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2016 AGM Report

Our 2016 AGM was held during our monthly club meeting on 14th January. As usual, all four of the committee provided a summary of activities during 2015, and these are outlined below. With no new nominations, all four were re-elected for another twelve month term.

The recruitment side of the club received particular emphasis during the AGM and there was a debate on how the club can attract new members. In particular younger and female members are a priority. The club prides itself on being open to all and having a number of younger members with a range of interests, but this can always be improved upon. If there are no new younger members coming into the hobby in general then in a matter of decades there will be no more hobby at all. A quick scan around any model show will confirm this and therefore it is the duty of all clubs and societies within the hobby to make building model kits attractive to a younger audience. At the AGM, the club agreed that a number of actions should be taken to try and boost recruitment for the club in 2016. Chief of these is a redesign of the club’s advertising and marketing material. New information cards have been drawn up and purchased, and a series of posters will be designed and displayed at local toy/hobby shops in Banbury and will join us at shows, along with the cards. The club will make efforts to attend events outside of the regular show circuit, including Geek Con Banbury on 30th January, our regular appearance at Bloxham Steam Rally in June, and other potential events still in the pipeline. Finally, running events with clubs such as the scouts has worked well in past years and there was agreement that this should be explored as a potential option again.

The AGM also presented an opportunity to run through the list of shows the club will attend in 2016. Currently the full list runs to approximately nine or ten shows meaning one of the busiest years in the club’s existence. Whilst attention has turned to new shows more further afield in the last couple of years – Poole and IPMS Avon’s show in Thornbury for example, there’s a desire to look north and look at the possibility of attending events in the Birmingham area as it’s something the club has yet to do.

Financially, the club remains in a healthy position with a strong regular group of members attending meetings, contributing to club funds and allowing for the hire of the Parish Meeting Rooms. Subs will remain unchanged at £3 per month.

The club’s online presence steadily grew over the course of 2015. The Facebook page had reached 558 likes by the time of the AGM and continues to grow, with followers of the page from all over the world. It is one of the most popular IPMS club pages on Facebook and the intention is to build on this with a greater frequency of shared photos and news to make the page even more attractive. The website saw fewer updates, but as can be seen here, plans for a refresh were in the pipeline and have since been made a reality, allowing for better communication with coordinated posts here and on Facebook, and also a generally more impressive, professional presence. In an area that is sorely lacking regarding the hobby as a whole, the club takes its online presence very seriously and as a key way to encourage new people into the hobby.

Therefore, going into 2016, IPMS Middleton Cheney finds itself in a healthy position with new faces, new plans and new shows to attend all at the forefront of what the club will do over the year. Here’s to another fun and exciting 12 months!

You can read more on the club’s committee here. Any questions on the matters above can be submitted via the comments section below, or via email to Sam, the club secretary at sam-evins@hotmail.co.uk

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.

Normally you can expect each meeting to be on the 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