Thursday, 25 September 2014

Two events not to miss...

As the nights draw in and it starts to get a little colder, the days get a little shorter and the Meccano time gets a little longer, it is time to start building those models for the up and coming Meccano events. Here in London, next month we have South East London Meccano club's annual show, which has become one of the most successful one-day shows of the year. 

This year's display cabinet in the Eltham Leisure Centre
SELMEC's promotion machine is rolling and we have already started the publicity in, and around the local area. For the third year running we have secured a display cabinet in the Eltham Leisure Centre to publicise the show in the weeks leading up to the event.  This display presents a taster of some of the superb models that can be seen at the show, a few examples of which can be seen here...

Cath Claydon's superb military vehicles are always worth a good look
...and the almost abstract style of Chris Fry's Peloton
Adrian Ashford's Tug boat catches the lines of the prototype just right
These models and more will be on show at the Eltham centre until the show on the 25th October 2014. 

Meccano UK will be in attendance and as well as giving away special sample sets to the youngsters they will also be running a mini - version of our extremely successful, Make it with Meccano hands on activity.    

Full details of the many other attractions to be found at the show, including the Cycle Racing and lots more, can be found HERE.

And now for something completely different... 

A few miles North East of Eltham, and on the other side of the river, you will find Hainault. Nestled in this East-end suburb of London, you will find North East London Meccano club. Here we have taken a rather different approach. This year will be an open event and we are inviting modellers and collectors from all over to attend and display their latest creations alongside those of our members. This is your chance to be part of London's premier* MECCANO Hangout! New, bright and vibrant, this year's event will mark the change…

The Hainault Hangout


What is this all about?

For the past few decades NELMC members have spent the year attending four club meetings and an annual exhibition. You would be forgiven for getting them mixed up as our exhibition was more like an open meeting. Now is the time to try something different. This December our exhibition is taking on a whole new persona. We are going to run the day as an open day for all interested modellers, club members or not.

This year we are going to drag the dusty old exhibition out of the corner it has been hiding in, and give it a 21st century work out. We have secured a lot more space at our usual venue by renting the entire building! By introducing new competitions, supplying raffle prizes that are really worth winning, and presenting the event in a casual and friendly environment, the new Hainault Hangout will be one event you will not want to miss.

Win free Meccano! 

You can join in the fun right now by guessing the number of spacer washers there are in this Jar...

How many spacer washers?
 ... The nearest guess to the correct number will win a Meccano Multimodel, 3-model set. Send your guess to me HERE and the closest guess will receive the prize during the week following the Hangout. The closing date for entries of the e-mail based competition is Friday 5th of December. Please Note: The e-mail competition is open to UK residents only.  You must be 16 years of age or over to enter.

The Hangout will be held on:

Saturday 6th December 2014, 10:00am – 5:00pm


Hainault Baptist Church, Franklyn Gardens, Hainault, Essex IG6 2UT

A flat admission fee of £3.00 will be payable by all exhibitors, members and visitors, with the exception of accompanied children who will still be admitted FREE of charge. For this small charge exhibitors will receive an Exhibitor’s Pack containing FREE tea and coffee vouchers, plus one FREE draw ticket for a special exhibitors-only Prize Draw!

Refreshments will be available and our friendly dealer, Mr Dave Taylor, along with his long suffering and amazingly tolerant wife, Marylyn, will be in attendance should you wish to stock up on even more nice shiny Meccano!

Convinced? Here is what you need to know…

  • The Hainault Hangout will take place on Saturday 6th December 2014 from 10:00am – 5:00pm at Hainault Baptist Church in Franklyn Gardens, Hainault, Essex IG6 2UT.
  • The venue will be open for setting up from 8:00pm on Friday and from 7:00am on Saturday.
  • A limited number of free parking spaces are available adjacent to the venue, or for £2.00 at Hainault Underground Station nearby. Reserved parking spaces can be booked for disabled exhibitors (Blue Badge holders). Disabled toilets are available.
While you may just turn up on the day with your models, if possible you should complete THIS form to book your space.

We look forward to seeing you!

* Well, it will be if you are there!

1 comment:

  1. I wish I could get there and flog all my HTMC, ISM, RMG Newsletters and Magazines as I am avin a clearout Innit
    Guessoo :-)