We have decided to arrange a working party at the Midland Railway - Butterley on the 22nd/23rd of June to visit our TC Unit. Whilst we are there, our aim will be:

• To undertake a full survey of what work is required on each coach
• Find out what will be the best way to get the tarpaulins on to the vehicles and attached securely
• Carry out some basic work to get the vehicles towards being water tight

We hope that a representative from Butterley's contract restoration arm will meet us there at some point over the weekend to go over the restoration plan with us, and to advise on any extra work we may find.

If anybody wishes to attend for either a day or the whole weekend, please let us know ASAP, and we will try to help with arranging accommodation/transport if necessary. I will be sending out an email nearer the time to those that have advised that they would like to attend to finalise any other details about the visit.

Dan Bennett
Swanage TC Group Chairman

The Swanage TC Group are running a publicity stand over the Swanage Railway Diesel Gala weekend.

We need volunteers to help with publicity and giving out leaflets over the Swanage Railway diesel gala weekend (10th-12th May 2013), so if you can help, please contact us via the website or Facebook.

The first AGM of the Swanage TC Group on Saturday the 13th April 2013 was a great success. There were 12 attendees, and apologies from several other interested people who were unable to attend.
The managing committee and officers were proposed and elected as follows:
Chairman Dan Bennett
Deputy Chairman George Rashbrook
Secretary Tim Buck
Treasurer James Cox
Membership Officer Tim Buck
Technical Officer James Cox,
Publicity/Marketing Officer Luke Farley.
The constitution was approved and can be seen on the website soon.
Various plans for restoration were discussed, and it was agreed that we will aim to initially restore a 3TC, with the fourth vehicle being completed when funds and resources permit.
The Swanage Railway Trust have discussed the possibility of signing A 99 year lease of the TC, which would enable us to claim gift aid on donations.
There was a call for volunteers to help with publicity over the Swanage Railway diesel gala weekend (10th-12th May 2013), as the Swanage TC Group are running a publicity stand and giving out leaflets, so if anyone can help, please contact us via the website or Facebook.
George Rashbrook (deputy chairman)

A temporary committee has been set up to run the Swanage TC group. This has been done to enable the group to form the structure of a society, which is essential for external funding and long term operational agreements.

Our first official AGM will be held at 11:00 on Saturday April the 13th. The venue for the meeting will be the meeting room, in Unit 12b, Purbeck Business Centre, Victoria Avenue Industrial Estate, Swanage (BH19 1AU), next to the railway works. At this meeting a permanent committee will be elected.

All people who have financially contributed to the group, will soon receive an invite to this meeting.

A formal membership system is being set up, for people to be part of the TC group on an annual basis, rather than being a shareholder, as with many other railway preservation groups.

We are planning to have a group meeting in the beer garden of the Huntsman pub at Eridge on Sat 2nd June between 14:00 and 15:00. Subject to availability on the day 33063 will cover the diesel turn at the Spa Valley Railway. Please let me know in advance if you will be attending.

Richard

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