QEL ARCHIVE

16/03/17
Rostere, Emergency Event
Day and Work week

06/03/17
Site Security &
Work Week Lunches

03/03/17
Bits & Bobs, Work Week
plus PTS courses/renewals

25/02/17
Living History Fair, Vintage
Cinema and
Funeral arrangemetns for
Andrew Bratton

20/02/17
Sad News on the death
of Andrew Bratton

17/02/17
Schools visit help needed
and TWO opportunities

11/02/17
Hot News about "Defiant"
and "Cornwall" coming to us

07/02/17
A reminder, other News
and Events

23/01/17
News about Andrew Bratton

11/01/17
Work Week or Serving
on the Executive Committee

06/01/16
Hot meals, Interail passes
& Commercial Roster

18/12/16
The end of.... &
Can you help & Can you help

11/12/16
Thomas departs &
notice of SMJ Exhibition

25/11/16
Santa Season starts &
GWR 7715 (aka L99) news

16/11/16
Sad News Miriam Ashman
and Locomotive shuffles

05/11/16
Bring your own Lunch
on Sunday 6th November

27/10/18
Christmas Roster, a Flm
Evening, Wallpaper ceiling?
and Grand Raffle draw

23/10/16
A Painting, a Raffle
and Christmas Dinner

19/10/16
An appeal, a meal,
a chair, a visit and a
new coach

09/10/16
A plea, a talk, a lift
and a raffle

30/09/16
Railway Films and
Quainton Painting

20/09/16
Steampunk Fashion &
Traction Engine Rally

14/09/16
Help for the "Punk"
plus Traction Rally

06/09/16
Chairman's messages
& Autumn Season

30/08/16
Big Thank You and
Executive dates

24/08/16
A Funeral, a Memorial
and a correction

05/08/16
Mail Rail and
Gibbons Stamp Monthly

26/07/16
Sad Loses and
Banbury Box

05/07/16
Nearly QEL Again!
& a big thank you

01/05/16
Canyou help?
& Cutting off Noses

Earlier QELs can be accessed by using one or other of the above.


QEL COLUMNS

QUAINTON EMAIL LETTER 23.03.2017

A CAUTIONARY TALE

On Monday afternoon around 5pm I was at Quainton selecting a pallet from the stock pile and noticed that the back gate was closed. Around an hour later as I shut the large door to the Romney that I had been working in a clean, modern style Land Rover drove into the area, stopped, reversed and drove out again. Knowing that on Monday evenings there are a few members who meet here I drove around the block but couldn't find the Land Rover but I did notice that, now, the gate was wide open. I discussed this with the members present who were waiting for another to join them so had left the gate open. But, if I hadn't been there would our "visitor" have had a closer, more detailed look around? Would he have selected a "souvenir" of his visit? Who knows? But I do know that if the gate had been closed it is far less likely that he would have driven in, so, please close the gates after you pass through even if you think another is coming shortly.

Quite by chance (honestly) Our Chairman, Ben Jackson, sent this to me tonight:

A reminder to all members to please make sure all doors and gates are closed and locked when you are the last one out of a building or car park.

Please never assume someone else will be along later to do it - we don't want to invalidate our insurances by leaving the site unsecured and letting in those that would enjoy a chance to undo everyone's hard work!!

WORK WEEK

Work Week is progressing and much is being and has been done. There are newly added signs in the Oxford Room, new track in the Down Yard and the outside of Rewley Road is being pressure washed. There are still things to do, so - if you have time on your hands why not come and join us?

Lunch needs booking by 11am each day, as normal.

VOLUNTEERS' DAY - SATURDAY 25th

On Saturday we are looking forward to our first ‘volunteers day’ for some time. This is a ‘toe in the water’ and a precursor to further on-going activities aimed at increasing the number of members of the Society and hopefully the number of active volunteers at the Centre.

Running from 11am to 2pm on March 25th, with marketing via Social Media and local Newspapers, as well as encouraging existing members to bring along friends and family, this will be a low key first attempt. The plan is to offer those that turn up the chance to talk with either the leaders or members in the areas set out below and then pass those that wish to join on to the Members Secretary, Bev Potter to complete their application.

Permanent Way - Site Maintenance – Engineering - Catering and Facilities
Parks and Gardens – TPO - Permanent Way – VAMES - Station Masters
Loco and Train Crew - Shop and Gate - Museum/Curatorial - Education

If you see a ‘new’ face around the Centre please make them feel welcome and engage them in conversation about the projects they could work on and/or the roles they could take on.

ALL section and departmental heads are asked to be available as you just might get some new volunteers!

LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO DO ON FRIDAY EVENING?

Attached is the notice of a local talk on the Quintinshill rail disaster which is being given by our member, Andrew David, in Princes Risborough starting at 8pm sharp on Friday 24th March - tomorrow!

Quintinshill was notable, as I understand it, for not only being the rail accident with the greatest loss of life (around 600 souls) but for graphically illustrating the dangers of wooden gas lit carriages in an accident. There were, of course, other contributing factors, too, such as the time of day when most on board would have been asleep and the shift change times of the signalmen and how they had changed it locally as well as the coal trains in adjacent sidings which, no doubt, Andrew will expand upon.

One of our carriages in our vintage train - the Great Central Railway all third 1076 built in 1890 - is of one of the types of carriage that were involved in the disaster. So, if you are looking to get away from a TV loaded with Red Nose Day appeals why not join us?

CLOCKS CHANGE

Lest you forget - the clocks change this Sunday morning, 'robbing' us of an hours sleep! Who gets up at 2am to change all the clocks in the house? Well, I don't. I just have all my clocks an hour wrong for 6 months each year...!

Compiled by:
Tony Lyster
23.3.17