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The Society’s Half-Yearly Meeting will be held in the Officers Club, Colchester (a short walk from Colchester Town station) on Saturday 7th October 2023. For those arriving by rail, please note that Colchester Town station is down a short branch line from Colchester station.

It is a very pretty little branch and I advise anyone who can arrive that way to do so, assuming they can manage quite a steep walk up to the Club from there. Allow 30 minutes for the walk to the venue via the underpass beneath the busy roundabout and you should arrive well inside that time! The postal address is Colchester Officers’ Club, Londinium Road, Colchester, Essex CO2 7NU for those using a satnav for part or all of the journey, and there is car parking close to the Club (£2)

One of the speakers will be Andy Grimmett, who will be sharing some of his huge collection of images from the 1920s-1960s. There will be a strong Essex/GE presence and he might even sneak in some GE/GN Joint pictures too. He is intending to include a “Where’s This?” interactive section which promises to be a bit of fun and informative too.

We shall also have a talk on the Newmarket–Chesterford Railway. It has been addressed very comprehensively by Ruth Ivimey-Cook in a previous meeting, and I am assured the talk by a different speaker this time will show some new images and also reveal some facts about the line to further broaden our knowledge of this pioneering route in our region.

09.30 Hall opens for setting up.

10.00 Hall opens to members: Raffle Tickets, GERS sales from Barry Jackson, second-hand books etc.

10.25 Our Chairman Peter Walker opens the meeting.

10.30 Presentation by Andy Grimmett, giving his illustrated talk ‘’A Miscellany Of Images on the GE Section; 1920 - 1965’’.

11.30 Refreshment Break. Sales stands & Raffle Tickets.

12.00 Presentation by Geoff Brockett of the RCTS “Railway Images In East Anglia; 1990 – 2010”, illustrated by slides from Geoff’s extensive personal collection.

13.00 Lunch break. Sales stand re-opens.

14.00 GER Society announcements.

14.15 Presentation by Alan Denney on “The Newmarket and Chesterford Railway including the Cambridge Connection”.

15.30 Raffle Drawn, Final circulation and Clearing up.

The venue offers a fine buffet lunch at £14 per person. This must be pre-booked via 07939 567838 or email secretary@gersociety.org.uk and please give at least a week’s notice, although you can pay on the day. Alternatives are: to walk back down the hill to buy something; bring a packed lunch. Teas and Coffees will be available as usual, and the venue has a licensed bar.

The 50th AGM of the GERS will be held on Saturday 18th March 2023. We hope as many members as possible will attend for the full day’s events and activities.

Location

The Meeting will take place at the Adult Community Learning Centre, Bishops Hill, Poplar Drive, off Rayleigh Road, Hutton, nr. Shenfield, CM13 1BD. Please bring with you any food required as there is nothing available onsite (except drinks, biscuits).

Any member requiring a display or sales table, please contact the Secretary on 07939 567838 or secretary@gersociety.org.uk.

Programme:

08:00 Access to hall for setting up.

09:30 Stands open; time to buy GERS sales items, books, magazines, videos and ephemera. Raffle tickets on sale.

10:30 Our Chairman opens the meeting, followed by:

A talk from the first of our speakers.

11:15 A talk from the second of our speakers.

12:00 Lunch interval, at which teas and coffees (biscuits optional) will be available.

13:15 Society Announcements.

Presentation of the Harry Jones Award.

13:30 Extraordinary General Meeting to present and vote on the revised Constitution:

1. Introduction to the new revised Constitution.

2. Vote on Adoption of revised and updated Constitution.

The 50th Annual General Meeting:

1. Apologies for absence.

2. Minutes of the 2022 AGM held on 19th March 2022.

3. Matters arising.

4. Secretary’s Report.

5. Treasurer’s Report.

6. Chairman’s Statement.

7. Election of Officers.

8. Election of Executive Committee.

9. Appointment of Independent Examiner.

10. Any Other Business, at the discretion of the Chair.

Following the formal business our President, John Watling, will make a statement.

14:00 A talk from the third of our speakers.

14:45 Afternoon refreshment break. Raffle draw.

15:15 A talk from the fourth of our speakers.

16:00 Final circulation.

17:00 Meeting closes.

Tea, coffee & biscuits will be available free of charge during the day and Barry Jackson will be selling and taking orders for items from the GERS Sales List.

Getting There

Engineering work means rail services on the Liverpool St line are disrupted that weekend .

The Adult Community Learning building is off of the Rayleigh Road, Hutton: turn into Poplar Drive and then immediately left again into the Centre car park which is large, close, and free, with level access into the hall.

Walking (from Shenfield, 0.5m): The Co-Op at the station may be useful to obtain sandwiches. Turn right out of the Station, under the railway bridge, then up Rayleigh Road past the Hutton Junction Pub. Do not turn left at the mini roundabout. You will find the College on the left, just before traffic lights.

Train : The nearest railway station is Shenfield with a 10-15 minute walk to the venue. There is no longer a direct bus service to the venue on Saturdays.