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  1. Have a look at the Blue Point products imported by EDM Models. The operating unit has an over centre spring to hold the blades in place and the unit has all the electrical switching you need. There are lots of accessories including flexible inner and outer tube to operate the points. https://ngtrains.com/shop/brand/blue-point/ .
  2. I sympathise with your situation as we were in a similar position a number of years ago. Then by chance an old Council building became available, our Chairman knew the local councillors and we were given the opportunity to rent it after spending most of our exhibition income on renovations. We asked about purchase but were always refused as the site was earmarked for a new library but again just by chance an alternative site nearby was found and in the Council's proposal was an additional source of income by selling the old site to us - of course we couldn't refuse that opportunity. It wiped out our finances completely but a number of years running a successful exhibition had built up a 'building fund' and this has continued up until cancellation in May due to CV19. The problem we have now is that a surveyors report says that the old building 'is not in danger of immanent collapse' but off the record he gave it 5 to 10 years before a replacement would be needed. We always had an unwritten rule that the annual fee and weekly subs covered the running costs, the village hall show surplus went into layouts and the income from the big show was put into the building fund. One year there was a proposal that the weekly fee (then about £3) should be charged to everyone every week regardless of attendance or not. The proposer just didn't seem to understand that this was just the same as a large annual fee. He was the only one to vote in favour for that option! I was sorry to learn that your Club will soon be closing. Mike
  3. It seems our friend from Hong Kong has disappeared - looks like I missed an interesting exchange of views with Andy and Phil . . . . . . Perhaps we can get back to discussing the Gauge O Guild . . . . . . . . . . . . .
  4. There doesn't seem to be a need for the accounts to be audited Copied from https://www.gov.uk/audit-exemptions-for-private-limited-companies For financial years that begin on or after 1 January 2016 Your company may qualify for an audit exemption if it has at least 2 of the following: an annual turnover of no more than £10.2 million assets worth no more than £5.1 million 50 or fewer employees on average There is a resolution being presented at the AGM that an independent audit should be undertaken - since this was first proposed, the committee has agreed to an audit. The proposal being put forward is rather specific about checking opening and closing balances, detailed income & expenditure related to events and a report on the adequacy of the reporting, recording and control systems - the Committee feels that these clauses are not required as they cannot give 'direction' to an independent auditor.
  5. The Guild is a Limited Company and as far as I am aware, the accounts published are in accordance with the Company's Act and have been signed off by the Guild's accountants prior to submission as required by Company Law. However under previous Treasurers, a more detailed breakdown was provided and published on the Guild website. For example, in 2013/14 the Board and Council expenditure was around £13,000, Administration £23,000 (including Artytype £12,000), Membership £19,000 (Artytype £13,000) and in the Events section we can see that in 2013 the hall hire at Telford was £33,000 (with other costs such as Artytype £6,000 and Miscellaneous £6,000!) Since then, it seems the introduction of the clause mentioned above put a stop to that. That is why the Reform Group has given a commitment to press for greater transparency and a more detailed breakdown of the expenditure. After all, we are members and should have some idea where our subscriptions are being spent. Mike
  6. We had a similar situation in Derby - Derby College told us a couple of weeks ago that they were no longer prepared to use The Roundhouse for commercial bookings and in future it would be used more for the benefit of the college and its students. During the week, it is the main student social space and catering area and they have probably decided the work needed to clear the space and put it all back again isn't worth the costs involved. A friend who works at the University of Derby has been told that a large open plan office is being reconfigured into teaching space and so he will be working from home for the foreseeable future. I'm sorry to say that I think other shows in schools and colleges could face cancellations well into next year. .
  7. At least you appear to have been given the option of staying at the College at an increased cost but I can appreciate that the uncertainty regarding exhibitions and CV19 has put you in an impossible position. In Derby we had no option - Derby College told us a couple of weeks ago that they were no longer prepared to use The Roundhouse for commercial bookings and in future it would be used more for the benefit of the college and its students. During the week, it is the main student social space and catering area and they have probably decided the work needed to clear the space and put it all back again isn't worth the costs involved. A friend who works at the University of Derby has been told that a large open plan office is being reconfigured into teaching space and so he will be working from home for the foreseeable future. I'm sorry to say that I think other shows in schools and colleges could face cancellations well into next year. .
  8. None taken - it made me smile - and after reading some of the comments on the Guild site I haven't done much smiling in the last few days !!
  9. Apologies - I had missed that first time around otherwise I would have queried it sooner. I proposed David Rae (representing the 'Reform Group') for the position of Chairman and didn't recall any questions about his (or my) length of service. Following on from the recent comments above, if David is successful in the vote for the top job, what does that make me . . . . . . ? Mike
  10. As a Guild member (at the moment), I was not aware of that and so I have looked at both the Guild Rules and the Articles of Association for the Limited Company - unless I have missed something, that rule does not exist - do you have any evidence to confirm your statement ?? Mike
  11. As Jamie has mentioned above, all membership matters are dealt with by an outside commercial organisation, which also has some of the responsibilities for the production of the Gazette - such as advertising and distribution. Whilst this is understandable in view of the volume, as far as I am aware, the general membership has no idea of the costs involved in providing these services as the so called 'Detailed Income and Expenditure' account just published in the Annual Report to members simply has a single figure of £246,784 described as 'Other Costs'. The removal of the secrecy about where the subscriptions are spent is one of the aims of the 'Reform Group'. Mike
  12. The full manual is available on CD for £7.50 plus £1.50 postage. The full printed manual is available for £35 plus £5 postage. However as far as I can tell from the website, the original manual was last updated in 2008. A revision was started in Sept 2017 and out of 12 proposed sections, 2 have been published so far. .
  13. The Acting Chairman (who is not standing for election) has said that the email has not been sanctioned by the Management Committee. I am replying the the posts made today with regard to the e mail sent out by XXXX about the forthcoming election. I would like to state that this was not discussed with or sanctioned by the Management Committee and that we in no way condoned it. It was sent by XXXX in a personal capacity although I understand by the fact that he holds a position in the Guild as Regional Manager and Director this could be misconstrued. I am informed that the message was sent to five leaders of clubs in his constituency all of whose e mail addresses were known to XXXX. However the damage has been done as the email has been forwarded between friends and is no longer restricted to those in his area of responsibility. It has also been published in full on the Guild Forum and clearly makes a recommendation against each of the 10 resolutions which will require a vote at the AGM. The list includes the names of who to vote for as six (out of 12) of the Committee/Director posts are/will be vacant. 'Reform Group' members are only contesting 4 of the 6 vacancies and if successful will still only be 4 out of 12 on the Committee. There are also questions being asked about letters published in the Guild Gazette about the Guildex Show being cut back to one day, and making the Gazette an 'online only' publication. These are not formal proposals from the 'Reform Group' but in view of a declining membership, reduced income and increasing costs, then everything should be considered and numerous suggestions have been made by others in some of the many, often heated, debates on the Guild Forum. I will declare an interest here as I proposed David Rae for the position of Chairman. Mike
  14. For the now cancelled NEC show later this year, the cost of an electrical connection for a Society stand to run a small demo layout would have been £42.50 plus VAT. .
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