TUNBRIDGE WELLS ASLEF BRANCH MINUTES

1961

TUNBRIDGE WELLS BRANCH OFFICERS 

1961

Chairman Bro. A. Brooker

Vice Chairman Bro F. Diplock
Secretary Bro. B. Gower
Assistant Secretary 

Tunbridge Wells Branch Meeting

Sunday February 5th 1961 at 10.45 p.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station.

Bro A. Brooker presiding 

Election of Officers 1961

Bro. B. Gower to take office as Secretary from 1st of January 1961, this being decided in February 20th 1960.

Proposed C. Taylor seconded E. Dunmall – A. Brooker Chairman

Proposed L. Stephenson seconded K. Cavie – F. Diplock Vice Chaiman

Committee Members

Bros. D. Nye, E. Dunmall, R. Saunders, K. Cavie, L. Stephenson, L. Evans & R. Dunmall

 On election for District Council was called for two proposals were put forward.

Proposed D. Nye seconded C. Taylor  Bro. A. Brooker

Proposed K. Cavie seconded L. Stephenson Bro. V. Rumley

A vote was taken, Bro. Brooker elected with 7 votes, Bro. Rumley 2 votes.

The L.D.C report was then given by Bro. Brooker and it was stated that a alteration  to the roster on being made as to the rostering of Passed fireman on the third link in seniority order.

It was moved by Bro. Saunders. “That the late issue of  working at Tun Wells West be investigated and an assurance was given by the L.D.C. that this would be taken up. It was moved by Bro. Evans. “That our position be investigated in regards to future Diesel work at Tunbridge Wells.

Meeting closed at 11.35 a.m.

Member present Bros. L. Stephenson, L. Evans, E. Dunmall, R. Dunmall, K. Cavie, 

R. Saunders, D. Nye, C. Taylor, 



 Robert Pitts Collection 

Tunbridge Wells Branch Meeting

Sunday April 23rd 1961 at 10.45 p.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station.

Bro A. Brooker presiding

The minutes of the last meeting were read and passed as a true record

Correspondence was then read which dealt with mainly with diesel training and conditions etc. and it was agreed that the branch secretary should post these in notice case for all to see.

Social Committee report

It was stated by Bro. R. Bridger that the social evening for the presentation in Bro. F. Wareham had gone off very well and an enjoyable evening had been given to all members present.

LDC Report.

The passed firemen at Tunbridge Wells had a complaint as to the booking of passed Fireman in relation to the Guilibaud Report (junior men P&D etc) and asked of something could be done to ease this matter, it was agreed by the Secretary of the L.D.C. to link one it with possible alteration.

District Council Report was then read by Bro. A. Brooker which proved to be of information an interesting nature to members presence.

There being no other business to discuss the meeting was closed at 12.30 p.m.

Members present Bros. R. Bridger, R. Dunmall, P. Usherwood, S. Clevett, A. Brooker 

& B. Gower. 



Unknown, Brian Rodgers, Bill Gent (with knees bent), Unknown, 
Bernie Gower (Branch Sec.), Archie Docherty & Mick Flatman 

LOCOMOTIVE JOURNAL

JUNE 1961

TUNBRIDGE WELLS

PAGE 172


It is with deep regret that I have to report the death of Brother F.G. Robinson who passed away on May 9. Bro. Robinson had recently handed over to me as Branch Secretary after holding the post for 27 years. He had alos served on the Town Council for a number of years and was a good friend to all in need.

In February of this year he was selected for the high honour of Mayor-Elect of Tunbridge Wells, to take office on May 21st, but due to his recent illness was advised by his doctor to decline.

We at Tunbridge Wells have lost a true friend and workmate who would always readily give advice in personal and Trade Union matters, and his loss to this depot will never be replaces. Our deepest sympathy goes to his widow, son and daughter in their sudden and great loss.

B. Gower,

Branch Secretary

(We also tender our sincere sympathy to the family of the late Bro. Robinson. – Editor)

Tunbridge Wells Branch Meeting

Sunday June 18th  1961 at 10.45 p.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station.

Bro A. Brooker presiding

The meeting was opened by reading the minutes of the previous meeting and these were declared a true record.

The Social Committee’s report was asked for and Bro. Rumley  stated that the presentation evening held at the Lord Cromwallis for retired member J. Wareham had been an enjoyable evening for all.

The Branch Secretary asked that a collection be made at the Depot for our late Branch Secretary F. Robinson and a presentation  be made to his widow of a suitably inscribed gift, this was carried unam

Bro. A. Brooker was then asked to give the report

In view of this report and correspondence read later, the Secretary of the L.D.C. was asked of the possibility of contracting the Holiday period from 30 to 28 weeks, it was moved by Bro. Rumley to cut out October 31st date or be reduced as far as possible. Seconded Bro. F. Diplock. A vote was taken resulting 3 votes for 6 votes against.

It was moved by Bro Rumley seconded Bro. Saunders. “That all vacant dates be settled on the Holiday Roster by November 30th only in exceptional circumstances will applications be considered after this date. 7 votes for 2 votes against.

