Chunterings of the Chairman
This page is where the Chairman, Chris Moore, chunters on about things
around the railway and the society
Update from the Board – October 2019
It has been requested that I produce a monthly update to provide members information on how the Board is managing your Society.
Personally, I think it is a brilliant idea, particularly given our commitment to the membership that we will be fully open and transparent, we are all mindful that it is your Society and that it is your monies we are investing in the railway.
In respect of spending, it is pleasing to see that works are progressing on the erection of the canopy at Rawtenstall Station. Earlier in the year we committed up to £40K to cover the costs or materials and external labour. The final figure will be significantly lower given the generosity of contractors who are undertaking the works free of charge. Steps we took earlier in the year to produce the ELR Review in-house are also paying dividends as production costs have fallen.
Charitable Status is high on our agenda, apart from the advantage of being exempt from VAT and other taxation it will allow us to investigate opportunities to seek Gift Aid on your membership subscriptions, if allowed we can seek to back date our claim by up to three years.
We continue to forge closer links with the ELR, particularly in respect of joint initiatives; we are actively participating in a Joint Fund-Raising Group, where we are pooling our resources and knowledge to attract external funding for the railway.
The date of the 2020 AGM is Tuesday 21st April, so please add this to your diary
Finally, and sadly I recently attended the funeral of Richard Guthrie a long-term Working Member of the S&T Team and I would like to share a reading given at the end of the service which perfectly described Richard.
“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather a skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming Wow, what a ride”. (Hunter S. Thompson).
More next month, my e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
© Rory Lushman