With the Government easing CV-19 restrictions, we ran trial meetings in August. From November we intend to return to our traditional monthly pattern of meetings: 1st & 3rd Wednesdays and 4th Saturday. All meetings will be at Badlesmere Lees Hall, and the times will be from 10.30 until 14.30. There will be parallel groups of 6, one at either end of the hall with a layout in the centre. Members must keep to their own group to follow Government rules. There should be no need to book a place, although its nice to know you’re intending to come.
We hope that local rules don’t prevent future meetings. Masks, hand cleansing, distancing, and bringing your own drink and food continue.
Future plans include moving more events to Wednesdays alongside our modelling and running trains: Quiz in December, AGM in January, Model Competition February, with talks following from March.
With the new station for The Circuit, there will be opportunity for everyone to help with or see electrics, track laying, scenic and making railway structures.
Dates for 2020 and the measures we need to take to ensure everyone’s safety:
Members will attend at their own risk.
All must wear a face covering in the hall – Do wash/sanitise your hands before putting it on or taking off. Put a removed mask in a plastic bag to cut down the surfaces you will need to sanitise, or leave the mask hanging from an ear.
A session, a ‘manager’ (normally a Committee member) will oversee arrangements, ensure that we keep the guidelines and deal with any problems. This guidance must be followed.
Opening times are listed in our newsletter.
On arrival, use the hand sanitiser provided.
You will need to bring your own drinks, food and crockery. The kitchen will be closed.
Cleaning materials are supplied but you may bring your own for your bench. The hall is thoroughly cleaned between sessions by the village hall committee. Those attending will set out the hall and clean away at the end.
Please pay the £3 meeting fee with the exact coins, to avoid the need for handling the tin or its contents. A 'manager' will sign you in.
The circuit will be erected near the main door, enabling a one-way system for moving round the hall. When operating the circuit, you may have to move to allow people past.
Social distancing, currently 2 metres, must always be maintained. You must bring a mask and use it.
Chairs and tables will be arranged to ensure appropriate distancing, sitting along one side allowing room for modelling and conversation.
All doors and windows must be open, to keep air flowing through the hall.
Access to the store will be limited to one person, nominated by the ‘manager’. Only that person may enter the store and take out or put away equipment.
Before handling or touching anything, such as the controllers for the layout, the hand sanitiser available in the hall must be used. Use a disinfectant wipe to clean controllers and your area when you leave them.
Both toilets will be available for use, and the Gents outer door will be kept open to allow access for washing with hot water. Please check that a toilet is vacant before going along the corridors, to avoid meeting anyone there. The urinals must not be used.
If someone present feels ill or shows virus symptoms, there is a routine that will be implemented immediately by the ‘manager’ to maintain everyone’s safety. Better still, stay at home if you are not feeling well.
However, all depends on official guidance and the hall management. Please check for confirmation in the newsletter or website. All meetings will be at Badlesmere for the foreseeable future.
December & future dates: Available on request or from our Newsletter.
[Photos: Tim S. & Rob M.]
*Badlesmere Village Hall is our venue for Modelling sessions, Layout Running and Talks - The hall is on the north side of the Badlesmere Lees Green, 200 yards from the A251 road, midway between Faversham and Ashford. #From Faversham its dirt track, following the green's side, is to the left as the A251 bends into the village. #From Ashford/Challock pass the Red Lion Inn, see the green on your right & turn just before the bend. *Times differ between the days of meetings: Week days x and Saturdays x #Members must bring a picnic lunch, but on Saturdays some dine at 12.00 in the Red Lion Inn. 666 buses *Check for times ( Stagecoach ) on weekdays are mainly hourly, but Saturday buses may differ.
*Town Meetings (usually during the winter months) Saturdays - Fleur De Lis Hall, Preston Street, Faversham will continue to be suspended.
*Subscriptions: Yearly £10 including monthly newsletter. Session fee of £3 for each meeting attended.
See us in GOG Gazette's News Section too.
*Usual pattern of meetings: 1st & 3rd Wednesdays plus 4th Saturdays, but please do check with us.