Chairman's Reports

Here are words of wisdom from our Chairman John Kidley. 

 May 2024

The season is well under way and I am sure most of the engine owners will have already attended some events. It’s a shame the weather has been so wet and many events have already been affected by it.

 I would like to welcome Mathew Long to the club who has recently joined and acquired an engine. Mathew is new to steam but very keen to learn with his children. We hope to see him at the club events with his family and engine this year.

 I hope all who can attend will make the trip to Blue Iias as it is a great location with a lot of room to run your engine with a great pub on site which serves great food at reasonable prices. You can take a walk along the canal or round the fishing lake and take in the country air. It’s a great relaxing weekend. We will have a road run to a local village fete which all who took part enjoyed last year.

 The preparation for the Tewkesbury event is well under way with over forty engines already entered. I hope all who can attend will be there. We can offer a boiler test over the weekend if you require one. Please contact Rob prior to the event so we know about it.

 We are still looking for a replacement for Chris England as Committee Secretary if anyone could help? Please contact me. It is not a difficult role, just requires somebody to attend the meetings take notes and write the minuets.

 John Kidley


January 2024

Well, we find ourselves at the beginning of a new year. I hope you all have survived another Christmas and new year celebration without too much damage. My family and I had a very enjoyable time with my close family coming to visit over the festive period.

Looking forward to another steam season I guess we are all looking at our diaries’ and trying to decide what shows you would like to attend and which ones you can get in.


I am told we have picked up a few new members over the new year period which is always good. Looking forward to our two steam events we are putting on this year I hope you have included both dates in your diary. We will invite the Steam Apprentice Club members to both events and hope we get a few of their members to attend.


We intend to advertise both of our events locally in an attempt to get the general public to come along and see live miniature steam in all its glory, this hopefully will raise our profile with the general public and perhaps attract a few new members. We are not going to charge any admission fee and will run the events along similar lines to we have previously.


If any member has any ideas will enhance the events, please contact us.


Happy new year to all,


John Kidley