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24 Jun 2021

Entry to the National Show on Saturday

2021-06-24T12:32:43+01:00June 24th, 2021|Shed Notices|Comments Off on Entry to the National Show on Saturday

Ticket sales for the National Show this coming Saturday have closed, with the last one secured at 08:11 this morning.  I said on Tuesday that we would advise how many tickets were unsold.  But before explaining this, please may I remind you that we will provide colour coded paper wristbands when you give up your entry ticket at the Ticket Booths on entering the show.  The wristband is what will provide access to the Atrium and Main Hall, so you’ll need to put it on before entering these areas.

If you have bought entry tickets to the morning session:

  • 480 wristbands to the afternoon session of the show remain available. This means that up to 85% of you could attend the afternoon session.  If you want to do this, please leave the hall promptly at or before 13:00 and as you leave, we’ll give you a wristband giving access to the afternoon session, until the capacity limit of the afternoon session is met.
  • In addition, we will retain a further 50 wristbands to be offered to the first 50 current Association members who attend the AGM. The wristband will be provided as you leave the AGM.

If you have bought entry tickets to the afternoon session:

  • 412 wristbands to the morning session of the show remain available. This means that up to 88% of you could attend the morning session.  If you want to do this, please arrive as soon after 09:30 as you wish and we’ll give you a wristband providing immediate access to the morning session, until the capacity limit of the morning session is met.

To be fair to all Show visitors, this will be on a first come, first served basis and only as explained above.

We will still need to clear the Main Hall and Atrium between sessions, but the forecast is still dry so this will provide an opportunity to visit the catering outlets and chat with friends outside.

Alan Regan, Chairman & Membership Secretary

22 Jun 2021

Maximising capacity at the National Show on Saturday

2021-06-22T11:51:40+01:00June 22nd, 2021|Shed Notices|Comments Off on Maximising capacity at the National Show on Saturday

We are legally obliged to limit capacity at Saturday’s show.  We have now passed the point at which we could accommodate all those who have bought tickets to either session of the show in a single session, which means that the show has to run across two sessions as planned.  However, neither morning nor afternoon session are full.  At the time of making this announcement, 447 morning session and 544 afternoon session tickets are unsold.  We are primarily a membership organisation and want to make the show as accessible to members and attractive to attend as possible, so with this in mind:

  • We will offer those attending the morning session, as they leave the session, a wristband which gives them access to the afternoon session, until the capacity limit of the afternoon session is met.
  • We will similarly offer those with tickets to the afternoon session, when they present their ticket at the Ticket Booths, a wristband which gives them immediate access to the morning session, until the capacity limit of the morning session is met.
  • To be fair to all Show visitors, this will be on a first come, first served basis and only as explained above.

We have confirmed that there is no “wiggle” room on the number of visitors we admit to each session.  We also need to be able to demonstrate to the authorities that we have controlled access to each session, so we will still need to clear the Main Hall and Atrium of visitors between sessions.  We can’t guarantee the availability of capacity to the “opposite” session, i.e. the one for which you haven’t bought a ticket, so we’ll be transparent.  We’ll therefore make a further announcement on Thursday, after ticket sales have closed, publishing the final number of tickets unsold for each session.

The basis on which we are having to run this year’s show is far from ideal.  The Board sees this as the fairest and most open way to give the greatest number of visitors the maximum benefit from their time at this year’s show.

Alan Regan, Chairman & Membership Secretary

21 Jun 2021

Seating & catering at the Show and attending the AGM

2021-06-21T15:58:17+01:00June 21st, 2021|Shed Notices|Comments Off on Seating & catering at the Show and attending the AGM

We are unable to provide seating or catering within the Main Hall or Atrium at this year’s show.  Catering will however be available from units in the Plaza and near the Atrium, and outdoor seating will be available in the Plaza using a large number of picnic benches.  A dry day is forecast so these will provide an outside area in which visitors can eat or drink, or just meet, up to six to a table, without the need for face coverings.

To make it easier for visitors to use these facilities during and between the two sessions across which the show will run, access will be available via the Foyer, which runs across the front of the Atrium.  What this means is that attendees to the morning session will be able to access seating and catering during or after they leave the session, and those attending the afternoon session can arrive early, pass through the Ticket Booths and access the seating and catering.

