For enthusiasts, researchers and modellers of the Great Eastern Railway

 2021 Half Yearly Meeting

THE HALF YEARLY MEETING of the GERS will be on Saturday 16th October 2021, in the Waterfront Building, University Campus Suffolk, 19 Neptune Quay, Fore Street, Ipswich, Suffolk. IP4 1QJ

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

09.00 Hall opens for setting up.

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

10.55 Chairman opens meeting.

11.00 Presentation by Nigel Bowdidge entitled “Fred Spalding’s Postcards”.

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

13.10 Society announcements.

13.30 Presentation by Geoff Ashton “An Editor Recollects”.

14.30 Refreshment Break.

14.50 Raffle draw

15.00 Presentation by David Bidwell “The impact of the 1953 floods on Northeast Essex”.

16.00 Final circulation and clearing up.




Liverpool Street dep. 7.12 7.42  
Ipswich arr. 9n05 9n38  
n = Change at Ingatestone for coach to Colchester then train.
Colchester dep. 9.04 9.19  
Ipswich arr. 9.25 9.38  
Norwich dep. 8.00 8.32 9.04
Ipswich arr. 8.40 9.09 9.43
Ely dep. 8.32    
Ipswich arr. 9.26    
Cambridge dep. 7.47 8.03  
Ipswich arr. 9.02 9e26 e= change at Ely

There are major engineering works between Ingatestone and Colchester necessitating replacement coaches from Ingatestone. Check Journey Planner/ Network Rail before travelling.

For a bus to the venue please check Travelline nearer the time.

Alternatively, if you would like a 15-minute walk then turn right out of the station and walk along Burrell Road turning left at the end of the road. Walk over the River Orwell keeping right and then follow the riverside walk past the old Custom House to the UCS building.

The nearest car park is:

Ipserv Car Park

Duke Street



£5.50 all day charge and is about five minutes walk away from the University

The car park opposite is now only for the Students etc

For disabled drivers or people dropping off members or sales items etc they can use the short term car park outside the building but must move to the main car park afterwards.


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

As members will recall, the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Society due to have been held on 21st March 2020 was cancelled in the light of the developing Covid-19 pandemic.

When notifying members of the cancellation, we made the decision that the AGM could be deferred to the Half-yearly meeting in October and that remains our intention at this time.

Although the constitution requires the AGM to be held in March, the unprecedented lockdown imposed by the government meant that postponing the meeting until October was the most practicable solution at the time.

At present it remains unclear whether public meetings will be permitted by October, or indeed whether members will be happy to attend a meeting this year. The Executive Committee is, therefore, considering other options to deal with essential business in case they are needed.

The constitution of the Society as drawn up some 50 years ago requires that physical meetings be held, it did not envisage the current age when virtual meeting are possible. The Executive Committee is currently considering appropriate amendments to the Constitution, including the option of virtual meetings in exceptional circumstances. Any amendments will be proposed at the AGM in 2021.

I regret to say that the Executive Committee have decided to postpone the GERS AGM and meeting which was to be held at Adult Community Learning Bishops Hill, Poplar Drive, off Rayleigh Road, Hutton, Brentwood CM13 1BD, next Saturday, 21 March 2020.
This is because of various concerns with the Coronavirus and its transmission.
Our plan is to hold the AGM later in the year at our half-yearly meeting, which is planned for 17 October 2020 at Marks Tey village hall.
The Society will be sending an email with the same message to all members on email in due course and we will be doing our best to contact all other members, in writing. Please may I ask all of you to pass this message along, particularly to those members who do not read this group or have email.
If there are any questions on the matter, then please post them here, or contact me off-group, and I will do my best to provide answers.
We apologise for this unprecedented decision but are sure that all members will understand that we have their best interests in view.

Bill King, Chairman

PS - For those planning to renew their membership at the AGM, please see here for other ways of paying.

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