Dream to Reality
It's late July and there's a seed of an idea.........
A manic flurry of activity, meetings, and gathering thoughts day and night, but most importantly looking for a venue to meet the clubs needs, as it all revolved around the venue.
The Committee was formed and all our roles agreed, then hours and hours of work, bringing it all together.
It wasn't just the layout, the list of other stuff to do was endless and still growing, as we all went about our individual designated tasks, and finally bringing it altogether as a team.
Somebody had some crayons and we came up with an idea for the club logo, but we quickly realised we could do with some help, we contacted a talented local Graphics Designer, who despite a holiday in the US, took time out to have a Zoom Call with us and design our fantasic logo.
Fast forward to Sunday 12th September, as we all drive to Weston Super Mare, with two vans, a trailer and two cars full of the layout and supporting items.
We knew even with the best laid plans the first time would be hard, and there's no going back now!
08:45 and the set up team are outside our venue waiting to get in.
08:50 and we are in the building and the unloading has started. Elements of the track, people with yards and the Club Set Up team are in the building and constructing the layout for real for the first time. The clock is ticking........we open in 70 minutes.
The hall is 400m2 and the layout covers 290m2, here that is.
First view of the new bridge, our original idea was a small bridge to cross e.g. a river, what happened to that?
You can get an idea of the size of the layout, that straight is around 18 mtrs long.
Who has vandalised the fuel pumps. 8 days printing, days of painting, gluing and vinyl cutting. The layout makes it look small.
We had a few donations of items for the layout which were thankfully received. See which small details you can spot!
By 15:00 most people have said their goodbyes and the Tear Down team start to pack up, the layout dismantled and loaded, hall swept, kitchen cleaned, carpets vacuumed, site all secure in an impressive 50 minutes!
We had agreed to have a debrief straight after the meeting so happy but tired, we adjourned to a local hostelry where we all enjoyed a celebratory drink and talked over the success and positivity of the day and a few bits we need to tweak to make the experience even better, and it's all in hand for future meets.
A few points:
- We had team of 10 to set up and run the meet. We owe a huge thanks to the three ladies that managed the reception and refreshments area, without them it would have indeed been a hard slog.
- There was over 100 metres of roadway plus a huge bridge.
- We welcomed over 40 people to the first meeting, including Spectators.
- We had people from as far away as the tip of Cornwall, The Midlands, and the South Coast
- We now have over 30 new members, including some Juniors.
- We were overwhelmed and delighted by the attendance and positive response to the meet.
Onwards and upwards. What's next? Come back next time and see! Until then here is a video that Jim Bond kindly did of the layout
THANK YOU EVERYONE THAT CAME AND MADE THE MEET SUCH A SUCCESS
Don't forget it's your Club, we welcome your suggestions and ideas, we only manage it on your behalf.