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Guildford Gala Weekend 2018
« on: June 20, 2018, 10:12:55 AM »
In years gone by the Guildford Model Engineering Rally was one of the best model engineering shows around but the Guildford Model Rally is no more and they have replaced it with a new show the "Gala weekend"  :noidea: on the 7th and 8th July.


I know a couple of you are taking along your tent for your models and are planning to be there both days  8) I for one am currently only committing to going on the Saturday, when Tony and Helen (HJH Tooling) are bringing along their goodies for me to have a rummage through  :naughty:  But I also noted that the Guildford club members will be only taking along their models for display on the Sunday  :disappointed:

Is anyone else planning to go along?

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Re: Guildford Gala Weekend 2018
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2018, 11:41:51 AM »
As the two Mikes are going I thought I may pop along for a short visit.

Will HJH have a stand or are you getting a personal rummage in the car park?

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Re: Guildford Gala Weekend 2018
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2018, 11:52:29 AM »
Helen and Tony will be having a stand and no doubt be bringing the scrounge hound  :Love: with them. They always reckon the model engineers with money in their pockets to spend go the first day.

I was planning a bit more than a 'short' visit  :stickpoke:

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Re: Guildford Gala Weekend 2018
« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2018, 05:02:46 PM »
Jo,

What is the post code for the Gala so that I can enter it into my SatNav to find the park again.

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Re: Guildford Gala Weekend 2018
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2018, 05:55:02 PM »
Hi Mike,

Google gives the post code as GU1 1TU. The GMES site is off London Road at the north east corner of Stoke Park.

Call by and say hello to the two Mikes and our collection of big aero engines.

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Re: Guildford Gala Weekend 2018
« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2018, 06:14:12 PM »
I am not sure what to expect this year. The Guildford Model Engineering Rally was one of the best events on the calendar. Suddenly, at the end of last year, the organisers changed the format to a Railway Gala Weekend for 2018. What it will be like this year, I have not idea. It could just be choo-choo rides and facepaint for kids and young families. Who knows?

The number of model engineering events, where we can display our engines to the public, has declined dramatically in the last few years. So some of us old dinosaurs, who still hanker over the good old days, have decided to bring our own tents and models for display at the Gala Weekend (with the agreement of GMES) and to carry on the tradition, as if nothing bad has happened.  Head in the sand, maybe????

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Re: Guildford Gala Weekend 2018
« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2018, 01:16:03 AM »
I am not sure what to expect this year. The Guildford Model Engineering Rally was one of the best events on the calendar. Suddenly, at the end of last year, the organisers changed the format to a Railway Gala Weekend for 2018. What it will be like this year, I have not idea. It could just be cho-cho rides and facepaint for kids and young families. Who knows?

The number of model engineering events, where we can display our engines to the public, has declined dramatically in the last few years. So some of us old dinosaurs, who still hanker over the good old days, have decided to bring our own tents and models for display at the Gala Weekend (with the agreement of GMES) and to carry on the tradition, as if nothing bad has happened.  Head in the sand, maybe????

Mike   :old: :old:

Hope you have a great time Mike, and I would love to see some pictures of the show.

Dave

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Re: Guildford Gala Weekend 2018
« Reply #7 on: July 03, 2018, 06:51:50 PM »
Jo will they be running any trains at the weekend?

I read on another forum of two other clubs that had trackside fires last weekend, luckily they had placed buckets of water around the track so were able to put them out but say that unless there is rain this week they will ban live steam next weekend so only those who like to sit behind fibreglass boxes with fake electronic sounds will be able to play.

EDIT, Just read that most of Guildford had no water supply so could not even fill buckets let alone put out a fire :o
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Re: Guildford Gala Weekend 2018
« Reply #8 on: July 03, 2018, 07:07:34 PM »
Jo will they be running any trains at the weekend?

No idea. I am not a member any longer.

