immediately. If we can raise £300 we will almost certainly succeed at Chasewater. This is not a large sum considering the size of the project and I am certain that it can be raised if all members help.Inside the old Museum Coach – Barry Bull
AGM Report – from our Publicity Officer.
I’ve skipped the Chairman’s Report this time, most of it is included here.
The 6th Annual General meeting of the Midlands Area was held at the YMCA in Wolverhampton on 18th September 1965 with 25 people present. In his address, the Chairman, A.Holden, thanked the Committee for their support during the past year, John Elsley and his band of helpers for the hard, heavy work being done at Chasewater, and also thanked the Editor of Mercian, Malcolm Willis for his work. He also thanked everyone who attended the Annual Dinner arranged last year, and said that it had been a turning point for the Society with regards to the number of people who had been introduced to it.
David Ives, in his report , stressed the point that we desperately need more help with the track laying at Chasewater if we are to succeed, and that it was a pity that we had so many apathetic members. He also said that money-making activities were essential to keep up the funds.
Frank Harvey said that the past year had been a fairly good one financially, but in the next twelve months we were going to need a great deal more money and support if we were going to fulfil our aims.
All members were urged to renew their subscriptions if they had lapsed, and to really try and help the society in some way, as the next year will be a testing time for us. If however we all work together we will succeed.
In order that we may keep to schedule with track laying and be in a position to build the depot/museum in early 1966, it has been decided that we should provide full facilities for working parties on SATURDAY AFTERNOONS. As you have read in other parts of this issue we desperately need more manpower, and it is imperative that this need is met. We implore members to take advantage of this work party if they cannot reach those on Sundays. Please, please help!
The next plea is more or less a legal matter. With the loan for the building, we will need to payback to Brownhills Urban District Council £245 per annum. In order to meet the terms of the loan we need GUARANTORS to assure payment of this amount if the society should fail – which is highly unlikely. If you could guarantee only £1 we should be highly grateful. If you are willing to help in this way or even if you are only toying with the idea in your mind, we appeal to you to write for further details to the Chasewater Secretary.‘Smoke on the Water’ – this time from Barry Bull in the 1980s!