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Welcome to our new website!

A very warm welcome to all of the visitors of IPMS Middleton Cheney’s new website. Whether you’re a club member or just someone popping by, I hope you find what you’re looking for, and you enjoy what the club has to offer.

Our new surroundings are the result of a shift from a Moonfruit website to a WordPress one. Whilst Moonfruit gave us the flexibility to design whatever website we wanted, it’s tedious to edit and had a tiny storage amount on the free plan – just 20MB! No good for a website full of pictures of model kits! Plus their customer service left a lot to be desired…

Anyway, enough of that. We’re on WordPress now, with 3GB of storage, and even though we’re on the free plan, we can have a funky design like this one with lots of cool features. I’m a particular fan of those countdowns in the column on the left. There’s no excuse to ever miss a meeting or show again now!

We’re just one tiny corner of a vast world wide web, but in just over two years on Moonfruit our little website racked up well over 10,000 visits. There’s a counter on the left that will hopefully surpass that figure one day!

If you see any problems, or perhaps there’s an element of the site you think could work better then please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Leave a comment at the bottom of this post and I’ll do my best to get onto it!

All the best, and happy modelling!

James – IPMS Middleton Cheney Webmaster.

The IPMS Middleton Cheney Committee

As an IPMS-affiliated club, IPMS Middleton Cheney is required to have a committee team that manages the club and who carry out the organisational day-to-day activities. The positions on the committee are elected every year at the AGM, held during the January club meeting.

The current IPMS Middleton Cheney Committee is as follows:

Chairman – Sam Evins

Vice Chair – Richard Coughtrey

Secretary – Matt Smith

Treasurer – Gary Evins

Webmaster – James Clarke

At least one of these chinless wonders will be at every event the club attends, and more often than not all five of them will be there, causing havoc! All are more than happy to answer questions on the club and provide any information required.

If you would like further information on the committee or the club, please visit the contact page.

A Brief History of IPMS Middleton Cheney

IPMS Middleton Cheney is a friendly and informal model club based in the village of Middleton Cheney, South Northamptonshire. The club maintains a more light-hearted approach towards the hobby, and actively supports all abilities, believing that if the model looks good to you, then it’s good enough for us!

Alongside newcomers, the club benefits from having specialists in most categories. So if you want to know the right shade of green for a 1942 Eastern Front ME-109, or the correct panel shades on Enterprise D we can help!

Founded in 2005, the club is made up of members from around the Banbury area, indeed an early name for the club was the Four Shires Model Club, owing to members living in the counties of Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire, Warwickshire and Buckinghamshire!

Later on the name was changed to the Middleton Cheney Scale Model Club and then in 2012, it became affiliated with the International Plastic Modellers Society (IPMS) and thus joined an elite group of clubs to carry the IPMS moniker.

In 2015 the club celebrated its tenth anniversary, while in 2016 we focused our show displays on the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, resulting in best display awards at the Poole Vikings show, as well as the prestigious Scale ModelWorld in Telford, on the club’s debut. The Star Trek display was also featured in an article of the IPMS UK magazine.

In 2018 we returned to Telford for a second time, debuting a pub themed display, using bottles of alcohol and models related to them. It was very well received, and we ended up scooping third overall in best club display. It was subsequently decided to tour the pub theme around the shows the club attends in 2019.

We have a helpful, friendly committee team of five that run the club alongside a growing membership that specialise in a wide variety of genres, of all ages and levels of ability. Each year the club runs a competition, open to all members. Read more about it, including a list of previous winners, at this link.

If you’d like more information on the club, go to the contact page and get in touch!

Where does IPMS Middleton Cheney meet?

IPMS Middleton Cheney meets once a month, at the Parish Meeting Rooms in the village of Middleton Cheney, east of Banbury and M40 J11.

Meetings begin at 7pm and usually last until between 9 and 9:30pm. However, feel free to come and go at a time that best suits you if you can’t stay for the full duration.

Many of the club’s members are shift workers and we try to accommodate meetings to fit in as best we can. Normally however you can expect each meeting to be on the second or third Thursday of the month. To be sure though, check Facebook for the latest updates on when the next meeting will be!

The venue’s full address (and coordinates) is:

Parish Meeting Rooms
Middleton Cheney
Banbury
Oxon
OX17 2LR

52°04’21.7″N 1°16’05.5″W