Ferrymead Heritage Park
Christchurch, New Zealand

The Tramway Historical Society Inc.

NEWS AND PLANNED EVENTS

Coming Events

FUNCTIONS

NEXT GENERAL MEETING/SOCIAL FUNCTION
There is NO SOCIETY GENERAL MEETING PLANNED FOR THIS MONTH but next month’s Tracts will give details of the March Meeting.

NEXT WORK DAY
The Society’s next Work Day will be held – coronavirus alert levels pending – on Saturday 20 February. There will also be a post-Work Day Zoom meeting; NOTE: For technical reasons a ZOOM link has not been able to be provided in TRACTs – please e-mail Dave Hinman @ secretary@ferrymeadtramway.org.nz if you would like to attend.

ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTIONS
A reminder – The Society’s Annual Membership Subscriptions for 2021 fall due on 1st January 2021. If paid by 28th February 2021, a discounted rate applies. Renewal notices will be sent out late December 2020 – by e-mail to those members who have an e-mail address, and by NZ Post to the remainder. The renewal notice will be sent to everyone on the Society’s mailing list, irrespective of membership grade or status, to allow our records to be amended where necessary. It also provides you with the opportunity to make a donation to your favourite Society project or activity. Remember, all New Zealand donations of $5.00 or more are tax deductible.

ADMINISTRATIVE NOTE FROM THE TREASURER
The Society has been advised by its bank that cheques are being phased out, and that from June 2021, cheques will no longer be an acceptable method of payment. See Tracts for more information.

COLLECTIONS POLICY
Please visit the Collections Policy page to download and read our updated policy document.

FRONZ AND COTMA CONFERENCES – POSTPONED TO 2021
Last month we published advance notice about two upcoming conferences, the FRONZ Conference over Queens Birthday Weekend in Gisborne (hosted by Gisborne City Vintage Rail), and the COTMA Conference hosted by Bendigo Tramways (Victoria) in September. Due to the current global pandemic and with current and potential travel restrictions in mind, both organisations have reluctantly decided to postpone both conferences until 2021, taking place over the same dates as originally scheduled. While some people may be disappointed about this, we recognise that these are difficult decisions which have had to be made given the current circumstances.

BOOK ORDERS
Dave Hinman has now received a supply of Hugh Ballment’s recent Tramway Atlas for sale, as advertised in previous issues of Tracts. At $60.00 plus $7.00 post and packing to any New Zealand address, this is a very good deal indeed. Some 25 copies have already been sold and Dave will be bringing more to the June General Meeting. This will be an excellent opportunity for those who are considering buying a copy to have a look and make their decision. It will also be a good chance to save on postage costs!

Graeme Stewart’s new book is currently also in publication, with arrival anticipated in mid-June. if it arrives in time, Society members will be able to collect their copies at the June Meeting too. This book is only available to those who have pre-ordered a copy.

Available front and orders to:
The Secretary
Tramway Historial Society
PO Bo 1126, Christchurch 8140
or secretary@ferrymeadtramway.org.nz

NEXT WORK PARTY
Formal work parties are held every third Saturday of the month and Alan Roi provides a cooked midday meal.
There are also activities every Saturday and on Monday evenings.

Our regular Work Days are not only a means of getting regular maintenance and infrastructure upgrades done around Ferrymead Park and along our tramway, they are a great means of getting together and sharing in a bit of camaraderie and banter. Alan also provides refreshments and a full cooked lunch for all who attend.

TROLLEY BUS SYSTEM
The Trolley Bus system generally operate runs on the first Sunday of each month and on event days. Trolley bus currently in operation is Wellington 103, but is hoped that Christchurch 210 and Dunedin 79 with both
return to service in the near future.

For more on Meetings and Work Parties, please click here.