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SELKENT MODEL RAIL GROUP is FREE to join and open to all who not only enjoy the hobby but the social aspect also. Our aim is to take model railway modelling out to the community to introduce new blood to the hobby and to promote a number of local model railway clubs to help them boost membership. We have 4 exhibition layouts which when not exhibiting at shows around the UK, we take to community events, local fates and to retirement homes and schools to promote the hobby. We also have a number of regional placed layouts kept at members homes which also are used for community events
Our model railway shows have been attracting large numbers both from the model railway community and the general public and we cater for both these needs with a wide selection of trade stands and some very interestingly sources fully scenic layouts at our shows.
We also arrange trips for our members to model railway shows and preserved railways and the most important aspect, we have monthly socials where members from all the local model railway clubs come and enjoy a pint and a chat.
All we ask in return for joining our group for free is that you help in some way in promoting the hobby and give up one day per year to taking a layout to a community event / local charity or helping in some way at our shows to increase awareness of the hobby.
The group started off as a model railway club with paid membership and an interest in modular build layouts. More and more wanted to join but had little interest in modular layouts and we as a club did not want to take possible members from joining other local clubs, and also some local fates were asking for us to attend their shows and then two primary schools asked us along to do a project with schools and so the idea of a group to promote the hobby was formed.
If you have a community event or a charity event you wish us to attend with one of our layouts, please contact us on 0208 694 1888. It often gets a crowd around our layouts and a nice attraction for your community event. At present we will only accept bookings to attend community events which are not political. During the week, we can also bring one of our smaller layouts to retirement homes or local halls and community centres and just ask for free parking for a transit size van. We are happy to bring any of our layouts to a model railway exhibition also.
We are funded by a London Theatre who also provides our meeting venue each month and part of the proceeds of the shows goes to the upkeep of the clubs van and the costs of us to attend non model railway events with our layouts to promote not only the local clubs but also introduce the hobby.
At present, the local model railway clubs we try and promote at non model railway exhibition community events are Southwark Model Railway Club, Erith MRC and Beckenham MRC, all of whom are regulars at our shows.
We also ask the 00 Gauge Association to attend some of our social events and give them free space at all our shows.
Our 4 main layouts cover gauges T, 009. N, Ho and 00 and are all fully scenic
Range of hot food including bacon sarnies. hot dogs, Veggie options, selection of teas, cakes and sweets at Venue 1
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Next show : Sevenoaks Sun 8th July
one of our show videos
SELKENT Model Railway Group allows us to operate as a group with free membership with the aim to promote this hobby. We are set up to take layouts to community and charity events to help those events with a nice attraction and to promote model railways to bring people into this exciting hobby. We have small shows with free entry up to massive two day exhibitions with 25 layouts and lots of traders.
The model railway shows organised are in partnership with the London Theatre who allow us to use their booking facilities for pre booked tickets for free which means we get full use of the marketing, booking options and in return they run the catering at our shows. They also have given us 10% of their income from the catering to our cause and supported with free venue hire for our monthly meetings.
In 2017 we made £1924 from model rail shows (after costs) and from donations and money from The London Theatre who sponsor us.
From this £324 was spent on getting DBS checks for our volunteers, who needed them to work with Children and certain adults (note - note all volunteers need a DBS check)
Public and employers liability insurance £356
Tax and insurance for clubs van £568
Water pump and oil change for van £210
Website and domain £74
leaflets & flyers £46
4 x oval track donations and controllers plus baseboard £74 These went to local community groups to get them started on building layouts
TOTAL SPEND £1714
We had a surplus of £210 which we used to pay the deposit on one of our 2018 shows and bought stock and materials for another club layout which will be ready to exhibit in the summer of 2018.
We are not a charity but hope soon to apply for charitible status
Our motto is 'If one person attending our shows gets into model railways, then that show was a success'
In 2018 so far, we have been able to promote model railways as a pastime in a special one day workshop aimed at the transgender community which saw 14 people attend the free event and we discovered that many in that community want to join Model Railway Clubs but were unsure if they would fit in, so have started getting some of the group operating layouts at our shows and so giving them a chance to meet members from clubs.
We hosted a local area '00 gauge Association' meeting where 25 local members attended
We have been asked to attend a big local community festival with two of the layouts and again this should attract a number of new people to the past time.
We have helped and oversaw a donation of a impressive N gauge layout from London to its new home in Cardiff supporting a youth club who do slot cars and want to get into model railways
We have been invited to a local branch of the charity 'SHEDS' which promotes woodworking workshops for people who have lost partners and feel isolated to look at the aspect of those in that group building their own layout and have donated some track and rolling stock and unopened card buildings to the project.
The group is always seeking people with layouts who can give up some of their time to visit the community and promote this hobby