Building a Model Railway Group -further update January 2018

As the group is approaching its first birthday we had a positive discussion on how we might move forward.

CHANGE OF FOCUS There was general agreement to move forward to a model railway club format rather than the present build and follow that we started out with.

AFFILIATION WITH LOCAL CLUB? We also decided to approach the Liphook & District Model Railway Club with a proposal to become affiliated with them. (This would not change our status under the Liphook U3A banner) I have written formally to the L&DMRC Secretary with a proposal and hope to receive a positive response in due course. We do not wish to in anyway compete with this long established club, as we aim to recruit from those who cannot commit to  evening meetings

EXTRA HOURS & EXTRA MEETING We have also decided to extend our hours to 3 per session (1.30 t0 4.30 pm)and if possible to move our meetings to the first Wednesday in the month , which will also allow us to have an additional meeting- December, to make  10 meetings a year. This would involve sharing the venue with another group and a proposal has been sent to the Hall trustees to consider.

CHANGE OF NAME? Its more than likely that we will change the name of the group to something more in line with its new direction- Milland Valley Railway Modellers seems a likely candidate.

RECRUITMENT We also have gained one new member who comes to us from Midhurst U3A and he has offered to attempt some recruitment amongst its members. With 2 drop outs that makes us 6 in total, so we still need to achieve 3 or 4 more recruits to make the group economically viable.

LIPHOOK U3A OPEN DAY MARCH 2018 After a long wait we have finally received a positive reply from the high command at Liphook U3A that we can display our new layout-East Hants Link at this event- now we only have to get it finished!