TUNBRIDGE WELLS ASLEF BRANCH MINUTES

1953

TUNBRIDGE WELLS BRANCH OFFICERS 

1953

Chairman Bro. C. Cornford

Vice Chairman Bro A. Brooker
Secretary Bro. F. Robinson
Assistant Secretary 

Tunbridge Wells Branch Meeting

Sunday February 15th  1953, at 10.45 a.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station.

Bro. C.R. Cornford  presiding

The Chairman then read a letter of resignation from the Assistant Secretary Bro. V. Thorpe. Chairman then asked for nominations for Assistant Secretary 1953. proposed  by Bro. j. Murphy and seconded by Bro. A. Brooker, Bro. R. Vanson, and no further nominations.

The assistant secretary then read the minutes of the last meeting. Moved by Bro. A. Brooker seconded by Bro. K. Passmore. “That the minutes of the last meeting be adopted as a true record.” Carried.

Correspondence

Circular 25/1953 uniform and protective clothing.

Bro. A. Brooker proposed and Bro. K. Passmore seconded. “That as a third choice every two years “Waistcoat and Trousers” be added to Mackintosh or Overcoat.” Carried.

Reports

Social Committee a vote of thanks was proposed Bro. C.r. Cornford and seconded by Bro. A. brooker to Bro. C. waghorn for his services as Chairman of the social Committee since 1948.

Social Committee Resignations

Bros. C. Puckett, R. Saunders, W. Stiff, R. Bridger, C. Waghorn, R. Vanson, G. Adlins, K. Passmore, H. Blackmore, E. Dunmall, W. Gent, C. Russell, J. Murphy, and R. Sullivan. With the exception Bro. R. Vanson, C. Waghorn, C. Russell and G. Aldins, last years’ committee are willing to serve in the coming year. Bros. G. Pavey and R. Copey also willing to serve on the committee. It was proposed by Bro. C. Waghorn and seconded by Bro. F. Robinson. “That these willing to serve on Social Committee be voted en block and that a letter be posted for three volunteers to serve on this committee to make up the required committee of 16.” Carried

Next the Social Committee balance sheet was read ouyt. Bro. F. robinson raised the question of inscription on wreaths. It was proposed by Bro. A. brooker and seconded by Bro. F. Robinson. “that the Inscription read “From T.W.W. Branch A.S.L.E.F. “ Carried

There being no other business the Chairman closed the meeting at 1.15 p.m. and thanked all for their attendance.

Members present Bros. K. Passmore, A. Brooker, C. Puckett, J. Murphy, C. Waghorn, 

R. Saunders, R. Vanson, F. Robinson & C.R. Cornford.


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Tunbridge Wells Branch Meeting

Sunday April 19th  1953, at 10.45 a.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station.

Bro. C.R. Cornford  presiding

 The Chairman asked for the minutes of the February meeting to be read out. Bro. K. Passmore moved and Bro. C. Puckett seconded “That they be signed as a true record.”

Bro. A. Brooker then asked about there being no T.W.W. amendments on the A.A.D. agenda, no posting of notice regarding Rule 5 and notice of previous meeting still on the notice case two days before notice for present meeting was posted, and asked for an explanation from Secretary at next Brach meeting.

L.D.C. Report

Bro. K. Passmore gave the report

Returned Serge Jackets and caps for better fit, notice to be posted that they be returned by certain date if not suitable fit for future issues. Lockers installed and being allocated. 

It was proposed by Bro. F. Elmer and seconded by Bro. K. Passmore. “That officers of the Branch be posted and year after A.G.M. and the posting of information.” Carried 

District Council Report given by Bro C.R. Cornford including items on pensions, Saturday enhanced payments. Bro. cleaver’s reported on brake power on 2 car setsand and Tunbridge Wells Branch, all members being out of benefit.

Trains meeting, Bro. C. Puckett gave his report, delegate for next train’s meeting proposed Bro. F. Elmer and seconded Bro. R. Vanson. “Bro. C. Puckett.”

There being no other business the Chairman called the meeting to a close at 1.15 p.m. and thanked all for their attendance.

