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3mm Society Market Harborough

Stayed in Market Harborough for 2 nights this weekend for the 3mm Society AGM. As I drove on the Friday It took a few hours as I went M25 (Dartford xing Friday  not to be recommended) M11 (Cambridge lunch time traffic a nightmare) A14 roadworks. Finally arrived at the Premier Inn about 3pm after leaving around 11am. Nice meal in the Premier cannot go far wrong with their food. Off to town in the evening to have a pint or two with my fellow committee member Jerry who was staying in the Travellodge. Had to wait 40 minutes for a taxi to get there though, number of weddings in town apparently.

Saturday morning saw me up before the alarm even though I had woken at 3am worrying about tables! Off to the Methodist church to set up the venue – other members arrived to set up and soon everything was ready for the off.

It is always good to see the standard of modelling entries for the competition. Our judge was Richard Wilson of Copenhagen Fields fame who gave feedback on why he liked the models, although we did laugh when he said the passenger’s in the coach are shown in their natural positions fortunately he saw the joke!

Here are some of the entries

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Congratulations to all the winners and those that took part. The AGM was longer than usual with a lengthy debate about wheel profiles etc which hopefully will be resolved.

AGM over last minute shopping and then tidying up to do. Afterwards along with my Croydon mates, Mr Geoff Gamble books and 3SMR we adjourned to the Sugar Loaf in town for a bite to eat and for some a pint (get to mine later). After feeding the inner man it was goodbye to my compatriots and off to find the Bulls Head in Arthingworth. With the help of the Sat Nav found the road to the pub but on the way came
Across this railway bridge

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I think it is the disused line from Northampton to Market Harborough (will have to look it up). Anyhow it gave me some ideas for my bridge on Martins Road.

Arriving at the the Bulls Head made my self known and went for a wander round the village as it was a nice evening. Nice Church but not much else apart from fields of Rape and sheep!

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Pint of Everards Golden ale (rude not to) was consumed before went to find my bed for the night.

The lodgings were a modern block out of place with the rest of the village

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Comfortable bed with clean and tidy room and a fair nights sleep. Sumptuous cooked breakfast then back to Croydon. Had to take the back roads to get back to the A14 due to resurfacing and closure of the A508 but got home in just over 2 and 3 quarter hours.

A tiring but enjoyable weekend, glad to be home and see the family – Grace went bonkers!Back to work on Tuesday.

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