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exhibition reports, developments in the clubs layouts, and any
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Dave has worked
hard to help Margaret Roberts with the disposal of Geoff’s railway models,
The AGM is before us, and I expect much discussion about new
premises. There may be a need to change our constitution to push matters
forward. Your “Clubroom sub-committee” is working hard to find a suitable
solution but please keep looking yourselves. We have less than 12 weeks left at Manor Farm.
00 Gauge Matters
Redbridge experienced a somewhat frustrating show at New Milton,
where we suffered a rather major failure of the route setting system during
Saturday morning, the cause of which is still unknown and being thoroughly
investigated. Luckily, we were still able to run some trains and change routes
within the fiddle yard to some degree, allowing us to put on a show. As we head
towards Tolworth in November, we hope to have this issue diagnosed and fixed.
Mike has worked on fixing the crane and gantry, other than this Redbridge
has seen a quiet period as focus turns to tidying and packing up the clubroom
ready for the move.
EM Gauge Matters
Mawgan Porth is now in store offsite.
0 Gauge Matters
has been packed down ready to be moved . All dexion is dismantled
from room 1. We now concentrate on dismantling Itchen Bottom and
recovering everything we can.
the new premise will allow Abbotstone to be erected as before. Until
then the plan is to move to an offsite store whilst we have a van hired
for Redbridge Wharf.
The next few
months are sad ones in that packing up after 35 years will result in breaking
up a lot of hard work and skills applied by many members, some of whom are no
longer with us. At the time of writing, we are still expecting a two-stage
move, one to store all that we need to and still have access to for exhibition
commitments, and the second, to find and make good (if necessary) any new
All this will need
a lot of work and lifting etc., and I am sure we shall achieve this with
planned co-ordination and team effort.
- Any new venue
will inevitably raise our running costs and as you are all aware this have a knock on effect on subscriptions. This has been discussed generally and our
AGM will clarify where we have known facts to discuss.
Whatever our position on 1st
January, we will plan meetings which may include slide shows, talks and
modelling topics like show and telll. This has happened before when we needed to
keep clear because of ‘foot and mouth’ (remember that !)
Future Events next quarter:
- Bigbury-on-Sea at Alton- Saturday and
Sunday 3rd & 4th February 2024
- Club Annual Dinner at the Potters Heron Saturday 17th February 2024
Wharf at Abindon- Saturday and
Sunday 2nd and 3rd March 2024