Members present Bros. C. Puckett, K. Passmore, A. Brooker, F. Elmer, C.R. Cornford 

& R. Vanson

 Tunbridge Wells Branch Meeting

Sunday May 17th  1953, at 10.45 a.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station.

Bro. C.R.Cornford  presiding

Questions on mins., Secretary gave explanation asked for at previous branch meeting.

Resolution Bro. F. Elmer and seconded by Bro. A. Brooker, Re members being out of benefit, that we receive notification from H.O. Bro. F. Elmer proposed and Bro. K. Passmore seconded “That the minutes be adopted as a true record.”

Correspondence

Diaries Bro. A. Brooker proposed and Bro. F. Elmer seconded. “That a request be made that Sunday starts the week in the A.S.L.E.F. dairies.

L.D.C. Report, given by Bro. Passmore, covering replies from his ambulance inquiries and Coronation Day arrangements.

There being no other business the Chairman  thanked all for their attendance and closed the meeting at 1.15 p.m. 

Members present Bros. A. Brooker, K. Passmore, F. Elmer, R. Vanson, F. Robinson 

& C.R. Cornford.


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Tunbridge Wells Special Branch Meeting

Sunday September 13th  1953, at 10.45 a.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station.

Bro. C.R. Cornford  presiding

Bro C. Cornford in the Chair opened the meeting asked for a minute secretary as Bro. Vanson had left the services but no one was nominated.

The Chairman then asked for the minutes of the last meeting to be read, and it was moved by Bro. V. Rumley and seconded by Bro. K. Savage. “That the Chairman sign them as a true record.” Carried.

Correspondence was then read, there were two letters from H.O. re Bro. Neal and Housing and good discussion took place on same. It was moved by Bro. K. Savage and seconded by Bro. Cornford. “That a panel of three members of this branch be set up and the Secretary to see Mr. Stone to see if this could be arranged, and to report back at the next meeting. The Panel to be the Secretary of the Branch, Chairman of the L.D.C. and Bro. K. Savage.” Carried.

A letter was also  received re Society Diaries regarding the order of the days, and H.O. pointed out that it was the General make up of all big Diary Forms.

Meeting closed at 1.15

Members present 

Bros. K. Savage, P. Savage, V. Rumley, J. Murphy, W. Stiff, B. Gower, C.R. Cornford, 

A. Brooker, C. Puckett & F. Robinson.

 Tunbridge Wells Branch Meeting

Sunday September 27th  1953, at 10.45 a.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station.

Bro. C.R.Cornford  presiding

Minutes of special meeting were read. Moved by Bro. C. Puckett and seconded by Bro. E. Dunmall. “That the Chairman sign them as being read.” Carried.

correspondence, there being only one circular from the National Council of Labour Colleges information

Nominations for Branch Officers

Chairman

Proposed Bro. C.R. Cornford.

Vice Chairman

Proposed Bro. A. Brooker

Secretary

Proposed Bro. F. Elmer

Assistant Secretary

Proposed Bro. V. Rumley, 

Committee

Proposed Bros C. Puckett, W. Ovenden, R. Saunders, E. Dunmall, K. Savage, J. Murphy & F. Diplock

Arising out of any other business. It was moved that the Secretary write to Mr. Stone these points the state of No.2 pit, also the turn table, through, which  men might just themselves in turning.

Also, that the lobbies should be painted instead of lime washing them.

The meeting closed at 1.15 a.m., the Chairman thanking all for their attendance.

Member present Bros. C. Puckett, E. Dunmall, P. Usherwood, W. Ovenden, R. Saunders, 

C.R. Cornford, & F. Robinson



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Tunbridge Wells Branch Meeting

Sunday October 18th  1953, at 10.45 a.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station.

Bro. C.R. Cornford  presiding

Bro. V. Rumley and seconded Bro. E. Dunmall. “That the Chairman signs them at being read.” Carried

Matters arising

The Secretary told the meeting that he had written to Mr. Stone and his letter had been passed to Mr. Rodgers.

Correspondence.

