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EMAIL LETTER 25.7.17
LATE MARGARET NICHOLLS
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.
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.
NEED FOR INCREASING OUR SECURITY AWARENESS
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.