IGNITING THE SUSSEX BEACONS

OF UNITY

THE HISTORY OF THE

SUSSEX BRANCHES OF A.S.L.E.F. 



EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY 

 One of the main reasons for doing these web sites is to try and explain to everybody the history of the footplate grades, the conditions they had to work in and the creation of the A.S.L.E.F. branches within the Brighton & Sussex area.

I am therefore very grateful for people sending me personal photos from their personal collection and for allowing me to display them on the web sites. But unfortunately what is missing, are the stories that accompany them. What I want to do is to try and remedy this by starting to record the remaining stories that are still out there, before they too are lost in the midst of time.

I have added some information about some of the drivers that I know and the comments that have already have been sent to me.

If you too have any stories about your own working life on the footplate, the people that you worked with and the conditions you had to work in please send me and I will post, on the web site.

If you are interested in helping me in capturing these stories by any means possible please let me know.




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 ACCIDENT AT HIGH BROOMS ON THE 23rd MAY 1946

I am trying to find out some information about an accident on the line between Tunbridge Wells and High Brooms, which caused the death of footplatemen Walter Frederick Roomes, on 23 May 1946.

I am under the impression his depot was TWW

 

I am trying to find out the names of the A.S.L.E.F. Branch Secretaries for the Tunbridge Wells Branch and the dates they served between. if you have any info please can you let me know.

A. Leonard c1913, F. Robinson 1931 - 1953, C. Russell 1954, F. Robinson 1955 - 1960,

B. Gower 1961 - 1966, K. Savage 1967 - 1970, D. Dores 1971 - 1972, W. Baldwin 1973 - 1977,

 M. Allen 1978 - 1979, C. Exley 1980 - 1981, J. Carney 1982 - 1985.

 

 

TUNBRIDGE WELLS WEST


  This web page is dedicated to all A.S.L.E.F. members who have worked at             Tunbridge Wells depot over the years, and it features A.S.L.E.F. members who brought the trains of Tunbridge Wells to life.

 

 Tunbridge Well West locomotive Shed was opened on the 1st October 1866 by the East Grinstead, Groombridge & Tunbridge Wells Railway which was later to be amalgamated with the L.B.S.C.R. 

(Shed Code T-W).

The steam shed was closed on 9th September 1963. With the introduction of diesels electrical multiple units (D.E.M.U.’s) Tunbridge Wells West depot become a D.E.M.U. only depot. The depot and railway line was finally closed on 9th August 1985

 

The Tunbridge Wells Branch of ASLEF was opened on 25th February 1906 and closed on the 9th August 1985


 

STORIES FROM THE SHOVEL

extracted from RTCS book on locomotives of the LBSCR

 

A derailment at Groombridge on the 2nd July, 1868, was caused by three boys who wedged the points to a short siding open with stones at Groombridge, and when the Tunbridge Wells based 'Bodmer Single' loco No. 7 arrived at slow speed it was partially derailed, although the train of empty stock was undamaged. On being chased by the guard, one of the boys took a short cut across a field containing a bull and was badly gored.

 

 

RECORDS OF THE PIONEERING ENGINEMEN AT

TUNBRIDGE WELLS WEST

 

William Packham

Born on January 21st 1833 and entered the railway service as an engine cleaner in October 1853.

Rate of pay at commencement 16/

Promoted to Fireman        3/6 per day July 1855

                                             4/- per day June 1858

                                             4/6 per day October 1858

Promoted to Driver            5/- per day August 1862

                                              6/- per day December 1865

                                              7/- per day March 1867

                                              7/6 per day April 1867

 

Superannuated February1890

OFFENCES AS A DRIVER

May 1881Cautioned for not approaching catch points at Tunbridge Wells with sufficient caution when running round train knowing the disc signal was irregular in its action causing engine to leave the rails and delay train .

August 1883 Cautioned for starting suddenly after being checked by signals at Latchmere Jc with train,  thereby braking drawbar.

September 1884 Fined 1/2 day's pay for taking wrong train staff from E. Grinstead and causing 22 mins. delay to passenger train.

 

 Above is a list of all the engine men that where employed at Tunbridge Wells West Locomotive Department in 1877. It is not know if this is list was compiled in seniority order or not. However, the list does clearly indicates the  difference in the ages of both drivers & fireman at that period of time.

 

 

  STORIES FROM THE SHOVEL

extracted from the R.C.T.S. book of L.B.S.C.R. Locomotice Vol. 2


On the 19th May, 1882 engine No. 304 “Nice”, which came into collision with an empty carriage truck at London Bridge while running into platform 1 with the 6.20p.m. from Tunbridge Wells. The damage to the engine was slight, but the truck shattered and the platform edge made unsafe for some twenty-five yards. The Fireman and two passengers complained of bruising, while a third passenger claimed compensation for a diamond lost from a valuable ring and unnoticed in the confusion. A hurried search the following morning by a skeptical inspector of the first-class accommodation surprisingly discovered the missing stone wedged between two cushions.


DRIVER OSGOOD

On the evening of 5th January 1883, Driver Osgood was working loco No. 273 Dornden and working an eight empty carriages from Brighton and to Tunbridge Wells West, at Eridge had been stopped by the signalman and the crew warned of possible trouble in the High Rocks cutting, but nevertheless Driver Osgood was traveling at fully 30 m.p.h. when approaching the vicinity with the result that Dornden ploughed into a pile of earth and boulders. Luckily it remained upright and on the track, although much damage occurred to both the engine and the carriages.

Trouble again to Driver Osgood working the same locomotive, came again on 17th December, 1884, when they were working the late night Eastbourne – Tunbridge Wells train. At Heathfield, Major Edwards, a wealthy landowner of Groombridge, ran on to the platform just as the guard was signalling the right away, so he was hurriedly assist into a first-class compartment before the staff noticed he was very drunk. At Mayfield the omission was quickly remedied for he complained bitterly of not having a ticket and on one being supplied he held up the train while he visited the toilet. On returning to his compartment the guard wisely locked both doors and with the crew further thought to the matter until between Rotherfield and Eridge, when the Major suddenly appeared on the footplate complaining that a large dog had chased him out of the carriage window. With understanding the fireman drove off the dog with his shovel, while the driver made their guest comfortable as possible on their coats, whereupon he quickly fell asleep. At Eridge a hasty inspection of the train showed that the compartment had been left through the window and passage to the footplate made along the running boards of two carriages, a feat no sober man could have performed in daylight. Needless to say no fierce dog discovered! The guard, stationmaster and driver agreed that the footplate was the safest place until Groombridge stop, so the train was dispatched and in due course reached that station. There the Major refused to wake up and had to be taken to Tunbridge Wells where a signal stop was made some four hundred yards from the platform. Coming to life quite suddenly the unwanted guest threw off the coats and flung himself off the footplate shouting “Groombridge, Groombridge, all change”. All was silent and as the signal changed to green the train was taken into the station where lanterns were obtained and a search party organised to collect the body. On reaching the scene a stream swollen with flood water was seen at the foot of a steep embankment down which various marks showed the Major's hurried descent. No body could be found, so the course of the stream was followed until it passed in a culvert under the railway line. The search was thereupon abandoned because no one considered a human being could be alive in such a ragging torrent. On return to the station a messenger was sent on a bicycle to the police and the business of stabling the train and the engine commenced, while the guard sat in the stationmaster's office preparing his report. Just as the police arrived and the story was being told, the very young and inexperienced booking clerk called assistance saying “A drunken tramp won't believe that the last train has left for Groombridge and he keeps beating off a huge dog I can't see”. For a moment silence reigned in the office, then there was a concerned rush for the ticket hall where stood the missing Major Edwards, covered in mud, soaking wet and still drunk but also very much alive. After the provision of dry clothing and black coffee, he was sent home by special train little worse for the escapade. Later on learning that the Company was penalising the men concerned, he paid their fines and sent a cheque for £25 to the Widows & Orphan Fund.

 

Painting by David Ramshaw 

 

ELEPHANT POWER


 Over the years many minor derailments occurred while working the various yards, most of which hardly warranted reporting by the unfortunate crew. Probably the most interesting were three that took place at Groombridge in 1888-9, when nos. 88 Rhine, 103 Normandy & 151 Helvetia all came to grief at the leading points to a seldom used siding. A circus regular visited Tunbridge wells and set up business alongside the Brighton line on the site used in later years for the annual agricultural show, and after the animals and equipment had been of loaded the wagons and vans were hauled away to Groombridge for storage. On three successive visits the E1 tank employed came off the track at the same set of points and caused lengthy delays to other traffic before it was discovered that they spanned the top of an ancient well and were only supported by a few inches of ballast on top of badly rotten planks. Apparently the points sank several inches under the weight, thereby causing the off side wheels to leave the rails. A local historian society has a photograph of two Indian elephants beside the derail no.103 Normandy. 

London Bridge had many queer notions as to how best to run a railway, but even they never advocated the use of elephant power! 



THE CHRISTMAS SPECIAL


On Christmas Eve 1893, engine class E1 No. 107 (TWW shed) ‘ lderney' reached Tunbridge Wells West, with a van train from London Bridge and engine was standing unattended in the short down bay platform, when the footplate was boarded by a soldier whose home was near Withyham for which the last train had long departed. So having consumed more than his normal quota of beer, he decided to make use of  the unattended engine. Before joining the colours he had spent some years as a fireman, hence had little trouble in getting underway and as the points were set for the down road he rapidly disappeared along the wrong line. No one noticed this at Tunbridge Wells, so no warning could be sent to Groombridge, where a train was just about to leave on the same track, but fortunately the Driver Cooke heard the engine approaching, for the whistle was being  sounded at irregular intervals. The signalman was hurriedly warned to expect a ‘runaway’ and with commendable speed set the points for an empty siding, where the engine was slowed to a walking pace by long weeds and ballast covered track before hitting the buffers. Unharmed, the soldier made a run for it across country and after an exciting chaser was caught by the station Porter Evans and the Station Master’s dog. The local constable on his bicycle so rapidly in the dark that he came off in a ditch and laid there until morning with concussion. In the meantime the soldier was locked for the night in the station lamp store guarded by Evans and the dog, and handed over to a relief constable on Christmas day. At the local court he was jailed for 8 months, while the company awarded Driver Cooke £5.5s.0d, Signalman James £4. 4s.0d and Porter Evans £3.3s.0d. for their alertness and high standard of conduct.

On the 11th September, 1899 between Tunbridge Wells and Groombridge, Fireman Hillman went out onto the running plate oiling-up his locomotive No. 287 Burryhill. The old fashioned lubricators retained so long by the Brighton necessitated visiting the front end while running with the steam off. The tallow cups were then opened and the lubricant sucked in and thoroughly distributed. The oil the cylinders when stationery meant only one section received any benefit, and the other remained dry. Hillman was bending over the left hand cock, when he was hit by a pheasant and flung of the engine. By some lucky chance he lived not only to tell the tale, but also to eat the pheasant, which failed to enjoy similar good fortune.

 

BERMONDSEY INTERMEDIATE COLLISION

19th DECEMBER 1899


On 19th December, 1899, when D1 Class engine, No. 244 'Hassocks', was standing at the Bermondsey intermediate box down starting signal with the 8.07 a.m. London Bridge to Victoria. Without warning a Driver Herriet, working a D3 Class 0-4-4T No.388 'Emsworth' crashed into the rear of the carriage, which contained eighteen passengers, all seriously injury or killed. Driver Herriet was running seven minutes late at the head of the 8.10 a.m. London Bridge to Oxted, and his efforts to make up time had taken a too optimistic view of his braking distance. 

 

 DERAILMENT ON T.W.W. TURNTABLE

11th MARCH 1905

 

 Above is the scene at Tunbridge Wells West turntable on the 11th March, 1905, when a C1 Class No.425 (left) fell into the turntable pit at the same time as a Stroudley Single Class No. 342 ‘St Lawrence’ (right) was being turned.

 

  The C1 Class No.425 back on the rails after the derailment with members of railway staff of Tunbridge Wells West

 

 

1910

TUNBRIDGE WELLS.—Druid's Arms, High Street. First Friday in the month, 7.30 p.m. 

Educational classes fortnightly, 7 p.m.


 

INTRODUCTION OF MOTOR-TRAINS

 

With the introduction of motor-trains complaints of silent running of these trains, especially when operating trailer car first, gave many permanent way men unpleasant shocks before drivers appreciated the dangers before drivers appreciated the danger and made more frequent use of the whistle. A well-known and most successful poacher was heard to complain over his cups to the station master of Eridge that he was no longer able to take a short cut home along the tracks because of the ghost trains.

Driver Thompson and his Fireman Barreyman of Tunbridge Wells, on the 18th March, 1912 worked loco No. 667 ‘Brixton’, worked up to Oxted with the early morning motor-train. Whilst waiting for a connection from London before returning the driver Thompson decided to take water. Unfortunately none could be obtained from the platform cranes for both were frozen, and resort had to be made to a builder’s hose in the goods yard, which necessitated the uncoupling of the trailer car. When the tanks were full Driver Thompson ran back to the car and told Fireman Barreyman to couple up, but did not inspect the job. On getting the right of way, Thompson set off driving from the end of the trailer car and leaving his fireman in charge of the footplate. All went well until approaching Edenbridge Town, when a brake application was made in vain, for Barreyman had connected the four pipes between the engine and the coach incorrectly. By lucky chance the latter was looking out of the cab and realising from Thompson’s  frantic signals that all was not well shut of steam and applied the hand brake to stop at the platform. It then came to light that Barreyman was a poor reader and mistook the name tabs attached to the motor-train connections.

In due course this came to the ears of authority, who ordered the painting of the various fittings on both engines and trailer cars in distinctive colours to ensure their correct connection pipes by all concerned. Details are: - Violet = the regulator pipe, yellow = the storage pipe, blue = pressure pipe and red = the Westinghouse brake pipe.

 

 Above L.B.S.C.R Locomotive workings for October 1912


  LOCOMOTIVE JOURNAL 

1916

TUNBRIDGE WELLS BRANCH

 

 LOCOMOTIVE JOURNAL

1917

TUNBRIDGE WELLS BRANCH

On Sunday, September 9th, an Open Meeting with a record attendance was held in our Branch room to hear Mr. Warwick. Brother W. Hoath made an excellent chairman. After passing a a vote of thanks to our Tonbridge members for coming over, and also to Mr. Warwick for his able address, a very enjoyable evening closed.

ONE WHO WAS THERE.

 

LOCOMOTIVE JOURNAL

1921

TUNBRIDGE WELLS BRANCH

 

It is often  that matters affecting this Branch are reported in the Journal, but we feel that we ought to make a special note of two Open Meetings held on Sunday, April 24th, when Mr. Barton Wild, our Organising Secretary, paid us a welcome visit. We also expected Bro. J. Cordrey, E. C. member, but unfortunately he was not able to be with us. Bro. Wild very ably addressed the morning meeting for over an hour "The Past, Present, and Future of the A.S.L.E. & F." At the evening meeting Bro. Wild dealt with the methods Organisation, and took us back several hundred years, when workers at that time were enjoying the eight hours day, and had about a month holiday per year. Those who attended the meeting were very interested in Bro. Wild's address. We take this opportunity of thanking all our visitors who took the trouble to come to our meetings

BRANCH SECRETARY

 

Mick White Collection 

T.W.W. Loco 1922

 

 LOCOMOTIVE JOURNAL 

OCTOBER 1923

TUNBRIDGE WELLS BRANCH

Sunday, August 5th, is a day to be remembered by all who attended an Open Meeting for Locomotivemen held here and addressed by our General Secretary Mr. J. Bromley. There was a large number of representatives from other Branches, including Eastbourne, who, with their usual enthusiasm, organised a party of between thirty and forty, including some of their wives. There was also a good number of men from Tonbridge, Ashford, Orpington, Three Bridges, and Newhaven Branches. Bro A. Leonard, as chairman, addressed a few words of welcome to the visitors on behalf of the Tunbridge Wells Branch, and then called upon Mr. Bromley to address the meeting. Mr. Bromley, on rising, was given a very cordial reception, and said that he was very pleased to see a number of ladies present, which showed they were interested in the welfare of their men folk. Our General spoke on matters of vital importance to all Locomen, and dealt with the Railway Companies’ latest proposals on Conditions of Service for Locomotivemen, and asked the men to sink their petty differences, pointing out how essential it was to be united as one body of Locomen to withstand the demands now being made by the Companies under the influence of the Federation of British Industries. He then gave the financial position of various Railway Companies, which proved an eye opener for many present. Mr. Bromley, who spoke for about one hour and twenty minutes, was heartily applauded, and after answering a few questions to the satisfaction of those present, Councillor A. Marshall, of Eastbourne, moved a vote of thanks to Mr. Bromley for his splendid address, which had been treat to sit and listen to, and he asked those present to show their appreciation in the usual way, to which there was a hearty response.

After tea, under the auspices of Tunbridge Wells Trades Council and Labour Party, Mr. Bromley addressed an Open air Public meeting on Tunbridge Wells Common. As is usual at these meeting (which are held every Sunday during the summer months), there was a very attentive audience which showed appreciation of the speaker. Questions were asked, and satisfactorily answered, and time went all too quickly. That good results will accrue from these two meetings is the wish of the

BRANCH SECRETARY

 

 

LOCOMOTIVE JOURNAL 

FEBRUARY 1924

TUNBRIDGE WELLS BRANCH

The Annual Meeting was held on December 16th, when Bro. H. Colebrooke presided over a fair attendance. We had the pleasure of having R. E. Bumstead, J.P., of Ashford, and Bro. H. Taylor of Folkestone, nominees for the Eastern Division of the Sectional Council, with us. Bro. H. Taylor gave an interesting address for about half-an-hour, and then left to attend the Tonbridge Branch Annual Meeting, which was being held on the same evening. Bro Bumstead then addressed the meeting and kept the members interested for another half hour, after which questions were asked and answered, and a vote of confidence was passed in the speakers. Bro. Bumstead replied on behalf of Bro. Taylor and himself and then left to attend the meeting at Tonbridge. We should like to take this opportunity to appeal to all members, in the interest of their organisation, to sink any petty differences which they may have, and come to the Branch Meetings. We realise that we all have our faults, and no one is infallible. We may have differences of opinion on different subjects, but we ought not to allow them to interfere with the members attending the Branch Meetings and rendering assistance to their officials when necessary. That our members will try and do this is the wish of the

      BRANCH SECRETARY

 

 LOCOMOTIVE JOURNAL 

JUNE 1925

TUNBRIDGE WELLS BRANCH

A special meeting was held on Thursday 26th March, when we had the pleasure of having Bro. Barton Wild with us. Bro. g. Gorham presided over the meeting, which was attended by s good number of members from Tonbridge Branch. After preliminary business, the chairman called for Mar. Barton Wild to address the meeting, which he did for over an hour, touching on a large number of subjects, including the Political Fund, Army Supplementary Reserve, the industrial position and unemployment; he also dealt with railway returns and reserves, comparing 1913 and 1922, and the Companies’ proposed reductions of wages. Bro. Barton also touched upon Society finances, proving the sound position of the Associated. A number of questions were asked and answered, the members present receiving plenty of food for thought, and it is hoped they will benefit by such an interesting address. Mr. Wild also presented a framed emblem, on behalf of the E.C. to Bro. H. Colebrooke for his service as chairman to the Tunbridge Wells Branch during 1923-24. Bro. Colebrooke, in reply, said that during his period office he had tried to carry out his duties in an impartial manner, and thanked them for the emblem, which he should be proud of. A vote of thanks to Bro. Wild brought the meeting to a close at about 9.45 p.m.

We also have to mention a Smoking Concert held on April 21st, at which a presentation was made to of our old members, Bro Dick Bryant, who has reached pension age, Bro. Colebrooke presided and a good company, several ladies, were ably entertained by the Gypsy Concert Party and two other friends. Here again, some of our Tonbridge comrades were with us, and a very enjoyable evening was brought to a close with the singing of “Auld land syne”

 

 

LOCOMOTIVE JOURNAL 

JUNE 1930

TUNBRIDGE WELLS BRANCH

Under the auspices of the above branch an open meeting was held on March 30th, when Bro. J. Cordrey, chairman of the S.R. sectional Council no.2, gave a very interesting address on “The Machinery” which was brought about by the 1921 Railways act; the work of Sectional Council, and incidentally the difficulties with which they were confronted at times. The question of seniority he also dealt with very ably, and the manner in which these items affect the younger men of this depot. It was surprising to find there was not more of them present at the meeting. We were very pleased to have a few brothers from Tonbridge Branch and we thank them for their interest; also the N.U.R. members who availed themselves of the opportunity to ask questions, which were satisfactorily answered. With the address, questions and answers, Bro. Cordrey gave us a very interesting 2 half hours. Bro. J. French moved, and Bro. A. Wheatley seconded, that a hearty vote of thanks be accorded to Bro. Jim and expressed a hope for a future visit. Bro. Cordrey suitably replied.

I take this opportunity of expressing a very deep regret in the loss we sustained a short time before Christmas, owing to the death of our late Bro. W. Hillman at the early age of 47 years. A true brother in every sense of the word, and always cheery. We have lost a good member and a good friend, and his late employers a good workman.

BRANCH SECRETARY

 

 Mick White Collection

 

 

LOCOMOTIVE JOURNAL 

JANUARY 1931

TUNBRIDGE WELLS BRANCH

On November 27th an interesting presentation took place to one of our oldest members, Bro. James Edwards, who retired on November 19th, after completing 45 years in the Loco. Dept., L.B. & S.C.R. and Southern Railway. Bro. J. F. Brett presided over a large and representative company, including wives and other pensioners. Bro. Stephen Rogers, in a neat speech, eulogised the integrity of “Jimmy” as a trade unionist and locoman, and presented to Bro Edwards a handsome oak Westminster chime timepiece, pie and tobacco, and to Mrs J. Edwards an umbrella. Bro. J. Edwards suitably acknowledged. Many musical and humorous items were contributed during the evening, and to all we extend our best thanks. Votes of thanks to host and hostess and the presentation committee brought an excellent evening to a close.

CHAIRMAN

 

 LOCOMOTIVE JOURNAL 

MARCH 1932

TUNBRIDGE WELLS BRANCH

On Sunday, January 31st, this branch had the honour of a visit from Bro. W.P. Allen, chairman of the E.C. Bro. F. Robinson was in the chair, and we had a fair attendance. Those who were absent through duty or otherwise missed an educational treat. Bro. Allen gave one of the most inspiring addresses delivered in these parts. It is sincerely hoped the excellent food for the mind will take root, and that the interest and enthusiasm asked for will be forthcoming in the very near future. Votes of hanks to Bros. Allen and F. Robinson brought an all to early close to an enjoyable evening. 

 BRANCH SECRETARY

 

Robert Pitts Collection 

 

 

LOCOMOTIVE JOURNAL 

MAY 1936

TUNBRIDGE WELLS BRANCH

On Thursday, February 27th, Bro. J.F. Brett presided over a large assembley of railmen and their wives at the Carlton Hotel. Bro. "Dick" Coomber, N.U.R., in the vice-chair. The attraction being the presentation to one of the old pioneers of the Trade Union world in the person of retired Driver Jesse Finch, A.S.L.E. & F. Mr W. Powell, locomotive superintendent, Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells West, with a well-chosen and witty speech, made the presentation, which took the form of a handsome striking clock and an umbrella to Mrs. French. Bro. French, in reply, pointed out to the young fraternity the need for a "clean card," and regular attendance at branch meetings. Bro. F.G. Robinson, indefatigable branch secretary, assisted by Bros. J. Brooker, Bert Burrill and Harry Ovenden, provided an excellent and talented programme. Votes of thanks to Presentation Committee, hosts, and artists, concluding with Auld Lang Syne, brought an enjoyable evening to close all too soon.

VALE.

 

 Tunbridge Wells West in 1937 looking from the Brighton end of the station 

 

 

LOCOMOTIVE JOURNAL 

MAY 1938

TUNBRIDGE WELLS BRANCH

Those members of the above branch who "tore" themselves from firesides on january 9, 1938, showed their wisdom. Comreade "Jack" Sweeney, although suffering from several facial injuries through mishap to the train by which he travelled on the Southern, was in great form. Comreade Sweeney gave a most historical syrvey of how conditions of service were obtained by the enthusiam of the "old boys" when building our society to safeguard the interest of locomotivemen and the dire need for the younger members to show the same spirit that animated the members of the past in making A.S.L.E. &F. the only sure shild for locomotivemen's protection. Another pleasant feature for the afternoon was a presentation of the E.C. medal to Bro. A. Leonard, for services rendered as branch chairman for seven years. Comreade sweeney made the presentation in a fraternal spirit. Questions were answered satisfactoryly to those seeking knowledge.

Vote of thanks to Bro. J.V. Sweeney concluded a very interesting meeting.

"ROBBIE"

 

 TUNBRIDGE WELLS BRANCH 1940

 

Driver C. Pattenden of Tunbridge Wells Branch was killed when his train was bombed and machine gunned by a German plane: he was the first of many which went to prove the "lines behind the lines" were not so very far in the rear.

Taken from

“The Lighted Flame"

 

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GOING THROUGH  THE WALL


On this particular evening T.W.W. Fireman, George Hollands, was cleaning the fire on a Marsh tank locomotive, and on the engine next to us on the coal stage was a bogie tank and, its work was nearly competed and was getting set to be stable in the loco shed.George looked over the side and heard the driver call out to the cleaner who was helping him, “Move her up a bit, Cocker.”This was so he could oil her up for his opposite site number for the next morning. The next thing we saw when we looked up was the bogie tank moving away towards the shed roaring like a lion and bucketing water in all directions. The cleaner jumped clear, head over heels in the process, and we all watched in and fascination as the engine disappeared out of sight into the shed! Seconds later came a loud rumbling crash, then it all went silent.

Along with the rest of the depot staff we were soon there,and what a sight to behold!Our loco shed had a yard below it at the rear, and the engine had gone over the the iron dog at the end of the rails, across the concrete pathway and through the wall itself. A foot or so further and it would of dropped thirty feet or so into this yard. But as it was it hung there, and actually looked as though a push would set it see-sawing.

The cause of this lot? Boiler overfilled to stand all night; Westinghouse pump shut down and thereby no air for the brake; a momentary lapse by a conscientious driver who thought is regular mate was on the engine. As it was, the young cleaner who was on the footplate juster opened  the regulator wide! Instead of a whiff, she got the lot - as there was no stopping the engine.

Extracted and adapted from the book 

SOUTHERN LOCOMAN 

by George Hollands 

 

Di Dowsett Collection 

Cod King is believed to be standing on the right of this photo, the locomotive is a “D3” Class, No. 2390 formerly named St Leonards, Most of this class were withdrawn by 1953, but one, 32390, remained in traffic for two more years until being cut up at Brighton Works in 1955. During those two years she was used to cover for failing M7s from Tunbridge Wells, or for special rail tours. Her last days were spent working from Brighton on services to Horsham. None of the engines has survived into preservation.

 

 Robert Pitts Collection  

 

 

LOCOMOTIVE JOURNAL 

MARCH 1946

TUNBRIDGE WELLS BRANCH

We are pleased to welcome Bro. H. Bidwell, our executive member, on Sunday, February 10th, at a special meeting held at the Wheatsheaf Hall.

Bro. F. Robinson, in the absence of our chairman, presided over a fair attendance.

we were given an exhaustive report on the recent A.A.D. Conference and National Programme, and Bro. Bidwell gave an interesting talk on the Nationalisation of the Railways. He gave satisfying answewrs to our members' many and varied questions.

Bro. Cornford proposed a vote of thanks to our visitor, who, we hope, will visit our branch again on some future occasion.

Congratulations to Bros. Robinson and Elmer on thier recent sucess in the Municipal Elections.

For attendance at our branch meetings we still rely on the few stalwarts. New face, particularly amongst our cleaner members, will find a welcome if they will make special effort to attend.

K.A. PASSMORE,

ASST. BRANCH SEC.

 

Bob Walls Collection

Fireman unknown & Driver Vic Rumley

LOCOMOTIVE JOURNAL 

FEBRUARY 1947

TUNBRIDGE WELLS BRANCH

Sir.- Of the eight Labour members of the Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, Five are railwaymen, all members of the loco. staff. Associated members: Bros. F.G. Robinson (Branch Secretary), F.E. Elmer (Branch Chairman), C.R. Cornford (Check Stewart and National Health agent). N.U.R. members (shed staff): Bros. D. Hutchings and E. Kennard.

Considering the total staff at this depot numbers only 90, you will agree this a fine show. These five fellow-workers, together with their Socialist colleagues on our local authority, have a big job in hand, and through their untiring efforts are making their weight felt in this bastion of Toryism.

We of this branch should like this opportunity to wish all those members of our organisation who have taken up the fight on our behalf success in their efforts.

V.A. Rumley 

 

 Tunbridge Wells West shed in 1947

 

 LOCOMOTIVE JOURNAL 

MARCH 1947

TUNBRIDGE WELLS BRANCH


We were pleased to welcome Bro. H. Bidwell, our executive member, on Sunday, February 10th, at a special meting held at the Wheatsheaf Hall.

Bro. F. Robinson, in the absence of our Chairman, presided over a fair attendance.

We were given an exhaustive report on the recent A.A.D. Conference and the National Programme, and Bro. Bidwell gave an interesting talk on the Nationalisation of the Railways. He gave satisfying answers to our members’ many and varied questions.

Bro. R. Cornford proposed a vote of thanks to our visitor, who, we hope, will visit our branch again on some future occasion.

Congratulation to Bros. Robinson and Elmer on their recent success in the Municipal Elections.

For attendance at our branch meeting we still rely on the few stalwarts. New faces, will find a welcome if they will make special effort to attend.

K.A. PASSMORE,

Asst. Branch Sec.

 

 

LOGO FOUND IN THE FRONT OF THE 1948 A.S.L.E.F. BRANCH MINUTE BOOK

 

 THIS SECTION IS CURRENTLY UNDER 

RECONSTRUCTION AND WILL BE UPDATED IN DUE 

COURSE

 

Below features extracts of the Tunbridge Wells Branch of A.S.L.E.F minute books from 1948 (Nationalisation of the Railways) to the closure of the depot & branch in July 1985. 

These views are of those A.S.L.E.F. members who were in attendance at these meetings.

 

 A Special meeting was held on Sunday January 11th 1948,

 at the Wheatsheaf Hall, Victoria Road at 10:45 a.m. 

Bro. F. Elmer presiding.

The Chairman on opening meeting congratulated Bro. J. Murphy on being elected to the L.D.C.

Minutes of the last meeting read and confirmed, arising out of same Bro. H. Blackmore referred that all retired members had agreed to accept cash as a presentation. The secretary reported that he had received an application from the N.U.R. for a list to be taken round the Loco Shed for Guard Mercer’s widows. This was put to the meeting and carried. It was also agreed thar Mr. Reeves be asked to make a further collection on behalf of Bros. Farrington, 




BRANCH OFFICERS 1948
BRANCH CHAIRMAN. F. ELMER
ASS. CHAIRMAN. C. RUSSELL
SECRETARY. F. ROBINSON
ASS. SECRETARY. V. RUMLEY





Pelling and Gasson. The secretary reported amounts collected for our members Bros. A. Wheatley £7.17.0., A. Leonard £7.0.0., J. Farrington £5.10.6., F. Pelling £5.13.2., J. Gasson £6.0.6.

