As members will know the Trustees have been exploring ways that the Northampton Steam Railway Ltd. and the Society could merge into a single organisation. Like several heritage railways across the country have found a good direction to go in is to convert the charity into a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) and merge the company into the new organisation.
We held a meeting in the summer to introduce the concept to the members and thereafter have conducted a postal poll of members’ views. We promised that the result of that poll would be published during November on the website.
I can confirm that the following results have been collated:
Number of members sent ballot papers = 251
Number of votes received by the deadline = 151
Votes in favour of the proposal =150
Votes against the proposal = 1
As this exceeds the simple majority required we are now going to proceed with the application to the Charity Commission. Your Trustees will keep you informed of the progress as and when via the website and also Premier Line.
Many thanks for your support.
Simon Jenkins – Society Chairman