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23 Feb 2021

National Garden Railway Show 26th June 2021

2021-02-23T12:32:27+00:00February 23rd, 2021|Shed Notices|Comments Off on National Garden Railway Show 26th June 2021

Further to the UK government’s announcement yesterday and the publication of its COVID-19 RESPONSE− SPRING 2021 plan, the Board would like to confirm that our 26th June National Show is permitted under Step 3 of the plan.  This has been confirmed with the Arena, who are in discussion with Public Health England, who will still need to scrutinise our plan.  The show will take place on the basis previously announced, of morning and afternoon sessions with limits on the number of visitors, in a Covid-19 Secure manner, observing government guidelines and restrictions in force at the time.

Speculation that the show cannot proceed until Step 4 in the government’s plan is inaccurate and incorrect.

The Board will meet on Saturday 27th February to discuss next steps, amongst which will be resumption of online ticket sales.  A further announcement will be made via Shed Notices in advance of online ticket sales reopening.  Those who have already bought tickets will be contacted in advance of reopening, to select a session to attend, or to be provided with a refund, as they so choose.

Further information on the plan for the show can be found on here our Show Web Site.

Alan Regan, Chairman & Membership Secretary

15 Feb 2021

February 2021 mailing – update

2021-02-15T14:08:31+00:00February 15th, 2021|Shed Notices|Comments Off on February 2021 mailing – update

I’m pleased to advise that the problem with our account has been resolved.  Royal Mail have the complete mailing at their sorting office in Peterborough and it should now be processed today.  This being the case, I’d expect it to start arriving with UK addresses from tomorrow and with overseas addresses from late this week.  I can’t guarantee that arrival will be tomorrow because we have no experience of a slight delay such as this, but I am satisfied that normal processing of the mailing has resumed.

Alan Regan, Chairman and Membership Secretary

13 Feb 2021

February 2021 mailing of SMT, Bulletin & Annual Report

2021-02-13T12:08:03+00:00February 13th, 2021|Shed Notices|Comments Off on February 2021 mailing of SMT, Bulletin & Annual Report

I regret to advise that this mailing is held within Royal Mail due to a problem with our account.  We cannot rectify this until Monday, so it will be Tuesday 16th February at the earliest before our magazines start to arrive at UK addresses.  Those being sent overseas are expected to distribute at the same time.

SMT and Bulletin are available on our Members Only web site.  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.

I’m disappointed not to have heard the resounding thud of my magazines arriving and I’m sure that this feeling will be shared by many of you who were probably looking forward to a good read this weekend.  It’s also a great disappointment to all who contributed to what we thought had been another successful mailing.  There is nothing more that we can do until Monday.  I will provide a further update on Shed Notices as soon as the problem has been resolved.

Alan Regan, Chairman and Membership Secretary

8 Feb 2021

February 2021 issues of SMT, Bulletin & 2020 Annual Report

2021-02-08T12:53:12+00:00February 8th, 2021|Shed Notices|Comments Off on February 2021 issues of SMT, Bulletin & 2020 Annual Report

The February mailing of SMT & Bulletin is scheduled for collection by Royal Mail from Warners Midlands in Bourne this coming Friday 12th February.  The entire mailing to UK and overseas residents will be collected at the same time.

Mailing to UK residents is First Class, so packages will start to arrive from Saturday 13th.  Royal Mail still experience difficulty due to Coronavirus.  Further information of the mailing situation within 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 of the mailing situation from the UK to countries overseas can be found here.

SMT and Bulletin will be available on our Members Only web site from 09:00 on Saturday 13th November.  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.

The package includes a personalised address carrier sheet which has your membership renewal information on the reverse.  This reflects renewals and subscriptions up to midnight on 2nd February.  If you renewed after this time the address carrier won’t reflect this, but if you did so online you’ll have received an email confirming payment, so please don’t be concerned.  Queries regarding renewal status should be directed in the first instance to Warners Group Publications by email or by phone on 01778 392016 (outside the UK: +44 1778 392016).  Lines are open 8 am – 6pm Monday to Friday and 9am – 5pm on Saturdays and UK Public Holidays.

We plan to delivery the May 2021 issues of SMT & Bulletin in a paper envelope which will be more widely recycled than the current transparent film.  Your address will be printed on the envelope, which will remove the need for an address carrier sheet.  If this change is successful, all future mailings will be in paper envelopes, so the use of address carrier sheets will cease, which will offset somewhat the additional cost of a fully recycleable enclosure.

Thanks to editors Gareth Jones (SMT) and Dave Gordon (Bulletin) for compiling their issues.  Thanks also to Mike Riley for assembling the Annual Report included with this mailing.  Finally, thanks to all the members who contributed to what I hope will be an enjoyable read.

