Chairman’s update – Friday 17th April

As you will know the Government have placed us all in lockdown for a further three weeks at least and, I suspect, somewhat longer before museums, galleries and heritage railways will be able to reopen.  Therefore I have to continue to advise that there is no access whatsoever for anyone to visit Ingrow under any circumstance, including working on any of our collection, including Bahamas at Haworth.  I know many are missing their weekly fix working with our friends and colleagues, but we must abide by the Government’s instruction to only go out for essential travel. 

I do want to thank on your behalf our sincere thanks to Adrian Rodsett, who is using his daily exercise to keep an eye on our museum and around Ingrow yard.  In addition a number of local KWVR members are also walking along the track bed.  Adrian did spot some youths in Ingrow yard on one day but fortunately they dispersed when he arrived.  We must be very grateful for this dedication to deter any anti-social behaviour or the likelihood of theft.  Sadly, on two separate occasions the East Lancashire Railway has had some £10,000 of copper stolen from the ‘Crab’ loco, and one of the coaches has suffered from graffiti.

Something which we can be pleased about is that the April edition of Railway Magazine has a great photo of Bahamas on the front cover.  I have also been spending time going through magazines unopened for years and putting them aside to come to Ingrow for redistribution!

I hope everyone is keeping well and staying safe, and hope to see you soon. 

The BLS board of directors had its first successful virtual meeting on Wednesday 15th April using the Zoom app, set-up was organised for us by George Bowler, and one that could be repeated again.

Keith Whitmore