Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Annual General Meeting & forthcoming exhibitions

Just a reminder to our members that the AGM will be held at 7:45pm on Tuesday 1st May 2012 at the Clubrooms. All members should attend if at all possible.

Don't forget that all the committee posts come up for election. Currently we have nominations for all the committee officers but they do need additional help to run the club satisfactorily.

There is still a little time left to put forward any nominations. We still have need of a Programme Secretary and, of course, there are general committee member vacancies.

Remember, the Committee run the Club on YOUR behalf and this could be your opportunity to make your voice heard.

Forthcoming Exhibitions/Events:

April 22nd Aldingbourne Community Centre Open Day. The Barnham Signal Box will be open to the public and, all being well our layout Pen-y-Bwm (00) operating together with Little Bognor (0n16.5) in the Clubhouse.

May 5th. Little Bognor will be one of the layouts on display at the Rural Life Centre, Tilford.

May 12th. Paul Hopkins will be taking his layout, Redford Junction (TT) to the Burgess Hill MRC Exhibition.

Brighton Modelworld - 2012

This year, BRMRC attended the this prestigious show with one of our older, but nonetheless excellent layouts - South Preston. This is a British Railways (Southern Region) branch line layout based loosely on Littlehampton, as operated in the 1950's and 1960's. Despite its long break from exhibition duties with a little fettling it did well and proved very popular.

This show, with its 3 day span, always makes it difficult to ensure we have sufficient operators but our members came up trumps and visitors could rely on seeing some action!

Modelworld is a unique exhibition showcasing models of all types from around the country. The show is now in it’s 34th year. Having started out as a model railway show it now encompasses so much more and has become genuinely a family model show with something for children of all ages, 1-100.

Newsletter - Annual Exhibition 2012

Annual Exhibition - 14th & 15th January 2012

This year's Annual Exhibition was a resounding success. More people attended than ever before and we received a considerable number of very positive comments from the visitors - and indeed the layout owners/operators and traders. All of them contributed to this resounding success.

On behalf of the committee Richard, our Secretary gives a belated thank you to all who assisted in any way shape or form with the event As always, it was hard (but enjoyable?) work. Although we can’t thank everyone by name, there are some people I think should get a particular mention.

Paul Hopkins once again stepped into John Wakeman’s (not inconsiderable!) shoes to mastermind the show. We owe a big debt of gratitude to them for their work both, before, during and after the show.

Road signs - many thanks to the teams who took on this duty.

It was a great help sharing this task and meant no one had to out in the cold too long. I believe they do help us to generate considerable passing trade and guide those visitors not familiar with the area.

Catering - once again Audrey and her team put on an excellent array of food and drink.

Saturday night meal - This year we tried a new approach by having a meal after the show closed, staying on at the school and getting in Fish and Chips. Personally speaking I think this worked very well and it was a shame a few more members didn’t join us and make it more of a social event. If we repeat the pattern next year we just need to remember to take salt, pepper and vinegar! Thanks must be given to Ted for investigating the options, gathering names and organising our meal.

(Originally published 21st February 2012)