There have been a considerable number of updates and revisions to pages during 2020, some in part to the covid pandemic but others due to a change in direction; decreasing the number of exhibition type layouts and the abandoning of several projects.
This will continue into 2021 -So it pays to visit regularly!
The following dates have recently been advised
Friday afternoon 1st November Liss Village Hall
Friday afternoon 6th December Liss Village Hall- 27.10-2019-We have been advised that this event has been cancelled
Congratulations to our local colleagues at Liphook & District Model Railway Club,who meet every Friday evening in Milland Valley Memorial Hall on their layout “Titherleigh” being featured in the September issue of Railway Modeller which will have been received by subscribers today..
I believe this is a first for them in RM although they have had a number of articles on club and personal layouts in the sister publication Continental Modeller covering Japanese and Italian layouts
To enable the trial of the “additional meetings” of the Milland Valley Railway Modellers to be held in my railway room in September/October, it needs re-arranging and tidying. Work on this stated in earnest yesterday and will continue for a few days.
It is basically clearing enough area for East Hants Link to be worked on simultaneously by several people. In fact at the moment there is insufficient clear space for me to work on it alone!
As usual a warm welcome with coffee and biscuit received from the Liss group when I made my now regular monthly visit to deliver the latest(July) edition of the Railway Magazine Guide to Modelling. The kitchen was not in action due to being hit by a car parking in the adjacent pub car park!.
As usual I also left copies of the same magazine for the Liphook & District MRC at the then empty Milland Valley Memorial Hall for their meeting later this evening
We have started to think how the group might develop in the future.
Building a layout in two places- me doing that here at home and all members at our Redford meetings, is perhaps not the easiest way. Considerable time and effort is wasted each time in loading a car, unloading at the other end and doing the reverse after the meeting, with increase risk of damage plus reduction in time for modelling involving gluing or plasterwork.
At our last group meeting, I suggested that perhaps we should confine layout building to my home, but with members present and use our meetings at Redford for small self contained personal or group modelling projects.
Although most members were at our last meeting, further discussions are required., but I have warned Redford Hall of the possibility of change in 2020.
Meanwhile I will be looking at ways of rearranging my railway room, to accomodate members and layout building easily, whist we are on our current two month break. A trial session in September is a possibility.
Obviously if we have a mix of meeting venues, we could have more meetings per year at no extra cost to members, as meetings at my home will be free of hire charges.
Provisionally it looks possible to have up to say 20 sessions a year made up of 8 at Redford (third Wednesday in the month except January,July, August and December) and the balance at home on another Wednesday afternoon -possibly 2nd in every month.
Additionally we would have the flexibility to hold extra (or less) home meetings as required, if members aren’t available or if no or more work on the layout is required, without financial penalty or re-arranging bookings. On the current membership of 8 and similar support from Liphook U3A for hire charges, the new group subs for 2020/21 would decrease by £10 to £23 per annum.Expanding the group numbers will have to take into account the home sessions space accommodation.
We were back to our old stamping ground with the meeting held at Milland Valley Memorial Hall due to kitchen work at Redford Village Hall
In a well attended session- 5 members and 2 visitors, we were able to get underway with laying track AND a test run of a tram.
Many were taken back to first time they got to see a Christmas or Birthday present train set run. Seven grey haired or balding 8 year old kids having lots of fun!!
We hope that the visitors return and in due course turn into regular members. This would take membership to 9
It looks like 2019 will become the year of completing a list of layouts started some years ago. They can also become projects used in the Milland Valley Railway Modellers group.
Watch out for reports and photographs in the coming months
The smallest O scale layout is now a probable build for 2019 and to save time will use a standard laser cut timber kit for the baseboard. Details have been added to the layout page- see side bar
We had a good October meeting today with 4 members present. East Hants Link module C was worked on -laying plaster bandage on the framework already in place
Most of those present hope to be at the L&DMRC Open Day this coming Sunday 21st October where we show East Hants Link as work in progress