Come along and meet us!
We meet on a Friday night at the Wash Common Community Centre on Glendale
Avenue between 7:30 and 9:30pm. You are welcome to come along and find out more
about the club and what we do.
If you would like further details then please contact us
The Wash Common Community Centre (RG14 6TL) can be found on Glendale Avenue in Wash Common. There is a car park at the front and there is also plenty of on street parking.
The Club has its origins in the mid 1970's at the local Police Station where a
group of officers with an interest in railways decided to form a Model Railway
Section within the Sports & Social Club. Membership for non police personnel
was restricted initially and was by invitation only. The first layout Tenpy, an
'OO' scale continuous layout was completed during this period and exhibited
several times at local model shows.
In 1987 with the passage of time and the promotion and
relocation of various officers, the non-police members eventually out numbered
the others and it became no longer appropriate to be based at the Police
Station. Alternative accommodation was found at the local TA Centre and the
Club reformed as the Newbury Model Railway Club with a committee &
constitution. For the first time new members could be actively sought. With
more storage space available and a growing membership, a wider range of
modelling interests could now be accommodated. Groups were soon working on 'N',
'OO' 'HO' and 'O' gauge projects. In 1988 we held our first annual Exhibition
at the Waterside Centre in Newbury. These annual exhibitions have been held
every year since to fund the hire of our premises and new projects. In 1994 the
venue of our annual exhibition was changed to St. Bartholomews School to allow
us space for more exhibits. In 2007 we moved the exhibition to Newbury College
but we have now hopefully settled on using Park House School for future exhibitions.
With the changing military policies our tenure at the TA Centre was terminated
when the Centre was scheduled for closure. After several months searching for
new premises, the Wash Common Community Centre was selected as a suitable
venue. Meetings stared at Wash Common in July 1995. We were allowed to bring
the shed we had been forced to construct at the TA Centre when the storage
space there had become restricted and the opportunity was taken to enlarge it
to take the growing numbers of layouts. It was enlarged again some years later
when we were requested to move it to the opposite side of the Centre to allow
access for a Portakabin to be sited behind the Centre. We took over the
ownership of the Portakabin in 2003 which has enabled modelling activities to
take place outside our normal Friday evening meetings.
The club layouts which have been exhibited at quite a few Shows in the area
include Rugely 'OO', Templefield 'OO'; Pacific & North Western 'HO', Exdale
'O/16.5', 'Chilton' 'O' and the 'OO' & 'O' gauge test tracks. Several member's
private layouts have also attended various exhibitions.