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Geoff Endacott

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  1. From Stu Vowles on Facebook: BULLDOG FAIRS,TOY AND TRAIN COLLECTORS FAIRS, CANCELLATIONS After much deliberation and consideration following the recent change in Government directive and the guidelines issued by Local Authorities and Public Health England we have taken the sad decision to cancel the rest of this year’s toy fairs. I am sure you will all understand that as organisers we are responsible for your safety. We feel we would be unable to maintain the current “rule of 6” at entry points in the halls etc. In addition, we are aware that we would be encouraging you lovely people to travel from all over the country, which considering the impact of Covid-19 does not seem a sensible approach. It is an unfortunate situation, but it is felt that this is the right decision. The team here at Bulldog Fairs appreciate and fully share your disappointment but hope for your understanding and support. Please be assured that as soon as we can arrange Fairs for next year without compromising anyone’s health or safety, we will let you know. Next year’s dates will be published as soon as they are all confirmed. This has been an exceedingly difficult year so far and the next few months are not looking any easier. The whole situation is changing daily, who knows what restrictions will be in place by the time a Fair date is reached. Geoff Endacott
  2. That's not really surprising. It was the two posts on Facebook yesterday saying that the show was going ahead and asking for support which seemed odd. They seem to have been deleted. Geoff Endacott
  3. That was a bigger layout. I wonder how many coaches would fit end to end on HLJ. Geoff Endacott
  4. It looks as though a toy fair will be going ahead next month. https://www.bulldogfairs.com/shepton-mallet/ Geoff Endacott
  5. That reminds me of the Swindon show when we had seven Westerns hauling 52 coaches. Geoff Endacott
  6. Not all shows are listed. Calne (January) wasn't listed which saved the job of cancelling it. Trainwest (April) isn't listed yet and may not be because it is staring to look as though the next show will be delayed until 2022. The layouts are all booked for 2021 and have been placed on standby for 2022. The official position at the moment is wait and see. Geoff Endacott
  7. We used to help with a show in Devizes but it no longer takes place. Maybe that has something to do with the local MP not wearing a face mask on a train. Geoff Endacott
  8. I didn't think I was being all that subtle. Geoff Endacott
  9. Please can someone remind me which exhibition was due to be held at the school in Bacup. Geoff Endacott
  10. Been there, done that. Never again. We were persuaded because it was a charity show for a good cause. Fields aren't level. Nothing would stay coupled. We spent all afternoon operating in push-pull mode with the locos on the downhill end. Freight trains did look a bit silly, but if the loco was on the uphill end there was a risk of uncoupled wagons rapidly disappearing off the end of the layout. Geoff Endacott
  11. Bentley MRG are introducing a booking system. Anyone wanting to visit the clubroom has to book in advance and once six people have booked the evening is full. Geoff Endacott
  12. Trainwest is already organised for April 2021. However, I have taken the precaution of checking that exhibitors are available for April 2022. If we can't go ahead next year the show can be moved to the following year. Geoff Endacott
  13. That is why I duly record the hours spent by volunteers running the exhibition. Accounting for these, even at the minimum wage, produces a number far greater than the surplus (not profit) from the exhibition. On that basis we never make a profit and therefore pay no tax. Of course, the suggestion further up this thread that paid stewards and other staff should be brought in, paid for by increasing the ticket price, would negate this exemption and may therefore have tax implications. (It does help that we have a committee member who is a retired tax inspector.) Geoff Endacott
  14. No amount of technology will avoid the need for some form of human presence. There is a world of difference between people taking a (managed) risk as part of their job and taking a risk as a volunteer. Until such time as club members are willing to staff exhibitions they aren't going to happen. Geoff Endacott
  15. The limiting factor is not so much who will be willing to attend an exhibition but who will be willing to run one. The people at greatest risk will be those on the cash desk selling and checking tickets. No amount of online booking of advance tickets and cashless payment methods will do away with the need for someone to check tickets on the door. Those who do the job in our club tend to be the older or less active members because it's a job they can do sitting down. They also tend to be those at most risk from the virus. I can cope with greatly reduced attendance because costs can be reduced accordingly. What I can't do is organise a show without club members who are willing to volunteer for the public facing roles. I think it may be some considerable time before enough people feel comfortable enough to do that. Geoff Endacott
  16. That's an awfully long time to spend in the same place. Geoff Endacott
  17. Then what are you going to do? Geoff Endacott
  18. Beatties used to issue a catalogue of RTR models which could be updated by adding extra pages and stickers. I am a life member of the Beatties Club. Fortunately my life has been rather longer than that of the aforementioned company. Geoff Endacott
  19. Just as well he wasn't doing anything important like running a major economy. (I can't mention who it reminds me of because that would be too political.) Geoff Endacott
  20. The trouble is that if every two months things shift back by two months we will never get back to normal. Geoff Endacott
  21. Solihull is cancelled. http://www.solihullmrc.org/exhibition20.html Geoff Endacott
  22. One of the main reasons for attending exhibitions is to meet other people. The main risk for contracting the virus is meeting other people. I think I can see the problem. Geoff Endacott
  23. So following on from Bachmann's policy of releasing Warships with running numbers which don't match the chosen body, we now have one Hymek which is right and three which are wrong. Geoff Endacott
  24. From their Facebook page (and other sources): Model Rail Scotland 2021 AMRSS Limited the organisers of Model Rail Scotland have been advised by the Scottish Event Campus that due to the venues continuing use during the remainder of 2020 and into the early part of 2021 as an NHS Nightingale Hospital for the Coronavirus outbreak the hall used for Model Rail Scotland will be unavailable. The Exhibition Management team have carried out a detailed analysis of the risks and challenges the current coronavirus situation presents to them as event organisers and have agreed that the best course of action is to cancel the 2021 show and look forward to the 2022 exhibition which will take place on the 25th, 26th and 27th February 2022. The organisers hope you understand the reasoning behind this decision but given the degree of uncertainty relating to the current public health situation and how it could impact on matters into the early part of 2021 it considered to be the appropriate solution. Geoff Endacott
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