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9 Jan 2022

“Photo of the Week” and “Model of the Month” submissions

2022-01-09T20:19:26+00:00January 9th, 2022|Shed Notices|Comments Off on “Photo of the Week” and “Model of the Month” submissions

Photo of the Week” and “Model of the Month” are among the most popular sections of the Association web site – a great shop window for potential members to see what we are about, as well as for us to share what we have been up to recently.

But we’re short of material for both sections just now.

  • Do you have a photo you’d like to send in for “Photo of the Week” – maybe of a recent steam-up event you attended, maybe a scene on your own railway, or a model you’ve built? If so, please get in touch at webmaster@16mm.org.uk
  • Or do you have a model you’d like to write about for a “Model of the Month” article – doesn’t need to be long? Locos, carriages, buildings, structures and trackwork: whatever it is, do get in touch at webmaster@16mm.org.uk

Richard Huss – IT Officer

8 Jan 2022

Christmas Quiz 2021 Winners and Answers

2022-01-08T11:50:41+00:00January 8th, 2022|Shed Notices|Comments Off on Christmas Quiz 2021 Winners and Answers

We are very pleased to announce the winners of the Association 2021 Christmas Quiz, set by Laurence Smith.

Unusually, two entrants were tied for second place. One of these has been selected randomly to receive the 2nd prize of a Summerlands Chuffer, and the other will receive a year’s Association Membership for 2022.

Place Prize Winner
1st Place A Summerlands Chuffer for your locomotive, plus a year’s Association Membership for 2022 Luke Petch
2nd Place A Summerlands Chuffer for your locomotive Christopher Glover
A year’s Association Membership for 2022 James Trebinski
Randomly selected entry A year’s Association Membership for 2022 Tom Campbell-King


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

7 Jan 2022

Membership Secretary

2022-01-07T16:29:17+00:00January 7th, 2022|Shed Notices|Comments Off on Membership Secretary

I am extremely pleased to announce that Tom Rowland, a member in the West London area, has volunteered to succeed me as Membership Secretary.  Tom has been a member since 2003 and his motivation for coming forward is that, a bit like me 14 years ago, he wants to give something back to our wonderful hobby and support our great Association.  Tom, I think you know how much I appreciate this, but it’s never a bad thing to say how you feel!

Tom’s been unnanimously co-opted onto the board and he and I are spending time together online every week so that I can pass to him more and more aspects of the role.  He’s already managing most of the Members Site activity, creating new member acounts and administering changes, so don’t be surprised if you hear from him on these matters instead of me.  Tom will take over other activities in the weeks and months ahead and our objective is that I hand over to him completely and stand down at the AGM at the National Garden Railway Show on Saturday 25th June, later this year.  I will stay on as Data Protection Officer, but will stand down as a director.

The Board will then elect a new Chairman from amongst their ranks.  Our next online board meeting is late this month and I’m sure that this will be a topic of discussion.  I will make a further announcement after the meeting.

Alan Regan, Chairman & Membership Secretary

 

6 Jan 2022

2022 membership renewals – advance information

2022-01-06T14:53:08+00:00January 6th, 2022|Shed Notices|Comments Off on 2022 membership renewals – advance information

Emails inviting members who renew their subscription either online or by cheque and have an email address will be sent out late this month.  I know that some of you prefer to get renewal out of the way as early in the year as possible and indeed some members have already done this.  The reason for this announcement is to let everyone know that this is now possible.  What we call the “renewal offers” have all been created in Warners MyMagazineSub system, so if you want to get your subscription paid now, click on View Renewal Offers, log in using the email address and password that you used to register with the system, then select the renewal offer of your choice.  Direct Debit is by far our most popular renewal option and these are listed first, so depending on the type of device you’re using, you may need to scroll down the page to find the credit/debit card options.

The system will send you confirmation by email after you’ve completed the renewal and if you renew before we prepare the email invitations, clearly we won’t send you one.  Remember that a personalised renewal invitations will not be sent out with the February mailing of SMT & Bulletin, because we no longer use address carrier sheets, so creating these personalise invitations would be an additional expense and needlessly use more paper.  If you’re not sure whether you need to renew, click on View Renewal Offers and log in as explained above.  If you renew by Direct Debit, the system will tell you that your subscription renews automatically.  If you see that no renewal offers are available, it is because you do not need to renew your subscription at this time.

Alan Regan, Chairman & Membership Secretary

23 Dec 2021

Special Publication – the Modeller’s Guide to the Talyllyn Railway

2021-12-23T14:37:04+00:00December 23rd, 2021|Shed Notices|Comments Off on Special Publication – the Modeller’s Guide to the Talyllyn Railway

It‘s long been the Board’s desire to feed some of the Association’s surplus back to members by providing additional benefits.  We’ve done this in various ways in the past, but by far the most welcomed has been an additional publication, to supplement the issues of SMT and Bulletin which form the core benefit to members.  To create such a publication, we need a volunteer to lead the project.  I’m extremely pleased to announce that Andrew Mountfield, whom some will know from the Association’s Facebook page, has stepped forward to take this on.

The Special Publication will like its predecessors focus on a particular railway from a modeller’s perspective, in this case the Talyllyn Railway, and is planned for publication early in 2023.  Andrew will be editing the publication and would be pleased to hear from members who can contribute in any of these areas:

  • Photographs, drawings and background information of TR 16mm scale locomotives and rolling stock, both ancient and modern.
  • Information, drawings and photos of buildings and structures from along the line from Tywyn through to Nant Gwernol.
  • Information on more specialised topics, such as the original quarry or signalling and train control on the TR.
  • And other ideas about what you’d like to read about, or even better, write about!

If you think you can help, please contact Andrew at special.publications@16mm.org.uk.

