Local club layout in September issue of Railway Modeller magazine

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

Railway Room tidy-up and re-arrangement gets underway

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!

Visit to Liss Model Railway Group

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

Milland Valley Railway Modellers Future Developments

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.

Lots of Fun at Milland Valley Railway Modellers -April 2019 meeting

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

U3A’s with model railway groups

With the aid of a new “index of rare U3A subject groups” compiled by Arthur Maltby  of Deeside & Wirral U3A, I have ascertained there are another 7 model railway groups attached to local u3A’s.

The full list is

Bedford, Buxton, Castle Bromwich, Emsworth, Epping Forest, Kings Lynn, Liphook & March

Most are informal groups and meet at members houses; two possibly three are building layouts and one Castle Bromwich is affiliated to a club                   ( Birmingham MRC )

I have written an e-mail to Emsworth- the closest to us to see if we can exchange ideas and perhaps in the future have a joint session.