Alan Regan, Chairman & Membership Secretary

27 Jan 2021

2021 Association Membership Subscription Renewals

2021-01-27T13:48:33+00:00January 27th, 2021|Shed Notices|Comments Off on 2021 Association Membership Subscription Renewals

Invitations to renew your subscription for the membership year commencing 1st March 2021 will be sent by email this afternoon.  You will be sent an invitation unless:

  • You have joined the Association since 1st December 2020, have already renewed your subscription or pay your subscription by Direct Debit
  • You have indicated that you do not wish to renew your subscription
  • We do not have a valid email address stored against your membership record

If you wish to act on the invitation, 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 number.  If you want to renew by cheque please wait for the paperwork that will accompany February SMT, due for publication on Friday 12th February.

Please pay particular attention to the renewal option 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 and start again.  This will not happen if you follow the instructions, but every year a small number of new subscriptions are taken out which were intended as renewals.  This creates extra work for me and the renewals team at Warners.  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.  Likewise, if you expect to but don’t receive an invitation, please contact Warners.  I am unable to send out invitations myself.  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

9 Jan 2021

Christmas Quiz 2020 Winners and Answers

2021-01-10T14:29:06+00:00January 9th, 2021|Shed Notices|Comments Off on Christmas Quiz 2020 Winners and Answers

We are very pleased to announce the winners of the Association 2020 Christmas Quiz, set by Laurence Smith:

Place Prize Winner
1st Place A Summerlands Chuffer for your locomotive, plus a year’s Association Membership for 2021 Matt Nunn
2nd Place A Summerlands Chuffer for your locomotive Christopher Glover
Randomly selected entry A year’s Association Membership for 2021 Luke Petch


Well done to all of you. We would like to take the opportunity to thank Chris Bird of Summerlands Chuffers for kindly donating two of his ‘Chuffers’ as prizes again this year. You can view the complete range of Chuffers at www.summerlands-chuffer.co.uk.

The answers to the quiz have also been published.

Richard Huss, IT Officer

19 Dec 2020

Christmas Quiz 2020

2020-12-19T09:28:32+00:00December 19th, 2020|Shed Notices|Comments Off on Christmas Quiz 2020

What could brighten up the closing days of 2020? The Association Christmas Quiz, of course! We’re delighted that Laurence Smith has again set the quiz this year.

The quiz can be found at https://www.16mm.org.uk/christmas-quiz/ and is open to both members and non-members of the Association. Even if you only know one or two answers you stand a chance of winning 16mm Association membership for 2021.

The following prizes will be awarded:

  • Entry with the most correct answers: A Summerlands Chuffer for your locomotive and a year’s Association membership
  • 2nd place: A Summerlands Chuffer
  • Randomly selected entry: A year’s Association membership

Many thanks to Chris Bird of Summerlands Chuffers for kindly donating two of his ‘Chuffers’ as prizes again this year.

Entries must be submitted by midnight on December 31st 2020.

Take me to the quiz!

Richard Huss, IT Officer

28 Nov 2020

Changes to Overseas Membership Subscriptions

2020-11-28T18:28:10+00:00November 28th, 2020|Shed Notices|Comments Off on Changes to Overseas Membership Subscriptions

I explained in my Membership Column on page three of November 2020 Bulletin that I was preparing to release digital subscriptions for Overseas membership categories.  This work is almost complete and launch is scheduled for Tuesday 1st December 2020.  There will be a single rate for all overseas geographies and this same subscription will be available to existing Overseas members at renewal time in early 2021.

The digital subscription will be limited to Overseas members for the time being.  I explained in Bulletin that providing new members with access to their digital subscription is at present a manual process which I execute.  I risk overload if I open up the new subscription to all membership categories.  Having now done this for some weeks, I know that delays in provision of access causes concern and tarnish the experience of joining.  As soon as an automatic process has been developed, I’ll open it up to all categories.

I also referred in Bulletin to the expected need to increase the cost of subscription rates outside the UK and continental Europe.  This will now occur on 1st December concurrent with the launch of the Overseas Digital subscription rate.  The new rates will apply to renewals in 2021.  Please wait for your invitation, which will be sent in late January 2021, to renew your subscription for the coming year.  It is not possible to renew until the invitation has been sent out.  Finally and for the avoidance of doubt, the subscription rates within the UK and continental Europe will not change for 2021.

Alan Regan, Chairman & Membership Secretary

10 Nov 2020

November 2020 SMT & Bulletin

2020-11-10T20:02:23+00:00November 10th, 2020|Shed Notices|Comments Off on November 2020 SMT & Bulletin

The November mailing of SMT & Bulletin is scheduled for collection by Royal Mail from Warners Midlands in Bourne this coming Friday 13th November.  As usual, the entire mailing for UK and overseas residents will be collected at the same time.

Mailing to UK residents is First Class, so I would expect many UK members to receive their packages on Saturday 14th.  Royal Mail still experience difficulty due to Coronavirus.  Further information of the mailing situation within the UK can be found here.