The secretary then reported on the question of a meeting room and told members that he had taken the room for 12 months for the year.

Next on agenda Correspondence.

Circular from Tonbridge Divisional Labour Party asking for our delegates for 1948. moved Bro. R. Bridger second Bro. H. Blackmore. Bro. F. Robinson.

Moved by Bro. F. Bridger seconded by Bro. R. Cornford and A. Brooker.

A letter from V. Rumley withdrawing his nomination for Branch Secretary election of Branch Secretary and committee was then taken.

Election of Branch Secretary and  committee was then taken

Branch Secretary

Moved by Bro. H. Blackmore & seconded Bro. R. Bridger. Bro. F. Robinson. As there was no further nominations Bro. F. Robinson was re-elected. Bro. V. Rumley was re-elected, Bro. V. Rumley was re-elected as Assistant Secretary.

Branch Committee

Bro. R. Cornford withdrew his nomination, so 7 members were left. It was then moved they form the Branch Committee. Carried.

District Council Delegate

Moved F. Bridger seconded Bro. A. Ashton, Bro F. robinson

Moved Bro R. Cornford seconded Bro. G. Warner Bro. F. Elmer

Voting then took place, 8 for Bro. F. Robinson, 7 for Bro. F. Elmer. Bro. F. Robinson elected.

Social Committee

The Chairman moved G. Warner seconded. “That this be left to the Branch Committee.” Carried.

Labour Party Fighting Fund

Moved by Bro. R. Cornford seconded by Bro. R. Bridger the whole og the Political Fund be sent to the local Labour Party. Carried.

The secretary then reported on the Mutual Aid Fund. We had £10.6.5 in the bank and Bro . G. George’s contributions had been paid for two years.

Bro. R. Cornford then gave a report on the L.D.C. and a good discussion took place.

Members present Bros. F. Bridger, A. Ashton, R. Bridger, L. Coomber, G. Warner, H. Blackmore 

 

 The monthly meeting was held on Sunday February 1st 1948, 

at the Wheatsheaf Hall, Victoria Road at 10:45 a.m. 

Bro. F. Elmer presiding.

The Minute Secretary read the minutes of the previous meeting and in their amended from it was by Bro. Warner and seconded by Bro. R. Bridger that these minutes were a true record.

Matters arising from the minutes, Bro. A. Ashton and Bro. C. Russell stated that Bro. C. Waghorn had spoken to them on the matter of the social committee, and that he was willing to give a helping hand in this. It was felt by all members that his proposed help would be most welcome and an asset to the branch. The chairman outlined the position regarding Bro. Waghorn’s membership at Tonbridge Branch and that the matter be left to the committee whose place it was to co-opt such valuable aid. It was moved from the chair that the secretary should call a meeting of the committee to deal with this matter, and the presentations to our retired members.

Correspondence

Military Service Act

It was stated that our members Bros. Howis, Wild, Heasman and Jackson were affected by this, and the L.D.C. should look into it. This was agreed to.

Parliamentary Panel

Bro. V. Rumley moved and Bro. H. Dyer seconded. “That we should nominate Bro. W.B. Cleaver. Bro. R. Bridger moved and Bro. Cornford seconded that we wrote to Bro. Cleaver and ask him if he was willing to accepted nomination, and we hold the said nomination over until the next meeting.

A letter from the Tonbridge Divisional Labour Party regarding the calling of an election fund. After a good discussion it was moved by Bro. G. Grosham seconded by Bro. R. Bridger. “That this correspondence lay on the table.”

A card from Head Office regretting that they have no minute books left. The chairman stated that this card seemed rather abrupt and that he we were entitled to some more information regarding the purchase of a book from Branch Funds and moved from the chair. “That a letter be sent to Head Officvr regarding this matter.” Carried unam

A letter from Bro. W. Cleaver regarding Bro. J. Wareham’s disciplinary case. At this stage the chairman asked if there was a further letter from Bro. Cleaver, owing to the fact that there was no further correspondence from Bro. Cleaver the chairman stated that there was another letter from this source and that the correspondence was not complete, the assistant secretary stated that this was a serious matter owing to the fact that trouble of a serious nature had arisen in this Branch before over the alleged non-reading of correspondence. It was the general feeling of the meeting that this should be rectified and it was moved from the chair. “That in future all correspondence be provided and that the correspondence dealing with this matter be re-read at the next meeting. Carried unam.

A circular from the British soviet Society, regarding the calling of a conference by this body jointly with several London District Committees of Trade Unions. Asking us to send delegates. It was moved by Bro. C. R. Cornford and seconded by Bro. R. Bridger. “That we support this conference.” It was moved by Bro. G. Warner and seconded by Bro. G. Gorham. “That any member wishing to go, meet the own expenses. It was moved by Bro. G. Tullett and seconded by Bro. F. Diplock. “That Bro. R. Bridger be a delegate.” It was moved by Bro. G. Warner, seconded by Bro. G. Gorham “That Bro. V. Rumley be a delegate.” Carried.

Next business was L.D.C. report, Bros C. R. Cornford and V. Rumley outlined the work of the L.D.C. on the recent roster alterations and the visits to the depot of representatives of the management on the matter of Central heating of the lobbies.

The visit of Bro Branson Sectional Council Secretary and the results of the discussion with these persons. It was stated by the L.D.C. that discussion on the roster should take place at the branch and it was decided that the next Branch meeting agenda should include, discussion on this matter on the revision of the roster.

The L.D.C. agreed to see Mr. Reeves regarding the allocation of lockers, and the question of the notice regarding clothing coupons.

Bro. C. Cornford brought to the notice of the branch that Bro. Waghorn had made a notice case for our branch, to be places in the lobby. Bro. Cornford moved a thanks which was heartily endorsed by all present.

Bro R. Bridger raised the question of the posting of notice when any retired Brother passed away, no notice being posted when late Bro. Edwards passed away. It was moved by Bro. V. Rumley and seconded by Bro. R. Bridger. “That the secretary post a notice on these occasions.”

Bro. V. Rumley stated the Children’s Party organised by the N.U.R. Benevalent Fund was an out standing success and moved. “That a letter of appreciation be sent to Bro. A. Smith, secretary of the Benevolent Fund.” Seconded C. Russell.

Members present Bros. A. Brooker, F. Pearson, N. Dye, C.R. Cornford, R. Bridger, K. Cavie, A. Ashton, F. Diplock, G. Warner, G. Tullett, C. Russell, V. Rumley F. Elmer & G. Gorham.

 

 The monthly meeting was held on Sunday February 15th 1948, 

at the Wheatsheaf Hall, Victoria Road at 10:45 a.m. 

Bro. F. Elmer presiding.

The minute read the minutes of the last meeting, Bro. R. Bridger moved and Bro. A. Brooker seconded “That these minutes were a true record.”

The secretary asked a question on the minutes regarding the late Bro. Edwards and the late Bro. Harding and pointed out that the late Bro. Harding was not a member of our organisation or of the N.U.R. and moved that his name be erased from the minutes. Carried.

The minute Secretary then read the minutes of the Special Committee meeting held at 47 Stanley Road on February 8th. It was moved by Bro. P. Budgen and seconded by Bro. A. Brooker. “That we adopt these minutes.”

The recommendation of the Committee to present the cheques to the retired Brother was turned down after a good discussion, it was moved by Bro. R. Bridger and seconded by Bro. A. Brooker. “That a dinner be held at Pantiles Grill and that the presentation be made on this occasions.”

The recommendation from the committee to form a special committee of 4 memers and that Bro. C. Waghorn be co-opted as chairman and that this committee be given powers to co-opted was endorsed by the branch.

The chairman then asked for nominations, the special committee is as follows. Bros C. Waghorn, R. Bridger, C.R. Cornford, J. Murphy & F. Bridger.

The Chairman moved that the committee be given full powers. Carried.

It was proposed by Brother R. Bridger, seconded by Bro. A. Brooker. “That we try to hold the dinner on Good Friday.” The assistant secretary agreed to approach the Pantiles Grill on this matterand he would communicate with Mrs. Powell requesting the Good Friday Workings to be sent down in good time.

It was moved by Bro. V. Rumley and seconded by Bro. F. Bridger. “That a special committee be allowed to borrow up to £5.0.0. from the Mutual Aid Fund. Carried.

It was moved from the chair. “That the assistant secretary write branch reports to the Loco Journal and that a report of the forthcoming social be reported.” Carried

Next business was the roster alterations, after a good discussion it was moved by Bro. J. Murphy and seconded by Bro. Vanson. “That the L.D.C. approach the foreman to have the 5.40 a.m. to Forest Row and the 3.35 p.m. Tonbridge in Number 2 Link changed with the 9.6 a.m Eastbourne and the 4.37 p.m. Eastbourne from Number 3 link.”

Correspondence was next dealt with

Circular No.15/1948 Machinery of Negotiation Sectional council. This was treated as information.

Circular No.9/1948 Promotion and Seniority British Railways. Discussion on this was differed until later in the meeting when the promotion scheme was to be discussed.

Circular No.10/1948 Rostering of 11 day fortnight, Bank and Public Holidays. This was treated as information

Circular No.12 Election of General Secretary. This was treated as information.

Circular No.11/1948 Labour Party Conference – Whit-Sunday 1948. our nominee received 136 votes. And the branch considered this a good show under the existing circumstances.

A letter regarding a new minute book from head office. Bro. Ashton moved Bro. F. Bridger seconded. “That we purchase a minute book.” Carried.

A letter from Bro. Cleaver appreciating our guesture in wishing to nominate him for the Parliamentary Panel and outlining his reasons for declining. The Branch accepted this in the spirit in which it was sent, appreciating Bro. Cleaver’s wish to serve us in his present capacity.

Next business was proposed scheme for promotion put forward by our E.C. After a good discussion it was moved by Bro. V. Rumley seconded by Bro. F. Bridger. “That we support the E.C.’s proposed scheme for promotion and congratulate the E.C. on their far sighted policy.” Carried Unam.

The Chairman thanked all for their attendance and closed the meeting at 1.10 p.m.

Members present Bros. F. Robinson, V. Rumley, R. Bridger, F. Bridger, P. Budgen, J. Murphy, R. Vanson, A. Brooker, D. Nye, A. Ashton & F. Elmer

 

 An early monthly meeting was held on Sunday March 7th 1948,

at the Wheatsheaf Hall, Victoria Road at 10:45 a.m. 

Bro. F. Elmer presiding.

 As Bro. V. Rumley was not present the Chairman asked for nominations for a minute taker, Bro. A. Brooker was proposed and as there was no other nominations he then read the minutes of the previous meeting which in a slightly amended form were proposed by Bro. F. Bridger seconded by Bro. F. Robinson. “That they be signed as a true record.”

In matter arising Bro. F. Robinson stated that he had called on the printers in the town for a minute book and priced ranged from 23/- to 27/- and were not very thick. It  was then proposed from the Chair. That the secretary approach Baldwins to make us one taking the old one as a copy.” Carried.

The secretary then handed over a cheque for £2.3.8 from Head Office political fund. This will go to the local Labour Party Fighting Fund, as per minute of a Special Meeting on January 11th 1948.

Correspondence was next dealt with.

A letter from Bro. R. Bridger for secretary of the Social Fund asking the meeting to recind the minute re Pantiles Grill dinner. It was pointed out by the Chairman that it was only a suggestion from the Branch to the Committee.

Circular No.16.1948 re N.U.R. Propaganda. Leaflets enclosed issued from Head Office to combat it.

Circular Re closing of our N.H.I section. Treated as information. It was moved from the Chair. “That a vote of thanks be given to Bro. R. Cornford for ably carrying out his duties.” Carried Unam.

Circular 19/1948 Re Rule 29. Sickness Benefit, it was moved that a type written extract headed important be posted in the driver’s lobby.

Circular No.21/1948 Re New rates of pay. After a good discussion it was moved. “That the observations of this Branch be sent to the E.C.” Carried

L.D.C. Nominations.

The Chairman stated that these had been over looked at the last meeting and that this and the circular on the rate of pay had been the reason for calling this meeting early. The Chairman then asked for nominations.

Bro. C.R. Cornford proposed by Bro. A. Brooker seconded by Bro. K. Cavie.

Bro. J. Murphy proposed by Bro. K. Savage seconded by Bro. F. Bridger.

Bro. F. Elmer proposed by Bro. V. Prior. But Bro. Elmer declined  stating that he would only stand if there was not enough nominations.

Bro. F. Robinson was also proposed but declined stating that he wanted to see younger men play their part.

Bro. A. Brooker proposed by Bro. K. Savage seconded by Bro. Cavie.

The Chairman took the names of the voters to be held over till a further meeting.

L.D.C.

It was agreed to ask the L.D.C. Secretary to write to Mr. Chimes Motive Power Supt. Re only a boiler-washer to represent this depot at the Ashford Conference also mentioning the non-passing of the men for driving duties at this depot.

Social Committee. 
Bro. Cornford reported that they had obtained a room above the Grosvenor for Thursday April 1st at 7.0 p.m. for the presentation to the retired members.

The Chairman asked for any other business there being none he thanked members for their presence and closed the meeting at 1.20 p.m.

Members present Bros. R. Cornford, K. Savage, K. Cavie, V. Prior, F. Bridger, P. Bridger, F. Robinson, F. Elmer 

& A. Brooker.

 

The monthly meeting was held on Sunday Apil 4th 1948, 

at the Wheatsheaf Hall, Victoria Road at 10:45 a.m. 

Bro. F. Elmer presiding.

The minute Secretary read the minutes of the last meeting and it was moved by Bro. K. Savage and seconded by Bro. C. Cornford. “That these minutes were a true record.

Correspondence

Election of General Secretary, it was moved that the Branch Committee should go into the vote on General Secretary.

circular from Landore Branch regarding the new promotion scheme. As this circular was not official. The Chairman ruled that no action be taken. The Circular was read and discussed.

Election of Assistant General Secretary, treated as information. 

The names of the following men were put forward for membership. 

L. Penfold, W. Ovenden, W. Ford, S. Neal, G. Power, P. Fryer, J. Mace & R. Howell. 

The branch agrees unanimously and it was moved by the Chair that we write to Head Office to speed up the business regarding new entries.

Next business was L.D.C. nominations and voting. As there was no record available of the previous meetings votes. The Secretary quoted the results from memory. The branch agreed to accept them with the privso that the original check be provided at the next meeting.

The Chairman asked for further nominations.

Proposed by Bro. R. Bridger seconded by A. Brooker, Bro. V. Rumley

Proposed by Bro. A. Ashton seconded by Bro. C. Russell, Bro .F. Pearson

Proposed Bro. K. Cavie seconded by Bro. F. Pearson Bro. F. Elmer.

Bro. A. Brooker then withdrew his nomination, Bro. C.R. Cornford stated that he was only prepared to stand if he had the Confidence  of the Branch owing to certain persons in the shed questioning his activities regarding rest period the national conditions were consulted and Bro. Cornford actions were found to be in order. It was then moved by Bro. V. Rumley seconded Bro. R. Bridger. “That the branch recorded a vote of confidence in Bro. Cornford.” Carried Unanimously

Voting then took place resulting as follows

Bro. C. Cornford 6, Bro. J. Murphy 1, Bro. V. Rumley 5, Bro F. Pearson 2, Bro. F. Elmer 5.

The aggregate vote for to two meetings bringing the vote to

Bro. C. Cornford 12, Bro. J. Murphy 7, Bros. V. Rumley & F. Elmer tying for third place. A vote was taken again between Bros. V. Rumley and F. Elmer, resulting in 4 for Bro. V. Rumley and 5 for Bro. F. Elmer.

The official candidates subject to the check on the previous meeting are Bros. C.R. Cornford, J. Murphy & F. Elmer.

Bro. F. Pearson moved and Bro C. Russell seconded. “That a vote of thanks be given to the returning L.D.C.” Carried Unam

Bros. V. Rumley & R. Bridger gave a delegates report from the meeting on Soviet Anglo Friendship and Trade.

The Chairman thanked members for the attendance and closed the meeting at 1.0 p.m.

Members present Bros. A. Brooker, C. Cornford, F. Pearson, R. Bridger, C. Russell, K. Cavie, F. Robinson, F. Elmer, A. Ashton, V. Rumley & J. Murphy. 

Bob Walls Collection

Fireman Unknown & Driver Vic Rumley

The monthly meeting was held on Sunday May 16th 1948, 

at the Wheatsheaf Hall, Victoria Road at 10:45 a.m. 

Bro. F. Elmer presiding.

The Minute Secretary read the minutes of the last meeting and it was moved by Bro. R. Bridger and seconded by Bro. J. Murphy. “That these minutes were a true record.”

Correspondence

A letter from the Tunbridge Wells Labour Party, inviting nominations for the K.C.C. elections, it was agreed that this lay on the table.

The Minutes Secretary reported to the meeting the loss of the minutes of the 1947 A.G.M. while these were not in his possession. It was moved from the Chair. “That the Secretary work to Bro. A. Brooker requesting him to make every endeavour to find the minutes of the A.G.M. as these are required for record purposes.” Carried Unanimously.

Discussion took place on the position of the candidates for the 1949 L.D.C. owing to the fact that the voting record of the first meeting could not be found. Bro. V. Rumley stated that although we were officially wrong, no useful purpose could be struck at this stage by the election preparations any withdrawal of one of our candidates would automatically lead to the N.U.R. man election, and moved. “That we recognise our three nominees as official.” Carried. Bro. V. Rumley moved. “That a different system to be used for the selection and election of our candidates in the future and outlined a plan whereby all members would get an equal vote on all candidates and no member would be disfranchised by last minute  withdrawals. It was moved from the Chair. “That Bro. V. Rumley bring this matter up at the committee meeting and the next branch meeting.” Carried unan.

It was also moved from the chair. “That the notice for a Branch meeting shall include procedure regarding L.D.c. nominations.”

Bro. R. Bridger gave a report from the Social Committee

It was decided that the Committee (Branch) should discuss the raising of funds to pay the artists at the social given to Mr. H. Terry.

Bro. F. Elmer gave an interesting report on hosing.

Bro. R. Bridger reported the state of the car end compartments and the L.D.C. Sec was instructed to write a letter regarding same.

It was moved from the Chair. “That an item regarding the non issue of mac’s be placed on the next L.D.C. agenda.”

The Chairman thanked all for their attending and closed the meeting at 11.45.

Members present Bros. A. Ashton, R. Bridger, F. Diplock, J. Murphy, V. Rumley & F. Elmer.    

 

 A Branch Committee was held on Sunday May 30th 1948, 

at 47 Stanley Road.

Bros. J. Murphy, E. Dodwell, F. Robinson, E. Brooker & C. Russell (Acting Chairman) were present.

Four items were on the agenda

The 1st being, re devising a means of taking the vote on major issues such as election of General Secretary etc, the Branch Committee consider if the best idea to distribute a voting paper to each individual member of the Branch and request that  the filled up paper be returned to the Secretary or o member of the Branch Committee.

Item 2. Re devising raising of funds for artist for Mr. Terry’s Concert, it was suggested that a pay day collection be made, and that all future social functions be ran by the Committee formed for such purpose.

Item 3 to discuss proposed put forward by Bro. V. Rumley regarding L.D.C. elections. It was agreed that nominations be invited for the L.D.C. at the September & October meetings and that the vote be taken on the November & December Annual General Meeting. This would give members the chance to vote for a full list of candidates, and not only vote on the names put forward by one meeting, and it will stop members from being dis enfranchise by last minute withdrawal of candidates.

Item 4. To consider the formulation of a set of standing orders covering the calling of meetings and other branch meetings.

It was agreed that we keep strictly to branch directory and anything of importance, members of the branch committee to call special meetings.

 

 Meeting was from 11 o/Clock to 1.10 p.m.

The monthly meeting was held on Sunday July 18th 1948, 

at the Wheatsheaf Hall, Victoria Road at 10:45 a.m. 

Bro. F. Elmer presiding.

The Minute Secretary read the minutes of the last meeting and it was moved by Bro. J. Murphy and seconded by Bro. A. Ashton. “That these minutes were a true record.

Arising out of the minutes a discussion on the loss of minutes of the A.G.M. 1947, and the letter written to Bro. Brooker was amended to the satisfaction of all member present and the following resolutions were carried. Proposed by Bro. H. Blackmore seconded by Bro. C. Cornford. “That when a minute secretary is appointed from the floor the secretary retain the minute book.”

Proposed by Bro. C. Cornford seconded by Bro. A. Brooker. “That the letter was written in accordance with instructions from the Branch.”

Bro. F. Robinson read the minutes of the Branch Committee meeting held at 47 Stanley Road on Sunday May 30th. It was moved by Bro. J. Murphy seconded by Bro. A. Brooker. “That these minute were a true record.”

Bro. Elmer explained the events which led to the position which we were confronted in regard the social on behalf of Mr. Terry. Bro. C. Cornford moved. “That we hand the money collected for this social over to the social committee and ask them to carry on.” Carried.

Proposed by Bro. C. Cornford seconded by Bro. A. Ashton. “That nominations for the L.D.C. be accepted at the November and December meetings prior to the election and that the voting take place at the January and February meetings.” Carried.

Proposed by Bro. F. Robinson. “That the nominations for Branch Officers be accepted at the September and October meetings and the voting take place at the November and December meetings.” Carried.

Item 4 of the inutes was adopted as proposed by the Branch Committee.

Correspondence was next dealt with.

It was agreed that new members J. Wood and Geoffery be accepted.

Bro. C. Cornford gave L.D.C. report.

It was moved by Bro. V. Rumley seconded by Bro. C. Cornford. “That thw L.D.C. Secretary invite Bro. C. Branson to our next branch meeting.” Carried.

A suggestion for the L.D.C. regarding the lack of paraffin bottles on the engines was put forward.

A discussion took place on the 1 vacancy at Tunbridge Wells West for the 44 hour week list and it was moved by Bro. F. Elmer. “That a letter be sent to H.O. over the apparent in activity of the Sectional council No.2 the position appears to be worse than it was prior to Nationalisation, no minutes having been received for a period of 12 months.” Carried.

It was moved. “That the secretary write to H.O. asking them take up the matter of the use of the Welfare room for Branch meetings.”

The meeting closed at 1.15 p.m. The chair thanking all for their attendance.

Members present Bros. V. Rumley, F. Elmer, F. Robinson, H. Blackmore, C. Taylor, A. Brooker, C. Cornford, 

J. Murphy, A. Ashton, D. Nye & F. Pearson.

 

 The monthly meeting was held on Sunday September 12th 1948, 

at the Wheatsheaf Hall, Victoria Road at 10:45 a.m. 

Bro. F. Elmer presiding.

The Secretary explained why meeting was called a week early, as it was moved by Bro. K. Savage and seconded Bro. R. Bridger. “That the Secretary’s action of calling meeting be endorsed.” Carried.

It was then moved from the Chair. “That in future the minutes of meetings be in the hands of the Secretary at least 10 days after branch meetings.” Carried.

Nominations of Branch Officers for 1949.

Chairman

Moved by Bro. F. Bridger & sec by Bro. K. Cavie, Bro. F. Elmer.

Vice Chairman

Moved by Bro. R. Bridger & sec by Bro. F. Elmer Bro. C. R. Cornford

Secretary

Moved by Bro. K. Savage & sec by Bro. R. Bridger Bro. F. G. Robinson.

Assistant Secretary

Moved by Bro. F. Elmer & sec Bro. R. Bridger Bro. K. Savage.

Committee

Bros. F. Bridger, F. Pearson, R. Bridger, J. Murphy, K. Cavie, E. Dunonall & C. Russell.


Bro. R. Cornford gave the L.D.C. report and the following resolution was moved.

“That the members of this Branch greatly deplore the action of Sub-Committee A of Sectional council No.2, in agreeing to clause B, of minute No.1, of their meeting on August 24th .

We submit that staffing arrangements, should be made before commencing rest days, to insure as far as possible, that they are not interfered with, and to ease the already difficult duties placed on the L.D.C.s.

Under the machinery of negotiations we also question the power claimed by the Chairman of Sectional council no.2, in authorising these minutes to be acted upon, before they have been ratified and by the full Council, trusting these objections will be fully considered by the Full Council.”

It was also moved that we endeavour to arrange for Mr. Branson and Mr. Cleaver to attend a special Meeting. Carried.

Members present Bros. R. Cornford, F. Elmer, F. Robinson, J. Murphy, F. Bridger, R. Bridger, K. Cavie & K. Savage.

 

 The monthly meeting was held on Sunday October 17th 1948, 

at the Wheatsheaf Hall, Victoria Road at 10:45 a.m.

Giving to the absence of the Chairman and vice Chairman, it was moved by Bro. K. Cavie and seconded by Bro. D. Nye. “That Bro. C. Cornford be Chairman.

The Minute Secretary then read the minutes of the July meeting which weren’t available at the September meeting. It was moved by Bro. J. Murphy and seconded by Bro. D. Nye. “That these minutes were a true record.”

Arising out of these minutes a discussion took place on annual leave for conciliation grades, and the secretary explained what had taken place at our depot regarding recent entrants into the several who had had the leave to which they are entitled cancelled from the local office.

The secretary then read the minutes of the last meeting and it was moved by Bro. K. Cavie and seconded by Bro. F. Bridger. “That these minutes were a true record.”

Bro. A. Brooker raised the question of the action of the secretary in calling last month’s meeting on the second Sunday and after a good discussion. Bro. Brooker proposed and Bro. K. Cavie seconded. “A notice of  motion to recind Item 4 of the Branch Committee minutes of the meeting held on Sunday May 30th and the Chairman stated that it was up to the members to draft a new minute which will adequately cover this question and put it before the next meeting. 

Correspondence was next dealt with.

At this stage Bro. Cornford left the chair in favour of the Branch chairman who had just arrived from duty.

A letter from Bro. C. Branson Secretary Sectional Council No.2 replying to the letter from our secretary on September 18th.

Owing to the District Council report dealing entirely with this matter the secretary gave the report at this stage of the meeting.

A letter from Stewarts Lane and Nine Elms branches regarding the open meetings called by them. The secretary gave the branch an outline of the action taken by him on this matter. Bro. F. Bridger moved the endorsement of the secretary’s action, seconded by Bro. A. Brooker.

A letter from the General Secretary in reply to the correspondence of our L.D.C. forwarded to Head Office by the Branch Secretary, regarding the Machinery of Negotiation – L.D.C.s. A good discussion took place and it was moved by Bro. C. Cornford seconded by Bro. A. Brooker. “That a resolution be sent to Head office on the grounds put forward by the Chair, to be worded by the branch Officers.

A letter from Eastbourne Branch regarding A.A.D. nominations. It was moved from the Chair that we write and support Eastbourne Branch in this matter, provided that a ballot be taken of the depots and then rotate yearly.

The Branch accepted Bro. V. Thorpe as a member.

Next business was nominations for Branch officers for 1949

Chairman

Bro. C.R. Cornford proposed by Bro A. Brooker seconded by Bro. V. Rumley

Vice Chairman

Bro. R. Bridger proposed by Bro.  A. Brooker seconded by Bro. J. Murphy.

Secretary

No further nominations

Assistant Secretary

Bro. V. Rumley proposed Bro. K. Cavie seconded by Bro. A. Brooker.

Committee

Bro. A. Brooker proposed by Bro. J. Murphy seconded by C. Cornford. Moved by Bro F. Robinson seconded by Bro. A. Dodwell. “That nominations cease.”

Bro. Cornford gave the L.D.C. Report.

It was moved by Bro. V. Rumley seconded by Bro. F. Bridger. “That the Branch support the L.D.C.  in their action over the roster alterations.” Carried.

The Chairman thanked all for their attendance and closed the meeting at 1.15 p.m.

Members present Bros. A. Brooker, J. Murphy, F. Bridger, C. Cornford, A. Dodwell, D. Nye, K. Cavie, V. Rumley, 

F. Elmer & F. Robinson.

 

 The monthly meeting was held on Sunday November 21st 1948, 

at the Wheatsheaf Hall, Victoria Road at 10:45 a.m.

Bro. F. Elmer presiding

The Minute Secretary read the minutes of last meeting and it was moved by Bro. R. Cornford seconded by Bro. F. Pring “That these minutes were a true record.”

Correspondence was next dealt with.

A letter from the Secretary of Sectional Council No.2 re minute 16 of the meeting held at Waterloo 20.8.48. the feeling of the meeting was that this letter was contradiction, and no action was taken regarding this letter.

The Sectional Council minutes of 20.8.48 were not read but handed round the meeting. Circular No.76/1948. Rates of pay Sunday Duty. This circular was thoroughly discussed and it was the feeling of the meeting that the last paragraph needed some clarification. It was decided that the Secretary should write to Head Office for clarification and also the Secretary and Assistant Secretary contact the office on this matter.

Next business was the first vote for Branch Officer for 1949. the secretary read out the candidate list of nominees and the asked for a vote Chairman, resulting as follows Bro. F. Elmer 2, Bro. R. cornford 6.

The Chairman then conducted the rest of the voting resulting as follows.

Vice Chairman

Bro. R. Cornford 3, Bro. R. Bridger 5

Secretary

Bro. F. Robinson 8

Assistant Secretary

Bro. K. Savage 1, Bro. V. Rumley 6.

Committee

Bro. F. Bridger 6, Bro. F. Pearson 2, Bro. R. Bridger 3, Bro. J. Murphy 5, Bro. K. Cavie 5, Bro. E. Dunmall -, 

Bro. C. Russell, 6 & Bro. A. Brooker 6.

Next business was nominations for L.D.C.

The Chairman asked for nominations.

Proposed by Bro. R. Bridger, seconded by Bro. V. Rumley. Bro. R. Cornford. Proposed Bro. R. Lambert seconded 

A. Brooker Bro. V. Rumley.

Proposed Bro. J. Pring seconded Bro. A. Ashton Bro. F. Robinson.

Proposed Bro. J. Pring seconded Bro. R. Lambert Bro. F. Elmer.

Bro. R. Cornford gave the L.D.C. report and various members brought points forward for the L.D.C. to deal with.

Bro. C. Waghorn gave the Social committee report and said how sorry they were on loosing their able treasurer Bro. F. Pearson, the same was felt by all members presence. 

The Chairman thanked all for their attendance and closed the meeting 1.5.

Members present Bros. R. Bridger, J. Pring, P. Savage, A. Ashton, F. Elmer, R. Cornford, H. Love, R. Lambert, 

V. Rumley & C. Waghorn.

 

Bob Walls Collection

Vic Rumley

 The Annual General meeting was held on Sunday December 19th 1948, 

at the Wheatsheaf Hall, Victoria Road at 10:45 a.m.

Bro F. Elmer presiding.

The Minute Secretary read the minutes of the last meeting and after being amended it was moved by Bro. C.R. Cornford and seconded Bro. A. Ashton. “That these minutes were a true record.”

Correspondence was next dealt with.

A letter from the Secretary of Tunbrdge Wells Industrial Council, regarding our membership. This was left for the Secretary to deal with.

A letter from the Secretary of Tunbridge Wells Labour Party, asking for nominations for General committee, delegates and officers.

Delegates

Bro. J. Murphy, proposed by Bro R. Cornford seconded by H. Blackmore.

