Friday, 1 March 2013

January-February 2013

Another somewhat belated news entry. Wouldn't it be wonderful to have a few extra hours in the day? Even now, I'm afraid, this is going to have to be fairly brief.

In any event, this has been a very busy period. Obviously the biggest event for the Club was helping to run Bognor Regis MRC Ltd's Exhibition in mid-January at Felpham and, of course, running several of the layouts that attended. All in all this was another successful show with a wide range of very different high quality layouts and good trade support. Certainly the visitor's seemed to enjoy themselves.

I am looking forward to receiving our Exhibition Manager's report to publish here for you, but in the meantime, we have just implemented a new video gallery which you can see here and which includes video of the exhibition and of some of the recent exhibitions run by BRMRC.

On the premises front, work has continued apace on the Barn, thanks to the indefatigable efforts of our Chairman, Adrian and his small band of workers. Similarly work has progressed on the Signal Box despite problems with erecting the external stairs due to the extremely wet weather.

Slowly but surely, both are taking shape, and it is now becoming really apparent how fortunate we are going to be with our new premises.

On the layout front, Page Mountain made its debut at the Felpham exhibition albeit as a work in progress. The degree of completion was such that visitors could see what the "bare-bones" could become and this proved to be of interest. The completion of this layout is our current highest modelling priority. There are very few large HO USA layouts around at present (they seem to have been usurped by On30) so this, with its spectacular scenery will be well worth watching out for at exhibitions in the not too distant future.

We have had a number of new members join over the last few weeks, both junior and adult. I would like to welcome them on behalf of the Committee and the Club members as a whole. We hope that we can provide the friendship and modelling opportunities you want and look forward to the contributions you can make. I am sure that there is a lot we can learn from each other.

Finally, a reminder that it is time to start thinking about our AGM and who you would like to see on the Committee, steering the Club and looking after your interests over the following year. As ever, all the Committee posts are up for grabs, but we KNOW that we will need a new Club Secretary - could this be you?