To facilitate this, we will provide colour coded paper wristbands when visitors give up their entry ticket at the Ticket Booths.  The wristband is what will provide access to the Atrium and Main Hall, so visitors will need to put it on before entering these areas.  Access will be via the doors from the Foyer to the Atrium.  In addition, at the start of each session, visitors will have direct access into the Atrium via wide, external doors, so that we speed access to the main hall and avoid bottlenecks.

Turning now to the Annual General Meeting, which takes place in the Peterborough Suite at 13:00, our Articles require a minimum of 50 members for the AGM to proceed.  We have already stated that we’ll streamline the AGM whilst maintaining compliance with our Articles, to limit it to around 30 minutes.  Any member attending the AGM who has not bought a ticket to the afternoon session will be offered a wristband providing complimentary access to the afternoon session.  Any member who has bought a ticket to the afternoon session will be able to access the AGM.

Ticket sales are accelerating as Show Day approaches, following the pattern of previous shows, with approaching 1,000 already sold, slightly more for the morning session than that in the afternoon.  If you want to attend, you have until 09:00 on Thursday 24th June to secure the session of your choice.  This link will take you straight to our dedicated ticket sales site.

Alan Regan, Chairman & Membership Secretary

14 Jun 2021

National Garden Railway Show 2021 – full steam ahead

2021-06-14T19:41:06+01:00June 14th, 2021|Shed Notices|Comments Off on National Garden Railway Show 2021 – full steam ahead

Following on from the UK government’s announcement today that Step 4 of its COVID-19 RESPONSE− SPRING 2021 plan will be delayed by up to four weeks, I’d like to underline that the National Garden Railway Show, scheduled for Saturday 26th June, will go ahead as planned, because it was authorised under the measures applicable to Step 3 of the same plan, and that these measures have not changed.  A small number of people have contacted the Association in the mistaken belief that Step 4 of the plan authorised the running of the show, so hopefully this confirmation will avoid further confusion.

The measures described by the UK government to stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), listed here, will apply to the show.  These include the need to keep a safe distance where possible and to wear a face covering unless you have an exemption from doing so.

The show continues to run over two sessions, the first from 09:30-13:00 and the second from 13:30 to 17:00.  It remains all ticket sold in advance, to fulfil NHS Test and Trace requirements.  Tickets can be bought online here.  There will be no tickets sales on the day and tickets for one session cannot be used for the other session.  The closing date for online tickets sales is 09:00 Thursday 24th June.

To comply with Health England capacity limits for the Arena, we have made 950 tickets available for each session.  As at 08:00 today, Monday 14th June, 49% of the tickets for the morning session and 38% of tickets for the afternoon session have been sold.  There are still plenty of tickets available, but we anticipate based on what’s happened in the past, that ticket sales will accelerate as the date of the show approaches.  If you wish to attend and leave it until the last minute to buy you ticket, you may find that your preferred session has sold out, so book it online here.  Answers to Freqently Asked Questions about the show are here.  Finally and as stated in the past, if having purchased a ticket you are subsequently unable to attend because you have been asked by NHS Test and Trace to self-isolate, you will be offered a full refund of the entry ticket price paid.

Carol and I recently attended an antiques show at the Arena, to see how it ran under the same COVID-19 restrictions as will apply to our show.  We felt safe at all times, we were able to move around freely and other than the need to wear a face covering, there was little impact on our ability to enjoy the morning.  We felt that the layout of the exhibits in the main hall was more tightly packed than will be the case at our show, so I’m confident that even if both sessions at our show are fully subscribed, there will still be plenty of space to move around.  This will be a National Garden Railway Show like no other, but I’m certain it will still be very enjoyable.  See you there 😊.

Alan Regan, Chairman & Membership Secretary

15 May 2021

National Show – on track but we still need your help

2021-05-14T17:07:14+01:00May 15th, 2021|Shed Notices|Comments Off on National Show – on track but we still need your help

Many members will by now have received the May mailing confirmed in yesterday’s Shed Notice, including the 2021 National Show Guide.  If you’ve had time to glance through it, you’ll have seen that the majority of the hobby’s traders will participate along with a large and varied assortment of layouts.  England moves to Step 3 of the government’s COVID-19 RESPONSE− SPRING 2021 plan on Monday 17th May, removing any remaining doubt that the show will go ahead.

