First the big news. The COVGOG website is now up and running. Thanks to Matt Havelock and others for their efforts. The website can be accessed via www.covgog.co.uk Please take the time to visit and enjoy it.
Springtime is always busy for our members. Work on the scenic layout is continuing. Although there remains much to do the baseboards now get regular airings on our regular Saturday running sessions and are proving a welcome addition. We would like to welcome our newest member Chris L.
Our spring open day was held at the end of April. This year’s event proved to be something of a vintage one with lots of new faces and some old ones, a visiting layout (Harbourne St Mary – Thanks guys) and the usual trade support from Geoff Stratford and Keith and Janet Tiplady. Two competitions were held. Pete C won the Mike Lee Trophy with his model horse and cart and John W won the coach building competition for his Metropolitan set.
One of the club’s founders, Pete Honeybone entertained us in May with his early recollections of railways from the late 1930’s through the war years. Pete has lived in Kenilworth for very many years and has been witness to countless changes to the railway there. When growing up, from his house he could see the former LNWR route through the town and not surprisingly the “Premier Line” features prominently in his life.
A number of club members made the trip up the M1 to Doncaster. Wallets were topped up using the Guild’s bring and buy service and then quickly emptied again at the many and varied trade stalls around the show. Happy days!
If you would like to come along and meet a friendly group of modellers you will be made most welcome.