For enthusiasts and researchers 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.

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