Stewards are needed for setup on Friday 25th June and during the show on Saturday 26th June.  You don’t have to be there for opening time and we have a range of duties for all ages and abilities.  As a steward, you’ll get free all-day entry to the Show and vouchers to redeem at the refreshment facilities at the Show.  Please contact Paul Kidger at stewarding@16mm.org.uk and let him know when you’re available and whether you’ve any preferred duties or limits on what you can do to help.

The Show is at present scheduled over two sessions.  This restriction may be lifted if the government’s ambitions for Step 4 of the COVID-19 RESPONSE− SPRING 2021 take place as scheduled on 21st June.  Please keep a close eye on Shed Notices and Show News for updates arising from the government’s announcement on Monday 14th June covering the changes in Step 4.  Further information is also available in the Chairman’s Column in the May 2021 issue of SMT.

Finally, please may I remind you that regardless of any changes to restrictions from 21st June, entry to the 2021 National Show and use of the shuttle bus from Peterborough railway station to the Arena will remain all ticket sold in advance, to fulfil NHS Test and Trace requirements.  Tickets can be bought online here.  There will be no tickets sales on the day.  The closing date for online tickets sales is 09:00 Thursday 24th June.

Alan Regan, Chairman & Membership Secretary

14 May 2021

May 2021 mailing of SMT, Bulletin and National Show Guide

2021-05-14T09:05:31+01:00May 14th, 2021|Shed Notices|Comments Off on May 2021 mailing of SMT, Bulletin and National Show Guide

The May mailing of SMT, Bulletin, the 2021 National Show Guide and a book of ten raffle tickets for the Grand Draw is scheduled for collection by Royal Mail from Warners Midlands in Bourne today, 14th May.  The entire mailing to UK and overseas residents will be collected at the same time.

This is our first mailing using a paper enclosure, which is more widely recyclable than the poly wrap used in the past.  The picture to the left shows our mailing being wrapped this morning and this link shows the process in action.

Mailing to UK members is First Class, so packages will start to arrive from Saturday 15th.  Some difficulties persist due to Coronavirus.  Information for the UK can be found here.

Mailing to overseas members is by Air Mail, but delivery times are still affected by the pandemic.  Further information regarding mailing to addresses outside the UK can be found here.

SMT, Bulletin and the National Show Guide will be available on our Members Only web site from 09:00 on Saturday 15th May.  If you haven’t received an invitation to activate your account on the site, or can’t find it, please email members.site@16mm.org.uk providing your surname, membership number and post code and we’ll send an invitation as soon as we can.

Thanks to editors Gareth Jones (SMT) and Dave Gordon (Bulletin and the National Show Guide) for their work.  Thanks also to all the members who contributed to what I hope will again be an enjoyable read.

Alan Regan, Chairman & Membership Secretary

14 Apr 2021

Geoff Munday – funeral arrangements

2021-04-14T11:44:08+01:00April 14th, 2021|Shed Notices|Comments Off on Geoff Munday – funeral arrangements

Many of you will be aware from Association social media that Geoff Munday sadly passed away peacefully on Tuesday 30th March.  His wife Edith, and children Neil and Diane, were by his side.

Geoff was a prominent and highly respected Association member and supplier in the guise of LightLine.  There can be few in the hobby who have not seen his work – many of us have examples of his craft.  Some may therefore want to participate remotely in his private funeral, which will take place on Tuesday 20th April at 10 am.

Funeral webpage: https://www.dignityfunerals.co.uk/funeral-notices/30-03-2021-geoffrey-munday/

If you’d like to join on the 20th , please contact Geoff’s daughter Diane by email at dianecarolyn@yahoo.com before Sunday 18th April.

