B17 Steam Locomotive Trust 2016 AGM Notes and Salient Points
(All information relates to the period of April 1st 2015 to 31st of March 2016)
The director’s report for the year ending 30th April 2016 was jointly presented by Brian Hall (Chairman), Larry Sampson, Geoff Starns and Henry Mullens.
Membership and Income
The combination of increased contributions from members, increased donations from supporters and the general public, sponsorship for specific components and a 25% increase in membership had virtually doubled the level of income compared with the previous year.
The geographical distribution of the membership has resulted in area groups being created and put in place and that the Southend on Sea and Cambridgeshire & Fenland groups had already been established and their method of working agreed in conjunction with each Area Group Leader. The remaining groups are in the process of being rolled out.
Media and Marketing
Media coverage and news reporting about the project through the press and local radio once again featured although the use of paid advertising was reduced. To ensure topical content for the web site and improve the inputs to external media a combined editorial and media interface team Larry Sampson in the Editorial role and John Peat as Press Officer has been created to receive, edit and issue regular external news releases to the railway press, local media and internally the website and newsletter.
It has become obvious that the Trust can broaden the scope of promotional activities utilising member’s novel ideas and local knowledge emerging from the Local Area Groups. These can be focussed on commemorative anniversaries, presentations, etc. and could be related to LNER B17s, general railway topics but may also embrace subjects of local interest and be non- railway related.
The promotional stand layout is putting a greater emphasis directed to promand progress to build up the static mainframe for the visiting publics benefit. There has been positive comment from visiting members and the general public regarding the attractive layout and interesting content contained within the information displays which helps to make each venture well worthwhile.
Discussions are also taking place looking at options for the mid- year meeting and members day out for 2017 including combining the two at the Llangollen Railway to view the progress being made on the static frame.
Election of Officers
All officers due to stand down offered themselves for re-election and were unanimously supported for a further term
Design and Manufacturing progress
The attendees were given an up to date report on this topic and the information is detailed on the “Construction progress” page of this web site.
Two guest speakers were present for the informal part of the meeting.
Malcolm Root (FGRA) explained with examples, the key considerations he used to plan the subject, perspective and details including colour when preparing to paint “Sandringhamm at Home” showing 61600 Sandringham at Wolferton Station.
Mike Stanbury presented “Aspects of Railway Preservation” and illustrated his personal memories and involvement from the beginning of steam railway preservation in East Anglia with some of the local pioneers and characters. Restored engines rescued from Barry also featured.
The pair of cast brass “Spirit of Sandringham” nameplates have been completed at Procast of Cleckheaton thanks entirely to our joint sponsors John Dewar, Peter Wright and Ben Colson. They will used for marketing and display purposes but from time to time will also be fitted to the frames at Llangollen during special events. On Thursday, 21st. July, members Godfrey Smith, Peter Wright and Bill Ringham journeyed to Yorkshire to collect them
The design closely followed that developed by our member Alan Smalley who produced the full size wooden replica which also incorporated the splasher and running board (plinth.) This also continues to serve a useful purpose at promotional events. Spirit of Sandringham is representative of the longest B17 nameplate ‘Lincolnshire Regiment’ both consisting of 21 letters and spaces and 60 inches in length. Not a lot of people know that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
On Saturday, 23rd. July, courtesy of 'Friends of March Railway Station', these were displayed on a specially constructed wooden frame on the 'up' platform at March station. In the bright sunlight they made an impressive sight and certainly drew admiring looks from local members and other visitors. They certainly helped promote the B17 project in the way it was intended.
The local press, the 'Cambs Times' supported the promotion with good advance publicity. One local high profile visitor was the Mayor of March, Councillor Donelley. Unfortunately the day was so hot that he was unable to wear his chains and robes of office.
The nameplates were subject to another 'Guess the Weight' competition which helped create involvement of the local public and hopefully raise useful additional revenue.
The new nameplates were then displayed at the Sandringham Flower Show along with the Malcolm Root painting “Sandringham at Home”.
THE SPONSORS OF THE B17 "SPIRIT OF SANDRINGHAM" NAMEPLATE AND B17 DIRECTORS ARE PICTURED AT WOLFERTON STATION FOR THE FORMAL HANDOVER IN SEPTEMBER
BELOW THE NAMEPLATES IS THE PAINTING BY MALCOLM ROOT OF "SANDRINGHAM AT HOME" SHOWING 61600 SANDRINGHAM AT WOLFERTON STATION
Malcolm Root painting “SANDRINGHAM AT HOME”
The B17 Steam Locomotive Trust are delighted to announce completion of the painting Sandringham at Home by Malcolm Root FRGA showing LNER class B17 No. 61600 Sandringham at the Royal Station of Wolferton in West Norfolk. Wolferton Station was situated on the line between King’s Lynn and the seaside resort of Hunstaton and was closed completely when all services were withdrawn on this once busy route by British Railways in 1969.
Signed prints by the artist of this very fine painting are now available suitable for framing where proceeds go toward 61673 Spirit of Sandringham. Each print including border is 28" x 22" (711mm x559mm) and size of image is 24"x 17¾" (610mm x 450mm.) The B17 Steam Locomotive Trust is most grateful to Malcolm Root for producing the painting and permitting the sale of prints to help provide funds for the new build B17 project.
If Members and friends are interested in purchasing a copy, they would be well advised to place an order sooner rather than later as numbers are bound to be limited!