We are very sorry to have to report the passing of Rod Fitzpatrick in June.
Rod was an active member of the club until a bout of ill health some while ago but from which he had made a remarkable recovery. A long term friend and colleague of our chairman, he had many friends and was well liked and respected within the club. Rod was also a Trustee of our newly formed charity and also about to take on an active educational role for us pending the end of the Covid lockdown.
Outside of the club, Rod was also heavily involved with the Gauge O Guild, regularly attending Gauge O shows where he was to be seen martialling the test track. He was also a keen supporter of Foxton Locks where he served as occasional lock keeper for a number of years.
He will be much missed.
Annual Meeting Highlights
The club held its Annual Meeting on Monday 6th July setting a possible new precedent in that it was, for the first time, held on-line via Skype.
The New Committee line up
A full listing of our committee is viewable on our Contacts page but below are those elected this year
|Exhibition Manager||Bill Sowerby|
|Web Site/Social Media Officer||Brian Norris|
Another departure from the norm this year was the opening up of the voting for the Annual Awards to the membership. There were three awards this year and the lucky winners were:-
|Bevan Memorial Shield for Services to the Club||Brian Norris|
|John Andrews Memorial for Clubman of the Year||David Booth|
|P Wilde Memorial Shield for Exceptional Services to the Club||Peter Davies|
Our congratulations and sincere thanks to all concerned.
Change of Premises
Sadly, last autumn our landlord of many years advised us that he thought it was time we found alternative premises. When we moved in some 15 or so years ago we were a small club and the meeting room and the parking were adequate to our needs. Since then the club has grown and so has the farm and there was a concern that with the larger farm machinery and the higher number of visitors, something had to give. Fortunately, Colin our landlord gave us 12 - 18 months to move out and we have spent a lot of time and energy working on just that.
We are happy to report that we are working towards moving into new premises. Though sadly not in Market Deeping itself and certainly not without its own challenges, negotiations well under way with a new landlord for bespoke premises with a 25 year lease and a much larger area (with toilets), enabling a greater range of activity. The Club became a Charitable Incorporated Organisation earlier in the year, enabling it to enter into lease and contract negotiations for the work ahead. We are now Market Deeping Model Railway Club CIO Registered Charity No. 1187779.
We remain indebted to our many supporters and friends across the world for their generous donations in cash and kind following our disaster last year. To honour those donations, we are using some of the money donated, not only to assist with the club’s recovery and move into (our desperately needed) new premises, but to ensure that many of the models donated can be seen and used in displays at our new premises. Hopefully, in 2021 we will be able to announce how and when those displays can be viewed and be able to welcome visitors to a newly re-invigorated MDMRC!
We have much work to do as the ramifications of these changes sink in and we will continue to publish more information as and when we can.