For enthusiasts,researchers and modellers of the Great Eastern Railway

2016 Half Yearly Meeting

The next HALF YEARLY MEETING of the GERS will be held on Saturday 15th October 2016, in the Marks Tey Village Hall, 158 Old London Road, Marks Tey, Colchester, CO6 1EJ.

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, second hand magazines, books, videos, DVDs etc. Refreshments will be available all day.

10.55 Chairman opens meeting.

11.00 Presentation by Mark Baker on ‘Captain Fryatt - The Martyr of Bruges’. (see note).

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

13.15 Society announcements then presentation of the 2015 Harry Jones Award.

13.30 Presentation by Mike Stanbury on ‘The Sudbury Branch’.

14.30 Refreshment Break.

14.50 Raffle draw.

15.00 Presentation by Bill King on the ‘Tendring Hundred Railway’.

16.00 Final circulation and clearing up.


TRAIN as at August 2016

If you are coming from Liverpool Street/ Shenfield please check on Journey Planner before you book a ticket.


Norwich 08i00 08c30 09i00

Ipswich dep. 08.52 09c09 09 52

Colchester dep. 09 12 09. 43 10.12

Marks Tey arr. 09.18 09. 49 10.18

i = Change at Ipswich

c = Change at Colchester


From Marks Tey Station it is a 10 minute level walk to the venue. Turn right out of the station entrance and walk along Station Road until you reach a roundabout. Cross over a walk along Coggershall Road and turn left into Old London Road and the Village Hall is on the right. If you are coming by car the venue is just off the A12 (see map below) and car parking is available just outside the Hall.

Engineering Work . Major engineering work is taking place at locations between Liver-pool Street and Witham. There will be no service between Liver-pool Street and Witham/ Billericay and passengers should use the replacement buses between Witham/ Billericay and Newbury Park

If you require sandwiches then from the station cross the road and walk over the A12 and turn left and on the right there is a sandwich shop that is open until 1230 so it may be better to purchase before you arrive at the hall.


Mark Baker will also be displaying his exhibition on Captain Fryatt in an adjoining hall. The full exhibition was shown in Harwich from 23rd to 31st July 2016.

43rd Annual General Meeting of the GERS


THE 43rd AGM of the GERS will be held at 13.30 on Saturday 19th March 2016 at the Brentwood Theatre, Shenfield Road, Brentwood, Essex and we hope as many members as possible will attend the full programme from 10.00.

Nominations for the posts of Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer plus the four other members of the Executive Committee must be made in writing and received by the Secretary before 5th March 2016.

The planned programme for the day is as follows:

09.30 Meeting opens, time to buy GERS sales items, second hand books/ magazines/ videos and ephemera.

10.25 Our Chairman opens the meeting.

10.30 Presentation by Chris Green ‘The InterCity story’.

12.00 Lunch Interval. All sales stands open, refreshment and sale of raffle tickets.

13.15 Society Announcements followed by the 43rd AGM.


1. Apologies for absence.

2. Minutes of the 42nd AGM held on 21st March 2015.

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 Chairman.

14.00 Our President’s statement.

14.05 Presentation by Rodger Green – ‘Scrap Paper Part 2’.

14.45 Refreshment break followed by the Raffle Draw.

15.15 Presentation by Mike Stanbury – ‘Aspects of Railway Preservation’.

16.15 Final circulation.

16.45 Meeting closes.


Tea, coffee, & biscuits will be available during the day, second hand books/ videos/ DVDs/ magazines and GER paperwork will be on sale and Barry Jackson will be selling and taking orders for items from the GERS Sales List.

Brentwood Theatre is located behind “The Hermitage” on Shenfield Road, 90 yards from Wilson’s Corner roundabout. Their car park is not usually available for theatre users. Members with sales/ display material or elderly/ infirm colleagues can gain access on arrival at the barrier. Vehicles enter a gateway alongside The Hermitage.

There are various car parks; plus on-street parking in Sawyers Hall Lane. The Council Office car park in Ingrave Road is NO LONGER a free Saturday shopper’s car park. The North Road car park is about eight minutes walk from the theatre but is a pay car park. Do not park in Sainsbury’s Car Park

Public transport: The nearest railway station is Brentwood, with a healthy walk uphill to the venue. There are many bus routes to the High Street, Wilson Corner end. (As at January 2016).

From Brentwood Station. 9, 21, 73, 81, 351 or 565

From Shenfield Station. Ensign Bus 81 (0906)

From Basildon Bus Station. First in Essex 9 (0825 or 0855)

From Billericay Station. First in Essex 9 (0906 or 0936)

From Romford Station. Blue Triangle 498 (0836 0856 or 0915)

From Harlow Bus Station. Townlink 21 (0800 or 0900)

From Epping Station. Townlink 21 (0829 or 0929)

From Chelmsford Station. First in Essex 351 (0835 or 0905)

According to Network Rail’s Website there is major engineering work between Liverpool Street and Ingatestone/ Southend Victoria/ Southminster with buses replacing trains from Newbury Park. Also affected is TFL’s Metro service to Shenfield.

IMPORTANT . Before travelling by train check Network Rail and TfL websites for Engineering Work affecting your journey that will involve bus replacement services.

Any GERS member who wishes to use a display/ sales table, or if you have any questions regarding getting to the venue (bus times/ car park fees etc) please contact the Meetings Organiser email

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For details of the forthcoming Half-Yearly Meeting, see here.

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