RAILEX North East 2020
Dear all club members, Visiors and supporters
Yesterday, I asked the committee of the Blyth and Tyne Model Railway Society, (who put on RailexNE), their thoughts about our 2021 Exhibition in July.
I wanted to know if it was viable from their point of view, before I went ahead and started to finalise the planning over the next few months.
After a lot of careful thought it was a majority decision that we Cancel RailexNE in 2021.
The reasons behind the decision were varied, but in general the view was that the financial risk to the club is too great. With Social distancing, along with other Covid restrictions that are currentley in place, which may not be lifted sufficiently, even with the roll out of a Vaccine by July.
The club has also experienced a big drop in members attending the club, before the new restrictions came in, after the first Lockdown was lifted. In the region of 50-60% of members hadn't come back or been in contact. Given the age profile of a majority of our members we fear they might not come back.
We now need to concentrate on reopening the Club rooms when permitted, shut since we went into Tier 2 in mid September and rebuild our membership.
2021 was also to be my last as Exhibition manager, I had informed the AGM last February that I would not be seeking re election at the 2021 AGM (If we can hold it).
At some point the club will be in a position to hold another Exhibition, but I cannot see it being on the same scale as RailexNE, as the costs and reduced attendance figures before Covid were getting to the point of us having to look carefully at what layouts were brought in.
Many thanks for your willingness to attend, stay safe and more importantly Keep modelling
Lee Davies Exhibition manager
In these unprecedented times we have to support the businesses who support the Exhibitions by attending.
Without the trade a Model Railway Exhibition doesn't happen. They pay towards the costs involved like Hall and table hire.
They have lost there opportunity to trade at events so are solely dependant on their websites and if they have one their shop. However it may come that they have to close down their shops too.
If you are self isolating or have been sent asked to work from home then please consider ordering from our traders.
I will as and when upload details of these business here on Twitter, the Exhibition website and Instagram.
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