Shed Notices

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19 Aug 2015

August SMT

2016-05-28T16:59:43+01:00August 19th, 2015|Shed Notices|Comments Off on August SMT

I’m pleased to advise that August SMT & Bulletin will start to arrive with UK residents from tomorrow, Thursday 20th August. Suzanne and Gareth got both magazines finished early in the month and the printers and mailing house have pulled the stops out to get them quickly on their way. Overseas recipients will from experience receive them during the next two weeks, depending on where in the world they are. Thanks to all for getting both publications to members before the coming UK holiday.

I have been with Andrew (Charman – editor of the Festiniog Guide) on the Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway today and he tells me that the guide will be signed off with the printers before the W&LLR gala which takes place 5th and 6th of September. It will then take between two and three weeks to print and distribute, so a realistic expectation is that it will be received by members towards the end of September. The Help and Advice DVD, featuring some of the demonstrations from the 2014 National Garden Railway Show, will be included with the guide.

Alan Regan, Chairman

29 Jun 2015

Publication of Association child protection policies and advice should traders not deliver goods you have ordered

2016-10-26T21:59:39+01:00June 29th, 2015|Shed Notices|Comments Off on Publication of Association child protection policies and advice should traders not deliver goods you have ordered

We have added a number of child protection policies to the website. These can be read on the policies page – please scroll to the bottom of the page to see the policies. Members who might have contact with children at events and shows are urged to read these documents.

On a few occasions the Association has been contacted by members who are experiencing difficulties in receiving goods they have ordered from suppliers. While the Association is not a trade policing body, nor is it setting out to be a consumer arbitration organisation it recognises that there are a handful of occasions when its members have problems when dealing with traders. The Association will not get involved in individual cases of dispute between members and traders, however it has  produced a document as a means of advice where things go wrong. You can read the document on our policies page.

28 May 2015

New Company Treasurer

2016-05-28T16:59:01+01:00May 28th, 2015|Shed Notices|Comments Off on New Company Treasurer

Following the election of Colin Slight as Company Treasurer at the AGM on 11th April, a hand-over process has been taking place between Colin and Carol Regan, the former Company Treasurer. This has now been completed and Colin will now formally take over from Carol. Carol will continue to serve on the Board as Trader Co-ordinator, responsible for trader attendance at the National Garden Railway Show.

26 May 2015

SMT and Bulletin mail out

2016-05-28T16:56:58+01:00May 26th, 2015|Shed Notices|Comments Off on SMT and Bulletin mail out

I’m pleased to confirm that the May issues of SMT and Bulletin are being packed by the mailing house and will be collected by Royal Mail later today. UK members should receive their copy before the end of the week. Mailing to overseas members is by air mail and does vary by country, but I would expect most to receive their copy during the first week in June. As usual, contact the membership secretary at if you have any concerns.

Alan Regan, Membership Secretary

20 May 2015

Rob Bilsborrow

2016-10-12T13:53:43+01:00May 20th, 2015|Shed Notices|Comments Off on Rob Bilsborrow

Rob Guinness writes:

It is my sad duty to record the passing of my good friend and 16miller, Rob Bilsborrow, after a short, sharp battle with cancer, at the age of 64, on 12th May 2015.

Rob worked in science through his life, finally at Daresbury Labs in Runcorn. He had varied interests, having won awards for brewing beer from scratch, none of this kit rubbish! A great fan of curries, he often concocted his own creations. Astronomy was another interest, as was model aircraft. I believe it was after one expensive crash too many that he decided to stay on the ground with railways.

A confirmed steam fan, Rob laid his Mossala Hill Railway to 45mm gauge, with a Colonial theme, and a strong Indian influence. The line was typified by Garratt-hauled trains of curry sauce tankers, and the Madras Mail, with his coal-fired Bangalore Belle. In recent times, he developed an interest in things German, and had collected some LGB Saxonian stock to run with his IIIK.

Rob was a competent model engineer, and helped most of our local MAWLAG’s with repairs, or know-how. We both built the Association Victory loco, and modified them in different ways. His Colonial interests led to his occasionally turning up at an unknown small line with a loco that was not comfortable. He then spent a good deal of time crouching down to tweak things, to the amusement of onlookers.

It was typical of his character that, while at hospital in March, waiting for his scan, he perused Facebook and found a cancelled Roundhouse Stanley. He promptly bought it, and had it delivered the following day. I visited a few days later and we ran our Stanley twins together.

Rob was unable to make the journey to the Peterborough show, so I took his Victory for the parade. When I arranged to return it, I found he was admitted to hospital on the day. During this final stint he was on the smartphone again, negotiating another loco purchase, and planning mods to it. Sadly this was not to be.

Rob was actively supported in his ferrinequinology by wife Maria, who manned the buffet car on his open days. A friendly, helpful guy, he will be sorely missed by all at the Mersey And West Lancs Area Group.


13 May 2015

May mailing

2016-10-12T13:53:44+01:00May 13th, 2015|Shed Notices|Comments Off on May mailing

May’s issues of SMT and Bulletin are complete and with our printers. We expect mailing to occur W/C 25th May. As usual, UK recipients will be sent by first class mail and all overseas members by air mail. We know from experience that delivery times vary enormously country by country, but if you have concerns contact the membership secretary at Please also note that your personal copy of the Public Liability Insurance Certificate to end May 2016 which is provided as part of your membership subscription will be on the back of the address carrier sheet used to mail the May package, so please retain this for future use.

