As from last Wednesday (22nd) we are solar powered. Even in the British November Sun (yes we do have it even though its dark around 16.30 local time) we have been powering our electric immersion water heater at periods and exporting clean energy.
The group has now completed 6 sessions with some success but there are problems with regular attendance, the format and number of members
Attendance – there is no real answer to this. There can be no compulsion -you can’t make people attend, but we can make it an “I don’t want to miss it” session and the more members we have the less vulnerable the group is to very low numbers attending a particular session.
Format– The current members want to have more active participation in modelling and this will tried in the first session of 2018 on 17th January. Dioramas will probably figure highly in this.
Recruitment of members. I have started placing pieces in local social media sites drawing attention to the group and the value of the group to those wanting to build a model railway for a grandchild, following the gift of a train set at Christmas. The Liphook U3A Open Day in March 2018 will also be targeted for a display of the groups first layout East Hants Link- I shall be negotiating with the Liphook U3A committee on this shortly.
In the longer term, I haven’t given up on forming some sort of “alliance” with the Liphook & District Model Railway Club, which could be beneficial to both, as I do not believe we are in competition with each other for members. I would also like to expand the role of this website and the Milland Valley Railway series of Facebook pages in following progress on projects.
Railway Children Charity- the group has made regular small donations at each session to this charity, which looks after homeless children living in and around railway stations in India , East Africa and the UK. We are well on the way to donating £70 over a 12 month period.