I’m pleased to be able to tell you that work parties from the membership are making great progress, only slowed recently by the need for urgent contractors’ repairs to the roof following the recent storms.
The Milnsbridge clubrooms are now hardly recognisable. The majority of the layouts and equipment accumulated over the last 15 years have been dismantled, crated, stacked and made ready for the move to the new clubrooms. The kitchen and library have been stripped with some appliances, work surfaces and shelving saved for reuse. Our old metal chairs are likely to be on the way to Africa via a local charity very soon. A lot of rubbish has been identified and sorted and made ready for disposal.
The new Bath Mill clubrooms have progressed well. The Kitchen and adjoining Toilets have been built and fitted out and now await internal lining and decorating. During recent weeks various members available at different times during weekdays have been busy painting walls and ceilings and carrying out other jobs such as clearing out rubbish. Hopefully we can soon carry out the move following all the planning and hard work. The aim is to re-establish HRM as a healthy fully functioning model railway club again.
Graham Beckwith. HRM Company Secretary
This will be the area for 4mm gauge and 2mm gauge
View to the left of the previous one showing in the foreground the 7mm area
The new kitchen
HRM are moving within the next couple of weeks to new and better equipped clubrooms in Lockwood.
Work is currently being carried out to refurbish the premises, install kitchen, toilets and lighting, and members have been hard at work on that.
And NEW for the new clubrooms are a passenger and goods lift, and an ambulance toilet, meaning that as well as making it easier to move layouts out to shows, we will have an accessible clubroom for the first time, meaning that we can now welcome disabled, and wheelchair-user members.
Everything at Milnsbridge is now packed up and the removal will be happening very soon.
Watch this space for more developments
Nearly 50 members and guests enjoyed Christmas dinner at Meltham Golf Club on 29th November. Entertainment was provided by Dave Bryan, who delighted the audience with "Shadows"numbers on electric guitar, while Graham Beckwith recited a Yorkshire tale which got us all smiling.
This is the first Christmas dinner, and follows the highly successful 50th anniversary event at the same venue.
The Club's annual exhibition at the Civic Hall, Holmfirth had a different emphasis as 2017 is our 50th anniversary and to celebrate we managed to exhibit several of our home layouts along with some exceptional visiting layouts from far and wide. We had a successful show with increased visitor numbers.
The clubs roster was spearheaded by one of our largest creations “ Port Madoc “ and presented by our 16mm group, “ old hands “ at the exhibition game. It proved to be a popular attraction, being a larger gauge and having very attractive live steam locomotives.
“ Lydgate “ a very well modelled 7mm end to end layout from our 7mm group, was in the main hall, with the winner of the best in show for this year, “ Millsbridge “. This layout is unusual, being presented using a proscenium arch. A very atmospheric 2mm fine scale layout.
Another home layout was Ryan Beeney's Lower Brow, his first time exhibiting and he brought along some of his 4mm sound chipped locomotives.
One of our older layouts was another 4mm fine scale layout - “ Hebden Bridge “ presented in the lesser hall along with Bridgenorton Levels, a well modelled Blue Era 7mm. Many sound equipped blue diesels in evidence and unusual use of mirrors giving an already large layout that extra dimension. Well modelled by Ian Alcroft and Dave Oliver.
The visitors were;
On the stage of the main hall we had a very interesting little layout “ Yellowthreads Treat “. It is based on the Hong Kong tram system. Very colourful and a hive of activity. Upstairs in the lesser hall were a fine 2mm layout “ Stamford East “ depicting the Lincolnshire town in the 60's and a great “ Rumbling Bridge” Scottish 4mm layout. Bags of scenery depicting the highlands, modelled in 4mm scale. We also had an unusual visitor in “ Up the Line “ depicting a first world war supply chain line near the front. Extremely well modelled with realistic battle ground sounds. Another unusual layout was “ Bricks and Pipes “ depicting a narrow gauge system within a brick making facility. As usual we had “ Thomas “ with us which the kids enjoyed and were able to have a play as well as some dads having a go,
We were supported by a good range of traders, selling books, second hand railway equipment and kits. We were able to have Pennine Models from Haworth with us this year who brought an impressive range of new model railway items for sale. Another stalwart of our exhibition was Peter Barsby from the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, promoting that great railway in North Yorkshire. Bespoke signs and printers were able to come along again this year and they was able to supply any sort of sign in any size from house names to vehicle lettering in the smaller scales.
In our demonstration gallery Julie Peckham was busy making Metcalf kits, Graham Beckwith demonstrated his skill at figure painting and Jeramy was showing an impressive range of scratch built models. There was a good showing from the National Association of Road Transport with some very fine and unusual models. Not forgetting Mr Davies who again was demonstrating how to make wagons and wagon loads.
Unfortunately our landlords at the Civic Trust let us down by withdrawing some catering facilities at the last minute and so we were unable to supply our usual refreshments and for this the club apologise to anyone expecting to be fed.
Visitors to our Holmfirth show were invited to vote on the best layout there, and we're delighted that they chose our own 2mm layout "Millsbridge". Well done, boys!
Springfield Junction slideshow - click on thumbnails
There's always something to be done to a layout - that's the fun of modelling - and one of the outstanding jobs was to get the platform lighting working on Moorbrook station. That was done on 10th October. At the same time, interior lighting was fitted to the station, now illuminating the fact that the rooms are empty! Maybe the next job....?.
HRM celebrated it’s fiftieth birthday with an evening of fine dining at Meltham Golf Club, where it is fair to say that we were presented with excellent food by the very efficient and friendly staff. I think everybody there was suitably impressed with the quality and portions. Members and their guests were greeted by the Chairman, Rodger Schofield and MC for the night Graham Beckwith.
Following the food, there was time for some amusement before the official presentations as Graham read out the popular monologue ‘Albert and the Lion’, which brought back happy seaside memories for some, and was a totally new experience for others.
Chairman Rodger Schofield then gave a short talk on the history of HRM, the club having originated with an inaugural meeting at the Albert Hotel in Huddersfield, on the 7th of September 1967.
The presentations were to follow: Life membership was bestowed by the HRM Board on Mr David Moorhouse, and on one of the original founding members Mr David Booth, who also received a 50th anniversary plaque. The tables were turned on Rodger, our Chairman, as following some subterfuge by Board Members, he also was presented with Life Membership and a 50th anniversary plaque by Treasurer Andrew Wilkinson.
The table centre pieces were raffled amongst the ladies in attendance, as a thank you for all the help we get at shows and events, and of course for putting up with our railway modelling time. It was good to see how we all scrubbed up for a night out.
A big thank you to Andrew Wilkinson for all his hard work in organising a great night out for all HRM members and their guests.