Bro. F. Robinson proposed by Bro. F. Elmer seconded by Bro. J. Murphy.

Bro. Elmer proposed by Bro. V. Rumley seconded Bro. R. Cornford.

Bro. A. Brooker proposed by Bro. F. Robinson seconded Bro. R. Cornford.

Officers, Treasurer

Mr. Dumbleton proposed by Bro. R. Cornford seconded by Bro

It was proposed by Bro. H. Blackmore seconded by Bro. A. Brooker. “That the L.D.C. Secretary write to the management and ask them to forward all men’s National Health numbers employed at this depot.” It was also suggested that they should enquire why the N.H. card was not been returned to the individuals to be signed.

New members, it was agreed that Bro. F. Brown should become a  member.

 Voting then took place for Branch Officers resulting as follows.

Chairman

Bro. R. C. Cornford 3, Bro F. Elmer –

Aggerate vote for two meeting Bro. C.R. Cornford 9, Bro. F. Elmer 2

Vice Chairman

Bro. R. Bridger 3, aggregate vote for two meeting 8

Secretary

Bro. F. Robinson 4, aggregate for two meetings 12

Assistant Secretary

Bro. K. Savage 2, aggregate vote for two meetings 3

Bro. V. Rumley 1, aggregate for two meetings 7. 



BRANCH OFFICERS 1949
BRANCH CHAIRMAN. C.CORNFORD
ASS. CHAIRMAN. R. BRIDGER
SECRETARY. F. ROBINSON
ASS. SECRETARY. V. RUMLEY




Committee

It was agreed that there was no point in voting further on this brecause there was owing to Bro. F. Pearson’s transfer and Bro. R. Bridger’s appointment as Vice Chair, still one more nomination required for a full committee and it was proposed by Bro. V. Rumley seconded by Bro. A. Brooker. “That Bro. F. Elmer be on the Committee.”

The officers of this branch are elected as follows.

Chairman Bro. C.R. Cornford, Vice Chairman, Bro. R.  Bridger, Secretary Bro. F. Robinson, Assistant Secretary Bro. V. Rumley

Committee Bros. F. Bridger, K. Cavie, C. Russell, J. Murphy, E. Dunmall, A. Brooker & F. Elmer.

Next business was L.D.C. nominations Bro. J. Murphy proposed by Bro. H. Blackmore  seconded Bro. A. Ashton.

Bro. C.R. Cornford gave the L.D.C. report and a good discussion took place on the present difficulties with the rest day relief working. The meeting decided that it should be left to the L.D.C. to reach an agreement with the management.

The Chairman closed the meeting at 1.0 p.m. thanking all for their attendance

Members present, Bros. H. Blackmore, C.R. Cornford, J. Murphy, A. Ashton, F. Elmer, F. Robinson, V. Rumley 

& A. Brooker.

 

 The monthly meeting was held on Sunday February 20th, 1949, 

at the Wheatsheaf Hall, Victoria Road at 10:45 a.m.

Bro. C. R. Cornford presiding

The Minute Secretary read the minutes of the last meeting. It was pointed out that the minute Secretary had omitted one item and an amendium covering this was moved by Bro. F. Elmer seconded by Bro. A. Brooker. “That these minutes were true record.”

Correspondence was next dealt with.

A letter from the General Secretary regarding the greater allocation of papr to the Locomotive Journal, and the need for enlarging our circulation. It was moved by Bro. F. Elmer and seconded by Bro. A. Brooker. “That this matter be left for the Secretary to deal with.” Carried.

The letter sent to the General Secretary for publication in the Locomotive Journal, by the secretary and Assistant Secretary was read and the reply received. “This was debated at length and the action of the Secretary and Assistant secretary was endorsed unanimously by the Branch.

The next business was election of a delegate to District Council

Bro. A. Brooker nominated Bro. J. Murphy seconded F. Robinson,

Bro. F. Elmer nominated Bro R. Bridger seconded C.R. Cornford.

Voting took place resulting as follows

Bro. F. Robinson 1, Bro. Cornford 8. Bro. C.R. Cornford being elected our delegate to District Council for the ensuing year.

Next business was the election of two Branch collectors.

Bro. F. Elmer nominated Bro. V. rumley seconded Bro. W. Ovenden.

Bro. F. Elmer nominated Bro. V. Rumley seconded Bro. K .Cavie.

No more nominations forthcoming, these two members were duly elected. The Assistant Secretary agreed to post a notice to this effect in the shed.

Bro. F. Elmer then moved and Bro. C.R. Cornford seconded. “That collecting boks be provided.

Next business was election of Branch nominees to the 1949 L.D.C.

It was moved by Bro. V. Rumley and seconded by Bro. C. Waghorn. “That a secret ballot be taken.” Carried.

It was moved by Bro. V. Rumley seconded by Bro. Elmer “That Bro. K. Cavie be scriutineers.” It was moved by Bro. F. Elmer seconded by Bro J. Murphy. “That Bro. C. Waghorn be scruitineer.” Carried.

Voting then took place resulting as follows.

Bro. F. Robinson 4, Bro. F. Elmer 6, Bro. J. Murphy 2, Bro. C. Cornford 10 & Bro. V. Rumley 8.

Therefore the Branch nominees for the L.D.C. are Bros. F. Elmer, C.R. Cornford & V. Rumley.

The Chairman requested that as per minute, the candidates names be posted in the lobby fat the appropriated.

Next business was L.D.C. report.

Bro. C. Cornford and F. elmer gave this a suggestion was made by Bro. A. Ashton regarding the provision at a light over No.5 points.

The social Committee report and balance sheet was given by Bro. Waghorn.

Bro. V. Rumley moved and Bro. C.R. Cornford seconded. “That a vote of thanks be given to the Social Committee for the execeptionally good work performed in the past year.” Bro. F. Elmer moved and Bro. K. Cavie seconded. “That the whole committee be elected en block for the coming year.” Carried unam.

Bro. F. Elmer gave the councillor’s report

Bro. Waghorn informed the Branch of his action over the lighting at Hurst Green this met with the approval of all members present. Bro. C. Waghorn asked about  notice case that he made for the Branch. The Secretary was instructed to get the case from stores and put it up in the lobby.

This completed the business and the Chairman thanked all for their attendance and closed the meeting at 1.25 p.m.

Members present Bros. K. Cavie, R. Vanson, J. Murphy, V. Rumley, R. Bridger, C. Waghorn, C.R. Cornford, F. Elmer, A. Brooker, A. Ashton & K. Ovenden.

 

Mick White Collectioon 

 

 The monthly meeting was held on Sunday April 3rd, 1949, 

at the Wheatsheaf Hall, Victoria Road at 10:45 a.m.

This meeting should have been held on March 20th 

but was cancelled owing to the indisposition of the Secretary and Ass. Secretary.

Bro. C. R. Cornford presiding

The minute Secretary read  the minutes of the last meeting. It was moved by Bro. A. Brooker seconded by Bro. K. Cavie. “That the minutes were a true record.”

The Secretary raised the question regarding the delegates to District Council. After a good discussion, it was agreed that the minute be given effect to.”

Bro. F. Elmer raised the question of the raffle in aid of Labour Party Funds. After a good discussion it was decided that the draw stake place on Saturday  week i.e. April 16th.

During the discussion on the minutes the minute regarding the delivering of the minute to the secretary on the tenth day after the  Branch meeting was discussed. The following  resolution was moved from the chair. “Owing to the difficulty in the Assistant Secretary being confined to 10 days period to get written minutes delivered to the Secretary we agree that he completes them and  pass them to the Secretary as soon as possible.” Carried.

Five new members entry into the Branch was confirmed.

Bros. K. Young, J. Hewitt, F. Bone, R Saunders, L. Sandford & A. Rigby. 

It was moved by Bro. F. Elmer seconded by Bro. A. Brooker.

Correspondence was next dealt with

The first part was treated as information, but arising from discussion on the second part Bro. F. Elmer proposed and Bro. R. Bridger seconded. “That the following resolution be sent to Head Office.

“That this Branch is of the opinion that the issue of clothing should now revert to the pre-war periods of issue. As the clothing shortage is now not so acute.”

The Secretary then informed the Branch on the case of Bro. W. Whiting, and it was agreed that the L.D.C. watch all points made during their discussion and endeavours to safeguard our member’s position in conjunction with the Branch Secretary.

A letter from Bro C. Waghorn regarding  Branch procedure in connection with the L.D.C. elections and a requested for a special meeting. The Chairman and Secretary decided that they take no action before the next Branch meeting as the request did not conform with conditions laid down in the constitution of this Society. It was moved by Brother F. Elmer and seconded by Bro. A. Brooker. “That this letter is out of order and we fully endorse the action of the Secretary and Chairman.” Carried unam.

The Secretary asked the Branch what was to be done regarding our next meeting and it was moved by Bro. A. Brooker seconded by Bro. R. Bridger. “The that date of the next meeting be postponed to the 24th April, owing to the falling on Easter Sunday .” Carried unam.

Bro. C.R. Cornford gave the L.D.C. report speaking on request for National Insurance numbers. Rest day roster,  and marginal time allowances.

The Chairman asked member present  to support the Branch candidates in the L.D.C. elections. The Secretary agreed to take voting papers for Organising Secretaries posting the Shed.

The Chairman thanked all for their attendance and closed the meeting at 1.30 p.m.

Members present Bros. K. Cavie, A. Brooker, R. Bridger, V. Rumley, F. Robinson, J. Murphy, R. Cornford, F. Elmer, W. Whiting & W. Ovenden.

 

 The monthly meeting was held on Sunday April 24th, 1949,

 at the Wheatsheaf Hall, Victoria Road at 10:45 a.m.

Bro. C. R. Cornford presiding 

The Minute Secretary read the minutes of the last meeting. It was moved by Bro. A .Brooker and seconded by Bro. J. Murphy. “That these minutes were a true record.”

Matters arising. Bro. A. Brooker asked a question regarding the posting of National Insurance Numbers. This was suitably replied to by Bro. C. Cornford. The Secretary read a letter regarding Bro. C. Whiting’s case and Bro. J. Murphy asked a question regarding the L.D.C. election.

Correspondence was next dealt with.

System of reporting defects to locomotives.

A good discussion took place after the L.D.C. secretary had reported that this was not being put into operation on Monday 25th of April and that a meeting will be called before it is operated. Members present reported tat arrangements were made to operate this scheme. The L.D.C. secretary know nothing about these preparations owing to his being rest day on  23rd April and he agreed to see the Foreman on the morning of the 25th .

Bro. C.R. Cornford gave the L.D.C. report.

The Chairman thanked all for their attendance and closed the meeting at 12.30 p.m.

Members present Bros. F. Robinson, C.R. Cornford, V. Rumley, V. Thorpe, A. Brooker & J. Murphy.

 

 The monthly meeting was held on Sunday June 19th, 1949, 

at the Wheatsheaf Hall, Victoria Road at 10:45 a.m.

Bro. C. R. Cornford presiding

Bro. V. Rumley, Minute Secretary stated that owing to his moped for removal he could not take the minutes of this meeting, the Chairman asked for volunteers. Bro. Waghorn proposed and Bro. R. Bridger, seconded Bro. A. Brooker. Bro. Brooker stated that as long as the members had in mind what happened the last time he carried out these duties and still wished to propose him he would accept. 

The minutes were then read by the minute secretary. Bro. Murphy proposed and Bro Brooker seconded. “That they were a true record.”

The Chairman asked for any questions on minutes. Bro. Rumley asked position of repair card system. Bro. Cornford L.D.C. secretary at the time explained the position re letter sent to Mr. Powell and the use he had made of same.

Branch Authorisation of suspension pay for one day Bro. F. Diplock was moved by Bro. Brooker and seconded by Bro. R. Bridger Carried

Circular 32/1948 re Lodging Turns

A good discussion was held, it was then agreed that a letter to be drafted by the minute secretary to be sent to H.O. condemning the agreement in principle and in detail.

Election of Organising Secretary Circular 36/1949

Ballot papers not at hand, branch committee to dealt with same as per minute – branch to support Bros. Bevan & Bidwell.

Political Fund Circular 37/1949

Bro. Cornford said he had been proud to have been able at the District Council to report that this branch is a 100%.

Free Passes Circular 38/1949

Bro. Cornford to raise matter with Mr. Stone re forms and position of member with under 15 years service.

S.R./R.N./410-28/4/49 Re Whitey as shed labourers treated as information with thanks to Bros. Cornford and Robinson for their handling of the matter.

Bro. Cornford then gave his District Council report. Mr. W.P. Allen invited but failed to attend, E.C. member verbally agreed to support men taking rest day after L.D.C. agreed to work.

Bro. Cornford carried on by giving his L.D.C. report. A dispute has arisen with local management re posting of notice of oiling tender boxes of Q class engines, in the posting up letters. Bro. Cornford had point out the agreement with previous foreman of them being added on shed days by fitters wether booked on not, appending has now been removed and replaced with one stating that they will be done by tube cleaner, matter still pending.

The Chairman then asked for any other business there being none he closed the meeting at 1.10 p.m. thanking the members fro their attendance.

Members present Bros. R. Bridger, P. Savage, J. Murphy, V. Rumley, C. Waghorn, A. Brooker & C.R. Cornford.

 

 The monthly meeting was held on Sunday September 4th 1949, 

at the Wheatsheaf Hall, Victoria Road at 10:45 a.m.

In place of the August meeting cancelled owing to the trip to Southend taking place on the meeting day

Bro. C. R. Cornford occupied the Chair

The Minute Secretary read the minutes of the last meeting. It was moved by Bro. J. Murphy seconded by Bro. C. Waghorn. “That these minutes were a true record.” Arising from the miutes Bro. R. Bridger asked question regarding the letter sent to Head Office on Double Home turns. The Secrretary read a letter from Head Office. The Chairman stated that this did not answer our letter which pointed out that the renumeration was indadequate, that members also critised the 9 hours rostering and the answering loyalty passages in this passages in this letter. No action was taken.

Correspondence

The Lococmotive Journal Circular 47/1949

This was treated as information 

A letter from the British Soviet Society asking for a delegate to attend a Special Conference on Friday September 23rd. Moved by Bro. V. Rumley seconded by Bro. C. Waghorn.”That Bro. C.R. Cornford be our delegate.” Carrried unam.

Annual Assembley of Delegates Circular 63/1949.

It was agreed that the Secretary write to Bro. H. Upton at Eastbourne. It was moved by Bro. V. Rumley seconded by G. Gorham. “That Bro. C.R. Cornford be nominated, and that we should withdraw our nomination if necessary according to information received from Eastbourne.

Letter from Tunbridge Wells Labour Party inviting nominations for candidates for 1950 Municipal Elections.

Nominated by Bro. R. Bridger seconded by Bro, G. Gorham Bro. F. Elmer

Nominated by C. R. Cornford seconded by Bro. G. Gorham Bro. D. Hutchings.

New Members

Bros. Woodcock and L. Huff acceptance moved by Bro. Gorham seconded Bro R. Bridger. 

Bro. C.R. Cornford gave the L.D.C. report the L.D.C. member was asked to press for the other 12 lockers.

The Secretary was instructed to get collecting books for the collectors appointed by the branch.

The Chairman closed the meeting at 1.25

Members present Bros. R. Bridgr, J. Murphy, C. Waghorn, F. Robinson, C. Cornford, V. Rumley & G. Gorham.

 

DI DOWSETT COLLECTION

 Fireman Fred Diplock and his unknown driver, Loco No. 31182 at T.W.W. 19.9.1949.

 

 The monthly meeting was held on Sunday September 18th, 1949, 

at the Wheatsheaf Hall, Victoria Road at 10:45 a.m.

Bro. C. R. Cornford presiding

The Minute Secrtetary read the minutes of the last meeting and it was moved by Bro. J. Murphy and seconded by Bro. F. Robinson. “That these minutes were a true record.” Arising from these minutes the secretary read the reply from Mr. Powell, and it was moved by Bro. F. Elmer and seconded Bro. J. Murphy. “That Mr. Powell be asked to make the presentations and that the Secretary invite Mr. MacCarthy.” Carried unam.

It was moved by Bro F. Elmer and seconded by Bro. A. Ashton. “That the terms of reference and the constitution of the social committee be reviewed at the annual general meeting.” Carried unam.

It was moved by the Chairman. “That the Secretary write to the secretary of the social committee requesting their presence at the next meeting.” Carried unam.

Correspondence was next dealt with

Concillation Board Circular 69/1949

This circular was thoroughly discussed and it was thought that some clarification on what was ------- service was needed. It was moved by Bro. F. Elmer and seconded by Bro. J. Murphy. “That the clause covering accident or ill health be brought up at the District Council by our delegate.” 

Next Business was nominations for Branch Officers.

Chairman

Moved by Bro. F. Elmer seconded by Bro. J. Murphy Bro.. C.R. Cornford

Vice Chairman

Moved by Bro. Elmer seconded by Bro. V. Rumley, Bro. J. Murphy

Secretary

Moved by Bro. A. Ashton seconded by Bro. J. Murphy Bro. J. Robinson

Assistant Secretary

Moved by Bro. J. Murphy seconded by Bro. C. Cornford Bro. V. Rumbly

Committee

Moved by Bro. F. Elmer seconded Bro. V. Rumley Bro. J. Murphy

Moved by Bro. F. Robinson seconded Bro. J. Murphy Bro. A. Brooker

Moved by Bro. J. Murphy seconded Bro. C. Cornford Bro K Cavie

Nomination for delegates for Industrial Council

No nominations

Nominations for Labour Party General Committee

Moved Bro. C. Cornford seconded Bro. F. Elmer Bro. F. Robinson

Moved Bro. F. Elmer seconded Bro. F. Robinson Bro. C.R. Corn ford

Nomination for the Delegate for District Council

Moved Bro. J.Murphy seconded Bro. F. Robinson C.R. Cornford.

Nomination for Delegates for Divisional Labour Party

This was left over to further meeting .

Bro. Cornford gave report from District Council

Members present Bros. A. Ashton, F. Elmer, J. Murphy, C. Cornford, F. Robinson & V. Rumley

 

 The monthly meeting was held on Sunday October 16h, 1949, 

at the Wheatsheaf Hall, Victoria Road at 10:45 a.m.

Bro. C. R. Cornford presiding

The Minute Secretary read the minutes of the last meeting and it was moved by Bro. J. Murphy seconded by Bro. A. Brooker. “That these minutes were a true record.” Carried.

During discussion on the minutes the question regarding A.A.D. rota system suggested by Eastbourne branch was dealt with, having had no system adopted it was agreed that the Secretary circulate this area with a view to obtaining their support for our candidate. Discussion took place on the social committee, at this stage the Secretary read a letter from the Secretary of the Social Committee, and a vote of confidence was propose from Bro. A. Brooker and seconded by Bro. V. Rumley.

Correspondence was then dealt with

A letter regarding Bro. R.G. Rigby at present off sick, the secretary gave the branch the facts regarding this business and it was treated s information.

New members

It was moved by Bro, C.R. Cornford seconded by Bro. V. Rumley “That Bro. C. Puckett be accepted as a member.

Nominations for Branch Officers were taken next.

Chairman

Moved by Bro. C. Waghorn seconded by Bro. A. Brooker Bro. C.R. Cornford

Vice Chairman

Moved by Bro. A. Brooker seconded by Bro. R. Bridger Bro. J. Murphy

Moved by Bro. J. Murphy seconded by Bro. V. Rumley Bro. A. Broker

Secretary

Moved by Bro. R. Bridger seconded by Bro. C. Waghorn Bro. F. Robinson

Assistant Secretary

Moved by Bro. A Brooker seconded by Bro. R. Bridger Bro. V. Rumbly

Committee

Moved by Bro. A. Brooker seconded By Bro. J. Murphy Bro. R. Bridger

Moved by Bro R. Bridger seconded by C.R. Cornford Bro. J. Murphy.

Moved by Bro. F. Robinson seconded by By Bro. A. Brooker C. Waghorn.

Moved by Bro. F. Robinson seconded by Bro. A. Brooker. Bro. W. Stiff.

Bro. W. Stiff however declined this nomination.

No other further nominations forthcoming and this being the last meeting for nominations while we still had insufficent members for a committee, it was moved by Bro. V. Rumley and seconded by Bro. J. Murphy. “That a notice of motion be put to recind the minute regarding nominations of Branch Officers and committee, in order for the Chairman to ask for further nominations for the Branch Committee, at our next monthly meeting.” Carried unam.

Nominations for Tunbridge Wells Industrial Council Delegates.

It was moved by Bro. R. Bridger seconded by Bro C.R. Cornford Bro V. Rumley

Moved by Bro. R. Bridger seconded by Bro, V. Rumley Bro. C.R. Cornford

Nominations for Delegates to Tunbridge Wells Labour Party General Committee.

It was moved by Bro. F. Robinson and seconded by Bro. A. Brooker Bro. J. Murphy.

Nomination for Delegates to Tonbridge Divisional Labour Party

Moved by Bro. A. Brooker seconded by Bro. F. Robinson Bro. C.R. Cornford

Moved by Bro. R. Bridger seconded by Bro. J. Murphy Bro. A. Brooker

Nominations for Delegate to District Council

Moved by Bro. R. Bridger seconded by Bro. J. Murphy Bro. F. Robinson

Nominations for two collectors

Moved by Bro. F. Robinson seconded by Bo. R. Bridger Bro. K. Cavie

Moved by Bro. C.R. Cornford seconded Bro F. Robinson Bro J. Murphy.

Time and place of meetings. It was moved by Bro. A. Brooker seconded by Bro. R. Bridger. “That the secretary explore the possibilities of the use of the Welfare Room for Branch meetings before we decide on the time and place of meetings.” Carried Unam.

There being no other business the Chairman thanked the members for their attendance and closed the meeting at 1.15

Members present Bros. W. Stiff, A. Brooker, R. Bridger, J. Murphy, C. Waghorn, F. Robinson, C.R. Cornford 

& V. Rumley.

 

 Alf Brown Collection

 

 The monthly meeting was held on Sunday November 20th, 1949

at the Wheatsheaf Hall, Victoria Road at 10:45 a.m.

Bro. C. R. Cornford presiding

Bro. V. Rumley Minute Secretary was not present the Chairman asked for nomiations for minute taker. It was proposed by Bro. R. Bridger and seconded By Bro. C. Waghorn. “That Bro. R. Vanson take the minutes. The minutes of the previous meeting were then read and it was moved by Bro. R. Bridger and seconded by Bro. J. Murphy. “That these minutes to be true records.” Carried.

Correspondence was then dealt with

A letter was read from Bro. B. Edwards “Tonbridge Branch”  re the transfer of Bro. A. Hollands and Bro. C. Woods.

Christmas Holidays Circular 82/1949

This circular was thoroughly discussed and it was proposed by Bro. R. Bridger and seconded by Bro. J. Murphy. “That as Christmas Day was on a Sunday this year, that men rostered for that Sunday must work roster except in case of illness.”

Nominations for Sectional Council

Proposed by Bro. C. Waghorn seconded by Bro. J. Murphy,  Bro. F. Robinson

Nominations for Branch Committee

Proposed by Bro. F. Robinson & seconded by Bro. F. Elmer. W. Ovenden.

Proposed by Bro. J. Murphy & seconded by Bro. F. Elmer. R. Vanson,

Proposed by Bro. R. Bridger & seconded by Bro. F. Robinson. F. Elmer,

Nominations for Justice of the Peace

Proposed by Bro. R. Bridger & seconded by J. Murphy. Bro. F. Elmer.

Proposed by Bro. R. Vanson & seconded Bro. F. Elmer Bro. F. Robinson

Nominations for L.D.C.

Proposed by Bro. R. Bridger & seconded by Bro. F. Elmer Bro. C.R. Cornford

Proposed by Bro. J. Murphy & seconded by Bro. Elmer. Bro. F. Robinson

Proposed by Bro. R. Vanson & seconded by Bro. R. Bridger Bro. C. Waghorn 

Voting for Branch Officers 1950

Vice Chairman Bro. J. Murphy 1, Bro. C. Brooker 5.

Next voting for Labour Party General Committee

Bro. F. Robinson 4, Bro. C.R. Cornford 1, Bro. J. Murphy 4.

There being no other business the Chairman thanked all members for their attendance and closed the meeting at 1.20 p.m. 

Member present Bros. C. Waghorn, R. Bridger, J. Murphy, F. Elmer, W. Ovenden, C.R. Cornford, F. Robinson 

& R. Vanson.

 

Tunbridge Wells Branch special  meeting

Sunday January  4th1950,

at the Welfare Rooms , Central Station.

Bro. C. R. Cornford presiding

Before commencing the meeting the Chairman asked for all members to stand and observe a silence in the usual way to the memory of our late Bro. Arthur Ashton.

The Chairman asked the Secretary then to read the minutes of the last meeting. It was moved by Bro. F. Elmer seconded by Bro. C. Waghorn. “That the minutes were a true record.”

Matters arising, Bro. F. Elmer the point regarding the election of the Social Committee, a good discussion followed and it was moved by Bro. V. Rumley seconded by Bro. F. Elmer. “that the election of the Social Committee at our February meeting.” Carried Unam.

Correspondence was next dealt with.

A letter regarding Bro. R. Grigsby. 

It was moved from the chair that the Secretary write to Bro. Grigsby regarding his behaviour whilst drawing sick benefit from the Society.” Carried.

British Soviet Society Annual Conference

Bro. V. Rumley volunteered to attend and it was moved by Bro. Nye seconded by Bro. G.  Gorham. “That Bro. V. Rumley could use the Branch credentials  to gain  admittance to this conference.”

The Secretary gave the Branch information regarding the N.U.R. activity in trying to persuade our members to join the N.U.R.

Next business was the L.D.C. report given by Bro. C.R. Cornford

It was moved by Bro. F. Elmer seconded by Bro. G. Gorham. “That our L.D.C.  members to write to Sectional Council to ask for any agreement on under fed axle boxes.” Carried Unam.

The question of days in lieu of Xmas and Boxing days and brought up and District   council delegate was asked to make enquiries regarding same.

Bro. Cornford asked the meeting if any reason could be put why our Bro. F. Bridger’s request to be placed in the motor link could not be appointed, the members thought that our Brother was justly entitled to this and endorsed this request.

Next business was voting for the L.D.C. nominees from this branch, first of the two votes to be taken, as per resolution. It was moved by Bro. V. Rumley  seconded by Bro. F. Elmer. “That a secret ballot be held.” Carried Unam.

It was moved by Bro. F. Elmer seconded by Bro. V. Rumley. “That we a point two scruitineers.” Carried unam.

Moved by Bro. V. Rumley seconded by Bro. D. Nye. That Bro. C. Puckett be a scrutineer.

Moved by Bro. F. robinson seconded by Bro. G. Gorham. “That Bro. F. Elmer be a scrutineer. Carried.

Voting took place resulting as follows

Bro. F. Robinson 10, Bro. V. Rumley 6, Bro. C. Cornford 11 & Bro. C. Waghorn 6.

It was moved by Bro. F. Robinson seconded by Bro. A. Brooker. “That Bro. W. Swift be a scrutineer.” Carried. It was moved by Bro. F. Robinson seconded by Bro. C. R. Cornford. “That Bro. J. Murphy be a scrutineer.” Carried.

Voting then took place resulting as follows.

Bro. C.R. Cornford 7, Bro. F. Robinson 6, Bro. C. Waghorn 6, & Bro. V. Rumley 2

Making an aggregate vote for the final ballots. Bro. C.R. Cornford 18, Bro. F. Robinson 16, Bro. C. Waghorn 11 & Bro. V. Rumley 8. the three official candidates for 1950 L.D.C. are Bros. C.R. Cornford, F. Robinson & C. Waghorn.

Next business was election of Social Committee. It was moved by Bro. Cadkin and seconded by Bro. R. Bridger. “That the number of the committee be 16.” Carried.

Moved by Bro. P. Savage seconded by Bro. A. Brooker. “That we elect the retiring  committee en-block.” Carried.

This leaving one position on the social committee unfilled it was moved by Bro. W. Swift seconded by Bro. A. Brooker, Bro. C. Puckett moved Bro. J. Murphy seconded by Bro. K. Cavie Bro. V. Thorpe.

It was moved by Bro. C. Waghorn. “That a secret ballot be held.” Seconded by Bro C. Adkin. Carried 

Moved by the Chairman. “That the Secretary and Assistant Secretary be scrutineers.” Carried.

Voting took place resulting as follows

Bro. C. Puckett 8, Bro. V. Thorpe 6,. Bro. C. Puckett duly elected to Social Committee.

Terms of reference Social committee moved by Bro. P. savage seconded Bro. F. Bridger. “That a wreath be sent should any member past or present of the depot should pass way.” Carried unam.

Moved by Bro. V. Rumley seconded Bro. R. Bridger. “That a social Committee report  be given and included in the agenda of each branch meeting.” Carried unam.

Bro. V. Rumley moved Bro. A. Brooker seconded “A vote of thanks to the Social Committee for the past years.” Carried unam

Bro. C.R. Cornford gave  the L.D.C. report.

The Chairman thanked all for their attendance and closed the meeting at 1.30.

Members present Bros. R. Bridger, F. Bridger, F. Robinson, R. Vanson, A. Brooker, C. Adkin, C. Waghorn, 

C.R. Cornford, K. Cavie, V. Thorpe, V. Rumsley, J. Murphy, P. Savage & W. Stiff.

 

Mick White Collection 

 

 Tunbridge Wells Branch Annual meeting

Sunday February 19th 1950,

 at the Wheatsheaf Hall, Victoria Road

Bro. C. R. Cornford presiding 

The Secretary read the minutes of the last meeting and it was found that minute taken had omitted an item and an addendum covering this was moved by Bro. F. Robinson, seconded Bro. F. Elmer, and it was then moved the minute a true record.

Correspondence was then dealt with

The Secretry gave out that Bro. F. Elmer and Bro. F. Robinson were two of the three members elected to go on the panel for Justice of the Peace.

Next on Agenda

Election of Officers for 1950 

As voting had already been taken at the last meeting, the following were elected.


Election of Officers for 1950 

As voting had already been taken at the last meeting, the following were elected.

Chairman, Bro. C.R. Cornford

Vice Chairman, Bro. A. Brooker

Secretary, F. G. Robinson

Assistant Secretary,V. Rumley

Committee, 

Bros. J. Murphy, K. Cavie, R. Bridger, C. Waghorn, 

F. Elmer, W. Ovenden & R. Vanson

The two collectors, Bros. K. Cavie & J. Murphy

District Council, Bro. R. Cornford



BRANCH OFFICERS 1950
BRANCH CHAIRMAN. C.CORNFORD
ASS. CHAIRMAN. A. BROOKER
SECRETARY. F. ROBINSON
ASS. SECRETARY. V. RUMLEY



 



Time and place of meeting, 10.15 a.m., third Sunday in month, at Welfare Rooms , Central Station.

Delegates to Tonbridge Divisional Labour Party, Bros. C.R. Cornford & A. Brooker. 

Delegates for Tunbridge Wells Labour Party, Bros. F. Robinson & J. Murphy

Delegates for Industrial Council, Bros. C.R. Cornford & Bro. V. Rumley

Next came nominations for L.D.C.

