April 2009 Open Meeting – summary

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The society’s third open meeting took place in the Meeting Room at the Community Centre on West Garth in Driffield on Thursday 2nd April.

It was good to see several new faces (and even better to recruit some of them!) in addition to the seasoned regulars. We did in fact sign up two new members this evening.

Taking the helm this evening was committee member Phil Robson as our Chairman, Peter Dymock, was otherwise engaged on business matters. Phil gave everybody present a warm welcome and, for the benefit of new faces present, gave a brief outline of the society, it’s aims and current progress.

Reports on current progress were received from our Treasurer John Lidster, Secretary Ivan Merino and committee member Matthew Brown.

The guest speaker for the evening was a local railway historian.

He is in the process of preparing a presentation of a trip along the former M & DJR over the years from Malton to Driffield and tonight’s installment covered the stretch of line between Malton and North Grimston in approximately two hundred and fifty images.

The presentation delved into much fascinating detail about the life and times of the M & DJR between Malton and North Grimston and the people who lived near, worked or travelled on the line. Much interesting information was also gleaned about the line and it’s structures since closure over half a century ago.

Of particular interest, although slightly out of geographical range for tonight’s event, was the station for out of favour stationmasters. People may have heard of the expression ‘being sent to Coventry’ – the railway had something a bit like that with stationmasters falling foul of expected work performance being sent to the isolated location of Burdale station as punishment!

Just over half way through the meeting a break was taken to allow all present to partake of tea and coffee, mingle and purchase a ticket for the society’s first raffle. Matthew Brown, Graham Danby and others were the lucky winners of a bottle of wine each – cheers!

The break also afforded the opportunity for new faces to ask questions about the society and it’s aims and to give a little information on their backgrounds and what motivated them to come to the meetings.

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