The Yorkshire Group of 16mm Narrow Gauge Modellers Ltd


The Yorkshire Group of 16mm Narrow Gauge Modellers Ltd


 Annual General Meeting at 1pm

12 November 2016                                              

Huddersfield Railway Modellers Ltd First Floor Stonefield Mills,

Tanyard Road, Milnsbridge, HD3 4NB

Directors:  Andy Cooper [ Chairman and Company Secretary ], Stuart Currie,

David Hill, David Mason, John Orson,  Phil Thompson [ Treasurer ]

Gerv Wright   [ Exhibitions Manager ] Dave Webb [ Publicity ] Michael Bastow

Web Manager- Andy Cooper    



The Chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting and thanked HRM for their continuing hospitality.


2015-16 has been another very busy year for the Yorkshire Group. 

We had a very well attended New Year Steam up at a new venue in Yeadon.  Thanks to John Orson for organising this. The cost will rise by one pound to £7 this year.

Narrow Gauge North was moved to Pudsey Civic Hall. Mount Dowd attended and it was well supported by members. We will return this year.

Dixon Green/Saeed-y-parc was at Peterborough in its largest version. Thanks to David Hill and Phil for the new mine section.  Invited again in 2017.

The Northern Engineering Exhibition moved to Doncaster Racecourse.

We will be attending in 2017 but the dates have changed to a little earlier in May. Special thanks here to Dave Taylor for his patience after the show getting in to access the trailer and of course to Ted Burdge who does the majority of the towing.

18 Open Days were organised, including our first 45mm Open Day : a record that we shall exceed in 2017.

The year was completed by the most successful Elsecar Show since we took over I think fourteen years ago : More in detail later in the agenda : and an attendance at Middleton Railway for their Models and Miniatures.

My thanks also to the Yorkshire Group Directors who put in a lot of work behind the scenes to enable all the above to happen.

Apologies: have been received from Colin Wildman, Steve Smith, Paul Howard, Alan Smith, Colin Bell, Mike Lax, Peter Angus, Stewart Liles, Mike Gibbs, Brain Westby, Eric Mapes, Ian Collins


Formal business

The accounts for the period ended 30 June 2016 and the Directors’ report and the accountant’s report were approved unanimously. The Company had made a small surplus.

The Treasurer, in response to a member’s question, asserted that there was sufficient cash to cover contingencies in the event of the Elsecar Show being cancelled for whatever reason. The Company had a growing cash balance.

There were no Postal/proxy votes

Election of Directors for 2016-17. 

Stuart Currie, David Hill and Phil Thompson were elected unanimously.

There were no Postal/proxy votes


Informal business

Elsecar Garden Railway Show Report 2016

Phil presented the 2016 Elsecar Show results which showed that this was the best year ever for visitors, traders and the net profit.

He reminded the meeting that the fee for 2017 which included VAT had been negotiated and a formal booking had been made for the Friday setting up time at an additional cost of £250.  The Directors, at their last meeting, had decided to put up the entrance charge to £5.  This additional income should cover increased overall Elsecar 2017 charge.


Directors’ proposals for use of Elsecar funds

New television for MD 32”

DG and MD trailers :servicing and tyres.

Dixon Green scenic Budget £100 approved

16mm Events and Open days : The draft list was circulated.

Website continues to prove popular with 58997 pages visited to 10 November  [61186 last year ] and 502,818 hits.  Thanks to all photographers who contribute to Photo of the Week, Trains in the Landscape, and Steam Video.

There is always room for more on the website so if you want an entry in Members’ railways or you have some construction ideas to share please get in touch.

A member requested that the web manager5 set up a Photo of the Week Archive.  This request has been put to the Association’s IT Officer. It was agreed that the Company pay a fee if needed.


The Secretary reminded the members that Butane Gas supplies held by Andy Cooper and David Mason.

The Company provide gas/coal free to members who attend Exhibitions.


The John Orson Award : The prestigious trophy for outstanding modelling was awarded to Jeremy Wade of HRM.



There is a Statfold Barn Open Day on 25th March.


EHR The railway is holding a Sentinel Gala on 26 March 2017 and would like to invite anyone with a model based on a Sentinel loco to display their model at the gala. 

The meeting congratulated Bob Clay on his 70th birthday today!!

Mike Ousby led a vote of thanks to the Officers of the Company.


Attendance   =   44             


Meeting closed at 13.46


Andy Cooper

Company Secretary

13 November 2016.




















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