A Liphook u3a & Midhurst u3a
In resurrecting the idea in 2017, I attempted a different format. The sessions were monthly of 2 hours duration. Those attending followed and if they wished to, assisted in the building of a small model railway, through from planning to construction. In between sessions I carried out the majority of the work and explained at each session what had happened and what has to happen next. It was the intention to complete one OO scale diorama and most of an N scale tramway layout by the end of the first year(March 2018)- which was not achieved! It was then more of a working group, rather than a course.
So for 2018 at the request of existing members, the format was further changed to that of a model railway club. Members can work on their own projects or on group projects. An afternoon model railway club which is not exactly unique, but slightly different and therefore aimed at the retired (U3A members)
- A change of group name to better reflect the group aims (From Building a Model Railway Group to The Milland Valley Railway Modellers)
- Move to Redford Village Hall from our May 2018 meeting, due to introduction of extended hours at the nursery school using Milland Valley Memorial Hall (to meet government 30 hours a week edict.) which meant we could no longer keep our Wednesday slot.
- A change to 3 hours sessions
A MESSAGE TO ALL THOSE CONTEMPLATING TAKING UP OR RETURNING TO THE MODEL RAILWAY HOBBY
Building a model railway is often a solitary occupation and some like the hobby for that reason. However if you have taken up the hobby in retirement or after the death of a loved one or to build a layout for a grandchild, you would gain much by joining a club. You could get help on problems with building your layout; you could gain a pal or two in the process and best of all be part of a community that’s enjoying themselves- playing trains.
One last point- this is not just aimed at semi-retired or retired men who want to take up model railways as a hobby, but for similarly aged ladies.. Although traditionally it has been seen as a male preserve, the hobby is more open and more welcoming to women than at any time in its 111 year history..Its 2021 for Gods sake, so don’t be put off in trying us ( or any of the local clubs if you’re outside our semi retired/retired group.
Please contact any of the local clubs- there are links to virtually all of them from this site- see RH side bar. Most encourage visitors to visit a regular meeting or two for free to check each other out. You will not regret it.
If we seem to be the group for you,we look forward to hearing from you soon
Milland Valley Railway Modellers (Link to our Facebook Page)
Membership of any u3a group is the cost of the hire of the venue used + cost of small consumables (not layout construction items in our group) – divided by the annual membership. Groups currently receive 40% of any meeting hire cost as a subsidy from Liphook u3a.
Layout construction materials are not financed out of group funds but are provided by the group organiser and the completed layouts are his property but will be made available for exhibition as the group members require. The layouts are/will be insured for exhibition.
Group members also need to be a paid up members of Liphook u3a or Midhurst u3a or one of several local u3a’s associated with them. (Petersfield, Haslemere, or Woolmer Forest (Whitehill-Bordon area)
There is an annual membership fee for u3a which covers public liability insurance and central services (general meetings, open day and financial management) and membership is limited to the semi-retired or retired 55 years old or over.
If you wish to use any portable electrical equipment at our sessions, that has a mains voltage function and is over 12 months old (Mains extension leads, transformers etc) they need to be tested/inspected annually in accordance with the Portable Appliance Testing regulations. This requirement is not negotiable! (We can arrange for these to be inspected/tested on a group basis and from the start of the 2020/21 year we will set the group membership fee to include for this)
This group is one of over 40 special interest groups in the Liphook u3a. There are thought to be well over 400 model railway clubs in the UK, but there are, at the last count (2018) only 8 model railway groups under the u3a “umbrella” in the UK. The closest u3a model railway group to us, is at Emsworth u3a and we hoped to have a meet up with them in 2020 but this is on hold due to the pandemic.
MEETING ARRANGEMENTS FROM MARCH 2020
Sessions at a private address in the village of Milland
We have held no meetings since March 2020
Whilst the coronavirus pandemic is running its course, no group meetings are being held and we will share our modelling via this site, our various Facebook pages (see list on side bar) and emails to members.
Unfortunately we can’t share our plain chocolate digestives via any of these mediums…… Keep Well-Keep on Modelling!
The situation was reviewed after the 1st lockdown was lifted and there was no enthusiasm for resuming meetings with restrctions on numbers and social distancing impossible in the venue and all meetings were therefore suspended until at least April 2021, when the situation will be reviewed again.
Our membership is in a vunerable age and health group and we agreed a very catious approach to restarting the group meetings.
February 2021 -Following recent Government briefings we are planning to re-start meeings in June/July 2021, subject to further government confirmation/advice closer to that date.
The intention is to have sessions on the 2nd Tuesday and Wednesday of each month from June, to spread the load on the workshop space. Members will choose which session they would prefer each month.
We hope also to participate in any u3a national open day events, held locally during the summer, subject to any Government regulations current at that time.
Unfortunately we are not considering new members until the situation has returned to a period of normality. We do hope to have “zoom testers” to replace trial visits, for those interested in joining, once we have got back to “normal”.
Milland is easily reached from Liphook, Petersfield, Haslemere etc via country roads. Specific location information and parking arrangements for the meeting venue will be provided to registered members.