I am not going for the Choochoos I am going so I can say hello my friends and have a fondle  :embarassed:

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Re: Guildford Gala Weekend 2018
« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2018, 04:55:52 AM »
Hi Troops

On my way ... Zoooooooooooooooommmm   :Lol:  Or maybe something a little more modest ...  :headscratch:

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Re: Guildford Gala Weekend 2018
« Reply #10 on: July 08, 2018, 08:37:11 AM »
Outcome of the show visit yesterday: it has become a Railway Gala not a model show  :'(

I took a few photo's of Mike^2 models, had a good chat with some friends, had two ice creams brought for me  and acquired a bacon buttie  :mischief: Later I was witness to the fastest scoffing of a packet of sticky whatsits that I had ever seen  :o I barely got one and there was a look of panic on Eric's face as he stood explaining something to someone when he realised that there was only one left.

There was hardly any visitors and the few traders who turned up were grumbling about no one buying stuff. So other than going to see the Mike's if they have a gazebo again to display their models that will be the last Guildford show for me  :(

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Re: Guildford Gala Weekend 2018
« Reply #11 on: July 08, 2018, 09:19:36 AM »
Sad days indeed

From what you have posted in the past it used to be a great all round show but alas not any more , bet itís red tape,insurance . Little jimmy/Jane may touch something sharp

Alas we live in a nanny state , I dread to think of the antics I used to get up to H&S whatís that to kids


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Re: Guildford Gala Weekend 2018
« Reply #12 on: July 09, 2018, 11:54:36 AM »
Went , courtesy of JR72's kind efforts, to the Open Day yesterday, and in fairness, if one had no idea of what the Rally had been in it's many years of heyday ( not the recent few years ) then one would have been quite pleased with the event as a free club open day. Especially if one was fairly local to Stoke Park.
   We had made a longish journey and my friend was disappointed, hoping for much more in the way of viewable model engineering of which I must admit, I had not expected to see a lot. Of course, magnificent, I might say almost incredible, work such as the aero engines shown by Mike 1 and 2 is always exciting to see.     The roastingly hot day was not a big help to older spectators and traders, but my thanks to the gentlemen who had brought the couple of stalls with books, magazines and related stuff, I enjoyed my trawl through all of that!, and a few purchases.    Dave

 

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« Reply #13 on: July 09, 2018, 06:44:30 PM »
As Dave said, both days were roasting hot. I was well and truly cooked when I got home on Sunday night.

It is so disappointing that the once great Guilford Model Exhibition has become a steam train weekend. Unfortunately the ever increasing cost of hiring the big marque, the insurance cover for the models in the clubs care and overnight security guards to protect them, proved to much for the small club. They risk a significant loss, if there is a low attendance for whatever reason. This year they faced competition from the England World Cup football match on the Saturday, Wimbledon Lawn Tennis all weekend and the British Grand Prix from Silverstone on the Sunday. The warm temperature could also temp many potential visitors away to the coast and seaside resorts or to sit at home, in the cool, watching TV

Despite this, Mike Cole and myself bravely set up our gazebo and put on a display of our engines for the two days. It's true that there were few other models on display elsewhere, and that visiter numbers were very low, compared to previous years, but the two of us enjoyed the weekend. We never had a moment when there was not a visitor enquiring about or having long chats about the models. Truth is, there was little else for them to do and our gazebo did offer some shade from the sun. The few traders that attended had a poor time, I doubt some even covered their fuel costs.

I have unpacked and attempting to prevent all those sweaty little fingerprints leaving permanent impressions on the bright steelwork. I have wiped down all the bare metal surfaces the engines with pads soaked in WD40 . I hope that will stop the finger prints becoming indelibly etched in the steel. Can any member offer a better alternative? Perhaps I should invest in an electronic cattle prod.

Sorry to say, I have no photos, perhaps Jason or Jo can provide some.