Mailing to overseas members is as usual by Air Mail, but delivery times are still affected by the pandemic.  Further information of the mailing situation from the UK to countries overseas can be found here.

SMT and Bulletin will be available on our Members Only web site from 09:00 on Saturday 14th November.  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.

The bulk of my Chairman’s Column is devoted to preliminary plans for the next National Garden Railway Show scheduled for 26th June 2021.  If you’re interested in how we plan to deliver the show and what changes we’ll need to make in light of Coronavirus, this will give you an insight into our current thinking.

I’d again like to thank SMT Editor Gareth Jones and Bulletin Editor Dave Gordon for compiling full issues of their magazines, and to everyone who contributed to the content.  Gareth will be looking for material for the February 2021 issue, so if you’re working on a project, please consider documenting it and submitting an article for inclusion in a future SMT.  I hope you enjoy yours when it arrives, or when you read it online, and that it lifts spirits in these continuing difficult times.

Alan Regan, Chairman and Membership Secretary

15 Aug 2020

National Garden Railway Show rescheduled to June 2021

2020-09-13T16:17:10+01:00August 15th, 2020|Shed Notices|Comments Off on National Garden Railway Show rescheduled to June 2021

Members who have read the Chairman’s Column in August SMT will know that when I wrote the column, on Sunday 2nd August, the Association was in discussion with the Arena regarding rescheduling the 2020 National Garden Railway Show, which at that time was planned for Saturday 14th November 2020.

Discussions are now complete, and the Association regrets that in the light of the on-going uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, we have agreed with the Arena that:

  • The show planned for Saturday 14th November 2020 will not go ahead
  • The next National Garden Railway show will now take place on Saturday 26th June 2021

It will take place later in the year than normal so if restrictions on indoor events are tightened over winter, which could happen if there is a resurgence in the virus, there is time for the restrictions to return to levels which permit the staging of indoor events.

We will continue working with the Arena and the local authority to make sure that our show is compliant with the prevailing protocols for indoor events.  We expect these to include entry by ticket sold in advance only, for all attendees to be scanned in and out, extending therefore to traders, societies, layout operators and stewards, and restrictions on crowd density.

The events industry is in discussion with government regarding the average space, in square metres, which must be available to individual visitors.  To comply with these restrictions, we may need to impose limits on visitor numbers, and/or restrictions on the duration of visitors’ stay inside the venue.  We will not reopen ticket sales until these restrictions are understood and we will be transparent with ticket purchasers as to the terms of entry.

Tickets bought for the 2020 show will remain valid for the June 2021 show.  If you already hold a ticket for the April 2020 show which you bought online, you’ll notice that a scannable code is present on the ticket.  We believe that this can be used to comply with Track and Trace requirements, which we still expect to be in place for indoor events in June next year, but we will reissue tickets if this proves not to be the case.  A small number of tickets have been bought using the form provided in February 2020 Bulletin.  These also have a scannable code which we will verify is suitable for our purposes.  If it isn’t, we will reissue these tickets.

If you have purchased a ticket for the April 2020 show you can still obtain a refund by emailing shop@16mm.org.uk.  If we increase ticket prices for the June 2021 show, we will not apply a retrospective increase to tickets which have already been paid for and retained.

We hope and will plan for the same high levels of trader, society and layout support at the June 2021 show that have characterised the National Garden Railway Show since its inception.  This will require that we all respect whatever social distancing protocol is in place at the time of the show.  Rows of eager modellers, sometime many rows deep, in front of traders or layouts, cannot be a feature of the June 2021 show.  We will need to keep ourselves and our traders and societies safe.  This need not stand in the way of seeing all that’s new and exciting in the hobby, but it will require different behaviours by everyone at the show.

The Association stages the National Garden Railway Show once a year primarily for the benefit of the members who attend.  The show doesn’t intend to subsidise wider Association activity, nor does it intend to be a drain on wider Association resources, so we manage the show to break even, or as close to this as possible.  This is how we’ll approach the June 2021 show.  We will need members’ support to achieve this, not just as visitors, but as stewards during Friday setup, as we run the show on the Saturday and as we tear down after all the visitors have left.  Hopefully Covid-19 will be in sufficient control by June next year for members, traders, societies and layouts to feel confident attending.  We’ll need everyone’s support to be successful.

We’ll make further announcements as the planning for the June 2021 show progresses, in SMT, here and on social media.  I’d like to thank the Arena for their flexibility and support in what has been a difficult but necessary change to our original plans.  I’d like to close by reiterating that the decision to reschedule the November 2020 show has not been taken lightly and is a unanimous decision of the Board of the Association  We regret that this is necessary but believe it is the right thing to do at this time.

Alan Regan, Chairman & Membership Secretary

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