Open day a model of success

PUBLISHED: 14:13 24 September 2012 | UPDATED: 14:46 24 September 2012

March Model Railway Club, Daniel Blessett, aged seven, painting scenery.

March Model Railway Club, Daniel Blessett, aged seven, painting scenery.

Archant

MEMBERS of March Model Railway Club were building bridges (and trees, mountains, rivers and roads) with the public at their annual open day on Saturday.

Over 150 people arrived at St Peter’s Church Hall from 10am to 4.30pm to see demonstrations on how to make “scratch buildings” – rail side models constructed from everyday items like wire, tape, foam and polystyrene.

Brian Wakeling, a member of the club, said: “People can make models out of anything – old cornflake packets, scatter foam, hot glue, bits of wire – you name anything and someone’s probably made a model out of it.”

“We had people building model wagons and kits, roads, engines, buildings, rock faces, mountains, hills, rivers, boats, trees, you name it.”

He said: “It was very successful. We had a tremendous amount of interest and it looks like we may have several new members.”

Mr Wakeling added that not everyone was entirely happy: one parent complained that since his child made a rock face out of packing foam he now has to collect every piece of scrap polystyrene he can.

Refreshments were provided by club members with Delia Wakeling supervising the kitchen for the last time. At the end of the day she was presented with a bouquet of flowers by the chairman, Keith Sharp.

The club would like to invite interested families and modelmakers to their exhibition next year at Westwood Community Junior School, Maple Grove, March PE15 8JT on March 2, 2013.

You can join March Model Railway Club by contacting Mr Wakeling on 01354 680 032, or John Lygo on 01354 653 630.


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Cambs Times. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Cambs Times