For enthusiasts,researchers and modellers of the Great Eastern Railway

As members will recall, the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Society due to have been held on 21st March 2020 was cancelled in the light of the developing Covid-19 pandemic.

When notifying members of the cancellation, we made the decision that the AGM could be deferred to the Half-yearly meeting in October and that remains our intention at this time.

Although the constitution requires the AGM to be held in March, the unprecedented lockdown imposed by the government meant that postponing the meeting until October was the most practicable solution at the time.

At present it remains unclear whether public meetings will be permitted by October, or indeed whether members will be happy to attend a meeting this year. The Executive Committee is, therefore, considering other options to deal with essential business in case they are needed.

The constitution of the Society as drawn up some 50 years ago requires that physical meetings be held, it did not envisage the current age when virtual meeting are possible. The Executive Committee is currently considering appropriate amendments to the Constitution, including the option of virtual meetings in exceptional circumstances. Any amendments will be proposed at the AGM in 2021.

I regret to say that the Executive Committee have decided to postpone the GERS AGM and meeting which was to be held at Adult Community Learning Bishops Hill, Poplar Drive, off Rayleigh Road, Hutton, Brentwood CM13 1BD, next Saturday, 21 March 2020.
This is because of various concerns with the Coronavirus and its transmission.
Our plan is to hold the AGM later in the year at our half-yearly meeting, which is planned for 17 October 2020 at Marks Tey village hall.
The Society will be sending an email with the same message to all members on email in due course and we will be doing our best to contact all other members, in writing. Please may I ask all of you to pass this message along, particularly to those members who do not read this group or have email.
If there are any questions on the matter, then please post them here, or contact me off-group, and I will do my best to provide answers.
We apologise for this unprecedented decision but are sure that all members will understand that we have their best interests in view.

Bill King, Chairman

PS - For those planning to renew their membership at the AGM, please see here for other ways of paying.

Advance Notice of the 47th Annual General Meeting of the GERS

The 47th AGM of the GERS will be held at 13.30 on Saturday 21st March 2020 at the Adult Community Learning Bishops Hill, Poplar Drive, off Rayleigh Road, Hutton, Brentwood CM13 1BD but we hope as many members as possible will attend the full programme from 10.30.

Nominations for the posts of Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer plus the four other members of the Executive Committee must be made in writing and received by the Secretary before 7th March 2020.

The planned programme for the day is as follows (SUBJECT TO CONFIRMATION):

09.30 Meeting opens. Time to buy GERS sales items, second hand books/ magazines/ videos and ephemera.

10.25 Our Chairman opens the meeting.

10.30 Presentation by Steve Beamon “The History of the British Transport Police Part 2 from 1948”.

12.00 Lunch Interval. Sales stands open, raffle tickets.

13.15 Society Announcements followed by the presentation of the Harry Jones Award followed by the 47th AGM.


1. Apologies for absence.

2. Minutes of the 46th AGM held on 16th March 2019.

3. Matters arising.

4. Secretary’s Report

5. Treasurer’s Report.

6. Chairman’s Statement.

7. Election of Officers.

8. Election of Executive Committee.

9. Proposed amendment to constitution

10. Appointment of Independent Examiner.

11 Any Other Business at the discretion of the Chairman.

14.00 Our President’s statement.

14.05 Presentation by Geoff Ashton “An editor recalls – An illustrated talk”.

14.45 Refreshment break followed by the Raffle Draw.

15.15 Presentation by Nigel Bowdidge. Title “The Railway Photographs of Fred Spalding”.

16.15 Final circulation.

16.45 Meeting closes.


Tea, coffee, & biscuits will be available during the day, second hand books/ videos/ DVDs/ magazines and GER paperwork will be on sale and Barry Jackson will be selling and taking orders for items from the GERS Sales List.

The Adult Community Learning building is situated off of the Rayleigh Road, Hutton in Poplar Drive. There is a large car park at the venue, with level access into the hall.

Public transport: The nearest railway station is Shenfield with a 10-15 minute walk to the venue. There is only one bus route (81) which runs hourly from Shenfield Station. See website for times.

Walking to venue : Leave the station turn right past the BP petrol station, the Hutton Pub and continue up the hill for about 10 minutes and you will find the venue on the left just before traffic lights.

GETTING THERE BY TRAIN: (As at January 2020)

From Liverpool Street and Stratford there are at least four fast trains an hour (Greater Anglia)

Crossrail trains from Liverpool Street and all stations to Shenfield run every 10 minutes.

Train services from Norwich, Ipswich, Colchester and Chelmsford. Check the Greater Anglia website.


IMPORTANT . Before travelling by train check Network Rail and TfL’s web-sites for Engineering Work affecting your journey that may/ will involve bus replacement services.

Any GERS member who requires a display/sales table, or if you have questions regarding getting to the venue please contact the Meetings Organiser: email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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