West Midlands Area Group

G Scale Society - West Midlands

About Us

The West Midlands area group covers the Birmingham / West Midlands conurbation and Worcestershire. We hold monthly meetings at our club room, the Scout HQ, next to St Mary’s Church Hall, in Solihull on Saturdays between September and May – see diary for dates. The club room is only minutes away from junction 5 of the M42.
We have our own club layout which is available for any member to run trains on during meetings, see “Blythe Valley” below. Refreshments are available throughout the day. There are members bring and buy stalls and retailers’ sales stands at some of our gatherings. Our usual traders are:

The Sparesman (07968595754) and John Sutton Books and Models (johnsuttonbooksandmodels.co.uk)  are our usual traders. John Sutton is offering a 5% discount to West Midlands G Scale Society members on all Accucraft live steam locomotives and rolling stock. Proof of membership may be required.

Anyone contemplating joining us is always welcome to attend one of these monthly meetings to see what we get up to.
Additionally, one of our meetings (usually in February) incorporates our annual model railway exhibition.
During the Summer months many of our members hold open days on their own railways thus providing us with a full social calendar throughout the year. We like to see ourselves as a friendly bunch and would welcome anyone who has an interest in G Scale to come and join us.
For more details, contact Paul Blake Group leader 01299 826022

Gn15

The West Midlands G Scale Group hosts an active Gn15 section

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Exhibition

The West Midlands G Scale hosts an annual Model Railway Exhibition

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One I Made Earlier

The West Midlands G Scale Group has many talented modellers. To see examples of their work

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Our Layouts

The West Midlands G Scale Group has two layouts To see details

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For Sale

The West Midlands G Scale Group member Maurice Eaborn has items for sale.

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News

Its sometime since a newsletter has been produced – I can’t remember exactly! Been having a problem in setting up the right page as I can’t find my last Newsletter. So, therefore I will start this Newsletter as of 2019. The first “meet” of 2019 was early in January which amongst other things was our AGM. The Officers were re-appointed. Reports were received from myself and the Treasurer (Richard). The closing financial balance was just under £1500 which means we don’t have to be concerned as we are in the capable hands of Richard Paynter and Dave Tilling. Arrangements were made for the following Exhibition/Show plus other issues such as Annual Lunch; Diary Dates for Garden Open Days and indoor meets. No traders attended as far as I can remember but all in all a good “running day”. The following event was the Annual Lunch at the end of January – held at Wharton Park Golf course in Bewdley. By way of remembering Maurice Taylor who always liked this venue. Attended by

30 members and guests. A good social occasion with good food – we were well looked after by both the staff and well arranged by Jenny. Soon after the Lunch we were into the final arrangements for our Exhibition which was held on February 9th. A highly successful event with lots of help and assistance from our West Midlands G
Scale members. All the Traders who wanted to come turned up on a reasonable travel day – we were blessed with good weather for February. Foot fall was down on the previous year. This had some influence on takings – Traders not as good as previously – not really sure why that was. However, most of them indicated their willingness to attend next year. The Traders see it as a good investment. It is important to keep them on board as they do contribute quite a lot financially to attend. Everything was done to make layouts as presentable as possible and indeed they all looked good and worked well. The plan of layouts and traders was interesting and varied. A steady stream of paid visitors who were complimentary about what they had seen. The door takings were down marginally to just over £500 (thanks to Pat and Joyce who did a splendid job at the entrance). However, food takings were marginally better at just over £400 with costs of £150. Do people come just for the food?! This was no means an easy task and thanks to Jenny and her team. An excellent effort with good financial result and also for the excellent quality. As I said before a successful day but somewhat tiring for some of us – it’s good to see some new faces who got well into helping on the day. It has already been agreed that we will put on a Show next year. Our next “meet” on March 9th which will be a “free” day by way of thanking the many who did so much. We will be discussing the diary dates – not so much the meet days as they have already been agreed and sent out, I believe. But please think about opening your Garden railway and sign the list in the Scout Hall. The more the better and if you need some assistance let me know. Most have renewed their membership for 2019 but there are a few who haven’t. Please do so asap if you intend to. If there reasons why not, please let me know. The Plans for the National Show are well under way and Gerry wants volunteers please, see her plea later. Thanks to everyone once again.

