Back in December 2015 at one of our Wednesday night meetings the assembled DEFine members agreed that we should attempt to put on an event that would be aimed at modellers and provide an opportunity for a social event. Going by the feedback we have received so far its mission accomplished!
We opened the doors at 10am on Saturday morning and had a steady stream of familiar faces and some new friends that we have made due to the event. With a mixture of excellent layouts and some top quality demos (no traders) we managed to achieve what we set out to do and that was to get people talking about their projects, commenting on ours and generally talking about the hobby we are all so passionate about. Many of the demoers have reported being hoarse at the end of the day and the buzz in the room all day was due reward for the DEFine team who organised the event. We were impressed by the distances some people had travelled to get to the event and we were glad to enable them to say it was a worthwhile journey. It was also a lot of fun and thick skins were brought into use with all the friendly banter being dished out and taken in good fun. We were delighted to see a couple of our DEFine founder members manage to attend in the form of Gareth Bayer and Chris Messer. It was great to see Gareth again and Chris managed to join us for over an hour and by all accounts had a great time. A big thanks to our resident NHS expert Dave Roome for taking care of the arrangements that ensured Chris got to see the exhibits.
We are indebted to our friends who volunteered to support the event with either a layout or a demonstration. Without them we would have had no event. Thanks is also due to Carrie Wilson for doing entry door duty and to Sylvia Degnan for being behind the refreshments counter all day to make sure everyone was fed and watered as required.
It goes without saying that we really appreciate and thank all the modellers who joined us for the day. You played a big part in the success of the event so thank you all for your attendance.
By closing time at 4pm we thought we were going to have to throw people out as the chatting and socialising was still ongoing, but thankfully by just after 5pm it was time to put the lights out on what was a very enjoyable day. A group of our friends then retired for a beer at a boozer in Smisby whilst the rest of us stayed local and said cheers at the Risley Park.
Will we do it all over again? Who knows. We will be doing a review of what we can do in the future in coming weeks and keep everyone posted.
Some pictures follow that hopefully sum up the event, I hope you see yourself somewhere if you were there!
The DEFine Team
Chris and David look interested in the “library” where we provided with a selection of old magazines
Bertie on Cob Watch with his “best jumper” on
Nick Gurney’s excellent “The Sidings” commands an audience
Dave Furmage in full flow on his OMWB demo
Richard and Simon operate “Cripple Sidings” and engage with admirers of the layout
Tom Silsbury and Phil Eames had their very own demo corner, while Tim gives a nice pose
Dave and Alex Photobomb my pic of Alex’s demo by trying to advertise some event in May
Paul Marshall-Potter’s excellent “Albion Yard” gets a rare showing much to the delight of attendees
Time for a pic of Sylvia and Paul on duty on refreshments
The hall gets busy whilst Howard chats with another visitor to his re-wheeling demo
Some more visitors taking advantage of all the free magazines donated by our missing DEFine member Brian (sorry I cant make it) Hanson 😉
Looking down the hall with Steve in discussion with Mr Flood
What a motley crew
Paul goes over some of the finer points on “Splot” with some friends
Howard talking P4 whilst Roger is engaged in 7mm chat with Jim Smith-Wright
Chris visits Pete on his work in progress “Brunswick Yard” layout in P4
Bertie and Simon Bendall chat about Berties work in progress recreation of “Shirebrook” in P4
Paul and Gareth having a chat with Phil on his OMWB Demo spot
Colin and Brendan deep in conversation
Bill doing door and doggie minding duty in the afternoon
The Scalefour members were there in good numbers, Terry deep in discussion with Howard whilst Tony and Ken listen in
Gareth, Jim and Simon give Bill Wilson’s track work for “Glasgow Queen Street” the once over
Bertie deep in discussion with Tom on the “Shirebrook” progress so far whilst Ian looks on
Colin leads the discussion at Alex’s OMWB demo with “Farkham” stock on show.