Moved by Bro. D. Nye & seconded Bro. F. Elmer Bro. V. Rumley. Carried

Bro. F. Elmer raised the question of election of Social Committee, and it was pointed out, that this came up for the February meetings. 

Bro. C. R. Cornford gave a report on the District Council L.D.C. report on Sunday work, this was left over to next meeting as there were only 6 members present.

The Chairman closing the meeting at 1.50 p.m.

Members present Bros. C.R. Cornford, F. Robinson, D. Nye, F. Elmer C. Waghorn & J. Murphy

 

 Mick White Collection

Does anyone recognise these T.W.W. Enginemen 

 

Tunbridge Wells Branch meeting

Sunday March 19th 1950,

at the Welfare Rooms , Central Station.

Bro. A. Brooker  presiding

As the minute secretary was not present the Chairman asked for nomination for a minute taker, it was proposed by Bro. J. Murphy and seconded by Bro. D. Nye. “That Bro. R. Bridger be minute taker.” But  Bro. R. Bridger declined as there were no other nominations. The Chairman asked for a volunteer and Bro. J. Murphy said he would accept to be the minute taker for this meeting.

The minutes of the last meeting were then read and it was moved by Bro. R. Bridger and seconded by Bro. J. Murphy “That these minutes has a true record.”

Correspondence

The Balance Sheet of the Social Committee.

After this was read Bro. F. Robinson said he appreciate what the Social Committee are doing, which had relieved him of some of the duties he would ha to do, he also ask whether the balance sheet could be posted so as members could see what the Committee where doing but he left this entirely to the Social Committee.

Bro R. Bridger then gave the Social Committee report.

There no was no L.D.C. report owing to the Representative of the L.D.C. being unable to attend. After some discussion on the matter it was moved by Bro. W. Stiff And seconded Bro. R. Bridger “Greatly regret that the L.D.C. Representatives was not present to-day to give L.D.C. report or sent a written report.” Then it was moved by Bro. D. Nye and seconded by Bro. C. Puckett. “That a Special Meeting be held on Sunday March 26th at 6.45 p.m. at the Welfare Rooms Central Station for a L.D.C. report on Week-day and Sunday Roster.

The Chairman thanked all for there attendance and closed the meeting at 12.45 p.m.

Members present Bros. W. Stiff, R. Bridger, C. Puckett, D. Nye, P. Usherwood, F. Robinson, A. Brooker 

& J. Murphy.

 

 

 LOCOMOTIVE JOURNAL 

MARCH 1950

TUNBRIDGE WELLS BRANCH

A memorable event, especially for children, took place at the Baptist Hall on January 4 in the form of a Christmas Party for the children, arranged by the Branch Social Committee.

fifty children, aged 1 to 14, enjoyed an excellent tea provided by the ladies, followed by grand entertainment by the "Glen Iris Cabaret" concert party of 20 children under the able direction of Mrs. E. Cormack.

Bro. C. Waghorn, M.C., expressed the thanks of the Committee to all who had assisted, and then announced Father Christmas (Bro. S. Pike), who gave each child a present from the 8ft. Christmas Tree, which was flooded with coloured lights.

Light refreshments provided for all, completed a very enjoyable party.

Congratulations to the Social Committee and the ladies for arranging such a successfull party

C.R. CORNFIELD

BRANCH CHAIRMAN

 

 Mick White Collection

Tunbridge Wells West Turntable

 

Tunbridge Wells Branch meeting

Sunday March 26th 1950,

at the Welfare Rooms , Central Station.

Bro. A. Brooker  presiding

A Special Meeting was held on Sunday March 26th at the Welfare rooms Central Station at 10:30 a.m. Bro. A Brooker presiding the Chairman then ask for a discussion and it was moved by Bro. Savage and seconded by Bro. D. Nye that a discussion should be on “Passed Fireman on Shed jobs & Pilot Work.” This had a long discus and after Bro. K. Savage had explained several instances where the Passed Fireman were not available when on the Shed work, but would be more available if put in No.3 Link. It was then moved by Bro. V. Rumley and seconded by Bro. K. Savage. “that Passed Fireman be posted in No.3 Link and motor link there by making these men more available for driving duties and gaining knowledge of the road also alivating the necessity to alter the Sunday roster.

There was further discussion on Shed Engineman mates Duties and it was moved by Bro. R. Bridger and seconded by Bro. H. Passmore “That the question of Shed Enginemen Mates Duties be discussed at the next Branch meeting.”

Cleaners R. Saunders and P. Usherwood then raise the question of the cleaners rosters and after some discussion it was moved by Bro. C. Waghorn and Seconded by Bro, P Usherwood “That a discussion on Cleaners rosters at the next Branch Meeting.

The Chairman thanked all for their attendance and closed the meeting at 12.30.

Members present Bro. R. Bridger, D. Nye, K. Savage W.Stiff, C. Waghorn, P. Savage, P. Usherwood, R. Saunders, 

K. Passmore, V. Rumley A. Brooker & J. Murphy.

 

 

Tunbridge Wells Branch meeting

Sunday April 16th 1950,

at the Welfare Rooms , Central Station.

Bro. C.R.Cornford  presiding

The monthly meeting was held on Sunday April 16th at the Welfare Rooms Central Station at 10.45 a.m. Bro. C.R. Cornford presiding as the minutes secretary was not

Present. Bro. J. Murphy was nominated. The minutes of the last meeting were then read and it was moved by Bro. R. Bridger and seconded by Bro. W. Stiff “That these were a true record.”

Matters arising Bro. C.R. Cornford asked if the Vice Chairman, Bro. A. Brooker would take the chair for a while it was moved by Bro. W.Stiff and seconded by Bro. R. Bridger “That Bro. A. Brooker be Chairman.

Bro. C.R. Cornford then gave his explanations why he was not present at the last meeting, he also stated that he had no apology to make as he thought it was the men st fault as he was there only Representative. After much discussion Bro. Bro. Cornford return to the Chair.

The minutes of Special Meeting held on Sunday March 26th were then read and it was moved by Bro. A. Brooker and seconded by Bro. R. Bridger. “That these were a true record.”

Correspondence was dealt with. The Secretary read two letters regarding Bro. R. Grigsby, this was treated as information to our members.

Tunbridge Wells Labour Party Fighting Fund Appeal, it was moved by Bro. R. Bridges and seconded by Bro. A. Brooker that £1 be sent to the Fund

Bro. A. Murphy then gave the Social Committee report regarding the Margate outing.

Bro. C.R. Cornford then gave his District Council report on Pensions, Promotion Scheme and Bro. Hollands speech.

Bro. C.R. Cornford then gave his L.D.C. Report. It was then moved by Bro. D. Nye and seconded by Bro. Cavie. “That Bro. V. Rumley be Scrutineer for the L.D.C. election.”

The Chairman thanked all for attendance and closed the meeting about 1.20 p.m.

Members Present Bros. K. Cavie, D. Nye, W. Stiff, C. Puckett, R. Bridger, A. Jefferey, P. Usherwood, B. Rogen, 

R. Saunder, A. Brooker, F. Coburn, C.R. Cornford J. Murphy & R. Wade

 

 

  Tunbridge Wells Branch meeting

Sunday May 21st 1950,

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station.

Bro. C.R.Cornford  presiding

The Minute Secretary read the minutes of the last meeting and it was moved by Bro. C. Puckett seconded by Bro. D. Nye. “That these minutes were a true record.”

In matters arising from these minutes Bro. V. Rumley reported on his visit as delegate this Branch to the eve of departure meeting of the 20 delegate to the Moscow Day Celebrations. The Chairman thanked Bro. V. Rumley for his report.

Correspondence was next dealt with

Circular No. 38/1950

“The Lighted Flame.”  History of the Society 1880 – 1947, by Norman McKillop (Toram Beg). It was decided that we delays and action until receipt of the brochures.

A letter from the Secretary of A.S.L.E.&.F. locomen’s society. It asked that as a small branch we could do little in this direction but it was thought that the Social Fund Committee may in some way do something and Bro. C. Waghorn kindly offered to take this letter for his Committee to discuss.

District Council minutes were to hand but not read owing to and delegate having given a full reported the last meeting.

Two handbooks published by Hugo Shaw were on the table no members availed himself the opportunity to read. 

Bro. V. Rumley reported on L.D.C. election.

Bro. C.R. Cornford gave L.D.C. Report and outlined the action to be taken in the case of Bro. C. Taylor roster alterations.

Bro. C. Waghorn gave the Social Fund report and outling dates had initially clashed with a branch meeting date.  It was noted and will be discussed at the next meeting. Bro. C. Waghorn asked for the branch view regarding N.U.R. members achievements it was placed that he should have a chat with Bro. A. Smith regarding this question.

Other Business Bro. C. Waghorn brought up the matter of filling gauge glasses in engines, a good discussion was held the L.D.C. members agreeing to raise certain points with the management.

It was moved by Bro. C. Puckett and second by Bro. V. Rumley. 

“That the L.D.C. to review the next daily roster and make the necessary adjustments.” Carried unam. Bro. V. Rumley volunteer to assist in this work.

Bro. V. Thorpe raised the question of the badly constructed sand bin. The chairman spoke on the repeated lack of compensation with the men on these matters and said that this matter remains the attention of the new L.D.C.

Bro. C.R. Cornford told the meeting about the cleaning or lack of dealing work performed at this depot.

The Chairman declared the meeting closed at 1.36 p.m. 

Members present Bros. C.R. Cornford, P. Savage, V. Thorpe, D. Nye, C. Puckett, H. Blackmore J. Murphy, 

C. Waghorn, V. Rumley, K. Cavie, W. Ford, G. Gorham & W. Ovenden.

 

 

  Tunbridge Wells Branch meeting

Sunday June 18th 1950,

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station.

Bro. C.R. Cornford  presiding

The minute secretary read the minutes of the last meeting and it was moved by Bro. J. Murphy seconded by Bro.. V. Thorpe “That these minutes were a true record.”

Matters arising from the minutes, a question was asked regarding the publication “The Lighted Flame.” It was left to the secretary to endeavour to push the sales of this book and that a notice be posted.

Correspondence was next dealt with

A letter from Bro. W.J. Barton our delegate to the Annual Assembly of Delegates regarding the resolution placed at that meeting on an afflication for increase in wages. A good discussion took place on it and it was moved by Bro. V. Rumley seconded by Bro. R. Bridger. “That a letter of appreciation be sent to Bro. Barton.

A letter from the Tunbridge Wells Peace Committee asking for delegates to this committee. It was moved by Bro. V. Rumley seconded by Bro. R. Bridger. “That Bro. F. Robinson be a delegate. Moved by Bro. R. Bridger seconded by Bro. V. Thorpe “That Bro. V. Rumley be a delegate.” Carried unam.

A letter from the British Peace Committee meeting as to send delegates to the British Peace Conference to be held on July 22nd and 23rd. The Chairman asked the attention of meeting to the people sponsoring this movement, and pointed out that they did not belong to any one specific party or organisation but were just a number of decent progressively minded people working in the cause of peace. No action was taken.

A letter from the British Soviet Friendship Society regarding British Soviet Friendship month May 18th – June 22nd together with order forms for the two reports by the British Workers Delegation to Moscow May Day alterations. The Chairman at this junction stated that we had just agreed that the cause of peace was of vital importance to each one all of us, this was also in the cause of peace. Bro. V. Rumley stated that we ought to invite one of  the delegates to a meeting to see us what he saw on his visit. This meeting felt that the attendance would not be sufficient to warrant bringing a delegate to Tunbridge Wells.

New Members it was moved by Bro. V. Rumley seconded by Bro. R. Bridger 

“That Bro. D. Turner and Dadswell become members of this Branch.” Carried unam. 

The  alteration of the date of the July meeting was next dealt with owing to the outing to Margate falling on the meeting date. It was moved by Bro. V. Rumley seconded by Bro. R. Bridger. “That the July meeting be held on 23rd of July and should anything of importance come to hand before that date the Secretary shall call a Committee meeting.” Carried unam.

Bro. C.R. Cornford gave the District Council report. He spoke of a Branch Secretary who had defected and the Branch Chairman were requesting to see that the branch accounts were on the table at each meeting.

Bro. C.R. Cornford then gave the L.D.C. report, Bro. V. Rumley rasied the question of the filthy conditions of the medical cupboard and the state at the back of the office. the question of excessive trains worked by men on loan to other depots.

It was moved by Bro. R. Bridger seconded by Bro. V. Rumley. “That a very strong letter be sent to the Depot Manager Mr. Slight regarding this matter.” Carried unam.

The Chairman closed the meeting at 1.15.

Members present Bros. F. Bridger, R. Bridger, J. Murphy, V. Thorpe, R. Saunders, P. Usherwood, F. Robinson, 

C.R. Cornford, V. Rumley & K.Cavie.

 

 

 Tunbridge Wells Branch meeting

Sunday July 19th  1950,

at the Welfare Rooms , Central Station.

Bro. C.R.Cornford  presiding

The Minute Secretary read the minutes of the last meeting and it was moved by Bro. J. Murphy seconded by Bro. V. Thorpe. “That these minutes were a true record.”

Matters arising. Bro. F. Robinson reported back from the meeting of the Tunbridge Wells Peace movement, and it was moved by Bro. K. Passmore second by Bro. A. Brooker. “That the delegates attend the next meeting.” Carried Unam.

The Chairman then announced that the novelist Mr. Jack Lindsay was giving a talk on his recent visit to the Soviet Union at the W.E.A. Rooms, Grosvenor Park, o Tuesday next at 7.30 p.m.

It was then moved moved by Bro. K. Savage seconded by Bro. Passmore. “That we vary the order of business and take the L.D.C. report before correspondence.2 this was put to the meeting and carried by majority vote.

Bro. C.R. Cornford gave the L.D.C report and a lengthy discussion ensued. The general feeling being that the conditions of service appertaining to roster and meal times are outdated and do not accord with the recent hard won 88 hour fortnight, and that some action should be taken at a national level. It was proposed by Bro. K. Passmore seconded by Bro. D. Nye. “That a sub-committee formed to frame in resolution on the lines of the discussion, to be forwarded to Head Office.” Carried Unam.

It was moved by Bro. K. Savage seconded by Bro. K. Passmore. “That a Committee of  hours be formed and submit the resolution to the next meeting.” Carried Unam

The Chairman then asked for nominations

Moved by Bro. A. Brooker seconded by K. Savage Bro. K. Passmore.

Moved by Bro. K. Passmore seconded Bro. A. Brooker Bro. C. R. Corn ford

Moved  by Bro. K. Savage seconded by Bro. F. Diplock Bro. V. Rumley

Moved K. Savage seconded by Bro. Nye Bro. A. Brooker

Bro. K. Savage was also moved and seconded but unfortunately put compelled to without owing to temporary domestic difficulties. Therefore Bro. K. Passmore, C. Cornford, V. Rumley & A. Brooker were elected to this sub-committee.

It was then moved by Bro. K. Passmore seconded by G. Gosham. “That we ask new executive member to their branch at his earliest convenience.” Carried.

Alterations to the cleaners roster was discussed and Bro. C. R. Cornford agreed to look into this matter

Owing to the lock  hour it was moved by Bro. K. Savage seconded by Bro. C. Gorham. “That a special meeting called on Sunday 6th August to deal with correspondence and engine workings.

The chairman closed the meeting at 1.45 p.m. and thanked all for their attendance .

Members present Bros. Mankfelon, Chalklin, Kemp, C. Kemp, A. Brooker, V. Thorpe, R. Saunders, J. Murphy, 

K. Savage, F. Diplock, P. Savage, F. Robinosn, C. R. Cornford, V. Rumley, K. Passmore, D. Nye, A. Card, 

G. Gorham, A. Cox, and visiting member Bro. F. Pearson.


L. Stephenson

Addendum – the Chairman gave a cordial welcome to Bro. F. Pearson, late of this branch.

 

 Tunbridge Wells a Special Branch meeting

Sunday August 6th 1950, at 10.45 a.m.

at the Welfare Rooms , Central Station.

As per minute of July 23rd July 1950

Bro. C.R. Cornford  presiding

As Bro. V. Rumley was absent owing to sickness the Chairman asked nominations for minute taker was moved by Bro. P. Savage & seconded by Bro. C. Waghorn. “That Bro. A. Brooker take the minutes of this meeting.”

The minutes of the last meeting were read and after the addition of Bro. L. Stephenson’s name as in attendance it was moved by Bro. P. Savage & seconded by Bro. V. Thorpe. “That the chairman sign them as a “True Record”

Matters arising re invitation to E.C. member, to be left to Assistant Secretary two to be given.

Re-cleaners roster of 2.0 p.m. position explained re no cover for 1.8 on 1.20 up. Bro. C. Waghorn raised pointed of the Foreman Mr. Stone being in favour of three gangs one to be on nights to clean A.P. left in the hands of the L.D.C.

Correspondence

Re Wages Policy a good discussion took place on this and it was pointed and that it prices would be up again also that there was only an increase up 6/- in difference between top and bottom rates. Treated as information.

Draft Motion from Bro. V. Rumley member of the sub-committee for resolution to H.O., very full discussion took place on this. Chairman moved that it “lay on the table” till after L.D.C. meet the management on the new workings.

Letter from Driver Randle, re change over with Driver L. Evans of Tonbridge. After position was explained it was moved by Bro. C. Waghorn and seconded by Bro. J. Murphy. “That  it “lay on the table” till information was obtained re Bro. Randle being a paid up member of Tonbridge branch, this was carried with 2 votes against.

L.D.C. Report

Sunday Rosters, only provisional till engine workings settled.

Mutual Change-over turns of Duty, application to be in by 12 noon.

P. W. Speed checks been taken and the following averages arrived at :- 15 passed at 22 M.P.H., 30 at 40 M.P.H., & 40s at 55 M.P.H. men warned and co-operation ask for.

Ambulance Room

Check to be made once per week, notice posted bikes not to be placed there.

Position Pointed Out re  Passed Fireman and Firemen being taken off their Sunday Rosters for Passed Firemen to be on 2.0 p.m. Shed jobs.

The Chairman thanked all for their  attendance and closed the meeting at 1.0 p.m.

Members present Bros. P. Savage, V. Thorpe, C. Waghorn, J. Murphy, L. Stephenson, R. Matthews, L. Stanford, 

W. Ovenden, C. Kemp, R. Cornford, F. Robinson, A. Brooker, S. Neale & F. Bone.

 

Tunbridge Wells a monthly Branch meeting

Sunday September 17th 1950, at 10.45 a.m.

at the Welfare Rooms , Central Station

Bro. C.R.Cornford  presiding

Before the minutes were read the Minute Secretary ask the Chairman if he may address the meeting regarding the scurrilous allegations made by the Prime Minister and other prominent public persons and the hysterical press campaign against members of the Communist Party and his position arising from this campaign. The minute Secretary asked for a vote of confidence before he carried on his duties. It was moved by Bro. R. Bridger seconded by Bros. C. Puckett and F. Bridger. “That a vote of confidence be given.” Carried unanimously.

The Minute Secretary then read the minutes of the last meeting, and it was moved by Bro. V. Thorpe, seconded by Bro. C. Puckett. “That these minutes were a true record.”

Matters arising

The Secretary reported on the case of the application for mutual change over. After a good discussion, it was moved by Bro. V. Rumley seconded by Bro. R. Bridger. “That the L.D.C. approach the 6 members concerned and make known the branch’s feeling regarding this change and ask for their cooperation, and if two thirds majority be in favour the L.D.C. notify the management to this effect.” Carried 8 for and 1 against.

A question was asked regarding the Ambulance Equipment and the state of the shelter. Bro. R. Bridger spoke of the use of a waste sack being used to cover a first aid case; and moved “That the L.D.C. do take up with management to get the necessary cleaning and re-equipment of the Ambulance facilities attended to.” Carried.

Arising from this the problem of cycle storing facilities was discussed, Bro. V. Rumley pointing out that the practice of blowing down boilers in the shed on scale now carried out is detrimental to cycles stored in the shed.

A question regarding the cleaning of engines was raised and Bro. V. Cornford said tat the L.D.C. was going to do something in this matter.

Correspondence was next dealt with.

A letter fro Head Office regarding Bro. A. Warner, the Secretary explained the matter to the branch.

Annual Assembly of Delegates 1951

Bro. R. Bridger proposed Bro. V. Rumley seconded “That the branch nominate.” Bro.  C.R. Cornford.” Carried

A letter from Bro. J. Polling of Selhurst Branch, together with a duplicates set of conditions of service compiled by him for our perusal. It was moved by Bro. R. Bridger seconded by Bro. V. Rumley. “That a special meeting be called on Sunday next September 21st at 10.30 to sought and discuss the proposals for new conditions of service.”

It was moved by Bro. V. Rumley seconded by Bro. C.R. Cornford. “that a letter be sent to Bro. J. Polling, and that a collection be made to defray the expense incurred by him.” Carried.

It was agreed that new members Bros. R Denmall & A.E. Cox be accepted in the Branch.

Bro. R. Bridger gave the Social Committee report. A social evening on the retirement of Bros. A. Po--- and C. Ellis, to be held on October 19th at the Grosvenor Hotel, a collection will be taken at the pay window on Thursday 28th September and the following Thursday. It was moved by Bro. R. Bridger seconded by Bro. F. G. Robinson. “That we invite Mr. Mcarthy to make the presentation to our member and that the N.U.R. be asked to provide someone to make the presentation to their member.

Bro. A. Brooker then gave the report from District Council.

Sunday Working was discussed and it was moved by Bro. R. Bridger seconded by Bro. C. Puckett. “That we keep strictly to the local agreements on Sunday work and un-appointed Drivers and Firemen only to be booked for higher grade duties, when appointed men are not available.” Carried.

 

Member present Bros. A. Brooker, C. Puckett, R. Bridger, F. Bridger, K. Cavie, F. Robinson, C. Cornford, V. Rumley, 

V. Thorpe & W. Stiff. 

 

  Tunbridge Wells Monthly Branch meeting

Sunday November 19th 1950, at 10.45 a.m.

at the Welfare Rooms , Central Station.

Bro. A. Brooker presiding

The Minute Secretary read the minutes of the last meeting and it was moved by Bro. R. bridger amd seconded by Bro. A. Brooker. “That these minutes were a true record.” Carried.

Matters arising, it was moved by Bro. F. Elmer seconded by Bro. A. Brooker. “That the L.D.C. go into the matter of cycle accommodation urgently with a view to posting lighting, the window of the blast wall, and illumination of the steps with the view to safely.” Carried unam.

A question was asked regarding the proposed mutual change of branch Bro. L. Evans of Tonbridge and Bro. W. Randall of this after the secretary would give no further information.

A question was asked regarding the Ambulance room. The secretary gave information to date.

A question was asked regarding the motions of engines still not being cleaned, a good  discussion took place but no action was taken.

Correspondence was next dealt with.

A letter from Bro. G. Grigsby’s application for disablement benefit, treated as information.

A letter from the Tunbridge Wells Labour Party inviting nominations for the municipal election 1951 and Labour Party Officers. It was moved by Bro. F. Elmer seconded by Bro. R. Bridger. “That we nominate Bro. D. Hutchins.” It was moved by Bro. A. Brooker seconded by Bro. V. Rumley . “That we nominate Bro. C.R. Cornford. It was moved by Bro. F. Elmer seconded by Bro. A. Brooker. “That we nominated Bro. E. Kenward.

Labour Party Officers

It was moved by Bro. R. Bridger seconded by Bro. A. Brooker. “That we nominate Bro. F. Elmer for Chairman.

It was moved by Bro. A. Brooker seconded by Bro. F. Elmer. “That we Mr. G.Tapp for vice Chairman.

It was now moved by Bro. V. Rumley and seconded by Bro. A. Brooker. That we nominate Mr A. Upton for Secretary

It was moved by Bro. F. Elmer and seconded by Bro. A. Brooker. That we nominate Mr. Hamilton for Treasure.

Election of E.C. Representative.

This was treated as information.

A petition to the Minister of Transport. This being unofficial was not discussed, and it was moved by Bro. F. Elmer seconded by Bro. V. Rumley. “That the matter concerned this petition. Should be discussed together Bro. J. Pollings proposals at the next meeting or next suitable meeting.” Carried Nam.

Next business was nominations for 1951 Branch Officers. 

The chairman asked for nominations for chairman.

It was moved by Bro. F. Elmer seconded by Bro. R. Bridger. Bro. A. Brooker.

It was moved by Bro. A. Brooker seconded by Bro. V. Thorpe . Bro. C.R. Cornford.

Bro. F. Robinson then moved nominations Secretary.

It was moved by Bro. F. Elmer seconded by Bro. A. Brooker. Bro. F. Robinson. 

The chairman then asked for nominations for the L.D.C. 1951

It was moved by Bro. R. Bridger seconded by Bro. A. Brooker Bro. V. Rumley

It was moved Bro. F. Robinson seconded by A. Brooker Bro. C.R. Cornford.

It was moved by Bro. F. Elmer seconded by Bro. A. Brooker Bro. F. Robinson.

The Chairman then asked for nominations for District Council. It was moved by Bro. R. Bridger and seconded by Bro. A. Brooker  Bro. C.R. Cornford.

The Chairman then asked for nominations for Labour Party General Committee. 

It was moved by Bro. A. Brooker and seconded by Bro. R. Bridger Bro. F. Elmer.

It was moved by Bro. A. Brooker and seconded Bro. R. Bridger Bro. F. Robinson.

The Chairman then asked for nominations for delegates to the Tonbridge Divisional Labour Party

It was moved by Br V. Rumley and seconded by Bro. F. Elmer Bro. A. Brooker.

It was moved by Bro. A. Brooker and seconded by Bro. V. Thorpe Bro. C.R. Cornford.

The Chairman then asked for nominations for delegates to the Tunbridge Wells Industrial Council.

It was moved by Bro. F. Elmer and seconded by Bro. V. Rumley Bro. V. Thorpe

It was moved by Bro. R. Bridger and seconded by Bro. A. Brooker Bro. V. Rumley

Place and time of meeting. 

It was moved by Bro. Elmer seconded by Bro. V. Rumley. “That discussion on convening of branch meetings take place at the annual meeting.” Carried

It was moved by Bro. F. Elmer seconded by V. Rumley. “That the secretary make chairman regarding the availability of rooms.” Carried.

Moved by Bro. F. Elmer seconded by Bro. V. Rumley. “That the secretary make enquiries regarding the availability of rooms.Moved by Bro. F. Elmer and seconded by Bro. V. Rumley. That the authorities be contracted regarding the lighting of fires in the meeting room. carried .

It was moved by Bro. R. Bridger and seconded by Bro. F. Elmer. That the Secretary make enquiries into overall issues and take the necessary action. Carried Unam

It was decided that the L.D.C. should ask for the provision of a shallow pit by the water crane on the coal road for drafting the fires on M.T. 4 class engines.

Members present  Bros. R. Bridger, V. Thorpe, F. Elmer, A. Brooker, F. Roboinson, & V. Lumley

 

Tunbridge Wells Annual General Branch meeting

Sunday December 17th 1950, at 10.45 a.m.

at the Welfare Rooms , Central Station.

Bro. C.R. Cornford  presiding

The minute secretary read he minutes of the last meeting and it was moved the minutes of the last meeting and it was moved and seconded by Bros. R. Bridger and A. Brooker. “that these minutes were a true record.

Questions were asked regarding the posting of  a notice on journals and Bro. Randall request for changer over.

It was moved by Bro. C.R. Cornford seconded by Bro, A. brooker. “That we discuss the suggestion regarding a shallow pit on the coal road at the next meeting.” Carried.

It was moved by Bro. V. Rumley seconded by Bro. R. Bridger. “That  a letter be sent to Head Office regarding our clothing issue along the lines of the debate on this question.” Carried.

It was moved by Bro. V. Rumley seconded by Bro. A. Brooker. “That we heartily endorse our delegate action regarding order 1305 at District Council.” Carried.

It was moved by Bro. V. Rumley seconded by Bro. J. Murphy. “That the branch approve of the inclusion of Bros. W. Whiting and R. Vanson in the Branch Social Committee.

Correspondence

A letter from the Secretary of the Social Committee regarding two vacancies on the Social Committee, this was suitably dealt with.

Circular No.95/1950

Standardisation of Motorman’s tickets, Redundancy and Promotion in status of posts. Customary holiday period – conciliation grades. Promotion Transfer and Redundancy arrangements for footplate staff – vacancy

The Chairman asked for nominations for branch officers.

Chairman

Proposed by Bro. C. Waghorn seconded by Bro. J. Murphy Bro. C.R. Cornford

Secretary

Proposed by Bro. C. Waghorn seconded by Bro R. Bridger. V. Rumley.

Bro. V. Rumley accepted nomination provided that another meeting be called to vote on this when the Secretary could be present and a better attendance. It was moved by Bro. A. Brooker seconded by Bro. J. Murphy. “That a special meeting be called for the election of Secretary and to discuss, Conditions of Service and Pensions (Bro. J. Pollings proposal). The suggested shallow pit, and the venue of branch meetings. 




BRANCH OFFICERS 1951
BRANCH CHAIRMAN. C.CORNFORD
ASS. CHAIRMAN. A. BROOKER
SECRETARY. F. ROBINSON
ASS. SECRETARY. V. RUMLEY




 

This meeting to be held before next branch meeting.

Assistant Branch secretary

Proposed by Bro. R. Bridger seconded by Bro. J. Murphy. Bro. V. Thorpe

Check Stewarts

No further nominations therefore Brothers J. Murphy and K. Cavie are check stewarts for the coming year.

Committee Brother C. Waghorn withdrew his nomination and the voting took place resulting as follows

Bro R. Saunders, 2 votes aggregate 7 votes, Bro. K. Cave, 2 votes aggregate 8 votes Bro. F. Elmer 2 votes aggregates 7 votes, Bro. J. Murphy, 2 votes aggregate 8 votes, Bro. V. Rumley 3 votes aggregate 8 votes, Bro. C. Puckett 2 votes aggregate 8 votes, Bro. R. Bridger 2 votes aggregate 7 votes & Bro. V. Thorpe 3 votes aggregate 5 votes.

The Committee elected for the comping year are

Bros. R. Saunders, K. Cavie, J. Murphy, F. Elmer, V. Rumley, C. Puckett & R. Bridger.

District Council Delegate

No further nominations, Bro. C.R. Cornford becomes delegate for the coming year.

L..D.C. prosed by Bro. J. Murphy and seconded Bro. R Bridger. Bro. C. Waghorn

Voting then took place by secret ballot Bros. J. Murphy and A. Brooker acting as scrutineers, resulting as follows.

Bro.C.R. Cornford 7 votes, Bro. V. Rumley 7 votes, Bro. F. Robinson 5 votes & Bro. C. Waghorn 2 votes.

The L.D.C. nominees for 1951 L.D.C. are therefore Bros. C.R. Cornford, V. Rumley & F. Robinson.

The Chairman thanked members present and closed the meeting

Members present Bros. V. Thorpe, C.R. Cornford, C. Waghorn, R. Bridger, A. Brooker, V. Rumley & J. Murphy

  Tunbridge Wells Branch Meeting

Sunday January 14th 1951, at 10.45 a.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station.

Bro. C.R. Cornford,  presiding

Discussion took place on the validity at the procedure to be taken this morning and it was  moved by the Chairman. That the vote should be taken for Secretaryship for this meeting. Carried.