Paul Blake – Area Group Contact: 01299 826022. pablake65@gmail.com

Maurice Eaborn has some items for sale. Details are on the Sales page

pat and Joyce Finch - taken By Dave Tilling
A Club Meet

Craftsmen at work on the layout!

 

Our Dates

Indoor Meetings

2018

 

15th September
11am to 4pm
Scouts’ Hall, Hobs Meadow

13th October
11am to 4pm
Scouts’ Hall, Hobs Meadow

17th November
11am to 4pm
Scouts’ Hall, Hobs Meadow

8th December
11am to 4pm
Scouts’ Hall, Hobs Meadow

2019

12th January – AGM
11am to 4pm
Scouts’ Hall, Hobs Meadow

9th February – Annual Show (See Exhibition page)
11am to 4pm
Scouts’ Hall, Hobs Meadow

9th March
11am to 4pm
Scouts’ Hall, Hobs Meadow

13th April
11am to 4pm
Scouts’ Hall, Hobs Meadow

11th May
11am to 4pm
Scouts’ Hall, Hobs Meadow

For further details contact

Paul Blake 01299 826022

 

 

Diary Dates

Garden Visits

During 2018 ten garden Open Days were hosted members.

 

Dates for Open Days during 2019

 

May

Alan Eccles – Monday 6th May 2pm-5pm
Solihull
0121 2438446

June

Dave Hollis – Saturday 1st June 2pm-5pm
Heath Hayes, Cannock
0154 3270653
Paul Blake – Sunday 9th June 1pm-6pm
Stourport
01299 826022
Roy & Gerry Pedder – Saturday 22nd June 1 pm
Wolverhampton
0190 2752061

July

Laurie & Lin Smallwood – Saturday 6th July 1 pm
South Littleton, Evesham
0138 6831171
Mike & Steve Thornhill – Sunday 28th July 2 pm to evening
Leominster
0156 8614336

August

Dave Tilling – Saturday 10th August
Yardley 1pm-6pm
0121 7830917

 

 

Gn15 Group

 

 

Other Dates

Work Day

Saturday 5th January

Doors open at 9:30am, coffee and biscuits will be served.

 

Bournville Model Railway Exhibition
The Hollymoor Centre, Manor Park Road,
Northfield B31 5ER
Saturday 25th August 2018

Llanfair Garden Railway Show,
Llanfair Caereinion Leisure Centre, SY21 0HW
Saturday/Sunday, September 1st/2nd
10:00

International N Gauge Show
Warwickshire Event Centre, Fosse Way 
Leamington CV31 1XN
Saturday/Sunday 8th/9th September 2018

Midland Model Engineering Exhibition
Warwickshire Event Centre, Fosse Way
Leamington CV31 1XN

Thursday/Friday/Saturday/Sunday 18th/19th/20th/21st October 2018

Shrewsbury Model Railway Show
United Reform Church,
Coleham Head, SY3 7JB
Saturday 20th May 2018

Solihull Model Railway Exhibition
Church Hall
Hobs Meadow,
Saturday 10th November 2018

Warley Model Railway Exhibition
Hall 5 NEC,
Birmingham
Saturday/Sunday 24th/25th November 2018

Stafford Model Railway Exhibition
Stafford County Showground
ST18 0BD
Saturday/Sunday 2nd/3rd February 2019

Leamington & Warwick Model Railway Exhibition
Leamington Spa College,
Leamington CV31 5JE
Saturday/Sunday 2nd/3rd March 2019

Large Scale Model Railway Exhibition 
Warwickshire Event Centre, Fosse Way
Leamington CV31 1XN
Saturday/Sunday 16th/17th March 2019

16mm National Garden Railway Show
Peterborough Arena, East of England Showground,
Peterborough PE2 6XE
Saturday 6th April 2019

Sutton Model Railway Exhibition
Bishop Walsh School,
Sutton Coldfield B76 1QT
Saturday/Sunday 27th/28th April 2019