Cheers

Mike
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Re: Guildford Gala Weekend 2018
« Reply #14 on: July 09, 2018, 07:01:22 PM »
Mike, it was good to see the Jupiter in the flesh but alas I only took 2 photos the whole time and I posted them in the thread below. I may have taken more but was kidnapped by two members who thought that if I saw a workshop full of non far eastern machines and piles of castings that I would come round to their way of thinking :LittleDevil:

http://www.modelenginemaker.com/index.php/topic,7440.msg177473.html#msg177473

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« Reply #15 on: July 09, 2018, 07:51:39 PM »
I took a few but they are pretty dire ....  :embarassed:

My excuses being
[1] Forgot my specs.
[2] Bright sun made LCD screen look like a mirror, no real idea what was in the frame ...  :headscratch:

But I'll stick them up. Make of them what you will ..  :D

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« Reply #16 on: July 09, 2018, 07:53:09 PM »
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« Reply #17 on: July 09, 2018, 07:55:21 PM »
:Mad: Some of those are not for public consumption  :hellno:

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Re: Guildford Gala Weekend 2018
« Reply #18 on: July 09, 2018, 08:29:46 PM »
Awwww.   Could have been worse. Might have been pictures of me    :facepalm2:

Anyway, you're an Administrator / Fuhrer / Dear Leader / Whatever   ... delete them if you want ...  ;D

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« Reply #19 on: July 09, 2018, 08:58:24 PM »
Anyway, you're an Administrator / Fuhrer / Dear Leader / Whatever   ... delete them if you want ...  ;D

Revenge is best served like a good champagne - cold  :mischief:

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« Reply #20 on: July 09, 2018, 09:38:05 PM »
Anyway, you're an Administrator / Fuhrer / Dear Leader / Whatever   ... delete them if you want ...  ;D

Revenge is best served like a good champagne - cold  :mischief:

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Re: Guildford Gala Weekend 2018
« Reply #21 on: July 09, 2018, 10:28:12 PM »
Awwww.   Could have been worse. Might have been pictures of me    :facepalm2:

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« Reply #22 on: July 09, 2018, 11:44:45 PM »
Awwww.   Could have been worse. Might have been pictures of me    :facepalm2:

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Re: Guildford Gala Weekend 2018
« Reply #23 on: July 10, 2018, 01:41:34 AM »
Nice pics even so. Thanks for posting them. Too bad there weren't more model engines though. A sign of the times I guess.  ::)

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Re: Guildford Gala Weekend 2018
« Reply #24 on: July 10, 2018, 10:06:42 AM »
What a hot weekend, I really enjoyed the the show. For me it was a 250mile round trip mostly round the M25, I think Mike and myself didn't        expect too much before we went but I was pleasantly surprised with the interest in our models.
  I think I answered as many questions at the Guildford show as I do at the Bristol show.

   If the other local model engineers brought along their models to show instead of bleating on how poor it was it would be a better show.
   
   If all is well next year I will take my engine running gear and make some noise.

   Anyway model railway engines are still models and have been built by someone.

    Who ate all the fudge ?

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« Reply #25 on: July 10, 2018, 10:40:13 AM »
   If the other local model engineers brought along their models to show instead of bleating on how poor it was it would be a better show.

I absolutely agree with that. Mike and I showed the way. Let's hope others will follow our example and bring their models next year.

    Who ate all the fudge ?     

Eric found the unopened packet of sticky whatsits that had been placed in my cool-bag. Never saw them again after that.

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« Reply #26 on: July 10, 2018, 10:40:31 AM »
If the other local model engineers brought along their models to show instead of bleating on how poor it was it would be a better show.

This year we were looking at what had happened to it and strangely enough I had already been thinking that we could have an MEM Gazabo next year. The lack of insurance is the only problem  :noidea:

Who ate all the fudge ?

A more interesting question is what is the life expectancy of a packet with you around  :cheers:

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Re: Guildford Gala Weekend 2018
« Reply #27 on: July 10, 2018, 10:51:35 AM »
Anyway model railway engines are still models and have been built by someone.

I have no objections to people making model Locomotives but my hobby is not running a miniature railway.

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Re: Guildford Gala Weekend 2018
« Reply #28 on: July 10, 2018, 12:35:07 PM »
       Strange, the pictures with Jo in them have more views than the pictures of just the engines.

       So Eric is the Fudge eater.

       I'm glad your getting the drawings done Jo, I just like making bits. I had a nice fondle with you Saturday it gave me something to think
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Re: Guildford Gala Weekend 2018
« Reply #29 on: July 10, 2018, 12:55:05 PM »
Say what??  :lolb:

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