We’ve agreed to collaborate with the Talyllyn Railway in the production of this guide.  Once published, we’ll both offer the guide for sale, just as we did with other railways and previous guides, so archive material that the TR holds which might benefit the guide is available to this project.  I know that many Association members are also TR members, so if you know of drawings or pictures that the TR holds that might help Andrew in compiling the guide, please let him know.

Alan Regan, Chairman & Membership Secretary

17 Dec 2021

Christmas Quiz 2021

2021-12-17T18:39:16+00:00December 17th, 2021|Shed Notices|Comments Off on Christmas Quiz 2021

There’s just a couple of weeks left in 2021… and so it must be time for the Association Christmas Quiz! We’re delighted that Laurence Smith has again set the quiz this year. The quiz format is slightly different this year, as all the questions are model-related rather than about 12-inches-to-the-foot railways.

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 2022.

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 2021.

Richard Huss, IT Officer

1 Dec 2021

Christmas is coming…

2021-12-01T14:15:32+00:00December 1st, 2021|Shed Notices|Comments Off on Christmas is coming…

We’ve just released our “15 months for the price of 12” subscription offers.  These provide membership until 28th February 2023, which means that in addition to receiving the 120-page Guide to 16mm Scale Modelling on joining, you’ll also receive five copies of each of our full colour magazines 16mm Today and Bulletin, in February, May, August and November of 2022 and February 2023.  And when you join, we’ll also provide you with access to our digital archive of over 130 copies of SMT and our Special Issues, like the Penrhyn and Festiniog modeller’s guide.  If you’re thinking of encouraging a friend or loved one into the narrow-gauge garden railway hobby, this might be a good place to start.  This link will take you to our subscription page.

We also offer binders for 16mm Today at £10 each plus postage.  Each binder can store up to twelve magazines, meaning that three years of the current 76-page issues of SMT will fit in a single binder.  A couple of binders can be delivered to UK addresses for £3.20 unless you need them in a hurry.  If you want to protect your copies of SMT and keep them readily accessible, our binders will help.  Email back.issues@16mm.org.uk and your order will be fulfilled promptly.

Alan Regan, Chairman & Membership Secretary

12 Nov 2021

November 2021 mailing of SMT & Bulletin

2021-11-12T11:29:55+00:00November 12th, 2021|Shed Notices|Comments Off on November 2021 mailing of SMT & Bulletin

The November mailing of SMT and Bulletin is scheduled for collection by Royal Mail from Warners Midlands in Bourne today, 12th November.  The entire mailing to UK and overseas members will be collected at the same time.

Mailing to UK members is First Class, so packages will start to arrive from Saturday 13th.  There may still be delays here and there due to Coronavirus.  Information for the UK can be found here.

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

Thanks to editors Gareth Jones (SMT) and Dave Gordon (Bulletin) for getting their magazines out on time.  The Association is fortunate to have two members who give so feely of their time to compile and lay out their publications.  Thanks also to all the members who contributed to both magazines.  Without your input we’d have very little to print!  I’m looking forward to what I’m sure it will again be an enjoyable read.

Alan Regan, Chairman & Membership Secretary

13 Aug 2021

August 2021 mailing of SMT & Bulletin

2021-08-13T11:12:59+01:00August 13th, 2021|Shed Notices|Comments Off on August 2021 mailing of SMT & Bulletin

The August mailing of SMT and Bulletin is complete and scheduled for collection by Royal Mail from Warners Midlands in Bourne today, 13th August.  The entire mailing to UK and overseas residents will be collected at the same time.

Mailing to UK members is First Class, so packages will start to arrive from Saturday 14th.  There may still be delays here and there 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 and Bulletin will be available on our Members Only web site from 09:00 on Saturday 14th August.  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) for getting their magazines out on time.  Thanks also to all the members who contributed to what I hope will again be an enjoyable read.

Alan Regan, Chairman & Membership Secretary

1 Aug 2021

2022 National Garden Railway Show

2021-08-01T16:18:30+01:00August 1st, 2021|Shed Notices|Comments Off on 2022 National Garden Railway Show

I’m pleased to confirm that the next National Garden Railway Show will take place at our usual venue, the Peterborough Arena, on Saturday 25th June 2022.  This is the same June weekend as the recent 2021 show took place and has been chosen in case COVID-19 infections flare up during winter 2021/22, leading to the reimposition of some of the measures implemented during the first half of this year.  We did announce to those who attended this year’s show that this was our intention, but at that time the date had not been reserved.  It has now!

We anticipate, even if measures are reimposed over winter, that by June 2022 the show will be free of restrictions that limit numbers, so the show will run as a single, uninterrupted session and that catering and seating will be reintroduced to the Main Hall.  We plan to have access to the Cambridge Suite, allowing us to reintroduce Member to Member Sales.  A lack of restrictions will also allow us to hold Model of the Year in the Atrium as in the past.  We will of course observe whatever guidance is provided by government and/or health bodies, but we hope by June 2022 that these will be few in number and therefore allow the widest possible attendance.

Our first Show Planning meeting takes place, face-to-face, on Saturday 11th September.  We’re expecting a high level of attendance at the 2022 show and we’ll plan accordingly.  The first four prizes for the Grand Draw have already been selected.  We hope to offer something a little different for the 2022 draw, details of which will be provided in SMT as our plans crystalise.  If anything arises as a result of our planning meeting which would be of interest to or affect possible attendees, we’ll make another announcement via Shed Notice.

We intend to make our return the new normal memorable, so perhaps you’ll want to put this date in your diary, to avoid inadvertent conflicts.  We hope you can join us in celebrating our wonderful hobby at the biggest garden railway show in the UK, if not Europe, on Saturday 25th June 2022.

Alan Regan, Chairman & Membership Secretary

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