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2019 Special Events and having sufficient volunteers

 
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jackson_p



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2018 9:18 pm    Post subject: 2019 Special Events and having sufficient volunteers Reply with quote

Extract from the SVR website [as viewed 31 October 2018] .
https://www.svr.co.uk/NewsItem.aspx?a=860

Special Events 2019
We have lots to look forward to at the Severn Valley Railway next year!

    • February half-term: February 16 - 24
    • World Book Day Weekend: March 9 & 10
    • Spring Steam Gala: March 15 - 17
    • Open House Weekend: April 6 & 7
    • Spring Holidays: April 13 - 26
    • Family Fun Weekend: April 27 & 28
    • Spring Diesel Festival: May 16 - 18
    • Mixed Traction Day: May 19
    • May half-term: May 25 - 31
    • Food & Drink Fayre: June 1 & 2
    • Step Back to the 1940s: June 29 & 30, July 6 & 7
    • Summer Holidays: July 20 - September 1
    • Day of Dance: August 3
    • Steam on the Road: August 10 & 11
    • Comedy Festival (TBC): August 25 & 26
    • Classic Vehicle Day: August 31
    • On The Buses: September 1
    • Autumn Steam Gala: September 19 - 22
    • Autumn Diesel Festival: October 3 - 5
    • Christmas Gift Fayre: October 26 & 27
    • October half-term: October 26 - November 3
    • Ghost Trains: October 26, 30 & 31


Dates and events are subject to change.

This forum post is a snapshot extract from the main SVR web site and is not necessarily updated to reflect change. Always refer back to and check the main web site to confirm details are still correct.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2018 5:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So the autumn diesel festival is becoming an annual event.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2018 6:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is quite a lot of events and may put quite a strain on staff and crews. In 2018 there were quite a few last minute filling of vacancies in the guards dept
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2018 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So no "Behind the Scenes" next year?
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2018 7:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

GWR5764PT wrote:
So the autumn diesel festival is becoming an annual event.
I did think the recent class 50 gala was very good indeed. I wonder how the 2019 diesel festival will be able to better it?
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2018 11:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Divington_R wrote:
GWR5764PT wrote:
So the autumn diesel festival is becoming an annual event.
I did think the recent class 50 gala was very good indeed. I wonder how the 2019 diesel festival will be able to better it?


It depends if they can get another anniversary gala of one type or will it be a mixed gala like the Spring one is? I hope its the latter, maybe Western Region Hydraulics.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2018 4:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

haynes_m wrote:
So no "Behind the Scenes" next year?
The 4150 Fund ran them until 2016 and the Charitable Trust ran one in 2017 but not in 2018 and apparently not in 2019 either as you say. Maybe it is seen as duplicating the Open House weekend?
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2019 10:12 am    Post subject: Events 2019 Reply with quote

Really looking forward to everything.

Slightly worried about our average volunteer age and the possibility of not having enough active working volunteers to fully staff everything.

I and a lot of other volunteers continue because of dogged determination to keep going. I have always worked at AY mostly on maintenance and renovation, usually in uniform at Christmas on the Sundays, and the number of mates I have struck off my card list is getting longer and the remainder are getting stiffer.

Could there be a scheme to actually advertise for volunteers to enjoy maintenance and other skills? Nationally the Library scheme is under fire in every council I think, and where I live (Stafford) there is an active recruitment scheme under way for volunteers, I don't know if it is working.......Just a thought..
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2019 11:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of the biggest obstacles to volunteer recruitment, as I see it, is that one person is allowed to dictate the VLO policy. So, as he hates Facebook and everyone who uses it, the Volunteer Liaison Office as a whole fails to liaise with potential volunteers through any form of social media.

That and the rather uninspiring "Please contact VLO for details of current vacancies." on https://svr-vlo.org.uk/ as well of course.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2019 11:40 pm    Post subject: special events Reply with quote

Why is Facebook hated.?
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2019 7:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don’t know, but the point is that it shouldn’t be down to one person’s prejudices.
I don’t like kids, but I recognise that the Junior Club and Education Services do valuable work, so I’m all in favour of someone doing it, as long as it’s not me.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2019 10:20 am    Post subject: Special events. Reply with quote

There is a station meeting today at AY to plan the maintenance work for the coming season at the Station itself. It will be mainly attended by seniors of 65years plus and older, me being areasonably mobile 72. We've had several good youngsters in the past years , some have gone on the higher education and some advanced in the SVR.

But, non have stuck around on maintenance. OK. it could be said that they have no skills to bring with them and the work can be hard and a bit mundane,but once again, fellowship counts for a lot and it could be suggested that youngsters not joinng clubs and having been educated in "owt for nowt" could also be a reason.

Any chance of something like "suck it and see" weekends do you think.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2019 12:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Web admin note: Thread has drifted so title has been changed to suit.
PJ January 2019.


(Original title: 'Looking ahead to the 2019 Special Events’)

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2019 6:55 pm    Post subject: Special events Reply with quote

It's generally reckoned that SVR special events are great. All that I would ask is that the organisers take into account the strain placed on the currents "active " volunteers who are each getting older. I would urge the VLO to get their thinking caps on with a view to organising a steady influx of orange hi-viz staff to give the trains something to run on and the passengers somewhere to get on and off.. Respect to all.G
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