It was moved by Bro. V. Rumley and seconded by Bro. V. Thorpe. That a secret ballot be taken. Carried unam. for Scrutineers Bros. J. Murphy & A. Brooker. 

Voting took place resulting Bro. V. Rumley 1 vote, Bro. F. Robinson 6 votes. Bro. F. Robinson is therefore elected as Branch Secretary.

Bro. V. Thorpe not being desirous of taking the position of Assistant Secretary. Bro. V. Rumley agreed to carryon as Assistant Secretary. Bro. V. Thorpe filling the vacancy of the Branch Committee.

Discussion then took place on the venue of meetings and it was moved by Bro. F. Robinson and seconded by Bro. J. Murphy. That time and place be the same as at present and also Special Meetings be called an agenda so be compiled including venue of meetings and J. Pollings present for Conditions & Pensions. Carried unam

L.D.C. Business

It was moved by Bro. R. Bridger and seconded by Bro. A. Brooker. That no action be taken regarding the suggested shallow pay. Carried.

The danger arising out of indiscriminate use of blow down valves in the shed was, NEEDS TO ADDED

  Tunbridge Wells Branch Meeting

Sunday February 18th 1951, at 10.45 a.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station.

Bro. A. Brooker,  presiding

The minutes of the Annual General Meeting were read and it was moved by Brother R. Bridger seconded by Brother C. Puckett. “That these minutes were a true record. Carried.

Matter regarding letter concerning clothing was raised ad the assistant Secretary’s explanation was accepted. The letter was read and the contents considered.

The minutes of the Special Meeting of Sunday January 14th were read. It was moved by Brother J. Murphy seconded by Brother R. Bridger. “That these minutes were a true record.” Carried. It was moved by Brother F. Elmer, seconded by Brother C. Puckett. “That the Branch Committee be called to decide the dates of the special meetings and complete agenda.” Carried unam.

Correspondence

Letter from Head Office regard Brother W.J. Cleaver’s incapacitation and the appointment of Brother A.R. Newbegin to cover this area until Brother W.J. Cleaver’s recovery.

Letter from Nine Elms Branch concerning “Dual Links”  moved by Brother F. Elmer seconded by Brother R. Bridger. “That the letter be referred to the Branch Committee.” Carried.

The minutes of the meeting between the Regional Supt. Welfare Officer and men’s representatives, was read and treated as information.

Letter from Branch Social Committee containing names of those members willing to serve for 1951 - 52. it was moved by Brother F. Elmer seconded by Brother A. Brooker “That all be re-elected with the exception of Brothers C. Russell and W. Gent, and the Social Committee Secretary to interview these men concerning the non-unionist element they are representing on the sports committee.” Carried.

The social Committee Annual balance sheet was submitted, auditors, this was read and adopted. It was moved by Brother V. Rumley seconded by Brother F. Elmer. “That a hearty vote of thanks be recorded for the fine work done in the past year.” Carried unam.

L.D.C. report was given by Brother V. Rumley and the following items submitted for inclusion in the agenda for the next meeting with the management.

Drivers and fireman’s names entered in red ink on the roster. Pay checks issued in office. Condition of coal stage and turntable surround, extra light and desk in driver’s lobby, damage to pits, the pathway outside the lobbies light on steps leading to circle shed, the provision of toilet paper in lavatories.

The Chairman thanked all for their attendance and closed the meeting at 1.5 p.m.

Members  present Brothers C. Puckett, F. Elmer, J. Murphy, R. Bridger, A. Brooker, W. Stiff, V. Rumley & V. Thorpe.

Addendum to the minutes at the meeting held on Sunday February 18th.

A composite resolution was moved seconded and carried. “The branch Committee be called to decide on the dates at the Special Meetings as per resolution carried at the Annual General Meeting (venue of meeting) and the compiling of the agendas, to discuss the letter from Nine Elms re “Dual Links” and to discuss the agenda of suggestions for 1951 A.A.D. and make recommendation thereon.”

 


LOCOMOTIVE JOURNAL MARCH 1951

TUNBRIDGE WELLS BRANCH

The Children's Christmas Party held on Monday January 1 at St. Barnabas Hall, was indeed a fitting climax to a year's unselfish work by the branch social committee.

The ample spread, children's cabaret and the high spot of the evening, Father Christmas (ably performed by Bro. C. Adkin) handing the kiddies their toys from a brilliantly decorated Christmas Tree, was rewarded by the beaming, excited, some maybe a little cautious, but nevertheless happy face of the children.

Some of the old folk were there too, to join in the fun. all of us, both old and young, shared a very enjoyable party, and I should like on behalf of all members to thank the committee and helpers who did so much to ensure this success.

V.A. RUMLEY

 

 

 Tunbridge Wells Branch Meeting

Sunday April 22th 1951, at 10.45 a.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station.

Bro. C.R.Cornford  presiding

In absence of the minute secretary it was proposed by Brother A. Brooker seconded by Brother L. Stephenson. “That Brother K. Passmore to act as minute secretary for this meeting. 2 Carried.

The minutes of the February meeting were read, moved by Brother Brooker, seconded by Brother J. Murphy. “That thy be a true record.” Carried.

Matters arising from the minutes

Referring to members of the Social Committee method of election, this matter discussed satisfactory

Brother Brooker question with reference to the Special Branch meetings. It was proposed that the Secretary calls a meeting of the Branch committee at his earliest connivance.

Reports

Social Committee

Brother J. Murphy gave a short report and informed members of a Social & Presentation at Tonbridge to which we were invited.

L.D.C.

Brother C.R. Cornford gave his report. The position of “Loan Men” was discussed.

Correspondence referring to Redundancy notices was discussed.

Proposed meeting with management side re working of rest days. After a full discussion it was moved by Brother A. Brooker, seconded by Brother Passmore. “That the meeting had fullest confidence in the L.D.C. to deal with this matter.” Carried. Unam

The chairman thanked members for their attendance and closed the meeting at 1.15 p.m.

Members present Brothers F. Diplock, R. Saunders, L. Penfold, L. Stephenson, J. Mace, A. Brooker, J. Murphy, 

K. Passmore, C.R. Cornford & F. Robinson.

 

 Tunbridge Wells Branch Meeting

Sunday May 20th 1951, at 10.45 a.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station.

Bro. C.R.Cornford  presiding 

The minute Secretary being absent owing to rail duties, the Chairman asked for nominations for the above office for this meeting.

Proposed by Bro. K. Passmore seconded by A. Card Brother A. Brooker

Proposed by Bro. A. Brooker seconded by Brother K. Cavie Brother K. Passmore.

Brother K. Passmore declined saying he might have to leave early owing to rail duties.

There being no further proposals the chairman asked Brother A. Brooker to read the minutes of the last meeting,

There being no alterations or additions, Bro. A. Card moved and Brother L. Penfold seconded. “That the minutes be signed as a true record.” Carried.

Matters arising

It was raised re the election of members to the Social Committee and the volunteer system for same. Moved by Bro. K. Passmore and seconded by Bro. K. Cavie. “That the Secretary write to the Social Committee Secretary informing him that procedure re the above is incorrect.” Carried Unam.

Correspondence

Cheque for £2-16-0 from Political Fund from Head Office was moved by Bro. K. Passmore and seconded by Bro. A. Card. “That this held by the Secretary pending political delegates fees etc.” Carried unam.

Circular 43/1951

Re trainman’s rest periods R.S.C. Minutes No.601 & 693. A very full discussion took place on this centringon the 12 hours rest clause. A policy of wait and see was decided on.

Circular  41/1951

Re two lung diseases which the secretary found difficulty in saying and spell instead. Secretary to seek doctors advice re same PNEUMOCONIOSIS.

Circular 51/1951

Re Sectional Council Elections,  Bro Bennett was not regarded as a very satisfactory candidate. And Bro. C. Cornford moved and seconded Bro. K. Passmore Bro. F. Robinson.

Circular 40/1951

Re “Daily Herald” 21st Birthday, it was moved by Bro. A. Brooker and seconded by Bro. K. Passmore. “That this branch failed to agree that the Daily Herald has maintained it’s support of the principles to which the original Daily Herald was dedicated.” Carried Unmam.

Reports were taken for by the Chairman. The L.D.C. Report was given by Bro. C. Cornford re first and second links Sundays roster also booking of extra Sundays, On June 7th the L.D.C. are to meet Mr. Roodgers.

Passed Cleaner Bro. L. Penfold reported that he had to do full 8 hour duties when on loan out depot to which he was loaned.

There being no other business the Chairman thanked all present for their attendance and closed the meeting at 1.20

Members present Bros. F. Bone, K. Cavie, A. Card, L. Penfold, K. Passmore, F. Robinson, R. Cornford & A. Brooker.

 

 Tunbridge Wells Branch Meeting

Sunday July 15th 1951, at 10.45 a.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station.

Bro. C.R. Cornford  presiding

The Chairman asked for a minute taker as although the assistant Secretary was present, Bro. V. Rumley had resigned at the end of the last meeting. The Chairman said he had no evidence of this. It was moved by Bro. R. Bridger and seconded by Bro. J. Murphy. “That Bro. A. Murphy be minute taker for this meeting.” Carried

The Chairman then called for the minutes of the last meeting. Bro. V. Rumley disagreed with the wording in the wording re circular 41/1951, stating that it was a slur on the Secretary, it was agreed that the name in question should be put in the last meetings minutes. It was moved to be signed as a true record by the Chairman with no seconder , as no member at 20/5/51 at the 15/7/51 except Bro. A. Brooker who had written the minutes. Carried

Matters arising

Bro. J. Murphy raised re Social Committee and election of members there on. Position explained by Bros. R. Bridger and Chairman, it was further pointed out by Bro. R. Bridger the Social Committee Secretary that the notice had asked for A.S.L.E.F. men. The Chairman agreed the branch had been misinformed. It was raised re on loan firemen Bros. L. Penfold & R. Venison, letters have gone to Mr. Rodgers requesting directions to be sent to the Running Foreman at these depots.

Letter from Bro. K. Passmore re on loan work was stated by the L.D.C. Secretary that the letter put in the office also by Bro. K. Passmore was shown to L.D.C. and was sent onto Mr. Rodgers. It was moved by Bro. A. Brooker and seconded by Bro. R. Bridger. “That two open meetings be called for on the next Friday 20/7/51 and Tuesday 24/7/51 and the following motion be discussed. ‘That Stew Lane on loan Sunday work be divorced from the Tun Wells West extra Sunday list  and be worked by a panel of volunteers.’” Carried Unam.

The Chairman then asked for reports

L.D.C.

Bro. R. Cornford reported re meeting with Mr. Rodgers on redundancy, 4Ps disposal and coaling time, more that to be made, shed staffing scheme for a saving of £1081, Bro. R. Saunders charge sheet, lobby condition after redecoration, turn table surrounds report accepted. Bro. R Bridger raised re Bro. A.E. Cox stoppage of 2 hours when being sent with call papers.

District Council

Re rail economics and B.T.C. finance, A.S.L.E.+F. hold 49 out of 51 Regional Council seats N.U.R. will not contest in future. Good hour was spent on usual dual panel, Rest Days majority of depots working was stated motormen working on their rest Days where sitting in the lobby. Report accepted.

No further reports the Chairman thanked all for the attendance and closed meeting at 1.20 p.m.

Members present Bros. V. Rumley, C. Puckett, R Bridger, J. Murphy, V. Thorpe, P. Savage, R. Cornford & A. Brooker.

 

 Tunbridge Wells Branch Meeting

Sunday September 16th 1951, at 10.45 a.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station.

Bro. C.R.Cornford  presiding

The Chairman asked for nominations for assistant Secretary and minute taker. Proposed by Bro. A. Brooker and seconded by Bro. R. Bridger, Bro. V. Thorpe, proposed Bro. J. Murphy, Bro. K. Passmore, but Bro. K. Passmore declined before any members could second Bro. J. Murphy’s proposal. There being no other proposals the chairman asked Bro. V. Thorpe to be Assistant Secretary and minute taker for the rest of this year’s term of office. Carried.

The Chairman then called for the minutes of the previous meeting to be read. There being  no alterations or questions. Bro. R. Bridger moved and Bro. A . Brooker seconded “That the Chairman sign the minutes as a true record.”

Matters arising.

Bro. F. Elmer raised re resignation of Bro. V. Rumley from Assistant Secretary and minute taker. As there be distorted reports go about the Depot regarding his resignation that it should be clarified before these reports go about. The Chairman explained that he did not know of the exact reasons for Bro. V. Rumley’s resignation. But that it was due to the amount of  other working with Branch matters.

Bro. V. Thorpe raised re the 2 hours pay stopped to Bro. A.E. Cox time taken to take out call papers, Bro. R. Bridger explained that Bro. A.E. Cox had now paid these two hours. The Secretary then stated that Bro. A.E. Cox is now a non unionist as he has lapsed payment.

Bro. K. Passmore raised regarding notice for filling vacancies on the Social Committee procedure. After discussion Bro. K. Passmore was still in disagreement of the paid procedure. During discussion on the Social Committee Procedure, a letter was read by the Secretary from the Social Committee Secretary Bro. R. bridger, asking that the branch fill a vacancy which existed. Moved by Bro. F. Elmer, seconded Bro. A. Brooker. “That this be deferred to next Social Committee meeting and that a suggestion re retired members represent on the committee.” Carried.

Correspondence

Circular 70/1951 Wages Application & Enhance Payments.

There was an interesting discussion on this subject. This circular gave details of R. E.’s offers. Bro. F. Elmer moved and Bro. K. Passmore seconded. “That we agree with the Resolution of the E.C.’s.” Carried.

Reports

Social committee None, Bro. K. Savage moved, Bro. C.R. Cornford seconded. “That a vote of thanks be given to the Social Committee for most enjoyable outings.” Carried

L.D.C. report

Bro. C.R. Cornford gave the L.D.C. report, booking of Rest Day by Bro. H. Colebrook, L.M.S. P&D time. Wastage of oil in axel boxes of  L.M.S. 4P’s. there was a test on the 1.8 p.m. London Bridge, results not as yet known. Letter from Signalman Head advocate for the shunter concerned in off road in the dock regard have points checked before repairs are done. Bro. R. Coombers (?) coal claiming of driving them :’ Bro. K. Passmore raised the question of the local agreement at Tun Wells West. Bro. C.R. Cornford stated the L.D.C. were getting down on this matter. Bro. K. Passmore claim pressed that the existing minutes be overhauled, a discussion then took place re early and late booking of passed men. Bro. F. Elmer moved Bro R. bridger seconded that the L.D.C. get together to call an open meeting for suggestions on this matter. Bro. K. Savage raised re Fireman L. Penfold notice of resignation, did not know whether it was taken as from 7 days after notice put in the office or from Monday to Saturday both days inclusive. Bro. K. Savage then suggested that fuller information be sought regarding giving in notice and that  it be posted. Letter from Dover re voting papers which were mislaid.

Next dealt with was nomination of Branch Officials

Chairman

Proposed by Bro. A. Brooker seconded by Bro. F. Elemer Bro C.R. Cornford

Vice Chairman

Proposed by Bro. F. Elmer seconded by Bro. R. Bridger Bro. A. Brooker

Ass Secretary

Proposed by Bro. A. Brooker seconded by Bro. R. Bridger Bro. V. Thorpe.

Committee

Proposed by Bro. A. Brooker, seconded by Bro. R. Bridger Bro R. Saunders

Proposed by Bro. A. Brooker, seconded by Bro. K. Passmore Bro. K. Savage

Proposed by Bro. K. Elmer seconded by Bro. A .Brooker  Bro. R. Bridger

Proposed by Bro. A. Brooker seconded by Bro. K. Savage Bro. K. Passmore.

Proposed by Bro. R. Bridger  seconded by Bro. A. Brooker Bro. F. Elmer

Proposed by Bro. C.R. Cornford seconded by Bro. A. Brooker Bro. J. Murphy

Check Stewarts

Proposed by Bro. A. Brooker seconded by Bro. R. Bridger Bro. J. Murphy

Proposed by Bro. A. Brooker seconded by Bro. R. Bridger Bro. V. Thorpe

District Council Delegate

Proposed by Bro. A. Brooker seconded by Bro. R. Bridger Bro. C.R. Cornford

Proposed by Bro. F. Elmer seconded by Bro. R. Bridger Bro. A. Brooker be deputy delegate.

L.D.C.

Proposed by Bro. F. Elmer seconded by Bro. A. Brooker Bro C.R. Cornford

Proposed by Bro. C.R. Cornford by Bro. K. Savage Bro. A. Brooker

Proposed by Bro. K. Savage seconded by Bro. F. Elmer Bro. R. Bridger

Proposed by Bro. K. Savage seconded by Bro. F. Elmer Bro. V. Rumley

Proposed by Bro. F. Elmer seconded by Bro. A. Brooker Bro. F. Robinson

There being no other business the Chairman thank all for coming along and closed the meeting at 1.20 p.m. 

Members present Bros. A. Brooker, J. Murphy, K. Passmore, K. Savage, R. Bridger, F. Elmer, F. Robinson, 

C.R. Cornford, V. Thorpe & R. Saunders.

 

Tunbridge Wells Branch Meeting

Sunday October 21st 1951, at 10.45 a.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station.

Bro. C.R.Cornford  presiding

The Chairman then asked for a minute taker as the ass Secretary was on holiday. Proposed by  Bro. A. Brooker seconded by Bro. F. Bone Bro. R. Saunders. There being no other proposals the Chairman asked Bro.R. Saunders to be minute taker for this meeting. The Chairman then asked for the minutes of the last meeting to be read. Bro. A. Brooker stated that regarding the minute referring to early and late booking of passed Fireman, this should read “Passed Men” this was agreed and altered. Decided also that purposes be centred in last months minutes for secretary although no seconder. The #chairman then said that Bro. R. Bridger be enetered in last minutes in place of the words “Chairman” as this would then be correct. This agreed. There being no further alterations, Bro. A. Brooker moved and Bro. R. Saunders seconded “That the Chairman sign them as a true record.” Carried.

Social Committee

Letter from Bro. R. Bridger re election of Old Aged Pensioners onto the above committee. This was not agreed by the Social Committee to fill the vacancy by this means. The Chairman then asked for nominations to fill this vacancy from the Branch. Bro. A. Brooker moved “That the number of the Committee be discussed at the end of that term of office.” Seconded by Bro. V. Rumley. Carried.

Next dealt with were further nominations of Branch Officials.

Chairman

Proposed by Bro. V. Rumley seconded by Bro. C. Puckett Bro. C.R. Cornford

Vice Chairman

Proposed by Bro. V. Rumley seconded by Bro. F. Robinson Bro. A. Brooker

Secretary

Proposed by Bro. K. Passmore seconded by Bro. C. Puckett Bro. F. Robinson

Ass. Secretary

Propsoed by Bro. K. Passmore seconded by Bro. W. Ovenden Bro. R Saunders

Check Stewarts

Proposed by Bro. K. Passmore seconded by Bro. W. Ovenden Bro. R. Saunders

Proposed by Bro. C. Puckett seconded by V. Rumley  Bro. J. Murphy

Committee

Proposed by Bro. A. Brooker seconded by Bro. W. Ovenden Bro. V. Rumbley

Proposed by Bro. K. Passmore seconded by  V. Rumley Bro. C. Puckett

Local Labour Party

Proposed by Bro. A. Brooker seconded by Bro. C. Puckett Bro. F. Robinson

Proposed by Bro. F. Robinson seconded by Bro. V. Rumley Bro. R. Cornford

Industrial Council

Proposed by Bro. A. Brooker seconded by Bro. V. Rumley Bro. C. Puckett

Proposed by Bro. V. Rumley seconded by Bro. F. Bone Bro. A. Brooker

Proposed by V. Rumley seconded by Bro. A. Brooker Bro. K. Passmore

Labour Party

Proposed by F. Robinson seconded Bro. R. Cornford Bro. A. Brooker

Proposed by Bro. A. Brooker seconded by Bro. V. Rumley Bro. R. Cornford

Further Business

Bro. V. Rumley proposed and Bro. K. Passmore seconded that £1 be donated to the T.W. Labour Party for the election fund. (Caried).

Bro. R. Cornford reported re meeting with Mr. Rodgers Priming of 4P engines, valve setting of Class 3 engines  valve surround, lighting of shed more per space in shed. Deck points re engine off road. 4P disposal time 65 minutes agreement not signed. Mr. Colebroke working Rest Day letter sent to Head Office

Bro. J. Robinson gave report on meeting with chemist

Bro. W. Ovenden then raised question regarding disc cleaners are required to draw when booking on duty and returned when booking off. If this procedure  should apply when firing. Decided that be left for the L.D.C. to deal with at future meeting with the management.

Bro. R. Saunders raised point that after pay checks have been cashed no further checked on amount can be made, only through office. Suggested different system be adapted. Norwood system preferred L.D.C. to look into matters.

There being no further business the Chairman thanked all for coming along and closed the meeting at 1.40 p.m.

Members present, Bros. F. Bone, W. Ovenden, L. Stephenson, A. Brooker, V. Rumley. R Cornford, F. Robinson, 

R. Saunders & K. Passmore.

 

 

 Tunbridge Wells Branch Meeting

Sunday November 18th 1951, at 10.45 a.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station.

Bro. C.R. Cornford  presiding

Bro. F. Elmer moved and Bro. A. Brooker seconded. “That we disregard the Standing Orders for this meeting for voting purposes etc. owing to there being one member short. The Chairman then asked for the minutes of the previous meeting to b e read. Bro. A. Brooker raised re the minute regarding “Mr. Colebroke working Rest Day.” This should read Bro. Colebrook agreed. Bro. A. Brooker moved and Bro. R. Saunders seconded that the Chairman sign these minutes ad a true record.

Matters Arising Bro. F. Elmer raised the question of  an Old Aged Pensioner serving on the Social Committee. After some discussion it was suggested we leave this matter over until the Social Committees term of office and then go into the Social committees terms of reference and office.

Bro. R. Saunders raised re booking on discs. There have been no notice put up regarding cleaners not having to draw same out when firing. The Chairman stated that he would contact the management and notice placed in the case.

Correspondence

Circular 84/1951 Southern Region Sectional Council No.7 Elections 1957

There was a certain amount of discussion regarding this circular. Bro. F. Elmer moved and Bro. A. brooker seconded the following resolution. “When ballot papers are received the Secretary must put a notice in the case to this effect, also stating from whom ballot papers may be obtained and that in future out dated notices be removed within a period of six days.” Carried Unam.

Circular 91/1951 Railway Staff conference General Matters

Bro. F. Elmer moved and Bro. A .Brooker seconded the following resolution to be sent to Head office. “We deplore the laxity in supplying the branches with the information re minute Higher Grade Duty Passed Fireman and Passed Cleaners Circ. 91/1951, dated 15/8/1951. We understand this agreement come onto force on 18/8/1951, and we urge that this matter be treated more expeditiously.” Carried Unam.

Bro. F. Elmer moved also A. Brooker seconded. “That the Chairman has this circular and tries to interpret the minute re Additional Turn of Duty.” Carried

The Chairman then asked that voting take place for Branch Officials which was done and the following officers were elected for 1952.

Chairman, Bro. C. Cornford, Vice Chairman, Bro. A. Brooker, Secretary Bro. F. G. Robinson, Assistant Secretary Bro. V. Thorpe & Bro. R. Saunders.

Committee

Bros C. Puckett. K. Passmore, R. Saunders, K. Savage, F. Elmer, J. Murphy, R. Bridger,  & V. Rumley.

Check Stewarts

Bros. J. Murphy R. Saunders &  V. Thorpe

District Council Delegate

Bro. C.R. Cornford elected

Deputy District Council Delegate

Bro. A. Brooker elected

Labour Party General Committee

Bros. A. Brooker &  C. R. Cornford elected

Industrial Council

Bros. C. Puckett, A. Brooker & K. Passmore

L.D.C.

Bros. A. Brooker, F.G. Robinson, C.r. Cornford, V. Rumley & R. Bridger

Reports

Bro. C.R. Cornford gave the L.D.C. report, holiday rotation to reissued, notice for lockers; meeting with Mr. Rodgers; highering of drivers seats on the Standard Tank engines; side to be provided for the Standard valves on same; plates to be replace in point of lever. Regulations to be slightly bent. There was quite an interesting discussion on the items regarding the new Standard Tank Engines.

There being no other business the Chairman closed the meeting at 1.45 p.m. and thanked all men present for coming along.

Members present Bros. J. Murphy, R. Saunders, A. Brooker, F. Elmer, V. Thorpe & C.R. Cornford.

Addendium to minutes

It was agreed to a suggestion by Bro. F. Elmer that the number of votes for the nominee for Branch Officials be recorded on a separate page and disclosed at the next branch meeting. There being no other nominees for Chairman Vice Chairman and Secretary, the nominated members were duly elected.

Number of votes obtained by each member fr the position of Branch Officer to be disclosed at next Branch meeting

Ass. Secretary

Bro V. Thorpe 4, Bro. R. Saunders 1

Committee

Bro. C. Puckett 5, Bro. K. Passmore 5, Bro. R. Saunders 4, Bro. K. Savage 4, Bro. F. Elmer 4, Bro. J. Murphy 4, 

Bro. R. Bridger 3, Bro. V. Rumley 1.

Check stewards

Bro. J. Murphy 4, Bro. R. Saunders 4 & V. Thorpe 1

L.D.C.

Bro. A. Brooker 5, Bro. F. Robinson 5, Bro. C.R. Cornford 5, Bro. V. Rumley 2 & Bro. R. Bridger 1

 

 Tunbridge Wells Branch Meeting

Sunday December 18th  1951, at 10.45 a.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station.

Bro. C.R. Cornford  presiding

Bro. A. Brooker moved Bro. W. Ovenden seconded that Bro. R. Saundes be minute taker for this meeting. After the Chairman had asked for a minute taker. There being no other proposals the Chairman asked Bro. R. Saunders to be minute taker for this meeting.

The Chairman then asked for the minutes of the last meeting to be read. Bro. C.R. Cornford moved that minute 88/1951 be recinded from previous minutes owing to misread circular. Carried.

Bro. A. Brooker moved and Bro. J. Murphy seconded. “That when a request is made for correspondence sent to Head Office to be placed before the E.C. That the instruction in the letter be applied with and answer be given by the Executive.” Carried

Bro. A. Brooker moved Bro J. Murphy seconded. “That the Chairman sign these minutes as a true record.”

Correspondence

Letter form Bro. F.J. Baston Norwood Branch A.S.L.E.+F. re Promotion Scheme. Quite a lengthy discussion took place on this. Bro. J. Murphy moved Bro. A Brooker  seconded. “That this be left on the table.”

Bro. F. Robinson moved Bro. A. Brooker seconded. “That Lenard of St Leonard be supported by this Branch.

Next dealt with final voting for Branch Officers

Ass. Secretary

Bro R. Saunders,  Bro. V. Thorpe elected.

Committee

Bro. C. Puckett 2 Elected, Bro. K. Passmore 2 Elected, Bro. R. Saunders 3 Elected, Bro. K. Savage 3 Elected, Bro. F. Elmer 1 Elected, Bro. J. Murphy 3 elected, Bro. R. Bridger 1 Elected, Bro. V. Rumley 1.

Check stewards 

Bro. J. Murphy 3 Elected, Bro. R. Saunders 3 elected & V. Thorpe 0 

L.D.C.

Bro. A. Brooker 1 elected, Bro. F.G. robinson 2 elected, Bro. C.R. cornford 2 elected, Bro. V. Rumley 1 & Bro. R. Bridger 0.

Other business

Bro. J. Murphy moved Bro. C. Puckett seconded. “That the Branch Meetings for 1952 be held at the same place and the same time.

Proposal by Bro. A .Brooker. “That the Executive are pressed for a claim for enhanced payment for time and a quarter for men booking on from 12 noon until 10 p.m. Saturdays.

There being no other business the Chairman closed the meeting at 1.45 p.m. and thanked all members present for coming along.

Members present Bros. F. Robinson, C.R. Cornford, J. Murphy, C. Puckett, W. Ovenden, A. Brooker 

& R. Saunders.

 

 

  Tunbridge Wells Branch Meeting

Sunday February 17th  1952, at 10.45 a.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station.

Bro. C.R. Cornford  presiding

Before the minutes of the last meeting were read Bro. C.R.  Cornford asked all members present to stand in silence in respect to our late Bro. W. Whiting. It was then moved by Bro. F. Elmer seconded by Bro. J. Murphy. “that a letter of sympathy be sent to Mrs Whiting, on behalf of this branch by the Secretary.” Carried.

There being no meeting for January owing to poor attendance, the minutes for December meeting were read. Moved by Bro. F. Robinson and seconded by Bro. F. Elmer. “That the proposal by Bro. A. Brooker re Enhance Payment for time and quarter for men booking on after 12 noon until 10p.m. Saturdays be deleted.” Carried

Bro. V. Rumley raised re question of time and place of meetings. After some discussion it was decided that it be left as it stands now, this was moved by Bro. J. Murphy and seconded by Bro. C. Puckett at the December meeting.

Correspondence

Circular 7/1952 Income Tax Abatement refresh application. After some discussion it was moved by Bro. F. Elmer seconded by Bro. R. Bridger. “That the Secretary and Chairman go into this matter.” Carried.

Circular 15/1952 Promotion and Redundancy Scheme Payment of wages on day of accident and illness. A discussion came about on Clause 26f. it was moved by Bro. F. elmer seconded by Bro. R. Bridger. “That a special meeting be called to discuss amendment the date was fixed for Sunday fortnight date 2nd March 1952 at 10.45 a.m.” Bro. K. Passmore proposed this meeting be for A.S.L.E.+F members only. Carried. 

The Co-Operative Party Conference

Bro. F. Elmer moved that a delegate be sent, Bro. R. Bridger seconded.




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BRANCH CHAIRMAN. C.CORNFORD
ASS. CHAIRMAN. A. BROOKER
SECRETARY. F. ROBINSON
ASS. SECRETARY. V. THORPE 






Proposed by Bro. F. Elmer Bro. J. Murphy Declined

Proposed by Bro. F. Elmer Bro. R. Bridger Declined

No one was willing to go this matter was withdrawn.

Mutual Soviet Friendship Society

Moved by Bro. V. Rumley seconded by Bro. K.  Passmore that a delegate be sent.

Moved by Bro. R. Bridger seconded by Bro. K Passmore Bro. V. Rumley be delegate

Moved by V. Rumley Bro K. Pasmore Declined

Moved by Bro. A. Brooker and seconded by Bro. F. Elmer. “That delegates fee and privilege fare be paid out of the Political Funds.” Carried.

Conference Force the Forces Out

Bro. V. Rumley moved Bro. A. Brooker seconded. “That we send a delegate

Bro. K. Passmore moved Bro. V. Rumley seconded Bro. C.R. Cornford.

Bro. F. Elmer moved Bro. V. Rumley seconded Bro. F. Robinson

Reports

Social Committee

Letter from social committee containing Resignation of member and also those who are willing to serve for this coming year. Bro. F. Elmer moved and Bro V. Rumley seconded. “That all willing to serve be moved enbloc.” This left three vacancies to be filled.

