A Liphook u3a and Midhurst u3a afternoon special interest group, meeting monthly at a private address in Milland.
The origins of the group are a “Building a Model Railway Group” that the Liphook & District Model Railway Club ran through the aegis of Liphook u3a to celebrate the clubs 50th anniversary in late 2014. The 12 evening sessions of 2 hours each, were held weekly in the commitee room of the Milland Valley Memorial Hall (MVMH)and had 11 participants. The group was led by myself with help from a range of L&DMRC members for some specialist areas. Notes were issued after each session which built ito a useful guide for begineers in the hobby. (These notes were transferred to Canada for a course at an Adult college, but the agreed fee was not received!)
The sessions were repeated for a couple of years with lower numbers but were abandoned due to lack of interest.
Change to a club format
When restarted in around 2018, as 8 monthly afternoon sessions, the participants preferred a different format and settled on a club type arrangement, building an N gauge layout. Meetings were initially held in MVMH, but due to increased hours for Nusery Schools, we could not continue there and transferred to Redford Village Hall, where we stayed until early 2020. The problem was the time lost in transferring layout and tools etc to and away from the hall, so in March 2020 we were due to move to our current location. Due to the Covid pandemic sessions we have only just resumed (October 2021) with monthly meetings spread over 3 afternoons to give more chance of social distancing.
The group meets on the first complete week of every month in afternoon sessions with a choice of attending on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday from 14.00hrs to 17.00 hrs.
No charge is made for the use of the venue but a donation of a £1 per person is requeted for coffee/tea and chocolate digestive biscuits consumed. In past years the group has donated around £50 per year to the Railway Children charity which looks after homelss children found around large city railway terminals in India, Africa and the UK.
Model Trains in the Valley Open Day 2021- Sunday 31st October Milland Valley Memorial Hall ,Milland– EVENT CANCELLED
Please note this event organised by the MVRM has been cancelled. We apologise to local modellers for the cancellation, due to a number of factors including booked layouts not being able to attend. We hope to be able to hold an event in 2022 in the same venue during the Autumn Half Term Holidays