Welcome to West Wilts Society of Model Engineers’ Website.

 

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 Public Events

We run several events during the year that are open to the public to showcase some of our activities and to provide a good day out, especially for families.

For a list of this year’s events please click here.  To download a poster, please click Public Events Poster 2018

 

Forthcoming Events

 

We are now into our normal Summer running programme.  We meet every 1st and 3rd Wednesday evenings at the Club site until early September from 6.30pm to 9pm.

If you would like to come and chat and see some of our members models in action please do.

 

Summer Outdoor Meetings

1st and 3rd Wednesdays until 5th September    6.30 pm at the Club site

Free – Non members welcome

 

Recent Events

The Winter Meeting s Program is proving popular with recent lectures on ‘The Frome Hoard’ from the finder of the treasure and ‘Moving with Pickfords’, an illustrated history of the company from its 16th century origins.  The skittles evening and buffet was most enjoyable. All meetings are free and open to non-members. 

A recent meeting was on the workings of the Wiltshire Air Ambulance following which a cheque for £150 was presented, raised by the raffle at last year’s Club Exhibition Day.

Our last meting saw member Andy Johnson describe his impressive achievements as a clock maker including showing some of his clocks, one of which was accurate to seconds per annum!.

 

Our “Meet Santa by Train” event was very well received, and over 100 children took a ride on a steam train to visit Santa in his Grotto.

 

The White Horse Model Engineering and Garden Railway Show in September was enjoyed by several hundred visitors.  Modellers made good use of the trade stands to replenish and enhance their hobby.   Riding the rails behind a live steam locomotive was very popular with visitors of all ages.

 

Our evening lectures are open to anyone with an interest, we heard about the Clifton Rocks Funicular Railway near the Clifton Suspension Bridge, and the history of the railway sandwich, railway catering since inception including catering the Royal Train, from the man responsible for it.

Last June a group of 25 members and partners spent a week on the Isle of Man, exploring everything that runs on rails, steam trains, electric trams, mountain trams and horse-drawn trams, though buses were useful at times for sightseeing.