Due to todays need to save money, our hosts have decided that they no longer need an on site presence and so access will no longer be possible. The local Community Centre is quoting a price quite beyond the means of a small group such as us, so much good modelling time will have to be wasted contacting some likely premises that would be suitable.
I am from an era where there was always a local hall that had activities going on most days a week, but all that seems to have gone now and I think that is a crying shame. When we see the news programmes extolling the success of an area through community work, I wonder where do they meet, and at what cost?
One comment that rears it's ugly head is that of insurance. Surely the risk of a few chaps meeting with 12 volt equipment is not that much of a risk. I also have an interest in Stationary Engines. Mine, a Bamford EG 1.5HP has twin flywheels and to take it to shows costs me the princely sum of £15 per annum- oh and I can have Three on this policy. Bear in mind that if a flywheel comes loose it will stop when it wants, nothing I can do would stop it.
Conversely, my model railway would cost six times this sum - with the same liability! Anyone been seriously injured by a 3mm model railway before? I thought not!
Anyway I am grateful for our hosts for several years as a meeting place and once as an exhibition hall but will be sad as we close the doors for the last time.
Anyone have a meeting room at small cost in the South East Dorset area? If you do then let me know- Rant Over.