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Club Nights

We meet weekly on Thursday evenings between 7.00 pm and 10.00 pm. The time is spent in several different ways, depending upon what the members want from the club. Some bring their own models to work on (or cajole someone else to work on!); some help with the building of the club's various layouts; some are involved in the upkeep of the clubrooms and permanent layouts, whilst others come along for a natter, cup of tea and good-natured banter. Everyone is free to do their own thing, provided it doesn't upset anyone else.

Additionally, some of our more senior members gather at the clubhouse on a Monday daytime to work on the club layouts. This is by mutual arrangement to include one of the club key holders. Also, once a month, on the first Monday of the month, the club holds a “modelling day” where members can come and model whatever they like in a convivial atmosphere at the club.

On the first Thursday of the month we hold official running nights at the club. Essentially it's a "Run what you've got" scenario. However, as long as a layout is not being worked on, there is usually no problem with running being undertaken at any club night.

Visitors and prospective members are most welcome on a Thursday night. Due to the remote location and difficulty in finding the clubhouse, it is usual to contact the Chairman or another committee member and agree to meet at a convenient local spot on the first visit, and to be guided to the clubhouse. The club levies an annual Membership Fee (at present £70.00 per annum, including drinks) for the period from 1st April to the following 31st March. This fee is reviewed at each Annual General Meeting, usually held in April, and to which all members are requested to attend.

Unfortunately, under 18 or Junior Membership of the club is not offered. Current legislation governing the supervision of minors means that it is impractical for the club to fund and otherwise resource compliance with the regulations. The current membership feels, however, that due to a lack of "Junior" members in our hobby we will allow under 18's to attend club meetings and events, as a guest, but only if they are accompanied at all times by a parent or legal guardian, who is a member of the club. A single membership will permit either parent or guardian to accompany their son / daughter.

February 2019's Club Running Night

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Photographs © Phil Basham 2019
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"Sumware" our N Gauge Exhibition layout