Club Update - February 2018


A brief update only this month to remind you all once again of various events planned throughout February and March. Accompanying this update will be a note detailing the various nominations for the forthcoming Committee elections together with their personal statements.

SRMG Annual General Meeting

This takes place on Thursday the 22nd February at 7pm. It is an important event and all paid-up members have a chance to vote for the new Committee and receive reports from the outgoing-Chair and the Treasurer. Consequently, please make every effort to attend.

Nominations for the 2018-19 Committee were received by the closing date as were their personal statements. These details may be found here, please take time to read it: it is important that you know who you are voting for and what experience they can bring to the role for which they have applied.

The agenda for the 2018 AGM, and the minutes from the 2017 AGM, will be circulated to all members a week before the event. AOBs must be notified to the Chair no later than the 14th. February [to meet the agenda deadline].

Club Curry Night

With the bureaucracy out of the way [!], a reminder that a Curry Night has been organised on the 24th. February at the Patti Raj, Mumbles Road [opposite the St. Helen’s Ground]. This is always a first-rate event and alternative to curry can be arranged for those who do not enjoy eastern food [speak to Noel Blows about this].

Not an expensive night out, the cost is £12 per head exclusive of drinks. A notice has been placed on the Club’s main board and sign there to attend if you have not done so already. Please notify your wish to attend by the 22nd. February however, to assist with the final booking of the event.

Severn Valley Railway outing – 17th. March 2018

An update from the notice in the last newsletter.......

I have been in touch again with the booking staff at the Railway and they have advised a special price for adults if tickets are booked no later than 30 days in advance. All adults now have to pay just £24.30 with children [below 16] paying £17.50. There are no additional concessions of any sort. The tickets give unlimited travel throughout the day on all of the railway’s trains.

To avoid the necessity of collecting on the bus to tip the driver, it is proposed to increase the adult price to £25. That is all members would have to pay for the day out.

Please note that non-members are most welcome also and the [adult] price for them would be £30 [£25 + £5 for travel].

Deposits of £10 per head are due from this Thursday [8th. February].

To take advantage of the reduced entry rate, I need to be able to book all tickets no later than the 17th. February. Those wishing to attend beyond that date will need to purchase tickets on the day of attending, at a higher rate.

Those who wish to attend but who have yet to book a place, or those who wish to bring non-members with them, please enter their names on the form on the Club’s main board without delay to take advantage of this offer.

Finally, I have also been advised that the Blue King, 6023 King Edward ll, and the Haydock Foundry loco, Bellerophon, will be attending. Other attractions include:

  • Local trains to-ing and fro-ing between Bewdley and Kidderminster with Bellerophon.
  • Early morning and evening trains.
  • Double-headed tank engines.
  • B12 paired with the SVR’s beautiful rake of LNER Teak carriages.
  • An intensive timetable will be in operation.
  • Paddock Railway at Hampton Loade & Coalyard Miniature Railway in steam.
  • Kidderminster Railway Museum open.
  • Eardington Halt open for visits (no trains will stop at the station).

Don’t miss the booking deadline!!!!!!!!

The 2018 modelling competition

It’s drawing closer now and it’s time to remind you all again of this event. The competition will be judged on Thursday, March 29th. 2018. I have only been advised of one or two entries so far so please complete the forms circulated recently if you propose submitting for the competition. Spare copies of the forms may be found in the Library on the Treasurer’s desk [somewhere!].

Finally, forthcoming railway and industrial archaeology lectures

Ted Hylton has advised that the following talks are planned in Swansea in the very near future:

  • Swansea Copper 1820-1840 – 17th. February at 2pm – Discovery Room, Central Library, Swansea Civic Centre. Free [but limited space, so be early].
  • South Wales Railways – 23rd. February at 10am – The Scout Hall, Brynmill. £3.

...and John Gray has advised that:

  • The Welsh Railway Research Circle will be holding its winter seminar in Swansea’s Waterfront Museum later this month – 13:00-1600, Saturday, 17th. February. Note though that, unfortunately, this clashes with one of the above talks. The topic is Penwyllt [Craig-y-Nos] Railway Station. There is no charge. SRMG is a member of the WRRC.

Best wishes all