The Secretary had sent a letter to Head Office from Bro. A. Card, and he would be a. considered with the rest of the applicants.

A resolution was also read from the Exeter No. 1 Branch, and a good discussion took place on same, and it was moved by Bro. F. Elmer and seconded by Bro. F. Robinson. “That it be sent to Head Office, and a copy to Bro. A. Leonard.” Carried.

The Chairman then closed the meeting at 1.15

Members present.

Bros. W. Ovenden, A. Brooker, F. Elmer, S. Pike, E. Dunmall, V. Rumley, D. Nye, 

C.R. Cornford & F. Robinson.



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Tunbridge Wells Committee Meeting

Sunday December 6th  1953, at 10.45 a.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station.

Bro. A. Brooker  presiding

The  Committee meeting to discuss two important items, the future of the branch also L.D.C. nominations. In absent of the Chairman, Bro. A. Brooker took the Chair, and in opening the Chairman stressed the importance of the meeting, the Secretary stated that he had received from Head Office a circular letter on the claim for increase rates of pay, decision No.15, also a letter from Bro. A. Blackmore that he could not attend the meeting as he was working.

The secretary then told the meeting they would have to  find a new Branch Secretary at the end of the month.

A good discussion took place on both items and it was moved  by Bro. R. Savage and seconded by Bro. R. Bridger. “That two Branch meetings be called for Wednesday, December 9th, December 16 at 6.15 p.m. and to get many members to attend.” Carried.

Meeting closing at 12.30 p.m.

Members present Bros. R. Saunders, C. Puckett, J. Murphy, A. Brooker, K. Savage, 

F. Robinson & R. Bridger.

Tunbridge Wells Branch Special Meeting

Wednesday December 9th 1953, at 6.15 p.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station.

Bro. A. Brooker  presiding

Bro. K. Savage proposed and Bro. V. Rumley. That Bro. G. Gower to act as a Minute Taker for this meeting.

Minutes of last meeting were then read and moved as a true record by Bro. V. Rumley and seconded by Bro. F. Page.

True record of Committee meeting, moved by Bro. K. Savage and seconded by Bro. C. Puckett. Member for A.A.D. Bro. CR. Cornford. Moved by Bro. K. Savage and seconded by Bro. F. Page. Carried Unam.

moved by Bro. R. Bridger and seconded by Bro. V. Rumley to support Bro. Pullen for the 1954 T.U.C. Carried.

Branch officers

Branch Secretary

Proposed by Bro. V. Rumley and seconded Br. W. Stiff Bro. K. Savage

Bro. V. Rumley declined for the present.

Next came elections of Committee and L.D.C. 

Members nominated for Committee as like the two previous meetings

Bros. Puckett, Ovenden, Dunmall, K. Savage, Murphy, Diplock, Elmer, Bridger & Cavie.

L.D.C. 

Nominations Bros. Brooker, Cornford & Pike. Rumley, Ovenden & Stephenson

It was proposed by Bro. W. Stiff and seconded by Bro. F. Page. The a ballot vote be carried. Vote carried seven for and one against. Bro. K. Savage.

Scrutineers for ballot votes Bros F. Page & C. Puckett.

Votes to be opened next Special Meeting Wednesday 16th December.

It was then proposed by Bro. C. Puckett and seconded Bro. W. Stiff. That meetings start Sundays at 10.30, Welfare Rooms, Central Station,  with a strict closing time at 12.30.

Meeting closed at 7.15. p.m.

Members present

Bros. K. Savage, W. Stiff, C. Puckett, P. Usherwood, A. Doughty, G. Power, F. Page, 

J. Murphy, C. Francis, R. Bridger, V. Rumley, B. Gower, M. Flatman, F. Diplock 

& A. Brooker.



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Tunbridge Wells Branch Special Meeting

Wednesday December 16th 1953, at 6.15 p.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station.

Bro. C.R. Cornford  presiding

The Chairman moved Bro. A. Brooker act as Minute Taker for this meeting.

