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21 Mar 2019

2019 membership renewal reminders

2019-03-21T09:40:04+01:00March 21st, 2019|Shed Notices|Comments Off on 2019 membership renewal reminders

Renewal reminders will be sent out in the next 48 hours to those members who have not yet renewed their subscription and for whom we hold an email address.  If you’ve very recently renewed your subscription you may still receive a reminder, because the data used to populate the renewal process is extracted at a point in time and renewals still occur after this happens.  Likewise if you’ve taken out a Direct Debit to renew then it may be in the set-up process, which takes a few days and requires human input.  In both cases, if you already have confirmation from the subscription system that your renewal has been accepted, you can safely ignore the reminder.

Please read and carefully follow the instructions in the invitation.  They differentiate how members who have used the system in the past should proceed as opposed to those who’ve never used the system before.  If you nevertheless encounter problems, please contact Warners in the first instance, either by phone (details are in the invitation) or at 16mmNGM@warnersgroup.co.uk.  It may take up to two days for a response, but if you don’t receive or aren’t satisfied with the response, please contact me at membership@16mm.org.uk.  Please note that invitations are sent in bulk and copy invitations cannot be provided individually.

If you plan to attend the Annual General Meeting at the National Garden Railway Show on 6th April please complete your renewal before the Show, so that we can accurately verify membership status as you enter the AGM.  It will not be possible to renew in person by cash or cheque at the Show.  I plan to have a laptop computer at the Show which members may use on a self-service basis to renew by credit/debit card, but this will only be available during the morning.

Alan Regan, Chairman and Membership Secretary

6 Mar 2019

Web site additions & updates

2019-03-06T20:07:23+01:00March 6th, 2019|Shed Notices|Comments Off on Web site additions & updates

A quick shed notice to highlight a number of recent additions and updates to the Association website:

  • Insurance and Loco Maintenance – added video on insurance and boiler testing; also updated list of boiler inspectors.
  • Rolling Stock Drawings – added Nigel Town’s drawings of Leighton Buzzard Railway coaches, published in the 16mm Scale Modeller’s Guide to the Leighton Buzzard Railway.
  • Help & Advice Presentations – added five Help and Advice videos recorded at the 2014 National Garden Railway Show.

Richard Huss, IT Officer

1 Mar 2019

2019 membership renewals by Direct Debit

2019-03-01T12:12:33+01:00March 1st, 2019|Shed Notices|Comments Off on 2019 membership renewals by Direct Debit

Those of us who renew our membership subscription by Direct Debit and have internet access to our bank accounts may have noticed a transction today in the name WARNERS GROUP PUBL.  This is the membership renewal payment for the year commencing 1st March.  It’s not in the Association’s name, because big as we are, we’re not quite big enough to perform Direct Debit processing in our own right.

If you have recently set up a new Direct Debit for this year’s renewal but don’t see a payment yet, look for it after 1st April.  Generally speaking instructions put in place before 15th February will have been claimed, otherwise they will be claimed 1st April.

If you haven’t yet renewed it’s not too late to put a Direct Debit in place.  And if you want to check or change how you renew, contact Warners on on 01778 392016. Lines are open 8 am – 6pm Monday to Friday and 9am – 5pm on Saturdays and Bank Holidays, excluding Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Alan Regan, Chairman and Membership Secretary

17 Feb 2019

Membership lists on annual DVD

2019-02-17T18:53:25+01:00February 17th, 2019|Shed Notices|Comments Off on Membership lists on annual DVD

Oops.  We’ve inadvertently made the lists a little harder to access this year, because the instructions on page 59 of February 2019 Bulletin provide incorrect guideance.  The access code is two words, not one.  Please refer to the Read Me file on the DVD which does provide the information you’ll need to open them.  Apologies if this has caused anyone needless difficulty.

Alan Regan, Chairman and Membership Secretary

12 Feb 2019

February mailing

2019-02-12T09:45:30+01:00February 12th, 2019|Shed Notices|Comments Off on February mailing

The mailing is scheduled for collection by Royal Mail from Warners Midlands in Bourne on Friday 15th February and is expected to start arriving with UK recipients from Saturday 16th.  Mailing to overseas recipients will be by Air Mail and arrival dates will vary by country.

The package comprises February 2019 SMT & Bulletin, the 2018 Annual Report, the Guide to the 2019 National Garden Railway Show, the 2019 DVD including secured membership lists and a book of ten tickets to enter the Grand Draw at the National Garden Railway Show in April.  It is planned to glue tack the DVD to Bulletin and arrange the contents of each package so that is is visible to anyone who handles it.  This will reduce the risk of the DVD being damaged by the package being folded, which has happened in the past.

Your personalised renewal form is on the back of the address carrier sheet used to mail the package.  The data used to prepare this was extracted on 5th February so will not reflect renewal activity after this point.  If you renewed by taking out a new Direct Debit in the week before this date, this may not be reflected in the renewal request, because putting the Direct Debit in place was in process when the data was extracted.

If you have any questions regarding your renewal, or want to renew over the phone, please contact Warners Group  Publications on 01778 392016 (outside the UK: +44 1778 392016). Lines are open 8 am – 6pm Monday to Friday and 9am – 5pm on Saturdays and Bank Holidays, excluding Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.  I expect lines to be busy in the first few days of next week as members renew by phone – waiting a week to renew your membership subscription is perfectly acceptable and may avoid waiting in a queue.

