Poynton Model Show 6/7th Dec.
Word is definitely spreading about this new local show from last year. Originally aimed at the model railway enthusiast it has now enlarged itself to include both model aircraft and boats where we have a major presence. This year we had a ten table display plus setting up tables for four swimming pool sessions over the two days, with another secondary display area on the Saturday.
In addition we were asked to have another area showing boat construction and Geoff Garside did a sterling job with the new compressed foam medium (he almost finished the boat over the weekend) with a great deal of interest being shown from the public (not to mention our own members). Well done Geoff – I understand that he has ‘volunteered’ to give a talk at the club in the New Year.
Saturday was an interesting start, with sub-zero temperatures and much breaking into cars to actually get to the Leisure Centre at Poynton. After setting up we waited for the doors to open whilst preparing some boats to sail in the swimming pool later. I did get some well-deserved stick for failing to mention before the show that bacon ‘sarnies’ and lunch were provided as I returned from the canteen with a juicy mouthful of bacon – sorry guys – I will try harder next year.
Roy Cragg and Andy Quick put on a great display of warships which were really appreciated by the public, and it was eye-opening to note their breadth of naval knowledge when talking to other ex-naval guys. I certainly know where to go for answers to queries about ‘grey’ boats when I have a problem now.
The usual stalwarts brought along some really impressive general boats and submarines, our Commodore Alan, Ken Pheasey, George Barrett, Mike Street, Andy Glen,and John Jones. Even young Ben made an appearance on the Sunday and enjoyed a sail in the pool. If I missed anyone out I apologise but it was a bit hectic, sincere thanks to everyone who gave up their weekend to help out.
All in all a great weekend which hopefully produced a new member or two and waved the Etherow flag, which after all is what it really is all about (plus we had a laugh or two). We must be doing something right as they want us back next year with twice the space (20 tables plus!) so we will have more room to show off our skills and put up a proper display with floodlights and more detail.
Gordon Longworth – Exhibition Sec.
Geoff doing his stuff, great modeller as always.
Some of Ken's lifeboats there!.
Another on the water.
An RAF fire boat.
Some of our Naval guys models
Club 500 Sections rescue boat.
Thanks for the feedback Alan, Roy and Gordon, looks a great venue for next year again!.
Got the sign right this weekend on the top of the page!.
2000hrs 10th December Wednesday Club night Clubhouse AGM