For enthusiasts, researchers and modellers of the Great Eastern Railway

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.

Half Yearly Meeting

The HALF-YEARLY MEETING of the GER Society will be on Saturday 1st October 2021, in the Adelaide Hall, Ely College, Downham Road, Ely, Cambridgeshire.

CB6 2SH.

The planned programme is as follows:

09.00 Hall opens for setting up (might be open earlier).

09.30 Meeting opens. Time to buy your raffle tickets, GERS sales items, second-hand books/ videos etc.

10.25 Our Chairman Peter Walker formally opens the meeting.

10.30 Presentation by Nathaniel Dodds “New Essex Lines”.

11.30 Refreshment Break. Sales stands etc. re-open.

12.00 Presentation by Paul Isles of Accurascale Ltd.

13.00 Lunch break. Sales stands open. Buy your raffle tickets.

14.00 Society announcements.

14.15 Presentation by Mike Petty “From the Local Newspapers”.

15.00 Refreshment Break. Sales stands re-open, last chance for raffle tickets.

15.30 Raffle draw.

16.00 Final circulation and clearing up.

Food:

There are kitchen facilities available for us on site to make hot drinks and possibly to warm pies etc. The College is some distance from the town centre, and there are no shops immediately adjacent, but there are several “fast food” restaurants/drive-throughs within easy driving distance or walking via an underpass. If in doubt, bring lunch!

Sales Tables:

Any member who wishes to use a sales table please contact Brian Watson on 07939 567838 or ( secretary@GERSsociety.org.uk ) in advance. There is a small charge for members selling items for their own profit.

Getting There

Firstly, if you can offer a lift to the venue, or would appreciate one, please contact Brian Watson on 07939 567838, or send an email to secretary@gersociety.org.uk , and we shall help if we can.

By Rail (LATEST NEWS)

See also By Bus below for shuttle bus details.

Ely is well served by trains running north up the King’s Lynn line from London via Kings Cross (or slower via the Liverpool Street line), or east-west from Norfolk, Suffolk and North Essex to the east and Peterborough via March to the west. HOWEVER, further strike action is probable for 1st October so please arrive by road if possible and if you need a lift contact Brian Watson who will do his best!

By Bus

As there is no scheduled bus service that passes the College entrance on a Saturday, we were to arrange a shuttle bus to pick up attendees from the railway station and the town centre and return to those places at the end of the meeting. Without trains, there seems little point to that so please liaise with Brian Watson for the latest news. If the trains run, we SHALL provide connecting buses.

If you need help with transport arrangements, please contact Brian Watson well in advance on 07939 567838, or by email to secretary@gersociety.org.uk , or (last resort!) by letter to 6, Windmill Walk, Sutton, ELY, Cambs CB6 2NH.

By Road

The A10 bypasses Ely. Coming north, the College is on Downham Road off the A10 a little further north than a highly-visible BP garage on your left. As you see a cinema and several fast food establishments to your left, turn right at that roundabout onto the A1411/Downham Road. The College entrance we use will be clearly signed on the left. There is plenty of car parking at the site.

If you can assist with car-sharing please make offers to Brian or the e-group.

Brian Watson

 

 

 

2022 Annual General Meeting

 

THE 49th Annual General Meeting of the GERS will be held on Saturday 19th March 2022 in the Bishop’s Hill Adult Community College, Rayleigh Road, Hutton, Essex CM13 1BD.

The planned programme (subject to confirmation) is as follows:

09.00 Hall opens for setting up.

09.30 Meeting opens. Time to buy your raffle tickets, GERS sales items, secondhand books/ videos etc.

10.25 Our Chairman opens the meeting.

10.30 Presentation by Steve Beamon with Part 2 of his history of Railway Policemen.

12.00 Lunch break. Sales stands open. Buy your raffle tickets.

13.00 Society announcements followed by the presentation of the Harry Jones Award and the 49 th AGM.

AGENDA

1. Apologies for absence.

2. Minutes of the 48th AGM held on 20th March 2021.

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. The GERS Constitution

11. Any Other Business at the discretion of the Chairman.

13.45 Our President addresses the throng.

13.55 Presentation by Rodger Green on “Bidder, Brassey and Bruff and their connection with the Epping Ongar Railway”.

14.40 Refreshment Break.

15.05 Raffle draw.

15.15 Presentation by Chris Bell on “The Great Eastern Railway heritage of the Mid-Norfolk Railway”.

16.15 Final circulation and clearing up.

17.00 Last one out switches the lights off.

 

GETTING THERE:

RAIL:

Liverpool Street dep. NONE

Shenfield arr.

There is major engineering works taking place and no TfL or GA trains are running. Passenger must travel by the Central Line to Newbury Park for a direct bus to Shenfield.

Norwich dep. 7. 00 8. 00

Ipswich dep. 7. 41 7. 59 8. 20 8. 41 8. 59

Colchester dep. 8. 01 8. 19 8. 39 9. 01 9. 19

Chelmsford dep. 8. 23 8. 47 9. 07 9. 23 9. 47

Shenfield arr. 8. 34 9. 01 9. 21 9. 34 10.01

There is no longer a direct bus service to the venue from Shenfield Station.

There is an easy 12-minute walk by turning right out of Shenfield Station, under the railway bridge and then walking up Rayleigh Road past the Hutton Junction Public House (do not turn left at the mini roundabout). You will see the College on the left-hand side.

To obtain sandwiches etc there is a Coop opposite Shenfield Station.

There is a Free Car Park right outside the venue.

Refreshments (tea/ coffee and biscuits will be supplied by Bishops Hill College (courtesy of the GERS) before the meeting and at both intervals at no charge to the members.

IMPORTANT NOTE :

Any member who wishes to use a sales table, please contact Rodger Green rodgergreen1865@gmail.com. There is a small charge for members selling items for their own profit.

 

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