Hobbies to go on show
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.