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Meccano Show 2015

Report by Chris Warrell

The main thought in our minds on the Saturday morning of our Meccano show was: would we be able to get into the hall? Would the dance class have camped out overnight to ensure that they were first in? Would we have to resort to pelting them with Obtuse Angle Brackets to gain entry?

We needn't have worried though. Once we got in it didn't take long to set up the tables. We borrowed five tables from St. Luke's church since I'd packed as many members into the halls as I could. And this was in addition to Ralph bringing three of his own for the Meccano stand.

Models in Sherard Hall
Models in Sherard Hall

This year we had the Model Village taking up three tables in this main hall and another three for the Make It With Meccano taking up half the space in the Dobell room.

The latter proved to be incredibly popular all day with two tables dedicated to it and another one for the new Meccano Creative Challenge. Tim Surtell was in charge of both areas and was handing out certificates to all the children who completed a model.

Some of the Challengers working on their models
Some of the Challengers working on their models

Those participants trying the Make It With Meccano session had to construct one of half a dozen models. With the Challenge, the idea was to build anything from a limited number of parts. Over fifty children tried their hand at this and each model was photographed. Later in the day Adrian and I judged the entries to find a winner. The winner, Nick Beck, built an insect of some sort and he won a Meccano set.

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Meccano Creative Challenge winner Nick Beck with his model
Meccano Creative Challenge winner Nick Beck with his model

Nick's winning model
Nick's winning model

Once again we had a record number of people attending during the day. The exact figure isn’t known but there were some 350 adults and over 250 children, so over 600 in total.

The Model Village looked very impressive — the various buildings, most of which we'd seen at previous meetings, were arranged around Chris Fry's cricket green. Additional features were a new church by Adrian Ashford taking the corner position and some new signs from Alan Wenbourne.

The model village
The model village

Another view of the model village
Another view of the model village

Thanks to the two Cathy's (Warrell and Claydon) who were in charge of the catering again. Once again there was a continuous stream of visitors and exhibitors who wanted feeding. Luckily there was enough food. They were to have had help from a friend of ours, but she had to go to work once she'd dropped Cathy off, so she sent her husband Martin to help instead!

Ralph Laughton manning the Meccano stand
Ralph Laughton manning the Meccano stand

 

 

» This article appeared in the Christmas 2015 issue of SELMEC News.

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