Operational Update from ELR - Mike Kelly - 23 March 2020
Tracey Parkinson, our General Manager, has provided an update from today’s ELR COBRA meeting. With no trains operating and no revenue coming in we have taken the decision to furlough a number of employees for the time being. Some core of staff have been retained to cover essential tasks and provide an on site presence.
Ongoing assistance and additional security measures – A request will go out to ask for volunteers to help by attending site to check security and to provide a presence as various locations. Several people have kindly offered to provide us with support. We will pair these people up and take the necessary precautions.
Unfortunately, just a few hours after the railway closed the workshop at Baron Street was burgled. Around £10,000 of brass and copper fittings for locos were stolen and will have to be replaced at our cost.
Message today from Tracey – The closure and the burglary is a devastating blow but now we absolutely must protect our people and secure the site so that we have a railway to re-open again.
You are probably aware that following the guidance issued by Public Health England the Society Annual General Meeting has been cancelled, there is however a requirement for the Society annual accounts to be approved by the membership and directors elected for the current year.
To achieve these requirements, you will shortly be receiving an information pack containing:
The minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting
Revised Articles of Association
Ballot paper and pre-paid envelope
The reason for issuing revised articles is that in order to obtain charitable status our Articles of Association need to closely follow the model articles issued by the Charity Commission. When drafting the revised articles, we have sought to preserve the existing rights and privileges of membership whilst following the additional requirements imposed. The most significant changes are that Associate Members will be able to attend and vote at General Meetings of the Society, and the introduction of Proxy Voting which will allow the whole membership to influence the future development of the Society.
There was a proposal to be put to the AGM for an increase in membership subscriptions, but given the current climate, this proposal has been deferred.
Please complete and return the ballot paper.
I sincerely hope that you and your family remain well, and that normality will soon return
HM Government and Public Health England advice on corona virus
Following the latest advice issued by HM Government and Public Health England in respect of corona virus the 2020 Annual General Meeting of the Society has been postponed.
All members tours have been suspended until further notice.
In addition, the party planned for 27th March, to celebrate the re-opening of Bury Transport Museum following the Heritage Lottery Fund refurbishment, has been cancelled.
Similarly, the Scotsman on stage event has been postponed until a date later in the summer.