It's been a busy time with the engine. It has been great to get Greensleeves out and working especially for such worthwhile and meaningful reasons.
It was an honour to be able to provide a steam escort for Danny and Sal at Michael's service at Worcester Crematorium on the 6th of March.
At the November club night as new members, they brought along a 2" engine and asked for engineering input as to actions. The consensus was sell it and start again. Jon and Karen heard of a 4" engine kit that needed to built and was purchased.
Danny spent all spare time to build the front end so that a photo of Michael's engine went with him.
Rest in peace Michael. Our thoughts go to his wife Margaret and the family.
Educational visit to Woodmancote School by Rob Gibbons, Derek England and Peter Redfearn with two engines on 19th March.
We had a very interesting day and were able to give the children the chance to experience what steam can do. Below is the feedback from the school teacher who organised the whole visit. Very rewarding.
"Steam Traction Engines at Woodmancote School:
As part of our recent STEM week, Peter, Rob and Derek kindly gave up their time to come and talk to our Year One children. It was an incredible day and one the children will remember forever. Peter, Rob and Derek, explained to the children all about steam power, and how this moves the traction engines. They then allowed the children to get up close to their engines whilst they were cold, and the children were able to ask lots of interesting questions. The highlight of the day for children (and the staff) was watching the engines steam to life, followed by an exciting ride around the playground. I can't thank them enough for all they did to inspire the children!
Derek England has done a great job of getting speakers in place for the club nights which are now arranged to allow enough time for the speaker and time for a social chat afterwards.
Graham Swales has had to step down from being Safety Officer for personal reasons.
We have to have one for the boiler testing and the rally. Kim Smith has agreed to cover the position whilst training Danny Preece to be the Safety Officer. Thank you to both.
We are going to the Midlands Model Engineering Exhibition at the Fosse 17-20 October and I have to submit entries by May. What we need are models you have built rather than engines to show that it is the engineering content of the club that is on display.
Please contact me with your entries. It is a good show