First AGM A Great Success

The Society’s first Annual General Meeting took place at The Old Poets’ Corner in Ashover on May 19th, and was heralded as a success by all those in attendance. A total of 26 members were present, with some having travelled down from Scotland and up from the Thames Estuary. Given that the membership tally is still growing after only eight months of existence, the turnout was very good indeed.

As well as displays of photographs from the ALRS archive, a section of the recently acquired 016.5 scale model railway feating Ashover Butts was on display, along with an original ALR timetable poster, a War Department ‘D’ Class wagon blueprint and an original nameplate from BRIDGET - one of the ALR’s Baldwin 4-6-0 locomotives. Other members had bought along models based on the ALR stock and photograpghs too, which all added to the interesting displays.

Business got underway at 2.00pm with introductions and a presentation about the Society’s plans. Progress reports followed from the key Committee members, after which the Chairman proposed resolutions concerning the Society’s future activities. All were passed unanimously!

An auction of ALR related items followed (detailed in a previous news item) which raised over £200 for the Society’s project fund. Thanks to all those who provided items and those who parted with their hard earned cash!

Business was completed just after 4.00pm, when a fine buffet lunch was laid on by the Old Poets’ Corner.

Overall it was a very successful AGM, cementing the future of the ALRS and steering it on its way to reopening the ALR.

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