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St.Neots Model Railway Club

East Anglian Model Railway Exhibition 2019

The East Anglian Model Railway Exhibition hosted by St Neots MRC was held in Kettering on 8th & 9th June

We had over 2000 visitors during the two days and we have had some great feedback. We are very pleased that our show, in its new location and at a new time of year was so well received. We will do it all again next year, so, save the dates in your diary for 13th & 14th June 2020."

Thank you to all who attended and thank you to the layouts, traders, demonstrators and local clubs, societies and associations for making it a great show. We also cannot manage without the visiting stewards who come to help our St Neots MRC Team so thank you to them.

Guest Judge Paul Jones, Warley National Exhibition Manager, chose Bewdley to receive the Jim Curle Shield for best layout as chosen by the guest judge. The team were then also awarded the Brian Rawlings Shield on Sunday for best layout as chosen by the public. Paul Jones also awarded highly commended certificates to the Handley Family for Sixpenny Handley by James Handley (featured in Railway Modeller in 2018) and Bartholomew’s Hollow by Nathanael Handley (which will also be featured in Railway Modeller). Sixpenny Handley (on the left) and Bartholomew’s Hollow (on the right) can be free standing or joined together as seen at the show. The whole family were involved in building the layouts with supervision from their dad Richard. Paul Jones wanted to acknowledge the involvement of young family members who will be the future modellers.

Charity Donations

At the 2019 exhibition we collected for two charities, one in Kettering and one in St Neots. £75 was raised for each of the following charities by collecting donations for the ‘Left Luggage’ Cloakroom; kiddies stool hire and ‘Drive a Train’ on the childrens’ layout Shabbey Road.

Thank you for your donations

Cransley Hospice Trust in Kettering

Cransley Hospice Trust pays for hospice care services to be provided to those who need it; it is free to patients and their loved ones.

The services are provided in the hospice (in-patient unit) and also, in the place where the patient lives (Hospice at Home).

The Trust is based on London Road in Kettering

Samuel Pepys School in St Neots

Samuel Pepys School is a Cambridgeshire area special school for children and young people with moderate, severe and complex special educational needs, serving St Neots and the surrounding villages.

The Friends of Samuel Pepys Association is a registered charitable organisation, which aims to raise additional funds for the benefit of the pupils. 

East Anglian MRE 2019

Judges Choice Bewdley

L to R - Caroline Hoy, Chairman of St Neots MRC; Chris Manners & Graham Heald who own Bewdley; guest judge Paul Jones and East Anglian exhibition manager Jackie Kneeshaw

Photographs by Paul Bason 

East Anglian MRE 2019

Public vote Bewdley

Jackie Kneeshaw and Caroline Hoy presenting the Brian Rawlings Shield to Graham Heald and the Bewdley team for best layout as voted by the public

East Anglian MRE 2019

Highly Commended

L - R Back row.

Richard Handley, James Handley, Jackie Kneeshaw & Paul Jones

L - R Front row

Silas Handley, Nathanael Handley Nerissa Handley & Caroline Hoy

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