Nominations as follows

Bro F. Robinson moved Bro. V. Rumley seconded Bro. R. Saunders

Bro. R. Bridger moved Bro. F. Elmer seconded Bro. R. Sullivan

Bro. F. Robinson moved Bro. F. Elmer seconded Bro. K. Passmore.

Members of the Social committee are as follows.

Bros. H. Blackmore, A, Murphy, R. Vanson, W. Wareham, E. Dunmall, W. Swift, R. Bridger, C. Russell, W. Gent, 

C. Waghorn, G. Adkin, C. Puckett, R. Sullivan, R. Saunders & K. Passmore.

The question regarding the wreath for Late Bro. Whiting was stated as being ordered on Monday by the Social Secretary. It was moved by Bro. V. Rumley and seconded by Bro. J. Murphy that the Branch Secretary deal with the question of wreaths etc for Bro. W. Whiting.

A vote of thanks to the S. C. had done in the past year was moved by Bro. V. Rumley and seconded by Bro. F. Elmer.

L.D.C.

Bro. C.R. Cornford then gave the L.D.C. report which contained the following items

Locking up of tools, booking of tools, letter re-cleaning proof workings re closeing of roads. Rest day relief and holiday relief in second link.

Bro. F. Elmer suggested that member of L.D.c. should attend trains meetings. Redundancy of V. Thorpe.

There being no other business the Chairman thanked all for their attendance closed the meeting at 1.10 p.m.

Members present Bros. J. Murphy, K. Passmore, C. Puckett, V. Rumley, F. Robinson, C.R. Cornford & V. Thorpe.

 

 Tunbridge Wells Branch Meeting

Sunday March 16th  1952, at 10.45 a.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station.

Bro. C.R. Cornford  presiding

The Chairman asked for the minutes of the February meeting to be read. Bro. A. Murphy moved and Bro. R. Saunders seconded. “That the minutes be signed by the Chairman as a true record.”

Bro. K. Passmore raised the question re Income Tax Abatement. Bro. C.R. Cornford was unable to enlighten. Bro. Passmore on this question as it was the Secretary who was dealing with this matter.

Tunbridge Wells Labour Party Social Committee

Tickets & programs for play by Unity Theatre Players. “The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists on Saturday May 3rd at Victoria Hall, Southborough 

Reports

Social Committee

Bro. J. Murphy gave a balance sheet to Chairman for reading out, Bro. A .Brooker moved and Bro. v. Thorpe seconded. “That this balance sheet be adopted,.” Chairman thanked the Social Committee for the assistance etc. given at our late Bro. W. Whiting’s funeral.

District Council

Bro. C.R. Cornford gave District Council report which contained following items, Sectional Council agreements on situation of men over 65 years, list of reports given  Western Region, Extra Lodging turns and threaten redundancy King’s Cross men owing at King’s Cross not being relieved when on mileage, L.M.s. No guard on Pull & Push trains fireman collects tickets etc; Econmony  Commission P.E. trying to cal it off. E.C. will not agree. R.S.C. Restrictive Work for all men through ill health cannot be displaced by senior men through same. Housing, Pensions, Repair Card System. Branch reports Eastliegh Double Home duty for a F.C. Cup tie, would not do it but Fratton did it. Portsmouth, 54 cleaners, 11 engines and bad cleaning.

L.D.C. report

Bro. C.R. Cornford gave the L.D.C. report, which contained the following. Redundancy loan work. There was quite a heated discussion on same. Alterations to Standard Engines, standard paybils, allterations and additions to rule book supplement to be issued. Items for agenda for L.D.C.  five minutes for locking tools, storm sheets, oil allowance for L.M.S. 4P engines. Suitable oil for cleaning tanks and trestles for same.

There being no other business the Chairman thanked all for coming along and closing the meeting at 1.30 p.m.

Member present Bros. K. Passmore, C. Puckett, J. Murphy, A. Brooker, R. Saunders, C.R. Cornford & V. Thorpe

 

 Tunbridge Wells Branch Meeting

Sunday September 21st  1952, at 10.45 a.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station.

Bro. C.R. Cornford  presiding

The meeting for April, May, June & July were called but there was not enough members attended there making were not held. The meeting for August was postponed owing to the Social Committee Outing. The Chairman therefore for the minutes of the March meeting be read. Bro. C. Puckett moved Bro. A. Brooker seconded that the Chairman sign these minutes as a true record.

Questions arising

Bro. F. Elmer raised the question re trestles and cleaning oil for engines. Bro. C.R. Cornford replied that as far as the trestles there had been no progress. The cleaning oil, there had been some special oil sent down to be tried on engine 32582.

Bro. F. Robinson then gave a report on his work regarding the finishing of late Bro. W. Whitings affairs. All monies etc. that were due his mother had now received. It was moved by Bro. F. Elmer and seconded by Bro. K. Cavie. “That the Secretary be highly commended for his work in this matter.

A.S.L.E.F. Easter Branch presentation to Bro. Isaac Chairman  Sectional Council No.2 (SR.)

Collection at depot in aid of this. After some discussion it was moved by Bro. A. Brooker and seconded by Bro. C.R. Cornford that this lay on the table. Carried.

Tonbridge Divisional Labour Party

Demonstration at Tonbridge against the de-nationalisation of the road haulage organisation. After some discussion it was moved by Bro. F. Elmer and seconded by Bro. K. Passmore that suggestion be sent to the Labour Party re a public debate between the local M.P. and a member of the Transport. Carried

Reports

The D.C. report was given by Bro. A. Brooker which contained the following items. Double home work, Accommodation Transfer, Passing Signals and Speeding. A D.C. report was also given by Bro. C.R. Cornford which gave the following items. Transport Bill Delegates be appointed from branches R.E. to be abolished. Scotland to be separate area. Wages claim now at R.S.N.T. level. Pensions no advancement. D.C. Thompson Long Strike. Disciplinary action dropped. Uniform Clothing issues. L.D.C. meetings, payment when off duty hours. Speedos being put on all Express Engines. Signalling irregularities, Organisers report on the Tonbridge Engine & Electric incident. Eastleigh Boiler Explosion. Compensation report re man wife and child  travelling on free pass and child fell out of carriage door. Bro. F. Elmer moved and Bro. F. Robinson seconded. “That both reports be adopted.” Carried

Bro. F. Robinson on Bro. S. Pike being a new member to this branch. It was suggested that in future when no branch meeting is held that the Secretary consult the Chairman before passing name to H.O. It was also stated that the Branch Committee be need more increase where correspondence etc. accuse quarterly re fully paid up members. The secretary to find some idea to getting members to pay more regularity. After this discussion. Bro. F. Elmer moved and Bro. K. Passmore seconded. “That this branch accept Bro. S. Pike as a new member.” Carried.

L.D.C. Report

The report was given by Bro. C.R. Cornford and this contained the following items, settlement re Bro. Colebrook working rest day. Panel of these be appointed to act as running foreman. Petition sent through on the 4P Tank Engines. Mr. Rogers etc. to meet L.D.C. Letter received re Brighton turn be put in No. 2 link in place of the 6.12 p.m. 3 Bridges. After some discussion that took place. It was moved by Bro. C.R. Cornford and seconded by Bro. K. Passmore. No action, extra Sunday work Stew. Lane. After some discussin Bro. F. Elmer moved and Bro. K. Passmore seconded. “That an open meeting be called as soon as possible to discuss Sunday work.”

As there was no other business the Chairman thanked all for their attendance and closed the meeting at 1.30

Members Present

Bros. K. Cavie, F. Elmer, K. Passmore, J Mace, C. Puckett, A. Brooker, D. Sullivan, C.R. Cornford, F. Robinson 

& V. Thorpe.

 

 Tunbridge Wells Branch Meeting

Sunday October 19th  1952, at 10.45 a.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station.

Bro. C.R. Cornford  presiding

Owing to the absence of the Ass. Secretary, the Chairman asked for nomination for min sec for this meeting. Proposed by Bro. K. Passmore and seconded by Bro. C. Puckett Bro. A. Brooker.

No further nominations Bro. Brooker read the minutes of the last meeting. Moved by Bro. F. Elmer seconded by Bro. Puckett. “That the minutes as amended be adopted as true record.” Carried.

Matters arising  was raised re minute of the calling of a special open meeting to discuss Sunday work, was agreed. “That the meeting be called before the new year and to be on a Sunday and as much notice as possible be given.”

Nominations for Brach Officers 1953

Time and place of 1953 meetings was next discussed. Moved by Bro. Passmore seconded by Bro. Puckett. “That week night meeting to be called with view to increasing attendance for fortnightly meetings for two months be held.” The Chairman and Bro. F. Elmer put forward some of the snags re details of procedures after further discussion it was put to the vote. For 3, Against 3 Not Carried.

It was then moved by Bro. Elmer and seconded by Bro. Passmore. “That the 1953 Branch Committee should thoroughly explore week night meetings.” Carried

New Members

Moved Bro. Elmer and seconded by Bro. Puckett. That Bro. F. Page be accepted.” Carried.

Reports

L.D.C. given by Bro. R. Cornford. Had  met Mr. Rogers D.M.P.S. on petition re heat in cabs of Standard 4 Class Tanks – 80011 to be fitted with inside shield on pedestal also all pipes to be lagged, also ash pan cocks to be fotted on to injectors. Present Standard sand gear design to be scrapped tempary drainage of tank tops and windows slides to be arranges locally also raising of drivers seat. Mt. Stone been seen re trestalls for cleaning has written away again . Bro. Colebrook’s rest days and panel of 3 to cover same Mr. Stone to write to Mr. Rodgers. Train meetings delegates to be nominated from branch so that reports are received. Now signed minute re booking of all passed men. Bro. Passmore raised re shed lobby talk re raising Ashdown to Sunday driving roster L.D.C. members put forward there views an this moved by Bro. Passmore and seconded by Bro. Brooker. “That a discussion take place at the next branch meeting re booking of men in shift seniority.” Carried.

The Chairman thanked all for their attendance and closed the meeting at 1.15 p.m.

Members present Bros. F. Elmer, K. Passmore, C. Puckett, K. Savage, J. Mace, E. Dunmell, F. Robinson, 

R. Saunders, R. Cornford & A. Brooker.

 

Tunbridge Wells Branch Meeting

Sunday November 14th  1952, at 10.45 a.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station.

Bro. C.R. Cornford  presiding

Owing to the absence of the minute secretary the Chairman asked for nominations for minute secretary for this meeting. It was proposed by Bro. A. Brooker seconded by Bro. C. Puckett Bro. J. Mace, Bro. J. Mace declined. Bro. H. Blackmore proposed Bro. A. Brooker, Bro. J. Mace seconded.

The minutes of the last were then read was moved by Bro. C. Puckett seconded by Bro. J. Mace. “That they be signed as a true record.” Carried.

Matters arising

Bro. Blackmore raised re Xmas and Boxing day SC No.2 letter. Secretary stated no answers yet, also raised re week nights meeting minutes on book was pointed out from Chair re Branch Committee to meet on this.

L.D.C. Report

Bro. Cornford on at Train Meeting was raised re 4.40 ex London Bridge being returned too close to 4.44 ex East Croydon, also re bad coal on Eastbourne Engines causing delays on Redhill road. Delegates from branch to attend future meetings. Proposed by Bro. F. Robinson seconded by Bro. Blackmore. "Bro. C. Puckett be our next delegate.

Bro. Cornford also gave the L.D.C. report re new proposed link a rest day rosters from the management, position explained re L.D.C. powers on this.

The Chairman said the discussion on shift seniority would be held over as mover was not present and shortage of time, the seconder agreed with this.

The Chairman thanked all for their attendance and closed the meeting at 1.0 p.m.

Members present Bros. Blackmore, Mace Puckett Robinson, Cornford & Brooker.

 

Tunbridge Wells Branch Meeting

Sunday December 21st  1952, at 10.45 a.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station.

Bro. C.R. Cornford  presiding

The chairman asked for the minutes of the November meeting to be read out. Bro. C. Puckett moved Bro. F. Robinson seconded. “That they be signed as a true record.”

Questions Arising

Bro. F. Robinson raised the question on the circular re Xmas day & Boxing day. He wrote away asking for clarification on this but was forwarded the same circular back.

Bro. V. Rumley raised the question  re Vice Chairman. There is a minute to the effect that the next highest vote for Chairman be elected as Vice Chairman. At this stage Bro. V. Rumley wished to decline his nomination as Vice Chairman.

Bro. R. Bridger asked re Bro. F Brown as a non, for the Children’s Christmas Party. It was stated that Bro. Brown is making an endeavour to pay up his arrears and that he was still a member of this union. It would be quite in order that there was a black list of 30 members behind in payments.

Question raised re Bro. H. Dyers 3 day suspension pay, moved by Bro. V. Rumley and seconded by Bro. R. Bridger for payment”. Carried.

Raised re nons at the depot, stand now as 3 members now they are Fireman D. Stringer and cleaners R, Bird and R. Manklow.

L.D.C. elections

Voting then took place for L.D.C.

Bro. C.R. Cornford total 6 elected

Bro. V. Rumley total 6 elected

Bro. A. Brooker total 8 elected

Bro. K. Passmore total 5

Bro. C.R. Cornford declined from being elected as a member of L.D.C. Bro. A. Brooker moved and Bro. R. Bridger seconded,. “An appeal to Bro. C.R. Cornford for his re-decision on taking this step, but Bro. C.R. Cornford still wished to withdraw. After which Bro. V. Rumley moved and Bro. R. bridger seconded. “That a vote of thanks be given to Bro. C.R. Cornford for his past work in the L.D.C.”

The official members elected for the L.D.C. are therefore Bros. V. Rumley, A.Broker & K. Passmore  

Branch Elections

Bro. F. Elmer withdrew his nomination as Chairman and Bro. V. Rumley withdrew his nomination as Vice Chairman. So that the Chairman was elected with the highest vote re Bro. C.R. Cornfod as Chairman and Bro. A. Brooker with second highest vote as Vice Chairman. Bro. V. Rumley moved and Bro. K. Passmore seconded. “That a letter be sent to Bro. F. Elmer of condolence re his wife’s health.”

Bro. K. Savage wished to withdraw his nomination with the result as follows. Bro. C.R. Cornford elected as D.C. delegate and Bro. A. Brooker as Vice Delegate.

Reports

Social Committee Bro. R. Bridger gave the report that the Children’s Christmas Party would be held on




BRANCH OFFICERS 1953
BRANCH CHAIRMAN. C.CORNFORD
ASS. CHAIRMAN. A. BROOKER
SECRETARY. F. ROBINSON
ASS. SECRETARY.     




Friday January 2nd 1953 at King Charles Hall, tea commencing at 4.45 p.m. Only few details to clarify.

L.D.C. report this was given by Bro. C.R. Cornford and included the following items. Unsatisfaction with tribunal re wages claim settlement. Saturday afternoon payments. Pensions no satisfaction with M.O.P. T.U.C. asked to take it up with M.O.P. filling vacancies for motormen at Eastbourne. Standard route sheets. Resolution re men after 15 years who fail medical shall receive rate of pay. Placing  of better quality surge jackets. Colour light signalling at London Bridge. Organising Secretary’s report on the Harrow and Wealdstone Rail Crash. Bro. Cleaver re the brake power on 2 car sets, also report on the stop signal being danger when the distant was off.

L.D.C. repot

Bro. C.R. Cornford gave the report and this included the following items. New Rest Day rosters. Agenda Surge Jackets and Caps. Lockers not et supplied, locks and keys on engines not being returned with engine and keys have been stabled. Payment of wages.

There being no other business the Chairman closed the meeting 1.15 p.m. and thanked all for their attendance.

Members present Bros. A. Brooker, R. Bridger, C. Puckett, V. Rumley, K. Savage, S. Pike, D. Nye, F. Robinson, 

V. Thorpe, C.R. Cornford & K. Passmore. 

 

 Tunbridge Wells Branch Meeting

Sunday February 15th  1953, at 10.45 a.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station.

Bro. C.R. Cornford  presiding

The Chairman then read a letter of resignation from the Assistant Secretary Bro. V. Thorpe. Chairman then asked for nominations for Assistant Secretary 1953. proposed  by Bro. j. Murphy and seconded by Bro. A. Brooker, Bro. R. Vanson, and no further nominations.

The assistant secretary then read the minutes of the last meeting. Moved by Bro. A. Brooker seconded by Bro. K. Passmore. “That the minutes of the last meeting be adopted as a true record.” Carried.

Correspondence

Circular 25/1953 uniform and protective clothing.

Bro. A. Brooker proposed and Bro. K. Passmore seconded. “That as a third choice every two years “Waistcoat and Trousers” be added to Mackintosh or Overcoat.” Carried.

Reports

Social Committee a vote of thanks was proposed Bro. C.r. Cornford and seconded by Bro. A. brooker to Bro. C. waghorn for his services as Chairman of the social Committee since 1948.

Social Committee Resignations

Bros. C. Puckett, R. Saunders, W. Stiff, R. Bridger, C. Waghorn, R. Vanson, G. Adlins, K. Passmore, H. Blackmore, E. Dunmall, W. Gent, C. Russell, J. Murphy, and R. Sullivan. With the exception Bro. R. Vanson, C. Waghorn, C. Russell and G. Aldins, last years’ committee are willing to serve in the coming year. Bros. G. Pavey and R. Copey also willing to serve on the committee. It was proposed by Bro. C. Waghorn and seconded by Bro. F. Robinson. “That these willing to serve on Social Committee be voted en block and that a letter be posted for three volunteers to serve on this committee to make up the required committee of 16.” Carried

Next the Social Committee balance sheet was read ouyt. Bro. F. robinson raised the question of inscription on wreaths. It was proposed by Bro. A. brooker and seconded by Bro. F. robinson. “that the Inscription read “From T.W.W. Branch A.S.L.E.F. “ Carried

There being no other business the Chairman closed the meeting at 1.15 p.m. and thanked all for their attendance.

Members present Bros. K. Passmore, A. Brooker, C. Puckett, J. Murphy, C. Waghorn, R. Saunders, R. Vanson, 

F. Robinson & C.R. Cornford.

 

 Tunbridge Wells Branch Meeting

Sunday April 19th  1953, at 10.45 a.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station.

Bro. C.R. Cornford  presiding

 The Chairman asked for the minutes of the February meeting to be read out. Bro. K. Passmore moved and Bro. C. Puckett seconded “That they be signed as a true record.”

Bro. A. Brooker then asked about there being no T.W.W. amendments on the A.A.D. agenda, no posting of notice regarding Rule 5 and notice of previous meeting still on the notice case two days before notice for present meeting was posted, and asked for an explanation from Secretary at next Brach meeting.

L.D.C. Report

Bro. K. Passmore gave the report

Returned Serge Jackets and caps for better fit, notice to be posted that they be returned by certain date if not suitable fit for future issues. Lockers installed and being allocated. 

It was proposed by Bro. F. Elmer and seconded by Bro. K. Passmore. “That officers of the Branch be posted and year after A.G.M. and the posting of information.” Carried 

District Council Report given by Bro C.R. Cornford including items on pensions, Saturday enhanced payments. Bro. cleaver’s reported on brake power on 2 car setsand and Tunbridge Wells Branch, all members being out of benefit.

Trains meeting, Bro. C. Puckett gave his report, delegate for next train’s meeting proposed Bro. F. Elmer and seconded Bro. R. Vanson. “Bro. C. Puckett.”

There being no other business the Chairman called the meeting to a close at 1.15 p.m. and thanked all for their attendance.

Members present Bros. C. Puckett, K. Passmore, A. Brooker, F. Elmer, C.R. Cornford & R. Vanson

 

 Tunbridge Wells Branch Meeting

Sunday May 17th  1953, at 10.45 a.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station.

Bro. C.R.Cornford  presiding

Questions on mins., Secretary gave explanation asked for at previous branch meeting.

Resolution Bro. F. Elmer and seconded by Bro. A. Brooker, Re members being out of benefit, that we receive notification from H.O. Bro. F. elmer proposed and Bro. K. Passmore seconded “That the minutes be adopted as a true record.”

Correspondence

Diaries Bro. A. Brooker proposed and Bro. F. Elmer seconded. “That a request be made that Sunday starts the week in the A.S.L.E.F. dairies.

L.D.C. Report, given by Bro. Passmore, covering replies from his ambulance inquiries and Coronation Day arrangements.

There being no other business the Chairman  thanked all for their attendance and closed the meeting at 1.15 p.m. 

Members present Bros. A. Brooker, K. Passmore, F. Elmer, R. Vanson, F. Robinson & R. Cornford.

 

 

 Tunbridge Wells Special Branch Meeting

Sunday September 13th  1953, at 10.45 a.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station.

Bro. C.R. Cornford  presiding

Bro C. Cornford in the Chair opened the meeting asked for a minute secretary as Bro. Vanson had left the services but no one was nominated.

The Chairman then asked for the minutes of the last meeting to be read, and it was moved by Bro. V. Rumley and seconded by Bro. K. Savage. “That the Chairman sign them as a true record.” Carried.

Correspondence was then read, there were two letters from H.O. re Bro. Neal and Housing and good discussion took place on same. It was moved by Bro. K. Savage and seconded by Bro. Cornford. “That a panel of three members of this branch be set up and the Secretary to see Mr. Stone to see if this could be arranged, and to report back at the next meeting. The Panel to be the Secretary of the Branch, Chairman of the L.D.C. and Bro. K. Savage.” Carried.

A letter was also  received re Society Diaries regarding the order of the days, and H.O. pointed out that it was the General make up of all big Diary Forms.

Meeting closed at 1.15

Members present 

Bros. K. Savage, P. Savage, V. Rumley, J. Murphy, W. Stiff, B. Gower, C.R. Cornford, A. Brooker, C. Puckett 

& F. Robinson.

 

 Tunbridge Wells Branch Meeting

Sunday September 27th  1953, at 10.45 a.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station.

Bro. C.R.Cornford  presiding

Minutes of special meeting were read. Moved by Bro. C. Puckett and seconded by Bro. E. Dunmall. “That the Chairman sign them as being read.” Carried.

correspondence, there being only one circular from the National Council of Labour Colleges information

Nominations for Branch Officers

Chairman

Proposed Bro. C.R. Cornford.

Vice Chairman

Proposed Bro. A. Brooker

Secretary

Proposed Bro. F. Elmer

Assistant Secretary

Proposed Bro. V. Rumley, 

Committee

Proposed Bros C. Puckett, W. Ovenden, R. Saunders, E. Dunmall, K. Savage, J. Murphy & F. Diplock

Arising out of any other business. It was moved that the Secretary write to Mr. Stone these points the state of No.2 pit, also the turn table, through, which  men might just themselves in turning.

Also, that the lobbies should be painted instead of lime washing them.

The meeting closed at 1.15 a.m., the Chairman thanking all for their attendance.

Member present Bros. C. Puckett, E. Dunmall, P. Usherwood, W. Ovenden, R. Saunders, R. Cornford, & F. Robinson

 

 Tunbridge Wells Branch Meeting

Sunday October 18th  1953, at 10.45 a.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station.

Bro. C.R. Cornford  presiding

Bro. V. Rumley and seconded Bro. E. Dunmall. “That the Chairman signs them at being read.” Carried

Matters arising

The Secretary told the meeting that he had written to Mr. Stone and his letter had been passed to Mr. Rodgers.

Correspondence.

The Secretary had sent a letter to Head Office from Bro. A. Card, and he would be a. considered with the rest of the applicants.

A resolution was also read from the Exeter No. 1 Branch, and a good discussion took place on same, and it was moved by Bro. F. Elmer and seconded by Bro. F. Robinson. “That it be sent to Head Office, and a copy to Bro. A. Leonard.” Carried.

The Chairman then closed the meeting at 1.15

Members present.

Bros. W. Ovenden, A. Brooker, F. Elmer, S. Pike, E. Dunmall, V. Rumley, D. Nye, R. Cornford & F. Robinson.

 

 

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Tunbridge Wells Committee Meeting

Sunday December 6th  1953, at 10.45 a.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station.

Bro. A. Brooker  presiding

The  Committee meeting to discuss two important items, the future of the branch also L.D.C. nominations. In absent of the Chairman, Bro. A. Brooker took the Chair, and in opening the Chairman stressed the importance of the meeting, the Secretary stated that he had received from Head Office a circular letter on the claim for increase rates of pay, decision No.15, also a letter from Bro. A. Blackmore that he could not attend the meeting as he was working.

The secretary then told the meeting they would have to  find a new Branch Secretary at the end of the month.

A good discussion took place on both items and it was moved  by Bro. R. Savage and seconded by Bro. R. Bridger. 





BRANCH OFFICERS 1954
BRANCH CHAIRMAN. C.CORNFORD
ASS. CHAIRMAN. A. BROOKER
SECRETARY. C. RUSSELL
ASS. SECRETARY. B. GOWER  







 by Bro. R. Savage and seconded by Bro. R. Bridger. “That two Branch meetings be called for Wednesday, December 9th, December 16 at 6.15 p.m. and to get many members to attend.” Carried.

Meeting closing at 12.30 p.m.

Members present Bros. R. Saunders, C. Puckett, J. Murphy, A. Brooker, K. Savage, F. Robinson & R. Bridger.

Tunbridge Wells Branch Special Meeting

Wednesday December 9th 1953, at 6.15 p.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station.

Bro. A. Brooker  presiding

Bro. K. Savage proposed and Bro. V. Rumley. That Bro. G. Gower to act as a Minute Taker for this meeting.

Minutes of last meeting were then read and moved as a true record by Bro. V. Rumley and seconded by Bro. F. Page.

True record of Committee meeting, moved by Bro. K. Savage and seconded by Bro. C. Puckett. Member for A.A.D. Bro. CR. Cornford. Moved by Bro. K. Savage and seconded by Bro. F. Page. Carried Unam.

moved by Bro. R. Bridger and seconded by Bro. V. Rumley to support Bro. Pullen for the 1954 T.U.C. Carried.

Branch officers

Branch Secretary

Proposed by Bro. V. Rumley and seconded Br. W. Stiff Bro. K. Savage

Bro. V. Rumley declined for the present.

Next came elections of Committee and L.D.C. 

Members nominated for Committee as like the two previous meetings

Bros. Puckett, Ovenden, Dunmall, K. Savage, Murphy, Diplock, Elmer, Bridger & Cavie.

L.D.C. 

Nominations Bros. Brooker, Cornford & Pike. Rumley, Ovenden & Stephenson

It was proposed by Bro. W. Stiff and seconded by Bro. F. Page. The a ballot vote be carried. Vote carried seven for and one against. Bro. K. Savage.

Scrutineers for ballot votes Bros F. Page & C. Puckett.

Votes to be opened next Special Meeting Wednesday 16th December.

It was then proposed by Bro. C. Puckett and seconded Bro. W. Stiff. That meetings start Sundays at 10.30, Welfare Rooms, Central Station,  with a strict closing time at 12.30.

Meeting closed at 7.15. p.m.

Members present

Bros. K. Savage, W. Stiff, C. Puckett, P. Usherwood, A. Doughty, G. Power, F. Page, J. Murphy, C. Francis, R. Bridger, V. Rumley, B. Gower, M. Flatman, F. Diplock & A. Brooker.

 

Tunbridge Wells Branch Special Meeting

Wednesday December 16th 1953, at 6.15 p.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station.

Bro. C.R. Cornford  presiding

The Chairman moved Bro. A. Brooker act as Minute Taker for this meeting.

Minutes of October meeting and of Branch Committee were read. Minutes of Special Branch meeting of 9th December 1953 read out and the Chairman accepted adolendum re Bro. V. Rumley declining nomination of Secretary. Moved by Bro. A. Card and seconded by Bro. K. Savage. That the minutes as amended be signed as true record. Carried.

Discussion of minute of last meeting re 12.30 strict closure. Moved by Bro. K. Savage and seconded by Bro. R. Bridger. That this matter be further discussed at next Branch meeting. Carried.

To get voting completed it was moved by Bro. K. Savage and seconded by Bro. V. Rumley. That the correspondence stand by till after elections of Officers and L.D.C. Carried.

The following Offices were deemed elected.

Chairman Bro. C.R. Cornford, Vice Chairman Bro. A. Brooker, Assistant Secretary Bro. R. Saunders.

District Council Delegate Bro. C.R. Cornford.

Labour Party Delegate F. Robinson

General Committee Bro. A. Brooker, Divisional Bro. C.R. Cornford

Labour Party Delegates Bro. F. Robinson

Trades Council Bro. A. Murphy

Collectors Bros. V. Thorpe & A. Murphy.

The Chairman asked for nominations for Secretary. moved by Bro. K. Cavie and seconded by Bro. V. Rumley. Bro. C. Russell, there being no other nominations, Bro. C. Russell was unanimously elected as Secretary. Bro. V. Rumley moved a vote of thanks for Bro. F. Robinson’s past services of 22 years. Bro. F. Robinson, wished luck to his successor and offered all assistance. The Chairman also added his thanks for past help and pointed out that owing to lack of nominations he would not even be on the Committee. Bro. Robinson pointed out the bad position created by shift meetings.

It was moved by Bro. V. Rumley and seconded by Bro. L. Cavie. That Bros. K. Savage and R. Bridger be scrutineers for ballot of committee and L.D.C. Carried.

The 8 ballot papers for the 1954 Committee were added to the 14 cast with the following results.

Bro. C. Puckett 21, Bro. R. Saunders 2, Bro. K. Savage 17, Bro. F. Diplock 21, Bro. R. Bridger 20, 

Bro. W. Ovenden 19, Bro. E. Dunmall 2, Bro. A. Murphy 21, Bro. F. Elmer 14 & Bro. K. Cavie 14.

A seconded ballot was required owing to a tie between Bros Elmer and Cavie, 10 votes cast. Bro. F. Elmer 3 and Bro. K. Cavie 7.

Making the 1954 Committee as follows

Bros C. Puckett, W. Ovenden, K. Savage, A. Murphy, F. Diplock, R. Bridger & K. Cavie.

The 8 ballot papers for the 1954 L.D.C. were added to the 13 cast on 9th December 1953 with the following result

Bro. A. Brooker 21, Bro. S. Pike 6, Bro. V. Rumley 13, Bro. W. Ovenden 17 & Bro. L. Stephenson 3. 

Making the following L.D.C. Bros A. Brooker, V. Rumley & W. Ovenden.

Correspondence was then read

Circular 92/1953 Re R.S.N.T. No.15

Chairman gave his view that we had accepted the 4/- min. Regret was voiced re non unity of the three rail unions, also same  line up of past claims point being made of anomaly of 5/- pay on Saturdays and R.E. avoidance of meetings. Advise was requested by Passed Men and their position re up grading to conduct men on strike.

From Tonbridge Secretary re Randall now Non.

Was agreed that the Branch support Bro. Pullen of Selhurst Branch for T.U.C.

Reciept for nomination of Bro. Cornford for A.A.D.

Bro. Cornford then gave a brief District Council report

R.E. Standard vision and medical lists. ASLEF opposing as no provisions for Corden line cases. Compensation obtained at the cost of £396, rail accident total £1317, other claims £3000. In Branch reports Brighton reported having trouble with management with proposed roster.

The Chairman closed the meeting at 9.15 p.m. and thanked members for their attendance, the following members being present 

Bros. C. Russell, P. Pepper, R. Sullivan, A. Card, W. Ovenden, K. Cavie, K. Savage, V. Rumley, R. Bridger, F. Robinson, A. Brooker & C.R. Cornford.


