We meet weekly on Thursday evenings between 7.30 pm and 10.30 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 fixed 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 Tuesday daytime to work on the club layouts. This is by mutual arrangement to include one of the key holders.
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 meets at a convenient local village, on the first visit, and to be guided to the clubhouse. The club levies an annual Membership Fee (at present £40.00 per annum) 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 fill 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.
On the first Thursday of alternate months, for 2020; January, March, May, July, September and November we shall be holding running nights at the club. Essentially it's a "Run what you've got" scenario.
Photographs © Phil Basham 2019