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The 2016 Club Trophy Winners

During our January meeting, as well as the AGM we inject a bit of excitement into proceedings by handing out the club trophies to the latest winners.

There are two trophies, the first is the club competition trophy, known as the IPMS Middleton Cheney Kit Basher of the Year Award, featuring plaques with the name of every winner since it was first awarded at the end of 2007. In its 10th year, club chairman Martin Aris scooped the prize having accumulated the most points over the course of 2016. For those unfamiliar with the club’s competition, it occurs on bi-monthly club nights – February, April, June, August, October and December. On these months club members can enter up to two models and everyone votes for their favourite, each vote equalling one point. The person with the most points at the end of the year wins the trophy. Simple!

IPMS Middleton Cheney Kit Basher of the Year for 2016 is Martin Aris (left), presented with the trophy by last year's winner Rob French (right).
IPMS Middleton Cheney Kit Basher of the Year for 2016 is Martin Aris (left), presented with the trophy by last year’s winner Rob French (right).

The second trophy is the Most Inspired Modeller Award. This is handed out to a club member who has shown notable enthusiasm, and passion for the hobby, or has improved markedly over the course of the year. For 2016 the award was presented to club secretary Sam Evins for his dedication to our Star Trek display which went to every show we attended last year. Sam produced the majority of the models on the display and spent many late nights making sure new additions were ready for each event. It was a huge effort and it made him an obvious candidate for the award.

IPMS Middleton Cheney Most Inspired Modeller for 2016 is Sam Evins (right), presented with the trophy by club chairman Martin Aris (left).
IPMS Middleton Cheney Most Inspired Modeller for 2016 is Sam Evins (right), presented with the trophy by club chairman Martin Aris (left).

Well done to both Martin and Sam. Now the journey begins to wrest these pieces of silverware away from them! Best of luck to everyone taking part in the club competition this year, proceedings get underway at our next meeting on February 23rd.

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2017 AGM Report

On the 19th January IPMS Middleton Cheney sat down for its January club meeting, as well as the club’s annual AGM.  Alongside the standard jokes, modelling and mucking about,  we had the serious business of statements from each of the four committee members, elections for 2017, and questions and suggestions for the next twelve months.

Chairman Martin set proceedings off with a heartfelt review of the club’s activities during 2016. We’re all incredibly proud of what we’ve achieved – the interest we received for the Star Trek display and the awards it won are testament to the efforts of a small club punching above its weight. Martin’s words were a reminder to all of us around the table that our achievements should be placed into the context of what IPMS Middleton Cheney is, and what we’ve done. It was a lovely way to start the AGM off and our 2016 performance leaves us in a great place for 2017.

Gary provided a summary of the financial aspects of the club. Overall finances are strong with enough available now to facilitate expenditure on items for the club, more on which will be discussed later. Monthly subs continue to be sustainable enough to cover the cost of hiring the Parish Meeting Rooms. Overall therefore the club is in a strong position to invest for the upcoming year.

Sam gave his views on 2016 and upcoming 2017 activities as club secretary. We reached an all-time high of model shows and events during 2016, and it’s intended that we scale this back somewhat for the year ahead. With the effort that Sam put into the Star Trek display, he will take a step back from the show circuit this year, attending some but not all of the shows we intend to cover. An initial calendar for the early part of 2017 was discussed between everyone, and a select number of shows agreed upon. Once these are confirmed we will announce them in due course.

James detailed the club’s activity online over the past twelve months. The new website which was properly launched a year ago has given the club a much better presence online with greatly increased page views and the ability to share more photos and more news than ever before. In addition, the club’s Facebook presence has continued to grow steadily to more than 650 ‘likes’ at the time of the meeting. For the year ahead the target is to continue this growth and maintain the profile and appearance of the club online to attract new people into the hobby.

All four committee members were re-elected to their positions for 2017 to the unanimous approval of everyone present.

Following this, discussion turned to any other business. It was suggested that the club invest in a new banner for display at shows for clear identification. The point was made that although our Star Trek display became recognisable during 2016, the identity of the club to onlookers was likely to be a mystery to most. A clear logo and name on a banner, in the mould of most other clubs would rectify this matter and so a solution will be explored for use at our 2017 shows. Further to this, a suggestion was made to renew the club’s polo shirts, updating them in line with the club now carrying the IPMS moniker and this too will be explored alongside the banner with progress to be reported at the next club meeting in February.

A request was put in by James to have access to a digital version of the club’s logo which is featured on the reverse of our current polo shirts. Having been originally hand-drawn by Martin, it’s believed that the only digital copy will be held by our printers and an action was taken to contact them and try and obtain a digital copy. This would allow the logo to be used across the website and Facebook and provide some more consistent branding for the club’s activities.

A question was raised about the club’s participation with local scout groups this year. There are currently plans to visit two groups of scouts, one in Banbury and another in Brackley. This forms part of the club’s attempt to draw new young faces into the hobby of model-making and further details, including dates, will be confirmed in due course.

With that, there were no further questions or suggestions and so matters turned to our latest works in progress and the 2016 trophy winners. More of that in the next post!

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

April Club Meeting Review

The April monthly club meeting took place last night (21st April) with a very healthy turnout. It was the second round of the 2016 club competition and while unfortunately we have no pictures to show this month, the scores are very close. It’s proving to be a very competitive year!

Discussion covered our upcoming shows: Milton Keynes is taking place this weekend, where our finished Star Trek display will make its proper debut, while in two weeks’ time we’ll be preparing to make our debut at IPMS Gloucester’s show. It’s going to be a busy couple of weeks! Attendances and plans for both were finalised as the next meeting will take place after both have happened.

On the subject of the next meeting, the date was agreed on. The May meeting will be taking place on Thursday 19th May, as usual from 7pm in the Parish Meeting Rooms, Middleton Cheney.

If you’ve just discovered us and live in the area, why not pop along? You can get all the details on the meeting location, and what to expect when you’re there by clicking on the Club Meetings page.

Get the date in your diary and we hope to see you there!

 

Our 2015 Trophy Winners!

Along with the AGM, the January club meeting is also the point at which the trophies are awarded to their new owners – temporarily at least, they’ll have to give them back next year, unless they win again! For 2015, we had new faces all around.

Rob French won the main competition trophy having collected the most points over the course of 2015. The competition is run every other month – each club member can enter up to two models and everyone gets a single vote to pick their favourite of the bunch. One vote equals one point and the member with the most points after the final competition month in December is the winner. For 2015 it was Rob, who has plenty of years left in him yet to carry on wow-ing us with his brilliant, innovative dioramas and ideas!

Club Competition Trophy Presentation Jan. 2016
The main club Competition Trophy for 2015 is presented by Sam Evins, club secretary (left) to the winner Rob French (right).

In addition, the Most Inspired Modeller Award, a trophy that recognises special effort, improvement and/or overall passion for the hobby was jointly awarded to Tony Gill and Craig Wilcock. Tony has built many kits over the years, including many cars, but his real passion is boats, and his hand made efforts are always mightily impressive. Craig’s passion is armour and he’s produced some very fine work over the course of last year and so both are deserving winners.

Most Inspired Modeller Award Presentation Jan. 2016
The Most Inspired Modeller Award for 2015 is presented by Martin Aris, club chairman (centre) jointly to Tony Gill (left) and Craig Wilcock (right).

Congratulations to all three winners from everyone at the club! All richly deserved, and now it’s time for the rest of us to try and get our own paws on those trophies this time next year. The bar has been raised!

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

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 the date in the left hand column of the site for 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