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  1. Hi Liam, Sorry you feel this way. May l point out that we are not a shop to interrogate customers and the post l think you are referring to was not posted by ourselves. Looks like that post has now been removed but I do recall you posting on there. If you consider our shop and therefore my family to be discriminating against people with disabilities may l be permitted to state the following? From 1992 until 2006, my family and I gave up nearly all of our annual leave and a lot of weekends to assist in the UK with Disabled Sport. We travelled the world at our own
  2. Thank you for your kind comments. Our own Facebook post was shared far and wide on Social Media. There were some negative comments on some of the Model Railway forums, answered by members of those Groups. The one's above are not from our own page. The support we received was outstanding. Over 22,000 people have viewed our Facebook post to date. The three of us spent most of Sunday and Monday evening replying to as many as physically possible. On our own Facebook page, support was just like the Sanitizer sat on my desk 99.99% effective. I would like to add that the 0.01%
  3. Hi all, Posting our Facebook page updates for our customers not on Social Media. Final straw was Gill getting spat at. Be nice to your shops, we all need each other. Widnes Model Centre is sharing a COVID-19 update sharing a COVID-19 update sharing a COVID-19 update.Published by Barry Williams · 15 m · Hi all, following a discussion with all three of us, Barry, Gill and Tom. It is with a very heavy heart we have decided to close the shop to customers actually entering the premises. We have not taken this decision lightly and financially this past trading
  4. Not really sure where to start, but here is as good a place as any: We congratulate all the shops who have made it to Christmas in what has been an incredibly difficult year for us all. Open, closed, open again, closed again, wonder what next week/month/year will bring? We have on many fronts been acting like a Band of Brothers to satisfy our customers needs through our own form of Mutual Aid and we think this deserves recognition on this very special Christmas Eve. So, in alphabetical order, we thank, Stuart at Ashton Models, Mike at C and M Models, Dan at
  5. Can anyone who has received 371-111A confirm the directional lighting? Catalogue just says "fitted with directional lighting". Illuminated Headcode box and rear red lights. Is this correct?
  6. Dont believe everything you read in a forum, sometimes it isn’t correct. Non essential retail was shut down, online and delivery by shops was never shut down. Although l had to clarify this with my local MP. Hattons, to their credit have put the safety of their staff as number one priority from day one. Hattons have done lots of things that you would not be privy to during this Pandemic. None of which has been to their benefit. Usual, no association, just a satisfied nearest model shop.
  7. Wow, l didn’t know that! Truly shocking! There again, having been present on all the Zoom Meetings regarding the industry response to preventing the spread of Covid 19, what you have stated above simply is a work of fiction. Why would Hattons not be able to trade normally? No one was able to trade “normally “.
  8. That actually looks like a very high quality marine ply. Preformed to make the hull of a boat, take it down to the Leeds Liverpool Canal and try it.
  9. Hornby delivery tomorrow, hurrah. Oh wait they aren’t on there. Changing name by Deed Poll in the morning. New shop will by my first name followed by Model Shop. Aaron’s Model Shop in the Centre of Widnes Has a ring to it, going to need a bigger sign.
  10. This makes me feel better, we haven’t received ours yet. Looks like the Alphabetical dispatch system. Might be easier to change our name to A Model Shop (in Widnes).
  11. Just to clarify. Topp Trains are operating on Monday and Tuesday’s. Mike and Steve will both be there to deal with orders.
  12. Hi Fran, Brilliant announcement as ever. Can we order them to run in a 7-2 formation? Asking for a friend, seems popular at the moment.
  13. Where did that six months go? I thought it might be useful for members using web, mail order and personal shoppers to give an insight into running a model shop and how things have changed since early March. l speak to shops up and down the country as well as being a compulsive reader of this forum. I am reading about the lack of customer service being provided by some shops. It has been a really challenging time for everyone. Enforced closure or so we thought. Then only able to post using postal services, or so we thought. We ended up like many shops working 12 h
  14. Hi John, just to clarify: l am a loyal and satisfied customer of Hornby if it’s my post you are referring to. I requested one more model when saw my allocation AFTER, l had submitted my order. At no stage did l say that the Rep had forgotten to confirm my order in writing. Knowing our rep very well he would have tried his best, as he has done in the past to satisfy his customer, us. In my post, l mention he amended our initial order , this was down, not up. Some items “allocated” to us, we chose not to order. It was for me to check that l had received written confirmat
  15. Some of the more observant members will have noticed that some of my posts were "hidden" by myself, Andy Y was informed of this and my reasons for hiding them. I had spoken to Hornby and a full investigation was carried out by them. On the day of the Centenary Products Launch, I had taken the day off in order to watch the announcements. My order was in within less than half an hour. Sat back and waited for them to be delivered. Then came an email from our Hornby rep, with what we had been allocated due to the limited numbers. I had been allocated one Duches of Atholl. Other items
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