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Meccano Show 2017

Report by Tim Surtell

Our annual show on 28th October was another great success, with 237 adults and 127 children passing through the doors, a total of 364 visitors.

32 members were due to display their models, though sadly Thomas Greatrex and Chris Fry had to withdraw at the last minute for various reasons. We also had two guest exhibitors and a new member experiencing their first SELMEC show - Peter Goddard, Matt Goodman and Robin Schoolar - who I hope enjoyed themselves and will return next year.

Models in Sherard Hall
Models in Sherard Hall

The day started with John the caretaker opening up the hall 20 minutes early, which was very welcome and made all the difference (to me, at least) in getting everything set up in time for opening.

In the foyer stood the results of our third Big Challenge, the London Underground map, which had been mounted on a giant board by Ralph Laughton.

The completed Tube Map, assembled on a board by Ralph Laughton. Photo by Ralph, with Mesh Warp Correction (to straighten the picture) by Tim Surtell
The completed Tube Map, assembled on a board by Ralph Laughton.
Photo by Ralph, with Mesh Warp Correction (to straighten the picture) by Tim Surtell.

Top row: Adrian Ashford, Viv Endecott, Les Chatfield, Brian Leach, John Cowdery
Middle row: James Plicio, Chris Fry, Richard Marsden, Sue Laughton, John Gay
Bottom row: Ralph Laughton, Tim Surtell, Chris Warrell, Peter Shaw, John Clifton

In the Penford room the two Cathy's (Warrell and Claydon) were busy serving refreshments. Cathy Warrell's cakes were very well received, judging by this e-mail I had from a visitor a few days after the show:

"I must say how we all enjoyed your exhibition as a family. It's good to get the kids away from technology like iPads etc. My kids thoroughly enjoyed the day out and we will continue our support to keep this marvellous exhibition alive.

And I cannot stop thinking about the scrumptious cakes that day - especially the coconut and date tray bake. It's so decadently yummy and I was wondering if you could pass me the recipe? I've looked all over the Internet and have tried baking similar but mine doesn't come close."

Cathy Warrell and her cakes
Cathy Warrell and her cakes

In the Dobell Room I again ran the Meccano Creative Challenge in the Make It With Meccano workshop, assisted by Brian Elvidge and Les Chatfield. This year entrants were placed into three different age-based categories to even out the number of entries per category.

The Make It With Meccano workshop
The Make It With Meccano workshop

The winners, chosen by Chris Warrell and Adrian Ashford, were:

  • Ages 4-7: Hayden Sanders, age 6 from Eltham, who built a lawnmower
  • Ages 8-17: Luka Sominka, age 10 from Plumstead, who build a working derrick crane
  • Ages 18+: Richard Biscoe, age 33 from Eltham, who built a helicopter

» See all the Meccano Creative Challenge photos on Facebook

Hayden Sanders (right)
Hayden Sanders (right)

Luka Sominka
Luka Sominka

Richard Biscoe (left)
Richard Biscoe (left)

Thanks are due to all our members for helping put on the show by setting up tables, working at the paydesk, and serving refreshments. Special thanks go to Ralph Laughton and Frank Paine who ran the raffle between them, Peter Clay who kept track of the money, Cathy Warrell and Cathy Claydon for organising refreshments, and to Ralph and Sue Laughton for transporting Chris, Peter and I - along with a ton of tables and gear - to and from the hall.

Eltham United Reformed Church has already been booked for our next Show which will take place on 27th October 2018.


» This article appeared in the Christmas 2017 issue of SELMEC News.

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