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News & Press Releases (Updated to 25 March 2020)
1) COVID-19 The Stephenson Photograph Collection (Section added 15 April 2020)
The Government’s Coronavirus Rules concerning Social Distancing and non-essential travel have impacted our ability to provide customers with all of the prints required within the normal delivery time scale. Prints will be supplied where copies are held in stock, however, where a negative has to be printed to fulfil a requirement these will be supplied at a later date. Many of our negatives are glass plates and due to their fragility and irreplaceable value all negatives are taken by hand to our printer. This is no longer possible. When travel restrictions are lifted we will of course seek to complete orders as quickly as possible.
2) COVID-19 (Section added 25 March 2020)
Dear members and site visitors
During these very difficult times I write to reassure you that the Society is doing all it can to keep in contact with you until ‘normal service’ can be resumed.
The March/April Journal, Annual Report and Revised Bye Laws have all been delayed by this Covid-19 emergency.
I feel sure that members will understand the pressures being put on our Journal/Newsletter Editor and the printers at this time. You will already know that the Annual General Meeting and associated events plus the remaining indoor meetings for the 2019-2020 season have been cancelled.
The Board asks for your understanding and patience during this emergency but more importantly that every member follows the Government’s advice to stay at home and to stay safe. We all look forward to resuming our normal activities as soon as it is possible. Brian Dotson SLS Chairman.
3) New book delayed (Section added 25 March 2020)
As we hope you saw from our magazine advertisements our latest publication was to have launched at the London Festival of Railway Modelling on 21/22 March. It was at the final proof stage when editing work was paused due to the medical emergency. It will be completed and released for sale as soon as conditions improve sufficiently to allow for printing and distribution to be undertaken. For more about the book see the Publications page.
4) Library Closure
Due to circumstances entirely outside our control the Society's own library is currently closed pending relocation. A limited service remains available mostly surrounding access to photographs, with details given in the Society Newsletters or available from the Librarian. To email Gerry Nichols - Librarian
During this closure period alternative arrangements are in place with the RCTS. Full details of how to use the RCTS' Library (located at Leatherhead) as an SLS member, together with latest dates of opening, are contained within the latest SLS Newsletters. This link is to the RCTS Library webpage. Our grateful thanks are expressed to the RCTS for this reciprocal arrangement.
The SLS Newsletter will continue to include progress updates for the RCTS Library opening dates/times (together with information on our own new facility as and when, details can be released).
Forthcoming "Meet the Society" and extra events (Section updated 25 March 2020).
In addition to our regular series of Centre meetings we will also be at the following events and one-off meetings:-
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Front Cover image: As the Journal cover picture changes frequently caption details are not listed here. For details see the Journal page.
STICKY NOTICES -
1) Please DO NOT USE the contact details for our late General Secretary (Chris Jenkins) as included in archive copy Journals. Our current General Secretary is Ted Buckley - email details are here.
2) Library - information/update - The latest updates are on the Library page and in the Society Newsletter.
3) IT updates, and in particular our social media posts, are likely to continue to be intermittent at times into the foreseeable future. This is due to a mix of personal circumstances, and prioritising other Society workload for which the SLS web-master apologises. For further information on this issue Society members should note that content regarding, and explaining, the reason for this has been outlined on several occasions within the Newsletter.
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15 Apr - Further COVID-19 message added above regarding the supplying prints from the Stephenson Photograph Collection. A new list of available titles also added. List No.C20 – some 233 photographs of UK locomotives and stations including some narrow gauge, Isle of Man, industrial and Irish subjects photographed by W.A. Camwell during the period 1947-1962 inclusive.
25 Mar - COVID-19 message added above. Update to the Publications page with progress information on our latest publication. Interim/partial updates now also completd for the Journal and Previous Journals pages. (NB Other page updates are also current WIP and will be updated during the day)
19 Mar - All meetings and events through to the end of July are either now cancelled or postponed with new dates still TBA - virus permitting our indoor meetings season is expected to recommence in September & October. Events will be added and/or removed from the Perpetual Calendar as and when information is received from our organising Centres.
18 Mar - Perpetual Calendar updated today with confirmation of further meetings & event cancellations.
15 Mar - Due to rapidly changing circumstances brought on by the coronavirus please verify the Society event listed remains on before travelling. Perpetual Calendar uodated.
6 Mar - The SPC home page updated with details
of newly available list - C19 – some 230 photographs of British Railways and Irish locomotives and stations including the Tralee and Dingle, Isle of Man Steam Railway and Manx Electric Railway photographed by W.A. Camwell during the 1950’s. (MS Word format).
10 Feb - The SPC home page updated with two events being attended in March. Replacement SPC forms uploaded where relevant.
4 Feb - Update to the Perpetual Calendar; speaker changes for the Newcastle meeting on 6th March.
18 Jan - Update to the Perpetual Calendar bringing it up to date through to the end of May; other updating remains sporadic as set out on 30 December entry below.
Older entries now removed as obsolete.
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