We successfully trialled sessions at this location in September and October 2019 . The venue allows for layout or project work to occupy the whole time period, with little or no setting up or clearing and packing up required. This format will also be suitable for building dioramas or micro layouts.
Parking at Milland As the location is in a residential area, members are asked to park on a specified side of the road and not to block free movement of any residents or service vehicles. If you can car share with other members this would be appreciated.(See Government regs/ u3a guidance during corona- virus pandemic)
Facilities at Milland The venue is an insulated, lit and heated space with smoke detector, fire extinguisher and first aid kit. Toilet facilities approx 20 metres away in main house.
Restrictions Unfortunately the doors to the venue are not wide enough for wheelchair use. No smoking or vaping please.
Winter months There is external lighting in the immediate vicinity of the venue and between it and the house, but the village has no street lighting. A small torch is advised during this period for the short walk from the venue to your car at the end of the sessions.
Group membership fees at Milland There will be no hire charges incurred for use of these private facilities by group members. Please allow for a nominal £10 per year membership fee which will include for Portable Appliance Testing of mains electrical items used at meetings, that are over 12 months old.Tested extension leads available on site.
There will be a £1 a member, per session refreshment donation to the Railway Children charity. (once restrictions on serving refreshments are permitted)
Visitors For obvious reasons these sessions are not open to casual visitors
Please note that all materials used in the layout constructions listed, is provided by the group organiser and the layouts remain in his ownership, but the layout can be exhibited by the group as necessary. Members can bring along their own projects to work on, but unfortunately cannot be stored between sessions
“East Hants Link” ** covers 5 + scenes along the line showing how light rail systems merge easily into residential and commercial areas. Although a scheme for light rail is not to proceed for Bordon/Whitehill, this layout will show how such a scheme might have looked.
As most modern trams are of fairly similar designs throughout the world, I have chosen Japanese outline trams in N scale, as they are easily available at relatively low cost. The scale (1:150) is slightly different to the British N standard (1:148) but is closer than to the international standard of 1:160.
As a trial I used Ikea type toy boxes as the baseboard for most scenes, but later abandoned it as it was difficult to model and lay track within the box and to align the boxes themselves. I resorted to using some spare conventional baseboards I had. Work is now well underway on that basis. It is hoped that the layout can be exhibited at the next Model Trains in the Valley event or at the next Liphook u3a Open Day in 2022
Construction photos are being added progressively- see East Hants Link section of this website and Facebook Pages- Milland Valley Railway Modellers; East Hants Link
DIORAMAS & MICRO LAYOUTS
Increasingly each diorama or micro-layout will have a page on this site to give more details and progress photos where appropriate, and our various Milland Valley FB pages will also show progress updates
“If the railway had come to the Milland Valley” **– Small diorama in OO scale showing Linch & Redford on Midhurst to Haslemere line- proposed and although receiving parliamentary approval- never built – work well advanced-completion work into 2018/9 season Very relevant to our Redford location
August 1944 ++ cross roads with level crossing and a railway halt- with a game of petanque in progress on the terrain near the bar. Sunflower field or vineyard nearby? A small diorama of rural recently liberated France, a couple of months after D-Day . .Paris will be liberated in a couple of weeks. HO Scale The locals are returning home from celebrating liberation & have stopped off to have a drink and a game with their pals. Usually an all male pursuit, especially in the era (late 1944) when this is set. A few British soldiers on and around a tank, are watching .
Baseboard is constructed and early work has been started. This diorama was envisaged to be used as an advert for the Milland Boule Group who meet at the Milland Sports Ground
“Tugaske” ++ (Scale to be decided) A small Saskatchewan settlement in 1914 at the railway station. The small town in which my Dad was born. A recreation of a possible scene at the railway station as Godfrey and Gertrude-( his parents), set off with him on a long journey back to the UK by rail and ship –No work started
A further three micro tram/bus layouts are under consideration
Danger- Border Ahead++ German outline 1:87 scale (HO) Tramway operational diorama set around Friedrichstrasse station at the border of East & West Berlin in the early 1960’s
In initial planning
Berlin- Undivided German outline 1:150 scale (N) Tramway operational diorama set around Friederichstrasse station in the present day with modern image models by Kato of Berlin type trams
In initial panning
Unnamed micro layout of trams and buses in a Hong Kong street. H-K uses British style double decker trams which have not changed in style since their introduction many years ago, but have modern engineering and controls..
