Our Chairman writes….

Proposed New Membership Subscriptions

The last 18 months has allowed stability to return to the Association, but it has taken a great deal of time and effort. We recognise that the Association has not been supporting the railway as it ought, and we are working hard to change that. We need to increase our income, and reduce our costs, and we shall be reporting to you as we move forward.

New Articles of Association were adopted at the AGM which allowed the Board to set subscriptions. We compared the subscriptions paid on other railways and noted when they were last increased. There has been no increase in our subscriptions for three years.

We are very much aware of the concerns many members expressed about the loss of free travel. We are exploring different ways of providing better benefits for members while staying within the Gift Aid rules. We shall keep you posted on these developments.

We hope to get to the point where working volunteers naturally join the Association, and we therefore propose to introduce a new class of membership for them.

We promised to consult on our proposals, so here they are. The date for implementation, subject to the consultation, will be 1 January 2018.

Adult                                                                      £25
Two Adults                                                            £38
Family                                                                   £46
Student (up to age 23 in full time education)  £10
Senior Citizen                                                      £20
Two Senior Citizens                                            £30
Working Volunteer*                                            £15
Student Working Volunteer *                             £ 5

* These subscriptions entitle the member to full rights, except that The Journal will only be provided electronically.

If you would like to comment on these proposals, please write to your trustees using the address membership@wsra.org.uk  before Monday 13 November.

Paul Whitehouse
WSRA Chairman

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The WSRA Board is sorry to announce that Frank Houlding has resigned for personal reasons.

Ian Coleby has been appointed as WSR Journal editor with immediate effect.

Ian is currently vice chairman of the WSR plc and has been the designer and typesetter for the journal for the past year. He is also the author of ‘The Minehead Branch 1848-1971’, probably the most definitive work written about our railway.

Ian will be assisted by Keith Smith as Deputy Editor and by Nigel Kendall in the design and layout of the journal. Supporting them is a team of photo editors, sub-editors and proof readers all working to produce a lively and interesting publication.

The next edition will be published in December.