Thanks to the many people who have contributed to this mailing, which is the heaviest of the year.  I hope you enjoy it when it arrives.

Alan Regan, Chairman and Membership Secretary

30 Jan 2019

2019 membership renewal invitations

2019-01-30T10:00:50+01:00January 30th, 2019|Shed Notices|Comments Off on 2019 membership renewal invitations

Invitations to renew membership subscription securely online are scheduled to be sent out today.  This includes brief instructions to members who used the system last year along with more detailed instructions to those new to the system.  The invitation also includes details of how to renew over the phone.  The Members who renew by Direct Debit will not receive a renewal invitation.  Members who haven’t provided an email address will receive their renewal invitation on the back of the address carrier sheet used to mail February SMT & Bulletin.

If you encounter problems, please contact Warners in the first instance, either by phone (details are in the invitation) or at 16mmNGM@warnersgroup.co.uk.  If you don’t receive or aren’t satisfied with the response, please contact me at membership@16mm.org.uk.  Please note that invitations are sent in bulk and copy invitations cannot be provided individually.  A second invitation to renew subscription will be sent in March to those who have not renewed.

Alan Regan, Chairman and Membership Secretary

5 Jan 2019

Christmas Quiz 2018 Winners and Answers

2019-01-05T11:11:14+01:00January 5th, 2019|Shed Notices|Comments Off on Christmas Quiz 2018 Winners and Answers

We are very pleased to announce the winners of the Association 2018 Christmas Quiz, set by Laurence Smith:

Place Prize Winner
1st Place A Summerlands Chuffer for your locomotive, plus a year’s Association Membership for 2019 Christopher Glover
2nd Place A Summerlands Chuffer for your locomotive Matt Nunn
Randomly selected entry A year’s Association Membership for 2019 Mark Roper


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

15 Dec 2018

Christmas Quiz 2018

2018-12-15T19:40:29+01:00December 15th, 2018|Shed Notices|Comments Off on Christmas Quiz 2018

With Christmas almost upon is, it’s time for the Association Christmas Quiz. Laurence Smith has again returned as our quizmaster.

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 2018.

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 2018.

Take me to the quiz!

Richard Huss, IT Officer

11 Dec 2018

Online renewals now open

2018-12-11T18:56:56+01:00December 11th, 2018|Shed Notices|Comments Off on Online renewals now open

I’ve noticed that some members have already renewed their subscription for the coming 2019/20 membership year.  Renewal payments don’t fall due until 1st March 2019, but I know that some members find it convenient to renew in advance.  With that in mind I arranged for the ability to renew subscriptions online to be made available for all members from today.

If you paid your subscription online during this year, you’ve already registered with our subscription system.  This link will take you to the home page.  The login link is top right on the page.  Use the email address and password you registered with earlier in the year, or the Forgotten Password link if you’ve forgotten it.  Having logged in, on the Join tab, which is the default after successful login, you’ll see an additional button View Renewal Offers on the right hand side at the top of the Join tab.  Click this, select the subscription rate you want to renew at, add it to the basket then check out.  The rest of the process is the same as earlier in the year.

If like me you pay your subscription by Direct Debit, the system will confirm that your subscription renews automatically so will prevent you making a further payment.

If you haven’t used the system in the past, the information needed to register was provided on the back of the address carrier sheet used to mail your November issues of SMT & Bulletin.  If you’ve lost this contact Warners on 01778 392016 (outside the UK: +44 1778 392016). Lines are open 8 am – 6pm Monday to Friday and 9am – 5pm on Saturdays and Bank Holidays (UK time), excluding Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Please don’t renew your subscription by re-joining the Association as a new member.  This creates a second membership record which will need to be detected and merged manually with your existing membership record, creating additional work for the team at Warners and for me.

I stress again that subscription renewals don’t fall due until 1st March 2019.  The normal invitation to renew your subscription will be provided during January, but those who want to renew early can get cracking now if they wish.

Alan Regan, Chairman & Membership Secretary

16 Nov 2018

November mailing

2018-11-16T18:54:52+01:00November 16th, 2018|Shed Notices|Comments Off on November mailing

The November editions of SMT and Bulletin were booked with Royal Mail for collection from Warners in Bourne at 15:00 this afternoon.  I was travelling back from Wales at the time so can’t categorically confirm this occurred, but if a booked time was missed then it will have been exceptional, so I expect them to start arriving with UK addresses from tomorrow.  Mailing to overseas recipients is as usual by Air Mail and arrival dates will vary by country.  Thanks to editors Gareth and Suzanne for their work on these issues and to the members who contributed articles for publication.

The back of the address carrier sheet used to mail these editions contains a personalised message for each member.  Please review yours before discarding the carrier.  Please also note that this is not a renewal invitation – this will come with the February 2019 mailing as usual.

Finally, if yours doesn’t arrive tomorrow, take heart.  A member in South Africa phoned me this evening.  His August editions have, due to postal issues within the country, arrived only today!  We’re both hoping that the November issues arrive before Christmas…

Alan Regan, Chairman & Membership Secretary