  Tunbridge Wells Branch Meeting

Sunday January 31st 1954, at 10.45 a.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station.

Bro. A. Brooker  presiding

Owing to the abnormally cold weather and adverse travelling conditions the attendance was very poor so correspondence was held over to be read at the next meeting.

Those present Bros. C.R. cornford, V. Rumley, K. Savage & C. Russell.

Waited until 12.30 p.m. before the Chairman decided that it was then to late to commence the meeting if any more should arrive.

Tunbridge Wells Branch Meeting

Sunday February 21st  1954, at 10.45 a.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station.

Bro. C.R.Cornford  presiding

Members present Bros. C. Adkin, P. Pepper, V. Rumley, C. Puckett, R. Bridger, D. Gower, R. Saunders, R. Cornford 

& C. Russell.

The Chairman opened the meeting and requested the secretary to read the minutes of the last meeting.

Proposed R. Bridger, seconded V. Rumley. “That they were a true record.” Carried.

Bro. R. Saunders intimated that he did not wish to stand as Assistant Secretary.

Bro. B. Gower was then proposed by C. Adkin and seconded by R. Bridger to stand as Assistant secretary. Carried unanm.

New Members

Following the previous meeting 9 new members filled application forms for membership, endorsed by the meeting that these be accepted:- 

Bros. A. Boorman, J. Gates, A. Kent, B. Wolvey, K. Hollands, C. Adkin, C. Kemp, F. Bone & D. Ward.

A further 4 application forms for members were brought forward by the Secretary to this meeting:-

Bro. K. Wild, proposed V. Rumley & Seconded R. Bridger

Bro. L. Stephenson proposed C. Adkin and seconded R. Saunders

Bro. A.G. Cox proposed R. Bridger and seconded C. Adkin

Bro. W. Randle proposed C. Puckett and seconded V. Rumley.

A letter from Bro. Channing, Sectional Council No.2 representative regarding  claims for flat rate payment by Bros. R. Saunders & D. Nye was read by Bro. R. Cornford.

In reply to the Secretary a letter from Head Office was read stating that no ledger was kept pervious to 1948 regarding dates of with and dates of birth and dates of entry of members into A.S.L.E. & F. and that it would help H.O. if Tunbride Wells  members could provide approximate dates of joining. Head Office would then help in compling a local register in order to avoid the necessity for writing to Head Office each time for dates of joining when a member is transferred to another depot or when a member enquired as to his period of service with a view to obtaining a long service badge.

The Secretary of the Branch Social Committee Bro. R. Bridger tendered the annual resignation from said committee the to desire to serve on the Committee during the next year:-

Bros. A. Murphy, W. Baldwin, W. Stiff, C. Puckett, E. Dunmal, R. Bridger, W. Gent, R. Aspey R. Sulivan, 

W. Wareham, G. Adkin, V. Rumley, K. Savage & P. Pepper.

Proposed by R. Saunders and seconded by R. Cornford these members were unanimously elected.

Report from L.D.C.

Bro. V. Rumley in reading L.D.C. report advised the branch that with regard to Bro. K. Cavie’s second driving rate a letter had been sent to Sectional Council representative Bro. Channing for attention.

A letter had also been sent to Bro Channing regarding Dual Links appointments and the seclusion of appointed Drivers.

Moved by Bro. V. Rumley seconded Bro. R. Bridger that the following resolution be included in the 1955 Agenda for the A.A.D.(passed by the branch and sent on to Head Office).

Resolution from Tunbridge Wells Branch

“That the Executive seek to amend Clause 22 of the Promotion, Transfer and Redundancy arrangements for Footplate Staff (filling of Motormen Positions) to give equal opportunity to appointed Drivers in Motive Power departments where no dual link exists and to remove the anomaly whereby men with years of service and experience are compelled to remain, while men young in seniority and experience fill these positions.”

Discussion took place on a form of seniority in passed firemen and a question was raised by Bro. G. Adkin regarding of R. Grigsby was still in Line of Promotion.

Moved G. Adkin seconded C. Puckett. “That the L.D.C. contacted Mr. Stone with a view to straightening ---- regarding R. Grigsby.

That sizes of overcoats and the facts that different contractors had a different  scale of sizes were put to discussion. Unanimously decided that L.D.c. contact the management regarding same.

Bro. R. Cornford read a letter from Head Office relating to proposal from Railway Executive to the Railway Trade Unions regarding new arrangements for eyesight examinations.

Moved by Bro. V. Rumley and seconded Bro. R. Bridger concerning retirements of storesman W. Smith, that the Secretary of the Branch Social Committee contact the N.U.R. and report back to the Branch.

The Chairman Bro. C.R. Cornford thanking members for their attendance called the meeting to a close at 1.15 p.m.


FOREST ROW


3rd MARCH 1954



On 3rd March, 1954, Driver Charlie Russell and his Fireman Ron Harper, was descending the bank at East Grinstead towards Forest Row, with a K Class Mogul No.32346, and a 800 ton permanent way train, when the train became a run-away. After roaring and lurching at considerable speed (estimated variously from 45 to 60 m.p.h.) through Forest Row station it was derailed by catch-points at the Groombridge end of the platforms and came to a grinding halt on its left side at the foot of the embankment. Probably because of their weight and robust construction  the effect on the wagons forming the train was less spectacular than might have been excepted for a high-speed derailment and the running line was reasonably quickly cleared, but the retrieval of the engine was a long and difficult task. 

Charlie was exonerated but was never the same man after this incident and shortly afterwards he left the job which meant so much to him.

Tunbridge Wells Branch Meeting

Sunday April 11th 1954, at 10.45 a.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station.

Bro. C.R. Cornford  presiding


Correspondence read noted.

Re National Insurance acts. Recommendation of employed Person Panels of Local Appeal Tribunal.

Report from Bro. S. Elliott of the Form 1 Interview. Driver Randle Tunbridge Wells West.

Chairman report that he was undertaking the duties of Bro. C. Russell as Bro. B. Gower was not inclined to accepted the position of Assistant Secretary and asked that an Assistant Secretary be appointed. It was decided to ask for nominations at the next meeting.

Bro. Brooker moved “That to enable the selection of Branch candidates for L.D.C. to be made in time for January election, nominations for same and branch offices should be taken at August and September meetings and voting at October and November meetings.” Seconded C. Puckett and carried.

Meeting closing 12.55 p.m. 

 

 Tunbridge Wells Branch Meeting

Sunday October 24th 1954, at 10.45 a.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station

Bro. A. Brooker presiding

Members present Bros A. Brooker, C. Russell, R. Bridger, W. Stiff, A. Murphy, P. Pepper & W. Ovenden.

Minutes of previous meeting taken as read Prop R. Bridger & Sec P. Pepper.

The report on Social Committee working during the September of 1954 was handed to the Chairman by Bro. R. Bridger reading this:-

To the Chairman, 

A.S.L.E.F.

Tunbridge Wells Branch

Sir,

The Social Committee ran outings on August 9th and 15th. The outing on August 9th was to Hampton Court via River Thames.

The outing of August 15th was a coach tour of Kent Coast resorts.

Both outings were well supported and carried out satisfactory.

The Old Age Pensioners of the depot were taken on an outing on September 5th to New Romney and Folkestone. They had a trip on the light railway and viewed the shed etc. Tea was taken at Folkestone and the presentation to W. Smith was made. A collection has been made for G. Streeter.

Report adopted

Regarding the appeal on behalf of Driver Broadway of Norwood it was decided that specific mention be made at the next meeting in order to gain more information.

Bro. R. Cornford was unanimously nominated A.A.D. delegated for 1955 subject to his desire to serve.

Special Committee

It was moved by Bro. A. Brooker and seconded by Bro. C. Russell. “That a vote of congratulations to be given the social committee for their activities during the past year. Report from Social Committee. Adopted unanimously

Presentation

The presentation to the retired assistant fitter G. Streeter will be held on November 18/54, at 7.0 p.m. in the Camden Hotel. Moved Bro. Stiff and seconded Bro. R. Bridger. “That Mr. Stone be approached to make the presentation. The Branch signified its approval to invite N.U.R. and old age pensioners.

L.D.C. Report

Bro. A Brooker next gave a verbal report on activities by the L.D.C. since the last meeting.

Nominations and  voting Branch Officers 1955.

The next item brought the meeting to the nominations for Branch Officers for the year 1955 and to the 1st voting. The names of members nominated and votes cast will be disclosed when voting has taken place at the 2nd meeting (Votes cast are in sealed envelope). 

11 names were submitted for Branch members and unanimously adopted as from 25.9.54

At District Council No.v 4 meeting held on August 20th 1954. Branch membership of our depot was carbolated this:-

A.S.L.E.F. 86, N.U.R. 11, NONS 1 & Political 86.

The Chairman thanking all present for their indulgence and attendance closed the meeting at 12.50. p.m

 

Tunbridge Wells Branch Meeting

Sunday November 28th 1954, at 10.45 a.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station.

Bro. C.R. Cornford  presiding

Members present Bros. C.R. Cornford, C. Russell, A. Brooker, V. Rumley & R. Bridger

The Chairman opened the meeting byt asking the Secretary to read the minutes of the last meeting. Proposed R. Bridger and seconded A. Brooker. “They were a true record.”

Broadway Case

After receiving an unofficial appeal from Norwood in support of Bro. Broadway. The Chairman advised secretary to notify Norwood Branch, that while we were sympathic with Bro. Broadway we did feel that such appeals should be with Branch or Society be sponsored. A reply was received from Norwood stating that the Society had done all they could from the beginning and that they been advised by counsel not to pursue the case beyond Railway levels.

Bro. Cornford stated he would attempt to converse with Bro. Cleaver at the District Council meeting on the matter.

Quarterley returns

The receipt for September quarterly returns from Head Office were then shown to the meeting. 

Voting

Voting next took place regarding representatives of A.S.L.E.F. on the Parliament Panel, Group representatives (53 group) Annual Assembley of Delegates and for one delegate to the Trade Union Congress. The branch voted unanimously in favour of the following nominees:-

Parlimentary Panel (4) Evans F.S. Neath, Jones E. Pontypool, Lamb L. Newton Abbott, & Paterson W. Dundee.

Group Representative (No.53) Berham F.E. Horsham.

One Delegate to T.U.C. Turner R.A.W. Tonbridge.

Loans to Members

A letter was read from Head Office stating that the Housing Loan Fund which was ----  at £40,000 has now been amended to £100,000 as from January 1st 1955 (Rule 35)

Accident Case

Correspondence requesting the accident of Bro. A. Boorman was read and Bro. R. Cornford was asked by the branch to contact Bro. Hocking at District Council meeting with regard to same.

Correspondence

A letter of thanks from Bro. A. Hallworth was read to the Branch. This was a reply to the letter sent from this Branch congratulating him on achieving the post of future General Secretary.

L.D.C.

A verbal report was jointly given by Bros A. Brooker & V. Rumley on their activities on the L.D.C.  Much of the report appertained to the 1955 Holiday roster and the method dealing with applications for vacant dates.

Foreign Affairs

In view of statement made by Sir Winston Churchill in the field of Foreign Affairs, the Branch feels that a recall Labour Party Conference is necessary failing satisfactory  explanation by the Prime Ministry in the House of Commons. Agreed.

Tunbridge Wells Branch Meeting

Sunday November 28th 1954, at 10.45 a.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station.

Bro. C.R.Cornford  presiding

Members present Bros. C.R. Cornford, C. Russell, A. Brooker, V. Rumley & R. Bridger

The Chairman opened the meeting byt asking the Secretary to read the minutes of the last meeting. Proposed R. Bridger and seconded A. Brooker. “They were a true record.”

Broadway Case

After receiving an unofficial appeal from Norwood in support of Bro. Broadway. The Chairman advised secretary to notify Norwood Branch, that while we were sympathic with Bro. Broadway we did feel that such appeals should be with Branch or Society be sponsored. A reply was received from Norwood stating that the Society had done all they could from the beginning and that they been advised by counsel not to pursue the case beyond Railway levels.

Bro. Cornford stated he would attempt to converse with Bro. Cleaver at the District Council meeting on the matter.

Quartley returns

The receipt for September quarterly returns from Head Office were then shown to the meeting.

Voting

Voting next took place regarding representatives of A.S.L.E.F. on the Parliament Panel, Group representatives (53 group) Annual Assembley of Delegates and for one delegate to the Trade Union Congress. The branch voted unanimously in favour of the following nominees:

Parlimentary Panel (4) Evans F.S. Neath, Jones E. Pontypool, Lamb L. Newton Abbott, & Paterson W. Dundee.

Group Representative (No.53) Berham F.E. Horsham.

One Delegate to T.U.C. Turner R.A.W. Tonbridge. 

Loans to Members

A letter was read from Head Office stating that the Housing Loan Fund which was set at £40,000 has now been amended to £100,000 as from January 1st 1955 (Rule 35)

Accident Case

Correspondence requesting the accident of Bro. A. Boorman was read and Bro. R. Cornford was asked by the branch to contact Bro. Hocking at District Council meeting with regard to same.

Correspondence

A letter of thanks from Bro. A. Hallworth was read to the Branch. This was a reply to the letter sent from this Branch congratulating him on achieving the post of future General Secretary.

L.D.C.

A verbal report was jointly given by Bros A. Brooker & V. rumley on their activities on the L.D.C.  Much of the report appertained to the 1955 Holiday roster and the method dealing with applications for vacant dates.

Foreign Affairs

In view of statement made by Sir Winston Churchill in the field of Foreign Affairs, the Branch feels that a recall Labour Party Conference is necessary failing satisfactory  explanation by the Prime Ministry in the House of Commons. Agreed.

Branch Officers for 1955 & voting

 Branch Officer for 1955 Nominations & Voting 

                               Proposer         Seconder          Votes

Chairman

Bro. C.R. Cornford     A. Murphy      W. Ovenden   7

Vice Chairman

Bro. A. Brooker          W. Ovenden    P. Pepper       2

Branch Secretary

Bro. C. Russell           W. Ovenden    P. Pepper       7

Branch Committee

Bros. R, Bridger, A. Murphy, W. Ovenden, K. Savage, V. Rumley, F. Diplock & F. Robinson.

Check Stewarts Bros. A.Murphy, V. Thorpe, K. Cavie,





BRANCH OFFICERS 1955
BRANCH CHAIRMAN. C.CORNFORD
ASS. CHAIRMAN. A. BROOKER
SECRETARY. C. RUSSELL
ASS. SECRETARY.    





Delegates District Council Bros. C. R. Cornford, A. Brooker (deputy)

L.D.C.

Bro. W. Ovenden votes 7, Bro. A. Brooler votes 7 & Bro. V. Rumley votes 7.  


The Chairman thanked those in attendance for their indulgence and closed the meeting at 12.45 p.m.

 
 

 Tunbridge Wells Branch Meeting

Sunday February 20th 1955, at 10.45 a.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station.

Bro C.R. Cornford presiding

Members present Bros. C.R. Cornford, C. Russell, V. Rumley, R. Bridger, A. Brooker & P. Fellows

The Chairman opened the meeting by asking the Secretary to read the minutes of the last meeting. Proposed V. Rumley & seconded A. Brooker they were a true record.

The Quarterly returns of the December were passed round the meeting for perusal by members.

The official voting form from Head Office with regard the forthcoming vacant position of Acting Assistant General Secretary was filled in at the meeting. This Branch recorded it unanimous vote in favour of Bro. N.A. Ginches, Edge Hill Branch

Moved Bro R. Bridger and seconded by V. Rumley.

Social Committee

The undermentioned members of the A.S.L.E.F. SOCIAL Committee having served their annual term of office submitted their resignations by signature.

W. Wickham, W. Baldwin, K. Savage, P. Pepper, E. Dunmall, R. Bridger, W. Gent, W. Stiff, R. Aspley, A. Murphy 

V. Rumley & R. Sullivan.

The following members intimated their desire to serve on the Social Committee should they be required the ensuing year:-

W. Wickman, W. Baldwin, K. Savage, K. Cavie, A. Murphy, V. Rumley, R. Sullivan, W. Gent, W. Stiff, R. Asprey, 

P. Pepper, E. Dunmall & R. Bridger.

The Auditors interim report on the Social Committee Funds during the past year showed a deviation and it was proposed by Bro. V. Rumley & seconded by Bro. A, Brooker. “That in order to complete the audit by Thursday 24.2.55 the treasurer be asked to give a satisfactory report on this resolution on agree to repay the deficit amount on weekly instalments by the end of 1955. The District Council Delegate was unavailable to report the matter to the Organising Secretary on Monday 28.2.55, if the Treasurer did not agree actively to the proposals.

The Branch Secretary was instructed to forward a letter to the Treasurer to convey the proposal of the Branch.

Bro. R. Bridger gave a verbal report on the activities of the Social Committee since the last Branch meeting and Bro. V. Rumley reported that the weekly raffles of useful domestic articles had been an initial success.

L.D.C.

A verbal report on the activities of the L.D.C. was given jointly by Bros. V. Rumley and A. Brooker. The 2 main items of the report were (a) the Holiday Roster and (b) the moving of rostered Sunday 7.38 a.m. from No.3 link to Nos. 1 & 2 combined links and the rostering of spare Sunday 10.0 p.m. into No.3 link. For 4 Against 3.

The Chairman (Bro. C.R. Cornford) gave a verbal report on the minutes of the District Council No.4 held on Monday 29th November 1954. Branch membership of this branch was entered at the District Council meeting as :-

OURS 86, N.U.R., 11, NONS 1, POLITICAL 85.

In thanking members present for their attendance the Chairman closed the meeting at 12.45 p.m

 Tunbridge Wells Branch Meeting

Sunday March 20th 1955, at 10.45 a.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station.

Bro C.R. Cornford presiding

Members present Bros. C.R. Cornford, C. Russell A. Brooker K. Savage, W. Stiff, & E. Dunmall.

The Chairman declared the meeting open by asking the Secretary to read the minutes of the last meeting. Proposed R. Bridger seconded by C.R. Cornford that they were a true record.

Social Committee

Referring back to the last Branch meeting and the question of the discrestion in the A.S.L.E.& F. Social Committee funds it was reported by the Chairman that he had sought and obtained the same of the Societies Organising Secretary. Bro. W.J. Cleaver. On the strength of such advise and after though and sympathic discusson the branch did not feel that they with so small attendance, could instruct the Social Committee in their commitments. It was therefore deemed the wiser venue for the Social Committee themselves to meet on some potential constructive solution and advise the Branch of the results on findings.

15 draw books in aid of funds sponsored by the Tunbridge Wells Trades Council were put through the Secretaries letters box at his private address.

The branch felt these books should be returned unsold as this could create a precedent especially as we ourselves can do with this sort of financial aid in our own sphere 

The Chairman of the Social Committee Bro. W. Stiff advised the Branch of the result of the collection of retired Driver G. Gorham and the fact that a joint presentation will be hold in the near future together with that of Bro. P. Savage who is shortly due to retire and is now ill.

L.D.C. Report

A verbal report on L.D.C. activities was given by our L.D.C. Representative Bro. A. Brooker. The main issue -stressed were on

a, anomalies arising from the Holiday roster

b, new train workings  on the Oxted & East Grinstead lines

C, his four day visit to the B.R. L.D.C. school at Watford  and what transpired there, and

d, a verbal report on the disposal time test which took place during the past week at our depot.

District Council Report

The Chairman Bro. C.R. Cornford next gave a report from motes he made at the last District Council No.4 meeting held on 28th February 1955

The Chairman closed the meeting at 1.15 p.m.

LOCOMOTIVE JOURNAL 

MARCH 1955

TUNBRIDGE WELLS BRANCH

On January 7th, the Annual Children's party, given by the A.S.L.E. & F. Social committee, was held in the King Charles Hall, Tunbridge Wells.

Over 70 children of Motive Power department employees sat down for tea, which was followed by a series of short comic films. it is still open to comjecture whether these films enjoyed more by the parents than by the children. Ice cream was served during the evening which culminated in the distribution of a present fr each child from the Christmas tree. Thanks of the branch are accorded to the members of the Social Committee and their wives for their untiring efforts during the past year to make this party such a huge success.

C.W. RUSSELL,

BRANCH SECRETARY

 Tunbridge Wells Branch Meeting

Sunday April 24th 1955, at 10.45 a.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station.

Bro C.R. Cornford presiding

Members present Bros. R. Cornford, V. Rumley, R. sulivan, K. Savage, A. Brooker, R. Bridger, F. Bone, L. Evans,

W. Wareham, K. Cavie G. Howis, W. Gent, W. Ovenden, A. Dodwell, F. Robinson, B. Gower, D. Nye & D. Ward

The chairman declared the meeting open by asking Bro. R. Bridger to read the minutes and act as minute taker in absence of the Branch Secretary who was working abd had not been successful in efforting a change of duties to enable to be at the meeting.

Proposed K. Savage seconded A. Brooker the minutes were a true record .

The quarterly returns for March 195 wee shown on the table together with bank paying in slip £61.17.8

Two new members D. Brett & B. Brown were accepted by the meeting.

General Secretary

Moved V. Rumley seconded K. Savage. “That the Secretary write to General Secretary re his illness.

Strike Action

In view of the impending strike action called by the Executive Committee arrangements  were to be made to hold strike meetings in the Wheatsheaf Hall, Victoria road. Morning and evening meetings on Wednesday 27th April and if need be on Sunday morning and evening April 30th 1955.

Strike Committee

Proposed R. Sullivan seconded K. Cavie – 

Bros. Cornford, Russell, Robinson, Wareham, Brooker, Rumley & Savage. 

Unanimous

Picket Points 2 men at each point, main enterance, Bates Yard, Show ground Gates, and Top Gates.

The Chairman closed the meeting at 1 p.m.

Tunbridge Wells Branch Special Strike Meeting

Wednesday April 27th 1955, at 10.00 a.m.

at the Wheatsheaf Hall .

Bro C.R. Cornford presiding


Members present Bros. C. Kemp, F. Elmer, F. Robinson, R. Saunders, R. Wickens, M. Kibbey, D. Ward, C. Woods, 

R. Jeffery, K. Savage, D. Austin, G. Howis, R. Taylor, A. Dowell, J. Francis, W. Gent, F. Bone, A. Card, W. Wareham, 

C.R. Cornford & C. Russell.

Correspondence Ref No. 50/1955

Strike Decision notice from Executive Committee was read to the meeting

District Council No.4

Bro. R. Cornford gave a verbal a report on the Strike situation from District Council No.4 meeting which he attended as delegate on Sunday 25th 1955. He informed us that Organising Secretary W.J. Cleaver stated that the potential strike is legal and appealed to all to support the call. The reports of Branches all over the area showed favourable support of the strike on behalf of the footplatemen so much so that there had been promises from some N.U.R. footplate staff to come out with us.

Bro. F. Robinson gave his verbal sentiments on the strike situation saying that as an older member he had been through strikes before to uphold the tradition and bearing of the footplateman. He felt that we were falling below our standard in the wage level and we had got to make our stand now to pressure the esteem with which a footplateman had always been held for the benefit of the future of the younger fraternity.

It was suggested by Bro. F. Elmer and seconded by Bro. F. Robinson. “That as E. C. member P.G. Hocking was speaking at Tonbridge on Sunday  1st May. Secretary should write to Head Office inviting Bro. Hocking to speak at one meeting on Sunday morning. Carried.

On arriving home secretary immediately sent off to Head Office and received a copy next day requesting  that as Bro. Hocking was an E.C. member he would be in committee at National Level on the Wages Negotations with the B.T.c. and our own local branch officers to make arrangements to carry the strike through successfully.

Proposed K. Savage and seconded R. Saunders. “That W. Gent be first on 3.0a.m. Tuesday May 2nd.” Carried

The Chairman closed the meeting at 12.0 noon.

 Tunbridge Wells Branch Special Strike Meeting

Wednesday April 27th 1955, at 10.00 a.m.

at the Wheatsheaf Hall .

Bro C.R. Cornford presiding


Members present Bros. C. Kemp, F. Elmer, F. Robinson, R. Saunders, R. Wickens, M. Kibbey, D. Ward, C. Woods, 

R. Jeffery, K. Savage, D. Austin, G. Howis, R. Taylor, A. Dowell, J. Francis, W. Gent, F. Bone, A. Card, W. Wareham, 

C.R. Cornford & C. Russell.

Correspondence Ref No. 50/1955

Strike Decision notice from Executive Committee was read to the meeting

District Council No.4

Bro. R. Cornford gave a verbal a report on the Strike situation from District Council No.4 meeting which he attended as delegate on Sunday 25th 1955. He informed us that Organising Secretary W.J. Cleaver stated that the potential strike is legal and appealed to all to support the call. The reports of Branches all over the area showed favourable support of the strike on behalf of the footplatemen so much so that there had been promises from some N.U.R. footplate staff to come out with us.

Bro. F. Robinson gave his verbal sentiments on the strike situation saying that as an older member he had been through strikes before to uphold the tradition and bearing of the footplateman. He felt that we were falling below our standard in the wage level and we had got to make our stand now to pressure the esteem with which a footplateman had always been held for the benefit of the future of the younger fraternity.

It was suggested by Bro. F. Elmer and seconded by Bro. F. Robinson. “That as E. C. member P.G. Hocking was speaking at Tonbridge on Sunday  1st May. Secretary should write to Head Office inviting Bro. Hocking to speak at one meeting on Sunday morning. Carried.

On arriving home secretary immediately sent off to Head Office and received a copy next day requesting  that as Bro. Hocking was an E.C. member he would be in committee at National Level on the Wages Negotations with the B.T.c. and our own local branch officers to make arrangements to carry the strike through successfully.

Proposed K. Savage and seconded R. Saunders. “That W. Gent be first on 3.0a.m. Tuesday May 2nd.” Carried

The Chairman closed the meeting at 12.0 noon.

 
 

Tunbridge Wells Branch Special Strike Meeting

Wednesday April 27th 1955, at 7.00 p.m.

at the Wheatsheaf Hall .


Members present Bros. D. Nye, A. Hollands, S. Neal, H. Dyer, L. Coomber, A. Murphy, V. Vidler, D. Card, G. Chalkin, W. Baldwin, A. Brooker, R. Bridger, B.  Gower,A. Dougherty, M. Flattman, W. Ovenden, R. Aspey, J. King, 

J. Mace & R. Cornford

Report was given on the Sunday meeting held at the Welfare Room, Central Station April 24/55 

Picket Messengers

L.Coomber, A. Murphy, D. Card, R. Bridger

Bro. A. Hollands kindly offered to use his motorcycle in the event of the strike taking place to perform the duties as messenger between depots. Bro. D. Nye kindly offered this services as cyclist messenger in the locality.

District Council Report

The Chairman gave a further report similar to the one he delivered at the morning meeting on the District Council No.4 meeting attending on Monday April 25th .

On the advice of an E.C. Member of the strike should take place members could present themselves at the pay table but immediately leave the premises.

The Chairman closed the meeting at 9.0 p.m.

NOTES BY BRANCH SECRETARY

After these Special Meetins were held, I received from Head Office 2 cheques valued at £240 used as strike pay at the rate of £2 per member and 4/- for each child up to school leaving age. These were dispatched from Head Office on April 29th 1955.

On Sunday 10.15 a.m. May 1st 1955, I received the following telegram:-


RUSSELL 4 B.T.C. XW 50

PRIORITY DELIVERY TONIGHT 30

XW50 39 7.30 OF 30TH HAMPSTEAD XN

PRIORITY = RUSSELL 4 HIGHFIELD ROOM HIGH BROOMS TUNBRIDGE WELLS 

SETTLEMENT REACHED WITH B.T.C. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE.

INSTRUCT MEMBER TO CONTINUE NORMAL DUTIES.

CIRCULAR WILL BE DESPATCHED AS EARLY AS PRACTICABLE

HALLWORTH


A meeting was called for 10.45 a.m. To deal with strike duties on Sunday 1st May but on the reciept of the telegram the meeting was called off pending usual Branch Meeting to be held Sunday 15th May or any previous emergency arising. Members were advised that they could hear E.C. Member Hocking speak at the Medway Hall Tonbridge 7.0 p.m. Sunday May 1st  May.

 Tunbridge Wells Branch Special Strike Meeting

Wednesday April 27th 1955, at 7.00 p.m.

at the Wheatsheaf Hall .


Members present Bros. D. Nye, A. Hollands, S. Neal, H. Dyer, L. Coomber, A. Murphy, V. Vidler, D. Card, G. Chalkin, W. Baldwin, A. Brooker, R. Bridger, B.  Gower,A. Dougherty, M. Flattman, W. Ovenden, R. Aspey, J. King, 

J. Mace & R. Cornford

Report was given on the Sunday meeting held at the Welfare Room, Central Station April 24/55 

Picket Messengers

L.Coomber, A. Murphy, D. Card, R. Bridger

Bro. A. Hollands kindly offered to use his motorcycle in the event of the strike taking place to perform the duties as messenger between depots. Bro. D. Nye kindly offered this services as cyclist messenger in the locality.

District Council Report

The Chairman gave a further report similar to the one he delivered at the morning meeting on the District Council No.4 meeting attending on Monday April 25th .

On the advice of an E.C. Member of the strike should take place members could present themselves at the pay table but immediately leave the premises.

The Chairman closed the meeting at 9.0 p.m.

NOTES BY BRANCH SECRETARY

After these Special Meetins were held, I received from Head Office 2 cheques valued at £240 used as strike pay at the rate of £2 per member and 4/- for each child up to school leaving age. These were dispatched from Head Office on April 29th 1955.

On Sunday 10.15 a.m. May 1st 1955, I received the following telegram:-


RUSSELL 4 B.T.C. XW 50

PRIORITY DELIVERY TONIGHT 30

XW50 39 7.30 OF 30TH HAMPSTEAD XN

PRIORITY = RUSSELL 4 HIGHFIELD ROOM HIGH BROOMS TUNBRIDGE WELLS 

SETTLEMENT REACHED WITH B.T.C. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE.

INSTRUCT MEMBER TO CONTINUE NORMAL DUTIES.

CIRCULAR WILL BE DESPATCHED AS EARLY AS PRACTICABLE

HALLWORTH


A meeting was called for 10.45 a.m. To deal with strike duties on Sunday 1st May but on the reciept of the telegram the meeting was called off pending usual Branch Meeting to be held Sunday 15th May or any previous emergency arising. Members were advised that they could hear E.C. Member Hocking speak at the Medway Hall Tonbridge 7.0 p.m. Sunday May 1st  May.

DI DOWSETT COLLECTION

Driver Fred Diplock & Fireman Dennis Ward taking water at Eridge 

 

Tunbridge Wells Branch Meeting

Sunday May 15th 1955, at 10.45 a.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station.

Bro A. Brooker presiding


Members present Bros. A. Brooker, C. Russell, V. Rumley, R. Bridger & K. Cavie.

The Vice Chairman Bro. A. Brooker opened the meeting by asking the Secretary to read the minutes of the previous ordinary branch meeting.

Proposed V. Rumley seconded K. Cavie they were a true record.

The Special Strike meetings minutes held on Wednesday 27th April 1955 were taken as read.