Minutes of October meeting and of Branch Committee were read. Minutes of Special Branch meeting of 9th December 1953 read out and the Chairman accepted adolendum re Bro. V. Rumley declining nomination of Secretary. Moved by Bro. A. Card and seconded by Bro. K. Savage. That the minutes as amended be signed as true record. Carried.

Discussion of minute of last meeting re 12.30 strict closure. Moved by Bro. K. Savage and seconded by Bro. R. Bridger. That this matter be further discussed at next Branch meeting. Carried.

To get voting completed it was moved by Bro. K. Savage and seconded by Bro. V. Rumley. That the correspondence stand by till after elections of Officers and L.D.C. Carried.

The following Offices were deemed elected.

Chairman Bro. C.R. Cornford, Vice Chairman Bro. A. Brooker, Assistant Secretary Bro. R. Saunders.

District Council Delegate Bro. C.R. Cornford.

Labour Party Delegate F. Robinson

General Committee Bro. A. Brooker, Divisional Bro. C.R. Cornford

Labour Party Delegates Bro. F. Robinson

Trades Council Bro. A. Murphy

Collectors Bros. V. Thorpe & A. Murphy.

The Chairman asked for nominations for Secretary. moved by Bro. K. Cavie and seconded by Bro. V. Rumley. Bro. C. Russell, there being no other nominations, Bro. C. Russell was unanimously elected as Secretary. Bro. V. Rumley moved a vote of thanks for Bro. F. Robinson’s past services of 22 years. Bro. F. Robinson, wished luck to his successor and offered all assistance. The Chairman also added his thanks for past help and pointed out that owing to lack of nominations he would not even be on the Committee. Bro. Robinson pointed out the bad position created by shift meetings.

It was moved by Bro. V. Rumley and seconded by Bro. L. Cavie. That Bros. K. Savage and R. Bridger be scrutineers for ballot of committee and L.D.C. Carried.

The 8 ballot papers for the 1954 Committee were added to the 14 cast with the following results.

Bro. C. Puckett 21, Bro. R. Saunders 2, Bro. K. Savage 17, Bro. F. Diplock 21, Bro. R. Bridger 20, 

Bro. W. Ovenden 19, Bro. E. Dunmall 2, Bro. A. Murphy 21, Bro. F. Elmer 14 & Bro. K. Cavie 14.

A seconded ballot was required owing to a tie between Bros Elmer and Cavie, 10 votes cast. Bro. F. Elmer 3 and Bro. K. Cavie 7.

Making the 1954 Committee as follows

Bros C. Puckett, W. Ovenden, K. Savage, A. Murphy, F. Diplock, R. Bridger & K. Cavie.

The 8 ballot papers for the 1954 L.D.C. were added to the 13 cast on 9th December 1953 with the following result

Bro. A. Brooker 21, Bro. S. Pike 6, Bro. V. Rumley 13, Bro. W. Ovenden 17 & Bro. L. Stephenson 3. 

Making the following L.D.C. Bros A. Brooker, V. Rumley & W. Ovenden.

Correspondence was then read

Circular 92/1953 Re R.S.N.T. No.15

Chairman gave his view that we had accepted the 4/- min. Regret was voiced re non unity of the three rail unions, also same  line up of past claims point being made of anomaly of 5/- pay on Saturdays and R.E. avoidance of meetings. Advise was requested by Passed Men and their position re up grading to conduct men on strike.

From Tonbridge Secretary re Randall now Non.

Was agreed that the Branch support Bro. Pullen of Selhurst Branch for T.U.C.

Reciept for nomination of Bro. Cornford for A.A.D.

Bro. Cornford then gave a brief District Council report

R.E. Standard vision and medical lists. ASLEF opposing as no provisions for Corden line cases. Compensation obtained at the cost of £396, rail accident total £1317, other claims £3000. In Branch reports Brighton reported having trouble with management with proposed roster.

The Chairman closed the meeting at 9.15 p.m. and thanked members for their attendance, the following members being present 

Bros. C. Russell, P. Pepper, R. Sullivan, A. Card, W. Ovenden, K. Cavie, K. Savage, 

V. Rumley, R. Bridger, F. Robinson, A. Brooker & C.R. Cornford.

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