Newcastle & Darlington Retired Rail Staff Branch

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]This Branch was formed from Newcastle Retired Rail Staff, an organisation for former staff of all grades who worked in the Railway Industry, and the former Darlington Branch, which merged with Newcastle in 2005.  Membership currently stands at about 500 – male and female – and provides welfare advice and help on many topics of interest to pensioners and also helps ex-colleagues to keep in touch.

Weekly Meetings – Gateshead Railway Club
The N&DRRS meet informally on Monday and Thursday mornings at the Gateshead Railway Club.  These meetings are of a social nature, where friends meet for a chat and a cup of tea or coffee and a biscuit.

Quarterly Meetings – Gateshead Railway Club
As well as the weekly meetings, quarterly meetings are also held, where items of business are discussed, usually followed by a Guest Speaker.

Speakers may cover a wide range of topics – these have included subjects such as the work of Magistrates, the Fire Service, Police work and security measures, to illustrated talks on holidays and travel etc.  The number of members attending the quarterly meetings is generally around 60 – 70, whilst the weekly meetings attract around 25 members.

Our previous venue, South Gosforth Social Club, now only opens from 16:00 hours on certain afternoons, which does not fit in so well with our meetings.  We are very grateful to Gateshead Railway Club for accommodating our quarterly meetings at their premises.  The club is at the South end of the High Level Bridge and is easily accessible by bus.  Meetings are held on the Ground Floor – there are no stairs to climb!

Social Activities and Holidays
N&DRRS also organise a range of social events – for details, see Branch Diary.  As well as holidays and day trips we also arrange an annual Christmas Lunch – in recent years we have enjoyed a very good meal at the Assembly Rooms, Newcastle.

How we are organised
N&DRRS is organised and controlled by a General Committee which meets four times a year, likewise an Outings Sub-Committee, which, again, meets four times a year.  The Annual General Meeting takes place in November.

A Newsletter, entitled “In Touch” is produced twice a year, in advance of the Quarterly Meetings in June and September.  This is intended to help and inform those members who are unable to attend meetings so that they can keep abreast of events and happenings within the Branch.

To find out more about N&DRRS, please contact us via Membership Enquiries.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]