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MERG West Midlands Area Group (WMAG)

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How do I contact the Area Group

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Who is the leader of the group?

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Allan Gardner M6237 - Group Leader

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How do you meet?

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We meet at theBirmingham Canal Navigations Society's historic premises at
Titford Pump House
Engine Street
OLDBURY
West Midlands
B69 4NL.


There is plenty of car parking – mostly on Engine Street, some within the Pump House compound.

All facilities are at ground level.

We meet four times a year in January, April July and October.
Usually the January and July meetings are on the second Sunday of the month, with the April and October meetings on the second Saturday.

COVID - 19 Meeting Requirements

These have been eased, and we are re-starting our meetings.
There is plenty of space in the pump house, and we will have the doors and windows open to keep it well ventilated.
To further reduce risks we ask, whilst seated for the presentation, the audience will wear face covering (unless you have a medical exemption). In discussions, Members should observe social distancing (2 Metre) rules where possible. If that is not possible, then members should wear face covering.
(Consuming coffee and cake through a mask is not a problem that we have been able to solve yet!LOL)

What does the group get up to?

Our day's meeting starts at 10:00 am and concludes at 16:00. See below for details of our next meeting.

The day is split into two parts.

The morning session is more formal in so far as we have one or more guest speakers.
The topics are far-ranging. Take a look at the next section to see some of our previous meetings.

The afternoon session is informal and generally consists of:

  1. Members working on their current project (normally a Kit).
    We will do our best to help with construction and problem-solving.
  2. Talking to presenters about the days topic.
  3. Passing the day talking all thing model railway electronics.

We charge £3 for the day which goes to the BCN Society for the use of the pump house.

We do not charge for tea, coffee or the superb cakes that are kindly supplied by one of our members' wives.

What Have We Done Previously?

And the Next Meeting?

DateEventDescriptionLocationLink
10:00 09-OctWest Midlands Area Group Meeting At our next meeting John Fletcher will be adding to our understanding of Arduinos, and Peter Wilson will be talking about 3d printing.Titford Pump House, Engine Street, OLDBURY, West Midlands B69 4NL

Programme for our next Meeting?

TimeDescriptionWho
10:00 Coffee & Registration All
10:15 Welcome AG
10:30 Arduino JF
11:30 Coffee, Tea,& Cake Break All
11:45 3D Printing PW
12:45 Any questions? All
13:00 Lunch All
13:30 Practical session 1All
14:30 Tea, Coffee & Cake Break? All
14:45 Practical session 2 All
15:45 Meeting close AG

What is Happening Online?

Zoom online Meetings Currently, WMAG members are participating in the Zoom calls being organised by the nearby East Midlands, Warwickshire and North Oxfordshire area groups.

Some forthcoming activities are as follows: -

East Midlands Area Group

The East Midlands Area Group hosts a very popular call once per month.

DateEventDescriptionLocationLink
10:00 16-OctMERG East Midlands Area group meetingFace to face meeting, date now confirmed. Agenda to follow.Wansford
09:00 06-NovJMRI Part 3 weekend courseThird JMRI weekend course on train automation, covering various automation techniques including custom scripts, YAAT and Dispatcher. Rushden Transport MuseumLink
10:00 13-NovMERG East Midlands Area group ONLINE meetingOnline meeting, agenda to follow.Online Zoom Meeting

Warwickshire and North Oxfordshire Area Group

Our colleagues at Warwick and North Oxford AG are holding biweekly virtual meetings on a Wednesday evening. East Midlands AG are also holding monthly virtual all-day meeting. The schedule of both these groups is given below. If you are interested in attending these groups sign up here and select ‘join area group’.

DateEventDescriptionLocationLink
19:00 20-OctWNO Zoom MeetingIan Kay - Part 3 of “My life on the railway”Online Zoom Meeting

What Local Organisations do we work with?

Link to local model railway sites.

The MERG West Midlands Area Group have attended model railway exhibitions, organised by the following clubs: -

Stafford Railway Circle

Bourneville Model Railway Club

Warley Model Railway Club

public/westmids.txt · Last modified: 2021/09/12 10:21 by allan_gardner