The Club Room

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The Guest Chair­man, your let­ters, and Tell and Ex­hi­bi­tion Diary.

Bog­nor Regis MRC had hum­ble be­gin­nings back in the early 1950s. In those days, meet­ings were held at a ho­tel, and any ef­forts to pub­li­cise the club were con­fined to the lo­cal area. How­ever, this didn’t at­tract many mem­bers and there were lengthy pe­ri­ods of in­ac­tiv­ity. How­ever, a resur­gence in the mid-1970s laid down the foun­da­tions for the club as it ex­ists to­day. Over the years, find­ing suit­able venues for club meet­ings has been dif­fi­cult. How­ever, with the sup­port of the Barn­ham Sig­nal Box Trust, the club’s HQ is now the re­stored Barn­ham sig­nal box. We are quite di­verse in terms of mem­bers and in­ter­ests, and they model in al­most ev­ery scale, from ‘G’ scale through to ‘OO’, ‘TT’ and ‘N’ gauges, right down to ‘T’ gauge. Lay­outs en­com­pass stan­dard and nar­row gauge. Mem­ber­ship has grown steadily over the years, helped by a de­ci­sion, taken eight years ago, to at­tract younger mem­bers. We ran a 16-week mod­el­ling course, and now ju­nior mod­ellers rep­re­sent about a fifth of our mem­ber­ship. To keep the ju­niors en­gaged, we al­ways have a project on the go for them to work on. Past projects have in­cluded an ex­hi­bi­tion lay­out and var­i­ous dio­ra­mas. A re­cent high­light was build­ing a lay­out for Net­work Rail. We were com­mis­sioned to build a por­ta­ble lay­out for a NR safety of­fi­cer to take to schools to ed­u­cate chil­dren on railway safety. Our teenage mem­bers are now club ex­perts in their own right, and they have var­i­ous spe­cial­i­sa­tions, from DCC to 3D-print­ing, or mil­i­tary mod­el­ling. For some the in­ter­est inevitably wanes, but we are al­ways wel­com­ing young new mem­bers who want to ad­vance their skills, and whether their in­ter­est is steam, diesel or Thomas! The club is lucky to have a num­ber of very skilled lay­out builders with a wide range of knowl­edge, and they can be reg­u­larly seen on the ex­hi­bi­tion cir­cuit. There are oth­ers who bring their own non-mod­el­ling skills and abil­i­ties. This might be car­pen­try, electrics, elec­tron­ics, cater­ing, or any­thing else which can ben­e­fit the club as a whole. We have mem­bers of all age groups, up to and in­clud­ing those you might re­fer to as ‘se­nior cit­i­zens-plus’. We have fe­male mem­bers, over­seas mem­bers and mem­bers with learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties. Most im­por­tantly, we all share a com­mon de­sire both to learn and to teach. Even our most sea­soned mod­ellers ac­knowl­edge that there is al­ways more to learn, and any mem­ber can of­fer ideas which might prompt us to look at do­ing things in a dif­fer­ent way, or see things from per­spec­tives which might never have oc­curred to us. Ev­ery­one is wel­come and en­cour­aged to get in­volved – whether it’s with lay­out de­sign and build­ing, work­ing on in­di­vid­ual mod­els, op­er­at­ing lay­outs, as­sist­ing with the main­te­nance of our model build­ings and, of course, help­ing to transport, set up and op­er­ate our lay­outs at ex­hi­bi­tions. We sup­port lo­cal char­i­ties and have a suc­cess­ful fam­ily-ori­en­tated ex­hi­bi­tion ev­ery Jan­uary to raise club funds, but which also serves to pro­mote the club. Our club nights are Tues­days, Thurs­days, and Satur­day morn­ings, and any­one is wel­come to drop in to one of our ses­sions. Con­tact our club sec­re­tary for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion.

‘Pines Rise’

Club test track

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