QEL ARCHIVE

21/07/17
Fire Engine Rally and
Community & Services Day

10/07/17
Members Day - RSVP deadline extended plus
Former Ivatt Trust

05/07/17
Missing from home. a
Guide and Good News?

27/06/17
Days Out With Thomas
volunteer help needed.

21/06/17
A request for DVD player,
Photo sorter and a Spoon or Vacuum bits

17/06/17
Memorial List request
for information

06/06/17
Cornwall, Keys
and Jelly Beans

25/05/17
Hot New & Hottest Day
Plus Organising the Day

23/05/17
A Big Shunt, News about Bev
plus Guides & Speakers

10/05/17
Seeking Employment &
being shortlisted

19/04/17
Big Thanks, Movements
School visits & Lost Lamps

14/04/17
Funeral arrangements for
Eric "Dusty" Miller

09/04/17
Thomas roster and
Locomotive lamps

31/03/17
Sad News reporting the death
of Eric (Dusty) Miller

26/03/17
Millom, Volunteers, Insulation
and a Rail Tour

23/03/17
A Cautionary Tale
plus more Work Week

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

06/01/17
Hot meals, Interail passes
& Commercial Roster

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QEL COLUMN

QUAINTON EMAIL LETTER 25.7.17

THE LATE MARGARET NICHOLLS

It is with great sadness that I have to let you know that Mrs Margaret Nicholls has passed away recently. Margaret was employed in the Admin Office in the early days when our first Office was in the Mk2 coachbody which was positioned, in pre Rewley Road days, very roughly where the Diner now sits. Roy Miller took Margaret on and she worked for several years first with Roy followed by Chris Tayler and then Allan Baker. When she retired she took an extended trip to see her son in Australia before returning to her cottage in the centre of Quainton village. Margaret was always professional and well presented and had that certain air about her that ensured that those of us who might misbehave just didn't. She will be missed by many of us.

The funeral is in Quainton Church at 1pm on Monday 7th August. The family have asked that brighter colours rather than the more usual dark, sombre ones are worn by those attending. Refreshments will be available to all afterwards in the Quainton Memorial Hall.

THE NEED FOR INCREASING OUR SECURITY AWARENESS

You may have heard, indeed I hope that you have, that the LNER Carriage Association based on the NYMR at Pickering suffered a severe attack from vandals on Saturday night / Sunday morning. I first heard of it on Facebook, then later on the Radio 4 news at 4pm as I was driving. It was also on the national TV.

Simply, a rake of 8 LNER teak bogie coaches was attacked. These aren't coaches awaiting restoration but one of the operating train sets due to carry passengers all summer long. With windows broken, sweets thrown around, fire extinguishers let off, light fittings smashed, kitchen equipment damaged and strewn around the mess is hard to believe. Early estimates put the damage at £100,000 and some of the grown men who have spent around 30 years restoring these coaches, in their spare time, were reduced to tears. Fortunately, the low-lifes involved saw fit to film themselves in action and posted it on the internet so 5 of the 7 had been arrested by Sunday lunchtime.

Hopefully, this will serve as a warning to the rest of us just how vulnerable we are to trespassers. So let me re-state the need to shut gates, lock buildings and be vigilant to anyone taking an unusual interest in our activities at Quainton.

I had been intending to write a piece about the importance of signing in and out and this attach emphasizes one reason for signing in and out.

Another reason is that when a grant application is being made for one of our projects it is common for there to be a question about the number of volunteers and the hours they worked in total in the previous year. The signing on sheets are being analysed every week to generate these figures and information for the future. Names are not recorded just the numbers of volunteers and their total attendance hours each day. Our names are needed on the list, in the first place, should there be a need, in an emergency, to identify who is on site.

The signing on points are: in the hut just inside the Down Yard green gates; in the box on the fence behind the red telephone box; on the desk in Rewley Road. The duty footplate crews and guards have their own signing on points in the Up and Down yard messrooms which is because they have to sign, at the start of their duty, that they have read all the operating notices displayed there.

The irony of the damage at Pickering is that the LNERCA have an HLF grant application being processed at the moment to get the cash to erect a secure storage shed, partly to give weather protection as varnish comes off a teak coach more quickly if it is left in the open and partly for security.

Complied by

Tony Lyster
25.7.17