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Mon 26 Dec - Boxing Day Steam Up - There was a large number of family and friends at this popular annual event. Six locomotives were running, all providing rides on the elevated and ground level tracks. As usual there was a big demand for rides by members and their guests, both young and old. Thanks to all the members who ran their locos or helped to run the event.


Thu 15 Dec - "Christmas Get -Together" - As a change from the traditional Christmas Dinner sitting down at a local restaurant it was decided to try something new and hold a festive evening in our own clubhouse. Over 50 people, members and their guests, spent a very enjoyable time together. The evening started with an entertaining and light hearted talk  Christmas Potpourri given Keith Lovell. The former Vicar of Tollesbury, as usual, delivered in his very individual style including leading the assembled company in several carols as well as giving his own unique interpretation of the Christmas message. Everybody joined in with gusto and as is the case with Keith, he would have talked to us all evening but the buffet and mulled wine awaited. A raffle with a good selection of generously donated prizes raised a magnificent £130 and since the cost of the event was balanced against the ticket price (£5) we will be able to send a £50 donation to St Helena Hospice as well as support club funds. A big Thank You to all the members and their partners, too many to mention, who worked hard to make the evening an overwhelming success.


Fri 9 Dec - Quiz and Christmas Raffle - There was a disappointing attendance for this event. The quiz, organised by Bob Taylor assisted by Donald Green, provided for a lively and entertaining evening in which the teams showed their depth(or lack!) of general knowledge. Allan Illet organised the raffle with a good selection of Christmas prizes which raised a small amount for club funds.


Fri 25 Nov - Talk by Norman Barber - As Editor of the LINK magazine first reviewed Editorial Policy which he was following now he had become the Editor. Essentially he was intent on building on the good work of his predecessor. He hoped to recruit a number of members to act as "reporters" for the magazine. He then moved on to his main presentation "Workshop Techniques". In a fascinating and highly professional power point presentation he took us through his experiences over 65 years of model engineering covering lathe and milling work, jigs and other devices he had made to maintain accuracy and concluded with a discussion of hardening tool steel in the model engineers workshop. His presentation was very well received by the members.


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