The West Somerset Steam Railway Trust

October 2020

October 26, 2020 Admin No comments exist

Following the resignation of our Chairman, Chris Austin and trustee, David Baker, it is appropriate to update our members and the wider WSR community on the current situation. Read the full statement.

October 25, 2020 Admin No comments exist

Please see the note below from Chris Price, Vice Chair Heritage Railway Association: This afternoon I have spent time reading through the online discussions and bringing myself up to speed on the WSR current situation. As Vice-chair of the HRA I have no, (or indeed right) to take sides. However, I can confirm that in…

October 24, 2020 Admin No comments exist

David Baker is the second Trustee to resign from the West Somerset Steam Railway Trust as a result of the attempted hostile takeover, David writes: “It was with a very sad heart that I tendered my resignation as a Trustee but like Chris Austin the constant threats, besmirchment of character and bullying became too much…

October 23, 2020 Admin No comments exist

The Chairman of the West Somerset Steam Railway Trust, Chris Austin, has announced today (23 October 2020) that he is stepping down as chairman and as a trustee with immediate effect. He remains a member and loyal supporter of the Trust and a volunteer worker on the railway. Chris said: “I am sorry to be…

October 20, 2020 Admin No comments exist

The Trust advises that it will not be possible to process any further applications for membership received henceforward in order to prepare for the forthcoming AGM.   A welcome record number of applications has been received over the last four months, but our articles require Trustee approval before membership is confirmed, and time is needed for this…

October 19, 2020 Admin No comments exist

Trust Chairman Chris Austin writes: A generous donation to the railway of £30,000, (£37,500 with Gift Aid), has been made by Jamie Hooper from Worthing following a visit he made to the railway last week.  Part of Jamie’s kind gift will form a huge contribution to completing the outstanding trackwork at Doniford to allow trains to continue to use this…

October 11, 2020 Admin No comments exist

The West Somerset Steam Railway Trust is delighted to welcome three new volunteer trustees. They have been co-opted to assist the work of the Trust at this challenging time, and will be recommended to members at the Annual General Meeting to be held next month. The appointments follow interviews last month, and are part of…

October 11, 2020 Admin No comments exist

With ten existing trustees and ten nominations for new trustees, the Trust is now unable to accept additional nominations this year.  A potential total of 20 is in danger of breaching the Charity Commission’s guidelines, and is an excessive number for a charity with just over 200 members.

October 9, 2020 Admin No comments exist

Chris Austin, Chairman of the West Somerset Steam Railway Trust congratulated the WSR PLC on its successful application to the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage for a grant of £865,000.  Chris said:  “This is brilliant news and will help the railway get through the winter months, and an extensive programme of maintenance, training and covid…

Recent posts...

  • Statement to members
  • A note from Chris Price
  • Minutes of recent Board Meeting
  • Resignation of David Baker
  • The Trust Chairman
  • Membership Applications
  • A generous donation
  • New Trustees Welcomed
  • A note for Trust members
  • Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage
  • Railway letter box
  • PDG draft minutes
  • At the Gauge Museum
  • Annual General Meeting
  • One Railway
  • WSSRT Membership Pause
  • WSR Shared Vision
  • A restart for volunteers at Williton
  • A statement by the Trust
  • News from the Living Museum event
  • National Heritage Lottery Emergency Fund
  • West Somerset Railway Weed Removal
  • 100 not out
  • Business Plan 2020-2022
  • Salvage Hunters
  • The 2020 Annual General Meeting
  • Minutes of latest Board Meeting
  • Donation from Peall Railway Trust
  • WSR Covid 19 Appeal
  • Partnership Development Group Minutes
  • Gauge Junction on YouTube
  • Relaunch of Partnership Development Group
  • Response to Report by John Bailey on WSR Organisation
  • New Trustees Are Welcomed!
  • PLC Director Appointment
  • Edition 1 of the ‘The Platform’ published
  • Minutes of the recent Board meeting
  • Alan Meade retires
  • Newsletter no 14 – May 2020
  • Joint Statement on the Washford lease
  • An update on the funding appeals
  • 2020 AGM Postponement
  • WSR funding appeal reaches £50,000
  • A home learning pack for children
  • West Somerset Railway funding appeal hits the right notes
  • Minutes of the recent Board meeting
  • A wash and brush-up for 9038
  • Museum re-opening postponed
  • Roll of Honour
  • Progress at the Gauge Museum
  • Gauge Museum scaffolding removed
  • Another important milestone passed
  • News about Blue Anchor Museum
  • The GWR Roll of Honour
  • Steam Trust welcomes new GM
  • Minutes of Board Meeting published
  • Refurbishing the Gauge Museum
  • Heritage Railway Association Awards
  • Gauge Museum Renovation Project Update
  • Gauge Museum: latest picture
  • New curator for Blue Anchor Museum
  • The Trust contributes £35,000 to Track Appeal
  • Work in progress at the Gauge Museum
  • Proposals for redesign and reinterpretation of Gauge Museum
  • James is through to the Finals
  • Newsletter no 13 published
  • A generous donation…
  • WSR Plc Chairman’s end of season message
  • Minutes of Board Meeting published
  • James Pearson nominated for HRA Award
  • GWR letter rack
  • Museum revelations
  • Award presentation
  • Learning Assistants needed
  • Infrastructure update
  • Parcels train
  • WSR Autumn Steam Gala, Thursday 3 to Sunday 6 October 2019
  • Steam and Scream Community Event at Watchet
  • Minutes of the September Board Meeting
  • Urgently required: A curator for Museum at Blue Anchor
  • New steps for TK 5856
  • All dressed up and nowhere to go
  • Analysis of feedback from Taunton shuttle train passengers
  • Steam Trust appoints Vice Chairman
  • The WSRA Steam and Vintage Rally
  • The launch of the Taunton Shuttle
  • New Somerset train services start on July 27
  • Minutes of July Board Meeting
  • Newsletter no 12 published
  • New Somerset train services start on July 27
  • Peter Barnfield “A Railway Retrospective”
  • ‘Tales of the West Somerset Railway’
  • Minutes of Board Meeting 22 May 2019
  • Launch of new 40th Anniversary book
  • ‘Quantock Steamer’ launched
  • Rail Renewal Project
  • Tales of the West Somerset Railway
  • £250,000 track replacement fundraising campaign
  • The Trust looking for additional Trustees
  • Curator – Blue Anchor Museum
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