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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

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

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