H-K also have bought and continue to do so, British manufactured double decker buses which are either adaptions of British designs or are designs specially manufactured to meet Hong Kong requirements(larger passenger accommodation/more doors; air conditioning and 6-wheeled). Luckily H-K modellers of both modes of transport, model in 1:76 scale (00) -a scale usually only associated with the UK. There is a wide range of models available for this market and they are readily available from local suppliers via the internet. Coupled with the fact that they are RH drive vehicles and with road signs and markings, traffic lights, street lights etc also British type, makes it a good choice for British modellers
Planning in early stages
Milland Brickworks micro OO-9 layout subject for an OO-9 Society layout competition held in March 2020. The laser cut baseboard kit of two sections- one with a traverser, has been obtained from Norfolk Heath Works. Total footprint 760mm x 280mm
Subject and track layout to be decided
Holidays “Cake box challenge” subject from British Railway Modelling magazine competition Total footprint- 200 mm x 200 mm x 150 mm high ( 8″x 8″ x 6″ high) Scene in N scale- Sea Views Guest House , 23 Railway Viaduct, East Bognor– a near reference to Tony Hancock’s address in East Cheam, on the BBC Radio Hancock’s Half Hour- some may be old enough to remember it!
KEEPING UP TO DATE ON OUR ACTIVITIES
During the coronavirus situation, details of the group on the u3a websites may not be current. If in doubt contact the organiser and check!
The local area Milland News , Liphook Community Magazine and Liphook Herald in more normal times are kept regularly informed of our activities. Meeting dates are regularly provided to Vantage Point and Round & About, which are free magazines distributed in our catchment area. Facebook local community boards for Fernhurst, Midhurst and Haslemere etc were being used to publicise the club, sometimes in conjunction with the L&DMRC.
You can follow progress on the groups projects on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/LiphookBAMRG/ or on this website
If you wish to contact the organiser (Tony Bettger) about the “Milland Valley Railway Modellers” -please do so via the Liphook u3a contact form http://u3asites.org.uk/liphook/contactor via a similar facility on the Midhurst u3a website site or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
No public events since March 2020 have been held and none are likely to be held until July 2021 at the earliest!
We hope that we can restart the MODEL TRAINS IN THE VALLEY event in Milland in October 2021, but this is obviously subject the where we all are pandemic wise in the months from July onwards and if the L&DMRC are continuing with their 2020 plans to transfer their annual exhibition to Bordon
DONATIONS TO CHARITY
Ten percent of any expenses received from any future exhibiting of group layouts (where expenses are paid) will be donated to Railway Children, an international charity working with homeless children found near major railway stations in India, East Africa and the UK. www.railwaychildren.org.uk
All remaing expenses will divided equally between each member participating in the exhibiting of the layout!
REFRESHMENTS AT MEETINGS
We are also requesting donations (£1 per member per session) for unlimited tea/coffee & chocolate biscuits consumed at each session. The donations will be forwarded on a regular basis to the Railway Children charity . (Serving of refreshments may not be permitted after indoor meetings are resumed)
We donated £51 to the Railway Children charity during the year February 2018 to January 2019. Further donations were made in 2019
Whilst the group is mothballed members fees already paid has , with the agreement of members, not been carried forward to next year,but is being donated to the same charity- (£50 was donated to the Railway Children charity in January 2021)
You can follow progress on the groups projects on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/LiphookBAMRG/ or on this website
KEEPING IN CONTACT DURING THE PANDEMIC
The organiser has been keeping occassional contact with members by e-mail, but there may be a trial of a group newsletter- called “Working Arrangements” which will be issued approximately monthly. These will appear on this site approx 4 weeks later.
Late March 2017/ April 2017- Details brought fully up to date- image added/May 2017- updated/July 2017 -updated September 2017/ Updated late October 2017/Updated December 2017 to include 2018 layout/diorama choices/ updated 22nd January / February 2018 updated to latest proposals/ March 2018 General Update -new venue. April 2018 Full revision to cover move to Redford Village Hall; April 9th minor tidying; September 2018- exhibition details and proposed change to 3 hour sessions;October 2018- Improvements in directions. Update on arrangements/Fees for 2019/20. November 2018- Removal of duplication of meeting times and fees, Addition of workshops in Milland./ January 2019 Update on layouts and diorama details-update on donations to the Railway Children charity in the 2018/19 year/ February 2019 General update and tidying presentation- removing duplication , adding events/ March 2019 Adjustments to events/ May 2019- Non attendance at Rural Fair added- Changes to MVRM First Open Afternoon/June 2019 General update- removal of past events. Initial details of layout building sessions/July 2019 Extensive rewording of group details, membership etc Re-wordings of layout building sessions etc.Addition of two additional dioramas/ micro layouts ;late September 2019- Deletion of Open afternoon at Redford in 2020 Reference to sessions at private address at Milland. PAT regulation requirement indicated.Late October 2019 -full revision to cope with Milland private premises. Early Nov. Events updated +minor other revisions Late December 2019- Update to meetings and events/Early Jan 2020. Clarification/re-wording of move to Milland details/ Mid Jan 2020 route description to Redford venue removed/ Redford meeting details-deleted- Details of Liphook U3a Open Day added- Late Feb 2020/ Updates to special events- March 2020/May 2020/ Coronavirus alterations- April & June 2020 Addition of second meeting per month and minor rewordings/simplifications of text/August 2020/Change to lower case u3a form for new style logo/Sept2020 Deletion of projects etc for 2020/21Update on donations to charity./October 2020
General update /Nov 2020/ December 2020/ Jan 2021/ February 2021/March 2021