Saturday, 25 August 2012

August 2012

Your webmaster is a trifle premature with the August news but this reflects the fact that he will be 200 miles away at the end of the month. Anyway, August has been another busy and successful month.

On the exhibition front Aldingbourne Central had a successful outing to Tinkers Park early in the month and again last weekend when it was joined by Madeley Road and Little Bognor together with part of Troutbeck Bridge as a static display at the Weald and Downland Steam Gala. We thus had layouts present in three different scales and gauges. Paul Hopkins took one of his layouts to the Bursledon Brickworks although this event proved to be somewhat disappointing.

In the meantime, our members continue to devote considerable time and effort on Saturday mornings to the refurbishment of the Barnham Signal Box - our new home once completed.

Our chairman has also agreed a lease with the Aldingbourne Sports and Community Centre Trustees for us to take over the Barn. This is excellent news as it means that we will have both meeting facilities in the Signal Box and secure storage for layouts etc in the barn together with toilet facilities immediately adjacent to the signal box.

Alhtough the barn is solidly built there is a great deal of work to be done to make it ready for use and members have already made great strides towards this over the last few Tuesday evenings. You can see more about this at

Despite the time and effort going into the barn and the signal box, a small dedicated band is making substantial progress on our current layout building project - this now has its own page at

So, another eventful month, but one which is truly laying the foundations for the club's future.