Correspodence was then read mainly applying to the working of Diesels (uniforms, disposal and preparation and the position of failed men etc.) and it was agreed that these should be posted.

There being no other business to discuss the meeting was closed at 12.45

Members present Bros. E. Dunmall, R. Saunders, B. Jeffery, P. Usherwood, F. Bone, 

V. Rumley, L. Stephenson, C. Chalklin, F. Diplock, A. Brooker & B. Gower. 


Driver Fred Diplock (left) & Fireman Dennis Ward

Tunbridge Wells Branch Meeting

Sunday July 23rd  1961 at 10.45 p.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station.

Bro A. Brooker presiding

The minutes of the last meeting were read and it was moved by Bro. Rumley and seconded by Bro. Jefferry. “That they were a true record.

The Social Committee report was given by Bro Rumley and it was noted that arrangements for retired members outing on September 10th were well in hand.

The District Council report was given by Bro. Brooker which proved to be very informative.

On the L.D.C. report it was moved by the Chairman Bro. A. Brooker that the recent roster change by Firemen R. Eckersly and R. Gordon remain affective this carried unam. Letters were also read on the 15 mins notice time allowed at Tunbridge Wells West.

There being no other business to discuss the meeting was closed at 12.30 p.m.

Members present Bros. E. Francis, R. Jeffery, R. Eckersly, V. Rumley & A. Brooker

Tunbridge Wells Branch Meeting

Sunday September 17th  1961 at 10.30 p.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station.

Bro A. Brooker presiding

Bro. Willshaw of Norwood Branch was welcomed to this meeting to give a us the 1961 A.A.D. report and after the correspondence had been read Bro. Willshaw gave his report which proved of an informative nature to all members present after which a discussion took place on various items in the report. 

There being no other business to discuss a vote of thanks was passed to Bro. Willshaw for attending the Branch and the meeting was closed at 12.30 p.m.

Members present Bros. Diplock, Francis, Usherwood, Dunmall, Knight, Sullivan, Brooker 

& Gower.

Tunbridge Wells Branch Meeting

Sunday November 20th  1961 at 10.45 p.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station.

Bro A. Brooker presiding

The meeting opened by Bro Brooker reading the minutes of the October meeting it was proposed by Bro. Evans and seconded Bro. Stephenson “That these be a true record.”

Correspondence was then read  on the 42 hour week, voting then took place on the election of a candidate for the post of General Secretary. Bro. Evans term of office being up in January, a vote was taken and Bro. Pinches was nominated from this Branch.

Bro. Willsham of Norwood was nominated as a candidate for the 1962 T.U.C..

It was agreed that in future L.D.C. elections the nominations would be in July & August and the election in September & October.

Voting then took place on nominations of Branch officers for 1962

The election after the recording of votes were as follows

Chairman F. Diplock, Vice Chair A. Brooker, Secretary B. Gower, Asst Sec L. Stephenson


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 Tunbridge Wells Branch Meeting

Sunday October 15th  1961 at 10.45 p.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station.

Bro A. Brooker presiding

The meeting was opened by the reading of the minutes of the last meeting and it was proposed by Bro. Rumley seconded Bro Rigby. “That these be a true record.

A discussion took place on the working of rest day at Tunbridge Wells West on the request from the management during the Diesel Training. It was however pointed out by Bro. Brooker the L.D.C. Secretary that the Branch and L.D.C. had not been approach by the management so the urgency for working rest days as given by the Office Staff and was not necessary and Bro. Brooker’s report laid a lot of rumours that be averted on this subject.

It was agreed that the L.D.C. agreement with the office on the working of rest days was quite adequate.

There being no other business to discuss the meeting was closed at 12.45

Members present Bros. Evans, Savage, Rumley, Christian, Rigby, B. Jeffery, Stephenson, Gower & Brooker.


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Tunbridge Wells Branch Meeting

Sunday November 20th  1961 at 10.45 p.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station.

Bro A. Brooker presiding

The meeting opened by Bro Brooker reading the minutes of the October meeting it was proposed by Bro. Evans and seconded Bro. Stephenson “That these be a true record.”

Correspondence was then read  on the 42 hour week, voting then took place on the election of a candidate for the post of General Secretary. Bro. Evans term of office being up in January, a vote was taken and Bro. Pinches was nominated from this Branch.

Bro. Willsham of Norwood was nominated as a candidate for the 1962 T.U.C..

It was agreed that in future L.D.C. elections the nominations would be in July & August and the election in September & October.

Voting then took place on nominations of Branch officers for 1962

The election after the recording of votes were as follows

Chairman F. Diplock, Vice Chair A. Brooker, Secretary B. Gower, Asst Sec L. Stephenson

Committee 

Bros R. Saunders, L. Stephenson, L. Evans, 

R. Dunmall, P. Pepper, E. Dunamll & R. Sullivan

Branch Stewart & Collector 

Bros. R. Dunamall & L. Stephenson

The meeting closed at 12.30 p.m.

Members present 

Bros. A. Brooker, B. Gower, L. Evans, W. Ovenden, L. Stephenson, E. Dunmall, R. Bridger 

& F. Bone

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