New Membership G. Reeves submitted an application for membership form and was accepted by the meeting. The Secretary informed the meeting that the membership was now 91. Bro. V. Rumley moved and R. Bridger seconded a vote of congratulations on the Secretary for the new he had obtained since taking over his duties.

Moved V. Rumley seconded R. Bridger that Bro. N. Pinches be the branch choice for the position of acting Assistant General Secretary. Unanimously.

Moved V. Rumley that Secretary contact Organising Secretary W.J. Cleaver re clasification as to whether Bro. P Savage is entitled to holiday pay or leave

Social Committee

Bro. R. Bridger gave the meeting the information that the Social Committee had made provisions arrangements for outings and joint presentation to Bros. P. Savage & G. Gorham.

L.D.C. Report 

Bro. V. Rumley gave an L.D.C. Report on new engine workings and informed the meeting that it was proposed to hold 2 open meetings on Thursday May 19th.

The vice Chairman closed the meeting at 12.30 p.m.

Bro. Brooker proposed these minutes be taken as read Seconded Bro. Sullivan agreed

CR Cornford 21.9.55

 

 Tunbridge Wells Branch 

Report of a Special Meeting

Held on Friday May 27th

at the Wheatsheaf Hall

A. Brooker presiding

The Chairman outlined the Circular letter, No. 55/1955 and the read the proposal of the B.T.C. And it was pointed out that at this depot the 6.6 a.m. would be the only turn to benefit namely 3d per day, and fireman 2 ½ per day.

Discussion on men working ballast trains on Saturday night, advised men to complete turn to nearest depot.

Bro. J. Wareham being on holiday, it was moved by Bro. Cavie & seconded by Bro. R. Sulivan that Bro L. Evans be asked to take his place on Strike committee.

Sunday picketing was discussed, and it was suggested 5.40 a.m. To 10.15 a.m. and 1.30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Main Gates and Broadwater Lane to be covered.

Members present Bros. P. Underwood, J. Wareham. R. Sullivan, K. Cavie, D. Nye, E. Dunmall, L. Stephenson, 

R. Wickens, D. Tasker, A. Brooker, G. Howis, R. Jefferys & K. Savage.

 Tunbridge Wells Branch 

Report of a Special Meeting

Held on Friday May 27th 1955 

at the Wheatsheaf Hall

at 7.0 p.m.

F. Robinson presiding

Bro. F. Robinson the gave details of C. Russel's illness and arrangements pending

Correspondance

Circular letter read 61/1955 also appendix A & B mileage payments.

Bro. L. Evans was then moved for strike committee in place of J. Wareham who was on holiday. Carried

Picket for Sunday was then arranged

Main Gate

Bro. L. Coomber 5.40 a.m. to 8.0 am

Bro. V. Vilder 8.0 a.m. to 10.15 a.m.

Bro. F. Diplock 1.30 p.m. to 4.0 p.m

Bro. J. Pring 4.0 p.m. to 6.0 p.m.

Broadwater Lane

Bro. F. P.age 5.40 a.m. to 8.0 am

Bro. R. Coomber 8.0 a.m. to 10.15 a.m.

Bro. R. Bridger 1.30 p.m. to 4.0 p.m

Bro. F. Robinson  4.0 p.m. to 6.0 p.m. 

A vote of thanks was then moved for Bro. F. Robinson by Bro. R. Bridger and seconded Bro. L. Evans, also for Bro. A. Brooker, moved by Bro. V. Rumley and seconded by Bro. P. Pepper for taking over at this late stage. Carried

Members present Bros. A. Hollands, P. Pepper, R, Bridger, J. Pring, L. Evans, F. Diplock, A. Benton, E. Dunmall, 

F. Page, L. Coomber, V. Rumley, F. Robinson, R. Saunders, R. Coomber, A. Gordon, H. Dyer & G. Reeves.


Meeting closed at 8.20 p.m. 

 

 Tunbridge Wells Branch Meeting

Sunday October 21st 1955, at 7.30 p.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station.

Bro C.R. Cornford presiding

The minutes of 15.5.55 – 27.5.55 a.m. & 27.5.55 p.m. were taking as read, moved by Bro. A. Brooker and seconded by R. Sullivan. agreed  

Matters arising

Position explained re Bro. P. Savage’s holiday by L.D.C. Chairman the following 

No nominations were made for delegates to T.U.C. – I..T.W.F. .or or A.A.D. on the last Bro. A. Brooker  raised re rota of A.A.D. delegates could be improved under the powers of the E.C. if enough small depots in the area raised the matter with Head Office.

Letter from Bro. C. Waghorn of Tonbridge branch Chairman pointed out that it was out of order for this member to request special meeting of this branch, but that he was quite in order to attend and join in discussion, as the member was not there nor a satisfied of the position to explained.

Also that a letter in kind by Bro. A. Hollands had been discussed at the meeting.

The Chairman moved that it lay on the table, and Bro. C. Waghorn to be notified by Secretary.

A report on L.D.C. business was given by Bro. A. Brooker giving an outline of the disposal times, meetings that had taken place and new position that would arise from the M7s being fitted for water treatment with blow down cock etc. He also asked the meeting to decide on which holiday the holidays for 1956 were to start as the Mondays, if the proposed roster was correct with Rest Days was either March 26th or April 9th both equenlent distant from April 1st in National Conditions was unanimous to start on March 26th.

 GEORGE HOLLANDS COLLECTION

Left - Right: Fireman George Hollands & Unknown Driver at Brighton Top Table

 

 Tunbridge Wells Branch Meeting

Sunday January 26th 1956, at 7.15 p.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station.

Bro C.R. Cornford presiding

It was moved by Bro. R. Bridger, second by Bro. R. Sulivan. “That Bro. A. Brooker be nominate taker. Carried

Minutes of 21.10.55 read all amended were moved as a true record by Bro. P. Usherwood and seconded Bro. R. Sullivan.

Correspondence

A letter from Head Office with an account for 12/- for metal badges which were ordered by C. Russell and should have been paid by him to Head Office.

New Members

It was moved by Bro. H. Blackmore seconded Bro. F. Page. “That J. Rae becomes member carried.

Moved by Bro. H. Blackmore seconded F. Page. “That H. Kemp become a member.” Carried

Members present

Bros P. Pepper, G. Piper, R. Sullivan, F. Page, P. Usherwood, R. Dunmall, A. Brooker, R. Cornford, F. Fellows, 

R. Bridger & E. Dunmall.

Nominations for Branch Offices 1956

Chairman

Bro. C.R. Cornford moved E. Dunmall sec R. Sullivan

Bro A. Brooker W. Ovenden sec R. Cornford

Secretary

F. Robinson R. Sullivan sec P. Underwood

Ass Secretary

No nominations 

BRANCH OFFICERS 1956 - 60
BRANCH CHAIRMAN. C.CORNFORD
ASS. CHAIRMAN. A. BROOKER
SECRETARY. F. ROBINSON
ASS SECRETARY R. SULLIVAN

 

 

 Tunbridge Wells Branch Meeting

Sunday March 22nd  1956, at 6.40 p.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station.

Bro R. Cornford presiding

Member present Bros. P. Usherwood, E. Dunmall, W. Ovenden, R. Pepper, D. Nye, R. Bridger, R. Sullivan, 

A. Simmonds, V. Rumley, J. Pring, F. Page, G. Howis, W. Baldwin, R. Dunmall & A. Brooker.

Chairman declared meeting for by asking minutes of 26.1.56., read as amemded was then moved that they be a true record. Prosposed P. Pepper and seconded W. Ovenden

New Member

A.Tapp was accepted at the meeting proposed H. Blackmore and seconded P. Pepper.

Social Committee

The Social Committee tender other resignation and all wish to stand for re election. 

The new committee is W. Stiff, J. Wareham, K. Savage, W. Baldwin, R. Bridger, R. Aspey, E. Dunmall, W. Gent, 

K. Cavie, P. Pepper, V. Rumley, R. Sulivan, D. Ward.

R. Bridger gave a report that the funds were better this year when at the same time last year, books where being audit and would be at the next meeting.

L.D.C.

A verbal report was given by Bro. A. Brooker on the meeting hold 21.3.56. the main items being the disgraceful state of the shed and yard, the state of the sink on driver’s lobby, the first aid box, and No.1 to be kept clear of all material an agreement both sides, what this would be clean up at once.

A discussion took place on the men at this depot of working of where rest days, after being well discuss and by unanimous vote, Tunbridge Wells West men would not work their rest days. Proposed V. Rumley seconded W. Ovenden

Meeting closed at 9.45

 

Mike Bean Collection

Driver Alf Cox 

 

 Tunbridge Wells Branch Meeting

Sunday August 18th 1957,

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station.

Bro R. Cornford presiding


Minutes of last meeting read and confirmed

Nominations for A.A.D. It was moved by Bro. V. Rumley and seconded by Bro. F. Robinson, that this branch nominate Bro. C.R. Cornford the 1958 A.A.D. conference. Carried

The March quarter account was placed before the meeting, also the September contribution sheet.

Reports

Bro. V. Rumley gave a Social Committee report saying it was job to hold meetings and that some members were not their weight, and after a good discussion it was decided to try and improve the committee and two members present agreed to help these being Bros. B. Gowen & P. Usherwood, also in bank was the sum of £118.

L.D.C.

Report was given by Bros C.R. Cornford & A. Brooker

Next business was the Tunbridge Wells sick club and after a good discussion it was moved for the Secretary to write Bro. Stiff to call a meeting of the meeting

Meeting closed at 1.0. p.m.

Member present Bros. V. Rumley A. Brooker, P. Usherood, C.R. Cornford, E. Dunmall, F. Robinson, D. Ward 

& B. Gower.

 

 Robert Pitts Collection  

 

LOCOMOTIVE JOURNAL 

TUNBRIDGE WELLS

MAY 1960

PAGE 156


It is with the deepest sorrow that we have to report the passing of our later Bro. Cornford, Chairman of this Branch. He was Branch Chairman for 11 years, Chairman of the L.D.C., District Council Delegate, and Borough Councilor 1946 to 1950 and 1953 to 1960. A good councilor and a friend to all in need.

The funeral took place at the Tunbridge Wells Borough Cemetery on Saturday April 2. A service was held at St. Luke’s church, attended by the Mayor and Corporation, and numerous friends and workmates.

Councilor F.G. Robinson, our Secretary, represented the A.S.L.E.&F.

The society has lost a very worthy member.

F.G. Robinson

Branch Secretary

(Our sincerest sympathy is tendered to the bereaved - Editor) 

 

  Tunbridge Wells Branch Meeting

Sunday February 20th 1960 at 10.45 p.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station.

Bro C.R. Cornford presiding

The secretary then told the meeting that the list of officers for 1960 had been sent to Head Office in January and his action was endorsed.

Corrsepondence was then dealt with and it consisted mostly of the strike of the N.U.R. and the Chairman pointed out what had been done with the Branch at Tunbridge Wells.

Bro. V. Rumley then gave a report on the Social Committee, and a vote of thanks was given for work that this committee had done over the past year. Carried.

The Secretary then told the meeting that they would have to find another Secretary, he having been secretary for 28 years. After a good discussion it was moved by Bro. V. Rumley and seconded Bro. A. Brooker. “That the Secretary --- Bro. B. Gower and for him to take over in January 1961. carried

Meeting closed at 1 p.m.

Members present Bro. V. Rumley, B. Gower, A. Brooker,  R. Bridger,L. Evamns, E. Dunmall, W. Ovenden, 

R. Coomber, F. Robinson & C.R. Cornford.

 

Tunbridge Wells Branch Meeting

Sunday May 15th 1960 at 10.45 p.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station.

Bro A. Brooker presiding

On opening the meeting the Chairman asked members to stand in silence for our late Chairman Bro. C.R. Cornford.

Correspondence

Next on the agenda Social Committee report

Bro. B. Gower gave an outline of the activities of the Committee.

Bro A. Brooker gave a report of the L.D.C. on the Rest Day --- and the summer working, which included 9 pull & push turns. A good discussion took place.

Nominations was then taken for Chairman, District Council Delegate took place.

Chairman

Moved by Bro. R. Coomber & seconded Bro. E. Dunmall - Bro. A. Brooker

No other nominations Bro. A. Brooker elected

Vice Chairman

Moved Bro. F. Diplock & seconded Bro. E. Dunmall – Bro. F. Diplock Carried

District Council Delegate

Moved Bro. R. Coomber & seconded F. Diplock – Bro. A. Brooker

Nominations for L.D.C., one to be elected

Moved by R. Coomber & seconded Bro. E. Dunmall - Bro. B. Gower

Moved by B. Gower & seconded Bro. R. Dunmall – Bro. E. Dunmall

On a vote being taken, 3 for Bro. B. Gower & 2 for Bro. E. Dunmall, elected Bro. B. Gower elected.

The secretary then pointed out that he moved to give up as being Secretary this year, and after a discussion Bro. B. Gower would take over in 1961. and that Bro. F. Robinson would help Bro. B. Gower to take over.

Meeting closed about 12.45 p.m.

Members present Bros. A. Brooker, F. Bone, E. Dunmall, B. Gower, F. Diplock, F. Robinson, R. Dunmall 

& R. Coomber

 

 Tunbridge Wells Branch Meeting

Sunday September 18th 1960 at 10.45 p.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station.

Bro A. Brooker presiding

The Chairman opened the meeting by reading the minutes of the previous meeting by reading the minutes of the previous meeting and it was moved by Bro. E. Dunmall “That they be amended is read that F. Diplock be vice Chairman this was seconded by Bro. V. Rumley and carried unam.

Correspondence was then read

Bro. A. Brooker then asked for a report the Social Committee and Bro. V. Rumley  gave the report of the recent trip for the old age pensioners which consisted of outing to the coast finishing with tea at Wanoch Gardens, moved by Bro. E. Dunmall, seconded Bro. Sullivan that this be a true report.

The L.D.C. report was then given and it was stated that we had lost one Sunday duty at the commence of winter time table, the 10.10 a.m. which would be replaced by the 7.40 p.m. which was a spare turn. An interesting discussion then took place on the working of passed fireman in relation in the Guilleboud Report, it was decided that the existing agreement of man being booked nearest their rostered turn it be recinded to read the senior passed fireman be booked on training running duties and junior men be booked on P. D. and shunting duties.

It was moved by Bro. Rumley seconded by Bro. Ford. “That an open meeting be called to discuss the possible alteration of the rest day roster.

Bro. A. Brooker then read the District Council which proved is be of an interesting nature to us all.

There being no other business to discuss the meeting was closed at 12.30 p.m.

Members present Bros. A. Brooker, L. Evans, B. Gower, R. Dunmall, V. Rumley, R. Sulivan, A. Card, E. Dunmall 

& C. Ford.

 

Tunbridge Wells Branch Meeting

Sunday November 20th 1960 at 10.45 p.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station.

Bro A. Brooker presiding

The correspondence was read as regards the Xmas workings i.e. - leiu days for Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, time and three quarters for Sunday, time and a half for Monday and ordinary time for Tuesday.

The read of the previous meeting and it was moved by Bro. Dunmall seconded Bro. Cavie. “That the minutes as a true report.

A vacancy on the L.D.C. has arisen owing to the move to Tonbridge of Bro. Sullivan , and it was proposed by Bro. Cavie. “That Bro. E. Dunmall be elected as a member of the L.D.C. this was seconded by Bro. Brooker.

Sectional Council report was then read by Bro. Booker and their being no other business to discuss the meeting was closed at 12.0 p.m.

Members present Bros. A. Broker, B. Gower, E. Dunmall, & K. Cavie.

 

 Robert Pitts Collection  

 

  Tunbridge Wells Branch Meeting

Sunday February 5th 1961 at 10.45 p.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station.

Bro A. Brooker presiding 

 Election of Officers 1961

Bro. B. Gower to take office as Secretary from 1st of January 1961, this being decided in February 20th 1960.

Proposed C. Taylor seconded E. Dumall – A. Brooker Chairman

Proposed L. Stephenson seconded K. Cavie – F. Diplock Vice Chaiman

Committee Members

Bros. D. Nye, E. Dunmall, R. Saunders, K. Cavie, L. Stephenson, L. Evans & R. Dunmall

BRANCH OFFICERS 1961
BRANCH CHAIRMAN. A.BOOKER
ASS. CHAIRMAN. F. DIPLOCK
SECRETARY. B. GOWER


 

 On election for District Council was called for two proposals were put forward.

Proposed D. Nye seconded C. Taylor  Bro. A. Brooker

Proposed K. Cavie seconded L. Stephenson Bro. V. Rumley

A vote was taken, Bro. Brooker elected with 7 votes, Bro. Rumley 2 votes.

The L.D.C report was then given by Bro. Brooker and it was stated that a alteration  to the roster on being made as to the rostering of Passed fireman on the third link in seniority order.

It was moved by Bro. Saunders. “That the late issue of  working at Tun Wells West be investigated and an assurance was given by the L.D.C. that this would be taken up. It was moved by Bro. Evans. “That our position be investigated in regards to future Diesel work at Tunbridge Wells.

Meeting closed at 11.35 a.m.

Member present Bros. L. Stephenson, L. Evans, E. Dunmall, R. Dunmall, K. Cavie, R. Saunders, D. Nye, C. Taylor, 

 

  Tunbridge Wells Branch Meeting

Sunday April 23rd 1961 at 10.45 p.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station.

Bro A. Brooker presiding

The minutes of the last meeting were read and passed as a true record

Correspondence was then read which dealt with mainly with diesel training and conditions etc. and it was agreed that the branch secretary should post these in notice case for all to see.

Social Committee report

It was stated by Bro. R. Bridger that the social evening for the presentation in Bro. F. Wareham had gone off very well and an enjoyable evening had been given to all members present.

LDC Report.

The passed firemen at Tunbridge Wells had a complaint as to the booking of passed Fireman in relation to the Guilibaud Report (junior men P&D etc) and asked of something could be done to ease this matter, it was agreed by the Secretary of the L.D.C. to link one it with possible alteration.

District Council Report was then read by Bro. A. Brooker which proved to be of information an interesting nature to members presence.

There being no other business to discuss the meeting was closed at 12.30 p.m.

Members present Bros. R. Bridger, R. Dunmall, P. Usherwood, S. Clevett, A. Brooker & B. Gower.

Unknown, Brian Rodgers, Bill Gent (with knees bent), Unknown, Bernie Gower (Branch Sec.), Archie Docherty & Mick Flatman 

 LOCOMOTIVE JOURNAL

JUNE 1961

TUNBRIDGE WELLS

PAGE 172


It is with deep regret that I have to report the death of Brother F.G. Robinson who passed away on May 9. Bro. Robinson had recently handed over to me as Branch Secretary after holding the post for 27 years. He had alos served on the Town Council for a number of years and was a good friend to all in need.

In February of this year he was selected for the high honour of Mayor-Elect of Tunbridge Wells, to take office on May 21st, but due to his recent illness was advised by his doctor to decline.

We at Tunbridge Wells have lost a true friend and workmate who would always readily give advice in personal and Trade Union matters, and his loss to this depot will never be replaces. Our deepest sympathy goes to his widow, son and daughter in their sudden and great loss.

B. Gower,

Branch Secretary

(We also tender our sincere sympathy to the family of the late Bro. Robinson. – Editor)

 

  Tunbridge Wells Branch Meeting

Sunday June 18th  1961 at 10.45 p.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station.

Bro A. Brooker presiding

The meeting was opened by reading the minutes of the previous meeting and these were declared a true record.

The Social Committee’s report was asked for and Bro. Rumley  stated that the presentation evening held at the Lord Cromwallis for retired member J. Wareham had been an enjoyable evening for all.

The Branch Secretary asked that a collection be made at the Depot for our late Branch Secretary F. Robinson and a presentation  be made to his widow of a suitably inscribed gift, this was carried unam

Bro. A. Brooker was then asked to give the report

In view of this report and correspondence read later, the Secretary of the L.D.C. was asked of the possibility of contracting the Holiday period from 30 to 28 weeks, it was moved by Bro. Rumley to cut out October 31st date or be reduced as far as possible. Seconded Bro. F. Diplock. A vote was taken resulting 3 votes for 6 votes against.

It was moved by Bro Rumley seconded Bro. Saunders. “That all vacant dates be settled on the Holiday Roster by November 30th only in exceptional circumstances will applications be considered after this date. 7 votes for 2 votes against.

Correspodence was then read mainly applying to the working of Diesels (uniforms, disposal and preparation and the position of failed men etc.) and it was agreed that these should be posted.

There being no other business to discuss the meeting was closed at 12.45

Members present 

Bros. E. Dunmall, R. Saunders, B. Jeffery, 

P. Usherwood, F. Bone, V. Rumley, L. Stephenson, 

    C. Chalklin, F. Diplock, A. Brooker & B. Gower. 

 

Driver Fred Diplock (left) & Fireman Dennis Ward

 

 Tunbridge Wells Branch Meeting

Sunday July 23rd  1961 at 10.45 p.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station.

Bro A. Brooker presiding

The minutes of the last meeting were read and it was moved by Bro. Rumley and seconded by Bro. Jefferry. “That they were a true record.

The Social Committee report was given by Bro Rumley and it was noted that arrangements for retired members outing on September 10th were well in hand.

The District Council report was given by Bro. Brooker which proved to be very informative.

On the L.D.C. report it was moved by the Chairman Bro. A. Brooker that the recent roster change by Firemen R. Eckersly and R. Gordon remain affective this carried unam. Letters were also read on the 15 mins notice time allowed at Tunbridge Wells West.

There being no other business to discuss the meeting was closed at 12.30 p.m.

Members present Bros. E. Francis, R. Jeffery, R. Eckersly, V. Rumley & A. Brooker

 

 Tunbridge Wells Branch Meeting

Sunday June 17th  1961 at 10.30 p.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station.

Bro A. Brooker presiding

Bro. Willshaw of Norwood Branch was welcomed to this meeting to give a us the 1961 A.A.D. report and after the correspondence had been read Bro. Willshaw gave his report which proved of an informative nature to all members present after which a discussion took place on various items in the report. 

There being no other business to discuss a vote of thanks was passed to Bro. Willshaw for attending the Branch and the meeting was closed at 12.30 p.m.

Members present Bros. Diplock, Francis, Usherwood, Dunmall, Knight, Sullivan, Brooker & Gower.

 

Tunbridge Wells Branch Meeting

Sunday November 20th  1961 at 10.45 p.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station.

Bro A. Brooker presiding

The meeting opened by Bro Brooker reading the minutes of the October meeting it was proposed by Bro. Evans and seconded Bro. Stephenson “That these be a true record.”

Correspondence was then read  on the 42 hour week, voting then took place on the election of a candidate for the post of General Secretary. Bro. Evans term of office being up in January, a vote was taken and Bro. Pinches was nominated from this Branch.

Bro. Willsham of Norwood was nominated as a candidate for the 1962 T.U.C..

It was agreed that in future L.D.C. elections the nominations would be in July & August and the election in September & October.

Voting then took place on nominations of Branch officers for 1962

The election after the recording of votes were as follows

Chairman F. Diplock, Vice Chair A. Brooker, Secretary B. Gower, Asst Sec L. Stephenson

 

 Tunbridge Wells Branch Meeting

Sunday October 15th  1961 at 10.45 p.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station.

Bro A. Brooker presiding

The meeting was opened by the reading of the minutes of the last meeting and it was proposed by Bro. Rumley seconded Bro Rigby. “That these be a true record.

A discussion took place on the working of rest day at Tunbridge Wells West on the request from the management during the Diesel Training. It was however pointed out by Bro. Brooker the L.D.C. Secretary that the Branch and L.D.C. had not been approach by the management so the urgency for working rest days as given by the Office Staff and was not necessary and Bro. Brooker’s report laid a lot of rumours that be averted on this subject.

It was agreed that the L.D.C. agreement with the office on the working of rest days was quite adequate.

There being no other business to discuss the meeting was closed at 12.45

Members present Bros. Evans, Savage, Rumley, Christian, Rigby, B. Jeffery, Stephenson, Gower & Brooker.

 

 

 Tunbridge Wells Branch Meeting

Sunday November 20th  1961 at 10.45 p.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station.

Bro A. Brooker presiding

The meeting opened by Bro Brooker reading the minutes of the October meeting it was proposed by Bro. Evans and seconded Bro. Stephenson “That these be a true record.”

Correspondence was then read  on the 42 hour week, voting then took place on the election of a candidate for the post of General Secretary. Bro. Evans term of office being up in January, a vote was taken and Bro. Pinches was nominated from this Branch.

Bro. Willsham of Norwood was nominated as a candidate for the 1962 T.U.C..

It was agreed that in future L.D.C. elections the nominations would be in July & August and the election in September & October.

Voting then took place on nominations of Branch officers for 1962

The election after the recording of votes were as follows

Chairman F. Diplock, Vice Chair A. Brooker, Secretary B. Gower, Asst Sec L. Stephenson

Committee 

Bros R. Saunders, L. Stephenson, L. Evans, 

R. Dunmall, P. Pepper, E. Dunamll & R. Sullivan

Branch Stewart & Collector 

Bros. R. Dunamall & L. Stephenson

The meeting closed at 12.30 p.m.

Members present 

Bros. A. Brooker, B. Gower, L. Evans, W. Ovenden, 

L. Stephenson, E. Dunmall, R. Bridger & F. Bone

 BRANCH OFFICERS 1962

BRANCH CHAIRMAN. F. DIPLOCK
ASS. CHAIRMAN. A. BROOKER
SECRETARY. B. GOWER
ASS. SEC. L. STEPHENSON 



 

 

 Tunbridge Wells Branch Meeting

Sunday May 20th  1962 at 10.45 p.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station.

Bro A. Brooker presiding

The meeting opened with the correspondence being read by Bro. A. Brooker which included two nomination forms one for the E.C. representative and the other for the Labour Party Conference. A vote was taken and Bro Pool was nominated as E.C. rep. and Bro. Sargent of St. Leonards as Labour Party Delegate.

The Branch Secretary gave his report and stated that contributions would be increased Scale One 4d per week and Scale Seven by 8d per week and the Branch returns were placed before the Branch it was found that 36 out of the 90 members of this branch were in arrears.

The District Council report was given by Bro. A. Brooker which proved to be of an interesting and informative nature.

There being no other business to discuss meeting was closed at 12.30 p.m.

Members present Bros. Evans, Brooker, Saunders, Bridger, E. Dunmall & Gower.

 

 

Taking water at Oxted on a H class in April 1962, 

Is the fireman from Tunbridge Wells West, Three Bridges, Brighton  or another depot?

 

 Tunbridge Wells Branch Meeting

Sunday July 15th  1962 at 10.45 p.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station.


At the meeting being opened the Branch Secretary wished to record a vote of respect and sympathy to Mr S. Clevett our late deceased Brother and friend.

The minutes of the previous meeting were then read and moved a true record.

A report on the Social Committee was given by Bro. V. Rumley who stated that in response to an appeal made by him the Southern Goodwill Society sent a cheque for £15 to help in the retired members outing, the treasurer of the Social committee stated the amount in the bank of £59.8.4. was thought to be rather low in respect of the fitter commitments at Tunbridge Wells West and various ways of raising ask were discussed but no set resolution was adopted.

It was also decided unam that Mrs Clevett and her children be kept in mind as regards Xmas parties and all future events by the social

L.D.C. Report

A discussion took place on the point of Tonbridge men working Tunbridge Wells West duties with steam and diesel and considerable alarm was felt by some of the members as to the possible effects, the L.D.C. Secretary pointed out that the working was temporary and therefore no definite action could be taken upon it he was however keeping a close watch on the situation and had been in touch with Bro. Channing.

There being no other business to discuss the meeting was closed at 12.45 p.m.

Members present Bros. A. Brooker, B. Gower, L. Evans, P. Usherwood, V. Rumley, K. Cavie, P. Russell, F. Bone, 

R. Bridger & A. Card.

 

 

Tunbridge Wells Branch Meeting

Sunday November 11th  1962 at 10.45 p.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station.


The minutes of the previous meeting were read and it was moved by Bro. Evans seconded Bro. Dunmall. “That they be a true record.”

Social Committee report from Bro. Rumley, it was stated the retired members outing was run entirely on funds raised by draws etc. with no need for drawing on funds in hand, it was also stated that arrangements for the Christmas party were well in hand. Bro. E. Dunmall stated that he would get six members to serve on the Social Committee as no committee had been elected for two years.

Bro. Brooker gave the district Council report and a discussion took place on the disclosures of the B.T.C. proposal in regard to the Region boundary change, out of which the following resolution was to adopted to be sent to Head Office

In view of the present practice of B.T.C. Officers only using consultation after decisions have been made.

That the B.T.C. be pressed to send their departmental Head Officers to consultation colleges as a matter of urgency, and to adopt a policy of sending all officers before they take up their appointments to the above college.

The resolution was moved by Bro. Brooker seconded Bro. E. Dunmall

There being no other business to discuss the meeting was closed at 12.30 p.m.

Members present Bros. E. Dunmall, V. Rumley L. Evans, A. Brooker, B. Gower & R. Dunmall.

 

 

 On the top of the T.W.W. Loco Shed in March 1963. does anyone no the names of the Loco Cleaners 

 

  Tunbridge Wells  Branch Meeting

Sunday July 30th  1963 at 10.45 p.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station.


The minutes of the previous meeting were read (25th November 1962) and it was moved and seconded that these be a true record.

Correspondence was then read mainly regarding alteration and amendments to the present redundancy arrangements to the present redundancy arrangements that have brought about by the Beeching Report.

The Secretary Bro. B. Gower expressed his disgust at the Society for their apparent lack of interest in the threatened closures of lines and stations in our area no correspondence had been received from Head Office re Closures since 16th of April, this was shared by all members and it was decided that a resolution from this branch be sent to Head Office deploring their lack of action and interest.

It was also decided that a letter be written to Lord Storham, Chairman of the  Inland Transport Committee giving our views as to the methods of the B.T.C. in giving the public as poor as service as possible on lines due for closure.

Bro. A. Brooker read the District Council report which proved of an informative nature, there being no other business to discuss the meeting was closed at 12.45 p.m.

Members present Bros. Card, Ovenden, Christian, Rumley, Brooker & Gower.

 

 Robert Pitts Collection  

Nana Brown?

 

 Tunbridge Wells Branch Meeting

Sunday November 25th  1962 at 10.45 p.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station.

The following Branch officers were elected for 1963

There being a very poor attendance at this meeting  officer remained en-block with exception to the Chairman Bro. A.  Brooker being elected in place of Bro. F. Diplcok

Branch Officers

Chairman A. Brooker, Vice Chair E. Dunmall, Secretary B. Gower, Ass Sec L. Stephenson

Committee 

Bros. R. Saunders, P. Pepper, L. Stephenson, 

R. Dunmall, E. Dunmall, R. Sullivan & L. Evans.

Branch Stewart & Collectors

Bros. R. Dunmall & L. Stephenson

There being no further business to discuss the meeting was closed at 12.30 p.m.

Members present 

Bros. E. Dunmall, R. Saunders, A. Brooker, B. Gower & R. Dunmall.

 BRANCH OFFICERS 1963

BRANCH CHAIRMAN. A.BOOKER
ASS. CHAIRMAN. E. DUNMALL
SECRETARY. B. GOWER
ASS SEC. L. STEPHENSON



 

 

 

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