Busy weekend

The club members were at two exhibitions this weekend (12th and 13th April) exhibiting member’s layouts

Nick Harling was at Redhill exhibiting his N gauge Kanjiyama layout at the East Surrey N Gauge Show on Saturday. The layout was well received and there looks be some firm invitations for next year.

Matt Wildsmith’s Wipers, Fish-hook and Menin Sn2 layout was at the Horsham show of the Crawley MRS on Saturday and Sunday

Saturdays crew was Matt. Graham, Bob and yours truly

Sunday’s crew was expected to be Matt, Ben, David P. and Bob

The layout was well received and two invites were received on the Saturday

“Wipers” layout gets surprise invitation

The club very recently received an invitation  to attend the Crawley MRS show at Tanbridge House School, Horsham on the 12th and 13th April 2014.

The layout  selected is THE WIPERS, FISH-HOOK & MENIN RAILWAY  built by our club secretary Matt Wildsmith in Sn2 1:64 scale on mm track, typifying trench railways of the First World War

We have postponed our workday planned for the 13th April and members will attend to help in the exhibiting of the layout at this two day show.

We are pleased to be exhibiting at this show 2 years running- last year we brought along Yamanouchi Oshika which was well received

Horsham 2013- a good experience

Good days out

We took Yamanouchi Oshika to the two day show and we had an enjoyable time. Plenty of positive reactions from visitors and we could have had two invites for Y-O for 2014.

The organisation was good to excellent. We were well  looked after with good lunches and supply of coffee throughout

Full crew
Full crew

 

 

 

Liphook Club at 31st Midhurst Modellers Exhibition with 6 layouts

The club made its usual annual trek to Midhurst last Sunday to exhibit for one last time in the current Grange building. This time we made a special effort and took 6 layouts constructed by members.
There was a good turnout of 12 members and it went remarkably well.

We had good coverage in the Midhurst & Petworth Observer -full page with lots of pics from other shows and plenty of the copy from us incorporated.

Comment.

Somehow there was something missing- It didn’t have the same buzz and there seemed a lot of the regular visitors who always pop along to say hello weren’t there. The building work associated with the new (replacement) building, drastically reducing the car parking, together with the first fine weather for a time, obviously didn’t help, but the layout of the hall seemed to have big open spaces in the exhibition areas, which was quite unerving to the exhibitors as members of the public stated wandering through it and sitting in it.

I  thought the organisers would have wanted the event to go out of the current building with a wow, but it definitely wasn’t like that; an opportunity missed I think.

I hope the exhibition next year is invigorated by the new facilities; As our large local event, we need it to be a flagship of all thats good about the practical hobbies all the exhibitors represent. Without that, how can we attract fresh blood into our hobby and clubs every year?

(The comments are those of the writer and do not necessarily represent the views of the club committee.)