Andrew Charman is finalising the Festiniog Guide and many pages have already been provided to the printer for preparation and proofing. Publication is expected in June but remains predicate on Andrew’s busy professional life.

6 May 2015

David Shotter

2016-05-28T16:50:47+01:00May 6th, 2015|Shed Notices|Comments Off on David Shotter

Terry Collins writes:

People who knew David Shotter, who was a member (No. 41) for many years, will I am sure be saddened to learn that he has passed away on Monday 4th May, after a long illness, at the age of eighty six years.

David was a good friend of mine for getting on for thirty years. He was also a great friend of Peter and Don Jones and of John Bonfield and Alan Craney. David was also active in the larger scales up to 2ft gauge, and a very active member of the Fareham & District Model Engineers Society including working on their 32 & 45mm line.

David made a big contribution to the hobby as a truly remarkable engineer, producing among many other things a correctly scaled Decauville locomotive which even had working brake blocks. But what he will best be known for were the huge number of people (myself included) who sent him locomotives for repair, and who received them back working in “as new” condition. He was very reluctant to charge anything for all his excellent work, and spent so much time repairing other people’s locomotives that he once told me that he never had the time to build a line for himself – although he always intended to.

He was always a real gentleman. Despite all his achievements, despite all of that knowledge and expertise and despite of all the help he had given, he remained a gentle and unassuming man, always polite, always ready to have a quiet chuckle with everyone he talked to. Everybody from the most experienced to the newcomer felt at ease with David and liked him from the first.

Terry’s full tribute to David Shotter will appear in the August 2015 “16mm Today”.

25 Mar 2015

National Garden Railway Show

2016-05-28T16:50:10+01:00March 25th, 2015|Shed Notices|Comments Off on National Garden Railway Show

A quick reminder for members who have items to sell in the Member-to-Member Sales area at the show: please send in your booking form as soon as possible, and by 3rd April at the latest.

You can download the form (including the rules and instructions, and details of where to send your form) on the Member-to-Member Sales page on the show web site: pre-registration of items cuts down your waiting time for booking in items on the day of the show.

Also, we have made a minor change to the show plan, with two traders having swapping places compared to what is shown in the published show guide:

  • Greystar Publications are now at stand Y6.
  • Mamod Limited are now at stand R27.
23 Mar 2015

Membership renewal

2016-10-12T13:53:44+01:00March 23rd, 2015|Shed Notices|Comments Off on Membership renewal

This is directed at the minority of members who have no so far renewed their membership of the Association for the year to end February 2016: please can you do so ASAP.

If you’ve lost your renewal paperwork please contact me at If you still have an invitation to renew on-line then you can still use this, otherwise please send a cheque to me or the Renewal Secretary on your renewal paperwork.

I will be processing renewals in person at our coming show but I will be on my own as Carol has other duties, so there is likely to be a queue. I also have other duties from 13:00 onward so renewals in person will close and not reopen after this time. I’m not looking to other resource to do this because it seems to me that members will by the time of the show have had six weeks in which to make their renewal, which is surely sufficient time. The fact that 80% of the membership have already renewed would tend to support this.

If you’d prefer to enjoy the show rather than wait for me to process your renewal on the day then please, send it in now.

Thanks in advance.

Alan Regan,

27 Feb 2015

February mailing

2016-05-28T16:48:30+01:00February 27th, 2015|Shed Notices|Comments Off on February mailing

I’m pleased to advise that mailing of February’s publications, namely SMT, Bulletin, the Annual Report, the National Garden Railway Show Guide, Prize Draw raffle tickets and the 2015 DVD, starts today when Royal Mail collects 3,961 individual packages from our mailing house in Shrewsbury. UK addresses will start receiving the package from tomorrow onward; overseas deliveries will take somewhat longer and the delivery timeframe varies considerably by country. Congratulations to Gareth Jones on getting his first SMT out on time but thanks also to everyone else on the Board, who have one way or another contributed to this huge mailing. Thanks also to Kevin Steele, who has compiled the DVD, unfortunately for the last time as he has decided after many years service to step down from this role.

The reverse side of the address carrier sheet used to mail the package contains renewal information. If you’ve already renewed on-line (nearly 2,000 of you have), then it simply confirms that your membership is current to 28th February 2016 and that you don’t need to do anything else. If you need to renew then please follow the instructions on the reverse of the sheet. If you have already received an on-line renewal invitation then you can still use it but please don’t ask to be added at this stage as to do so is a manual process which I’d sooner avoid when I’m knee deep in envelopes and cheques. Tell me later in the year and I’ll alter your preference for 2016. Please also note that Diane Sutton and Edward Hodson are again helping with renewals so if your paperwork asks you to send your payment to them, please do as requested.

Page 55 of Bulletin provides details of advance entry ticket purchase. Thanks to Geoff and Christine Lumsdon for managing this. You can also buy advance entry tickets on-line if you wish – they’re the same price and over 50 people have already ordered over 100 tickets this way. It’s simple, secure and quick – why don’t you give it a try? Here’s the link:

Finally, I’m sure many of you will wonder when the Festiniog Guide will be published. I expect this to be in the next six weeks but when a firm date is available I’ll make another post to Shed Notices.

Alan Regan,

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