Living in Waterlooville you have a choice of clubs. Fareham, Portsmouth or Chichester. Each has advantages and disadvantages, plus all clubs have their own "personality". I always suggest visiting clubs and having a good look round before joining.
Post by dickdastardly40 on Aug 24, 2008 4:58:49 GMT
Applied to join Fareham about this time last year and was invited to attend my first meeting in May this year. Seems their mandate only allows a certain number of members hence the wait. Haven't been to a meeting since due to family commitments.
There is no website, however I can PM you the contact info in a week or so on return from my holiday.
There are a couple of tracks and a model boat pond. Not sure of the gauges unfortunately as not a train bod myself!
Phil, If there is a wait, can I suggest taking a look at Chichester MES.
I lived in Bedhampton, then Cowplain, and found Chi easy to reach. I joined back in the early 70's. All guages from 3.5" to 10.25", plus some of the "garden guages". Plus, a superbly equipped workshop, including large lathes for the odd job that is too big for the average home machine. Even a foundry if one wants to cast things. Nice meeting area, large reference library, plus the usual facilities.
With so much going on, one can often find people there every evening and weekends, although Weds, Fridays (evenings) , plus Sat and Sun (days) are best.
As an aside, Winnie, the 10.25" gauge loco that was built by Mr Briggs, of Briggs boiler fame, and was the first engine ever to have a Briggs boiler, is over 100 years old and still runs regularly.
Many years ago I attempted to Join the Fareham club: strange crowd would not even consider putting me on the waiting list to join. But maybe a female member in her mid twenties was a bit of a shock to them?
At that time I lived in Waterlooville (small world isn't it) and ended up joining the Chichester Club. Very friendly, useful machine shop, shame that health and safety stopped the foundry work. Took about 40 mins to get to the meetings which were 3 days a week.
Now living just north of the Butser gap I have joined Guildford. But I do miss the weekly meetings.
Any one know what happened to the Portsmouth club?
Jo, If you are more than 30 miles from Chi, you can still be a member, and only have to pay £10 a year. Even if you dont visit often, it is, as you say, a friendly crowd and with a useful workshop. I now live near Bournemouth, but still pop in to Chichester club when I can. Only an hour from here, plus my sons still live in that area.
As for Fareham, I went there long ago and, for some reason, didnt "click" with the people I spoke to, so never bothered to find out about membership.
Keith Not sure if you are aware but there is a waiting list to join Fareham, I am currently on it, have been for about 5 months. It may be wise to consider a second choice. Not sure where you live it must close so you have a choice of Portmouth, Chichester or Southampton, with Guilford not that far time wise. I have just started a 5" gauge Aspinall Class 27 and need to sort out a club some time this year. Regards Dave
Building a Don Young 5" gauge Aspinall, Dring truck finished.
Hi Keith, as a member of both Southampton and Fareham I can say both clubs are great but each offers something different to its members. Regarding Fareham, the AGM is at beginning of April, this is the last opportunity for existing members to pay their subscription, so after then the vacancies will be known from those not renewing subscriptions. Please drop a line to the secretary (Trevor) to get your name down, depending on numbers of non renewing members you might just be lucky, and Dave, I hope you are also successful in joining. As I say absolutely nothing against Southampton also. Reason for limiting numbers at Fareham is based on numbers we can accommodate at meetings in the clubhouse.
Running a 3 1/2 Bantam Cock re-commissioning a Super Simplex and rebuilding a Halton tank
I live in Gosport, so other clubs are a little bit of a pain to get to. I require something that I can get two and from reasonably speedily. I would also require somewhere with 7 1/4 track.
You would be most welcome at Southampton for purely selfish reasons as we have a wheel chair car and need lots of 7 & quarter to service the railway and of course you might be a nice chap too!!! D
The Aspinal is on the bench! The Princess is well and happy, with the 990 alongside. The Princess Royal has muscled in to displace the little 3 1/2" part built 4F and still need a rake of clerestory coaches. Southampton Society of Model Engineers www.southamptonsme.org