Hob­bies to go on show

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By LAURA MCKOY

Harry Dav­i­son be­lieves ev­ery­one needs a hobby. His is de­sign­ing model rail­ways and it is a pretty good hobby as far as he is con­cerned.

Mr Dav­i­son and other en­thu­si­asts will be show­cas­ing their hob­bies at the Grand Hobby Show this week­end.

Held at the Mata­mata Me­mo­rial Cen­tre, the event is hosted by the Mata­mata Rail­way Modellers.

Model rail­ways, model ships, hand­crafts and hob­bies, ge­neal­ogy, spin­ners and weavers, war games and model cars are just some of the things that will be on dis­play.

Sev­eral of these dis­plays will be avail­able for the public to ‘‘have a go’’ at.

‘‘The idea of the show is to try and let peo­ple see what clubs there are in town and what they do, and if the on­look­ers are in­ter­ested it gives them a chance to make con­tact with the club,’’ Mr Dav­i­son said.

‘‘It may in­spire a few peo­ple to get to­gether and de­velop their hob­bies.’’

Mr Dav­i­son has been pas­sion­ate about model trains for more than 50 years and con­tin­ues to find plea­sure in de­sign­ing them.

To date he has fin­ished 12 large model rail­way lay­outs com­plete with scenery in­spired by his love of the English coun­try­side.

One of his lay­outs is Thomas the Tank En­gine which is al­ways a clear favourite with chil­dren.

Thomas will be on dis­play at the Grand Hobby show for ev­ery­one to see.

Putting to­gether a model rail­way is no easy task. Each piece is made with in­tri­cate de­tail. Each stone wall is of­ten made with tiny stones glued to­gether, each bridge is care­fully crafted out of card­board and each tree is pruned to per­fec­tion.

‘‘I en­joy run­ning them and the chal­lenge of build­ing them,’’ Mr Dav­i­son said. ‘‘I have a lot of fun do­ing it. I get to­gether with some friends and we have a good laugh while mak­ing them.’’

The Grand Hobby Show is for peo­ple of all ages and will in­clude live en­ter­tain­ment from the Hin­uera Scot­tish Coun­try Danc­ing Club.

The show will run be­tween 10am and 5pm on Satur­day and 10am and 4pm on Sun­day. A small en­trance fee will be charged.

Mr Dav­i­son said that on be­half of all club mem­bers he wanted to thank those lo­cal busi­nesses in the town who had so gen­er­ously given their sup­port and spon­sor­ship.

Choo choo: One of Harry Dav­i­son’s model rail­way lay­outs.

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