The West Somerset Steam Railway Trust

February 2019

February 28, 2019 Admin No comments exist

From the WSSRT Chairman – Working Parties in the Gauge Museum, Bishops Lydeard. It has been a long winter without trains, but the new season is fast approaching, and we will be opening to the public from Saturday March 30th onwards. Before we get there, though, there is a lot to do to refresh the…

February 23, 2019 Admin No comments exist

On Thursday 21st February 2019 a meeting took place in the Gauge Museum between Matt Sutton, Helen Anson [Gauge Museum’s Educational Officer] and Catherine Dance [WSRA Community Engagement Officer] to discuss ways in which the layout could play a part in future educational and community projects that are being developed. The team of operators, Helen…

February 17, 2019 Admin No comments exist

Following our successful application for HLF funding last year, we are excited to update you on our progress so far. Our Schools programme is in the initial phase of its development, with hands-on museum sessions planned, covering the WSR’s links with Brunel and the GWR, the impact of the railway on local history as well…

February 15, 2019 Admin No comments exist

Notice to all Trust Members The AGM will be held on Saturday, 23 March 2019 in the Meeting Room behind Bishops Lydeard station. Members will be receiving their individual packs by email or post in the next few days. In the meantime, here are the papers for early access. 2019 AGM Agenda Proxy Form Business…

February 14, 2019 Admin No comments exist

Following discussions with the PLC and some preliminary internal proposals from Trustees, work will now proceed on developing and induction pack for new Trust volunteers. This work is being led by Geoff Evens and Don Fraser and will also provide the opportunity for existing volunteers to update themselves on key policies and procedures particularly in…

February 14, 2019 Admin No comments exist

At the same meeting, Trustees approved the final version of the Trust Fundraising Plan which will now be taken forward led by the Secretary, Steve Williams. Details of progress being made will be published on a regular basis as developments take place.

February 14, 2019 Admin No comments exist

At its January meeting, the Board agreed the 2019 update to the Business Plan which will be included as part of the AGM pack for Members. Details of the Plan will also be published more widely after the AGM.

February 14, 2019 Admin No comments exist

Just a brief note for all Members that the 2019 AGM will be held on Saturday 23rd March at 2 PM in the Meeting Room behind Bishops Lydeard station. The agenda and papers including proxy forms will be circulated in the next few days.. In addition to the formal agenda, there will be the opportunity…

February 13, 2019 Admin No comments exist

Helen Anson, the Trust Learning Officer is making excellent progress in developing the Learning Offer about the Gauge Museum and related WSR Heritage for schools, community groups and other stakeholders. Helen will be preparing to visit schools and other settings shortly and details will be available on the website and through the Trust Newsletter when…

February 13, 2019 Admin No comments exist

Following a report to the January Board, work is now underway conjunction with the PLC on updating the Trust safety policies and working practices such that they comply with the latest version and requirements of the PLC Safety Management System. This follows the ORR visit to the railway in October 2018 and will also include…

February 10, 2019 Admin No comments exist

Three young volunteers from the West Somerset Railway – Matthew Sutton, Lee Robbins and Matthew Jackson – each received a framed runners-up ‘Lord Faulkner Young Volunteer Award’ certificate at the Heritage Railway Association’s 2019 Awards held at Birmingham’s Burlington Hotel on 9 February 2019. The category was won by the very worthy Matthew Wilson from…

February 1, 2019 Admin No comments exist

Drawings, paintings and models by Peter Barnfield (1942 – 2018) will be the basis of a summer exhibition in the Gauge Museum at Bishops Lydeard from13 to 28 July 2019. With his wife Ginny, Peter created the Blue Anchor Railway Museum for GW150 in 1985 and ran it for 10 years before handing over to…

February 1, 2019 Admin No comments exist

A picture of the pristine 6705 at Williton recently repainted by the Restorations team after bodyside repairs.  The new filler pipes to the roof tank can be seen, allowing the coach to be tanked from platform level, rather that requiring staff to go onto the roof.

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  • Notice of Annual General Meeting
  • Induction Pack
  • Fundraising Plan
  • Business Plan 2019 Update
  • AGM reminder
  • HLF Learning Offer
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  • Steam Trust Board Agrees Next Phase of Heritage Carriages Project
  • Appointment of Design and Interpretation Consultants for Gauge Museum HLF Project
  • Award success for three young WSR volunteers
  • A summer exhibition
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  • Minutes of the Board Meeting held on 14 November 2018
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  • Peter Barnfield
  • Draft minutes of Board Meeting on 16 July 2018
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  • Simon Parkin visits the West Somerset Railway
  • No 6705 heads for the Steam Rally
  • The Trust’s Gauge Museum Project wins Heritage Lottery Funding support
  • GWR BCK no 6705: two compartments near completion
  • HLF grant for Gauge Museum approved
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  • New display at Gauge Museum
  • The Trust has published a Privacy Statement
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  • WSR Archive Store
  • Gauge Museum news
  • Track up at the Gauge Museum!
  • All time record for the Gauge Museum Model Railway
  • Newsletter no 9 is issued
  • A gleaming Sleeping Car no 9038
  • Trust consults on updated Business Plan
  • Draft minutes of Trust Board meeting on 16 November 2017
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  • An opportunity to ‘bring home’ a significant West Somerset Railway artefact
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