The National Traction Engine Trust

Report of the General Council Meeting on 9th June 2013

The report is based on the draft minutes. Present were the Chairman and 18 Council members and Officers.

Executive Committee Meeting Report
The Chairman explained he was making a report as the minutes had not been confirmed. A previous decision to have copies of the draft minutes was overturned but once the Executive Committee meeting minutes had been agree they would be made available to members of the General Council.
• A letter of thanks had been received as a result of the Trust’s support in a planning application.
• An application for the post of General Secretary has been received.
• A collection of archive material has been offered by the family of the late Brian Barrass.

Matters Arising
• Colin Hatch has offered assistance in organising visits to clubs, etc.
• After discussion it was agreed that Driving Scholarships should be available to NTET and SAC members.

Treasurer’s Report
• The accounts for the year ending 31st March 2013 were presented.
• After an explanation and discussion it was agreed that surplus income would be allocated to various funds.
•  Finally the accounts were adopted.
• The Treasurer was thanked for her work.

BESTT (Boiler Engineering Skills Training Trust)
• A £400,000 grant has been received from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
• 10 trainees are to be given placements leading to nationally recognised qualifications.

Traction Talk
Remarks made by an individual were regarded as slanderous. As a result of a letter from the Trust’s Solicitor, a public apology had been received. It was agreed the Trust should support its officers and legal costs are justified.

Succession Management
• Paul Cook has resigned as Chairman of the Commercial Section.
• Rich Hurley presented a proposal for management services being provided by Seddon & Black on a fee paying basis. As part of, but conditional on the proposals, Rich Hurley would be willing to stand as Chairman. There was no discussion on the proposals.
• Val and Colin Brown have offered to continue online and postal sales.

• It was suggested an Enthusiasts Section should be formed particularly for the benefit of non-engine owning members.
• As part of the 60th Anniversary Celebrations it was agreed the Trust should host a conference to discuss the future of our hobby.

SAC Report
The Burrell Project is progressing well.

EO Report
• The 2013 Driving Course was successful
• Already 34 places booked for the 2014 Driving Course
• It was suggested there should be a Driving Course for the owners and drivers of miniature engines.

TSU Report
• Insurers are being asked if ‘recovery after an accident’ can be included in their policies.
• HGV drivers only require CPC if they are professional and/or carrying a paying load.
• Attempts are being made to rectify problems with the printers of Steaming.
• Information about the activities and control of steam road vehicles has been passed to HSE following their request.

RO Report
Concern has been expressed at the draft revised Purple Guide with regard to the use of fairground equipment.

Communications Report
• Work on the promotional video has started.
• Three information leaflets have been produced with further ones planned. It was agreed to provide a budget of up to £1200 for the printing.

Commercial Report
There will be a larger marquee for GDSF.


16 Jun 2013