After the rewarding performance of Easter which incidentally was about much more than money. It was about the Railway operating pretty well perfectly in delivering the most complicated timetable format since GWR 175, about visitors saying how much they had enjoyed themselves, about compliments on the appearance of the Railway, about volunteers enjoying their roles and many of us smiling again, its been a housekeeping week for me.
I chaired a meeting of the Group leading the Development Foundation's work and learnt of the excellent progress being made including more pledges producing £8000 - £10,000 over 5 years, of some new patrons (stand by for the Development Manager to announce) and plans to receive representatives of Railways which supported us over the Emergency Appeal at the Steam Gala together with a VIP reception plan.
There was a further discussion between the Group organising the new Share Offer - on target for a September launch.
I had a brief discussion with RATS on their future plans.
I was briefed over the delays on the new Paint Shop and learnt construction work is to start with urgency tomorrow (Monday). Incidentally to help those who have what I term "gossip concern", there are no planning issues in connection with the project.
Arrangements are also almost complete I'm told for Cheltenham Tech buildings trade trainee input to the CRC Platform 2 rebuild which should start as soon as we have equipment and services to site.
The two new coaches finally arrived from Riviera Trains. To stop the chatter, they cost £30,000 and this has been funded by a grant from GWRT.
On the GWRT front, I am being asked what's happening re the floor of the David Page shed. This is also to be funded by GWRT grant but the Trust is waiting on the sale of a bungalow which was part of the Mitchell legacy.
There is a constant challenge for the Chairman (and added to by my FD role) to seek to balance a business like operation with room for volunteers to enjoy and express themselves in the voluntary role they have chosen. Its not always easy. One aspect, risk and its management is of vital importance. Its not only risk in an accident sense but also business risk and I've discussed this latter aspect with a number of people this week.
This coming week: a verdict from the auditors on the 2012/13 Accounts, a meeting with the Winchcombe museum people and a haircut.