Geoff’s family have requested family flowers only.  Donations are welcomed to Marie Curie, whose nurses helped ensure that Geoff received the best care possible at home.  Please make any donations via Geoff’s funeral webpage, hosted by the family’s Funeral Directors:

https://www.dignityfunerals.co.uk/funeral-notices/30-03-2021-geoffrey-munday/

Alan Regan, Chairman and Membership Secretary

1 Apr 2021

Appeal for Stewards for the National Garden Railway Show 2021

2021-04-01T18:57:52+01:00April 1st, 2021|Shed Notices|Comments Off on Appeal for Stewards for the National Garden Railway Show 2021

We are launching our appeal for Stewards for this year’s National Garden Railway Show at the Peterborough Arena on June 26th.  As usual we need volunteers to help with the setting up of the Show on Friday 25th June and on Saturday 26th June, the day of the Show.

On the Friday, setting up starts at 08:00 and carries on until about 18:00. For this we need a whole range of skills and abilities (standing-up, sitting-down and walking-around jobs).  Then on the Saturday, we start at 07:00 with completing the setting up before the big moment when the visitors are admitted, this year at 09:30.

Stewards are required at all times on both days.  You are not obliged to turn up at the opening times.  As usual we have many exciting job opportunities for all ages and abilities.  This year, having a good supporting team of stewards will be more important than ever to make the Show a success, despite the difficult times.

As a volunteer, you will get free all-day entry to the Show, even though the Show will have to be in two separate sessions. So please contact me at stewarding@16mm.org.uk and let me know when you will be available and if you have any preferred duties or restrictions.

Paul Kidger, Chief Steward

28 Mar 2021

National Garden Railway Show Saturday 26th June 2021 – online ticket sales

2021-06-15T08:37:27+01:00March 28th, 2021|Shed Notices|Comments Off on National Garden Railway Show Saturday 26th June 2021 – online ticket sales

Online sale of tickets for the National Garden Railway Show 2021 will open at 09:00 on Monday 29th March.  I would like to draw these points to your attention:

  • The show is taking place across two separate sessions, the first from 09:30 to 13:00 and the second from 13:30 to 17:00.  You will need to select a ticket for the session of your choice.  Tickets for one session cannot be used for the other session.
  • We are streamlining entry so that you can maximise your time spent enjoying the show.  You will be admitted straight into the main hall as soon as you have cleared the entry booths, all of which will be in use.
  • Numbers are limited to 750 950 visitors per session to comply with government restrictions on indoor events.
  • We anticipate that the measures described by the UK government to stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), listed here, will still be in place when the show takes place.  These include the need to keep a safe distance where possible and to wear a face covering unless you have an exemption from doing so.
  • If having purchased a ticket you are subsequently unable to attend the show because you have been asked by NHS Test and Trace to self-isolate as part of prevailing coronavirus (COVID-19) measures, you will be offered a full refund of the entry ticket price paid.

Visit our online shop from 09:00 on 29th March to purchase your tickets.

Alan Regan, Chairman and Membership Secretary

4 Mar 2021

2021/22 membership subscription reminders

2021-03-04T08:56:02+00:00March 4th, 2021|Shed Notices|Comments Off on 2021/22 membership subscription reminders

Reminders will be sent out later today to members who have not yet renewed their subscription for the new membership year and for whom we store an email address.

If you wish to act on the reminder, please take time to read the instructions provided, which are divided into three sections.  The first is for members who have joined online or renewed online in the past, the second is for those who haven’t used the online renewal system in the past, and the last is for members who wish to renew over the phone or by cheque.

If you renew online, depending on the screen size you use, you may need to scroll down to find the renewal option that you want.  Please also pay particular attention to what you select.  If you see a NEW subscription in your shopping basket as opposed to a subscription RENEWAL, you are about to pay £3 extra to renew for the coming year.  Please go back, empty your basket, review the instructions and start again.  This has affected less than 1% of renewals this year and it won’t happen if the instructions are followed.  Remember also that you can change the type of membership subscription if what you’ve had in the past no longer meets your needs.  You can also take out a Direct Debit to renew your subscription if you wish.

If you have queries or difficulty, please contact Warners at 16mmNGM@warnersgroup.co.uk or at the phone number in the email.  If after two working days you haven’t received or aren’t satisfied with the response, please contact me at membership@16mm.org.uk.

Alan Regan, Chairman & Membership Secretary

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