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3mm Society AGM

My main task for May is to organise the 3mm Society AGM which this year was held in the Town Hall in Burton upon Trent.

Over 80 members attended with a variety of Goods on sale for members to indulge in.

With a keg of Charnwood Breweries Vixen in the bar and Cob rolls on offer, what more could you ask for!

With the formal business over in record time, competition entries judged, the Awards were handed out. To find out who won you will have to join the Society 😊.

As usual the modelling standard was high, judge for yourself

There was also a tribute to Richard Hollingsworth one half of Parkside who passed in February.

A retired professional railwayman, Richard was a good friend to the Society and enabled the Society 5 year wagon plan to be produced. Society member Paul Furner brought along his collection of Parkside kits ranging over 60. Thanks to Paul and his work with Richard he was instrumental in bringing the kits to members

So next year to Swindon for the Societies 55th AGM 👍

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3mm AGM

Yesterday saw the culmination of a busy couple of weeks in preparing for the 3mm AGM at the Stratton Leisure Centre in Swindon. An early start from Weymouth meant arrival at the centre for about 8am. Setting out the hall took a bit of doing but much to my relief we managed to fit everything in. As it was our 50th year the theme was 50:1
Basically anything with 50 in it so we had a combination of layouts plus models and diorama. One of my favourites was Nick Salzman’s 50 Shades of Grey

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A very imaginative piece.

Close by was Heybridge wharf by Mike Corp

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Another Mike this time Mr Davey brought along a layout depicting a halt on the Culm Valley line

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At this juncture I would like to express my thanks for me being able to borrow the cables from Croydon MRS to power the layouts.

There were also non powered items on display one being Phil Hutchings diaroma

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Another fine piece was Suttons Bridge by Stephen Moor

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Nigel Cullimore brought along North Ealing

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Geoff Gay also brought along a fine example of a small shunting yard

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Martin Gentle brought along Chesterton Lane halt a fine example of his late dad, Peters model which use to be part of a shed layout

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The above were all worthy examples of what can be achieved in 3mm scale – more examples later on.

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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.