Sunday, 19 February 2017



Update 19th February 2017

A remarkable act….

It is now exactly 2 weeks since our track was vandalised and I can report that this pointless and senseless act which will have left many of our members upset and disheartened has been replaced and outshone by a remarkable outpouring of support. This is indicated in no better place than the Crown-Funding page set up by Chris Holloway. Within the last few days the total raised has passed the £1500 mark and I’m sure I speak for all our members when I say we are incredibly grateful to Chris and everyone who has donated. It is a remarkable act of collective kindness.

As materials start to be ordered to replace the track the decision has been made to beef up the fixings and the costs are rising so this money will be very gratefully received to enable a more secure track to be used. As is reported elsewhere the insurance only pays out on a like-for-like basis and will be reduced by an allowance for depreciation. The rest we will have to cover from our own funds so these donations will be a great help and will be very gratefully received.

To answer a few questions that have been received our main event of the year, Trains & Traction, will NOT be affected by the damage to our track. We are working toward have the track up and running by June at the very latest with a target date for the end of May. This will entail a lot of hard work by our members but we believe this is possible.

People who had arranged to use the track for Children’s Parties and educational visits during the time the track is expected to be out of action have been contacted. However we will still be able to arrange these for later in the year.

Once again we are extremely grateful to all those that have expressed their support with such kind messages and donations to the funding page.

Very many thanks !

Barry Loraine
Web Manager and Newsletter Editor
Canterbury & District Model Engineering Society

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