September 2020 Meeting

Saturday 12 September 2020
12:00 noon – 5:00pm

Falconwood Community Centre
31–39 Falconwood Parade
DA16 2PG

This is one of our informal quarterly meetings where our members show off their latest Meccano creations.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic we expect to be following social distancing guidelines:

  • We will arrange tables such that members are spaced 2m apart. To give us time to set up this table layout, please do not arrive before 12:00 noon.
  • We will provide hand sanitiser on a table near the entrance with suitable signage requiring everyone to use it.
  • Anyone bringing Meccano to sell should have sanitiser for people to use before and after touching parts.
  • Refreshments will be not be served. While tea and coffee will be available for members to make themselves, members are encouraged to bring their own food, drinks and utensils.

Our resident Meccano trader, Meccanoman Dave Taylor, will not be in attendance.

At around 2:00pm we will have a short committee meeting, followed by the Model Tour in which members are invited to give a short talk about their models — in particular their entries for the Secretary’s Challenge!

You are welcome to come along to view the models and chat to our members. If you want to bring along a model of your own, we’d love to see it! Only if you attend our meetings regularly will you be asked to pay our annual subscription charge.

Please contact our Secretary Chris Warrell if you would like membership information, or just turn up at this meeting if you’re curious and are thinking of joining us.

The British Rail 1972 Secretary’s Challenge

This Challenge is a very personal one for me. On the day of the September 2020 meeting (whether for real or virtual) I will retire from my train driving job with South Eastern Railway.

It will also be 48 years (and a day!) since I started as a trainee civil engineer with British Rail. (I had a change of career about half way through with a two year gap from the railways, which I’ll gloss over!)

Chris Warrell on the footplate in 2014 (tea comes first!)
Chris Warrell on the footplate in 2014 (tea comes first!)

Anyway, the Challenge is to build a model that represents British Rail in 1972.

Whether you build a particular loco, building, bridge, curly sandwich (a favourite joke of every ’70s comedian) or any other railway-related thing from the 1970s, I’ll leave up to you!

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