For information about Area Groups, and to update your Area Group information, please email email@example.com
Cardiff & SE Wales Area Group
Following the success of the Modelling Workshop and AGM held at Nantgarw recently Gwynne Chivers is looking to start an area group in the Cardiff Area. A number of members spoke with Gwynne at the event and also we met with some others who although Gwynne knew they were modellers he was unaware that they were members of the Society. With this in mind Gwynne is hoping to get some regular meetings organised to help promote the Society within the South Wales Area. Suggestions for activities include running sessions on existing or new layouts, talks from various people on both railway and modelling matters, visits to other exhibitions/groups within a reasonable distance and possibly the involvement of running an EMGS information stand at some local shows. Meetings can be arranged at first on perhaps a bi-monthly basis, but that will depend on what is suggested by possible group members.
Gwynne can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org and would welcome members in the South East Wales area to contact him to start to get an initial meeting arranged.
Craven & Ribble Area Group
The Craven & Ribble Area Group covers quite a wide geographical area to the north of Manchester. Indeed we were formerly known as the Manchester Area Group, but the change in name a couple of years ago more accurately reflects the composition of our current membership. We have around twelve active participants, with a majority, though not all, working in EM. Our usual meeting night is a Thursday, generally monthly between September to May. Several of our members have operational, home-based layouts and running nights at these various venues are our most regular activities. These include Tony Stoker’s GWR Empire, Nigel Hopwood’s Hunslet Road, Andy Innes’ ‘Arthington’ and Karl Crowther’s “Kentside MkII”
The summer period tends to feature ‘away days’ to other locations: for example in 2016 we were invited to participate in operating sessions on both Mike Norris’s ‘Preston’ layout and Steve Hall’s ‘Drighlington for Adwalton’, and we visited an open day at Roy Jackson’s ‘Retford’. A notable highlight of the calendar is Nigel Hopwood’s famed garden party which is usually held on a Saturday in July, then in October we hold our one-day ‘Expo-Bowland’ in collaboration with the Fylde Area Group of the Scalefour Society. This is an afternoon event at Newton-in-Bowland Village Hall and features a mix of small-sized layouts and various displays/demonstrations. A small charge is made to cover the hall hire and the cost of the excellent catering.
In addition to our ‘home-based’ layouts, we also have several exhibition layouts from amongst our group – for example, Nigel Hopwood’s ‘Three Score Vale’ (from the EMGS 2015 layout challenge).
We are always happy to welcome and encourage new members from the local area, whatever your preferred scale/gauge. Norman Pedley is the local group contact. Please contact him for more details. Email: email@example.com Landline: 01200 445142
Clydeside Area Group
This group consists of Dave Franks who is occasionally helped at shows by a couple of other members. We know that Scotland covers a huge area, but there are 29 members there. Think it would be great if people could contact Dave and make things a bit more formal.
Dave can be contacted on 01698 821272 or by email:-
Cornwall Area Group
Since the sad passing of David Curtis, this group seems to have completely dropped off the radar. The Society records show that there are over 20 members in Cornwall. These are mostly in the TR and PL postal code areas, with a few in the EX area.
Is there a member in the area that would like to take up the challenge? Whilst during Lockdown physical meetings are not appropriate, then perhaps some thought could be given to holding a ZOOM or SKYPE call with interested members, or just having a WhatsApp group.
If you would like to accept the challenge then please contact Peter Rigby.
Peter is the Area Groups Coordinator and can be contacted on 01629 582598 or by email: – firstname.lastname@example.org
Chilterns Area Group
The Chiltern Area Group convers parts of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.
Typically the group meet in Bedford or Harpenden. Meetings are either during the evening or around lunchtime. See entries in forthcoming events for date and location of the next meeting.
Contact for the group is Tim Easter on 01582 768467 or email@example.com
East Dorset Area Group
East Hertfordshire & West Essex Area Group
Essex Area Group
Fenland Area Group
Heart of England Area Group
Kent Area Group
Leeds/Harrogate Area Group
Mid Devon Area Group
North East & Borders Area Group
North West Somerset Area Group
North West Surrey Area Group
North Wiltshire Area Group
Oxfordshire Area Group
We had the inaugural meeting of the Oxfordshire EMGS Area Group on Wednesday 28th April, by Zoom. There were six of us and we all agreed that we would like to meet bi-monthly. So, I am pleased to say that we are now active!
These are early days, and given our small numbers currently, organisation will be to a minimum for now. I am hopeful that we will pick up a few more members as time goes on.
Please do contact me, either by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 01865 731787.
Sarum (Salisbury) Finescale Group
South Hants and West Sussex Area Group
South Somerset Area Group
We are pleased to announce that the South Somerset Area Group is now active. EM Gauge members of Yeovil Model Railway Group welcome members to join the group. When things permit we will meet at our clubhouse, where we have a large permanently erected EM Gauge layout called South Junction that first hit the exhibition circuit unfinished in 1982. Although long completed, it is still being improved and upgraded, and even occasionally exhibited nearly forty years later. Visiting locos and stock will be offered running rights, and on a scale mile circuit quite a gallop can be achieved. It’s a scary thought, but it has just occurred to me that our little gang has over a hundred years of experience in EM Gauge between us!
Anyone interested can contact me, Steve Smith, via email at email@example.com or call me on 01749 343924. The YMRG website at https://yeovilmrg.org has a lot of interesting content with EM Gauge themed web pages on South Junction, my work on a model of Verwood, and some of our recent EM Gauge conversions of rolling stock that include a full length HST.