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N Gauge SouthEast (NGSE) - 2021 - Bad news
« on: August 03, 2020, 01:10:48 PM »
I'm sorry to have to announce that we have decided to abandon the 2021 NGSE show, originally planned for April 2021. 

This is not a happy decision, but it actually turned out to be quite an easy one to make.  Reigate College were still unsure whether they could host us in April 2021.  They will not be renting the college out this autumn, as it will be forming its own 'bubble'.  It is possible that this will extend into 2021.  They were also planning building works next spring.

And of course we have no idea what Covid will be doing by then.  The last couple of weeks seems to indicate that 'normal by Christmas' is a little optimistic.  It still seems unlikely that all of the UK will have received a vaccination by April, and from the discussions on various forums, running a show with distancing, masks and the like will be difficult - and of course expensive.  It is also debatable whether enough people will turn up to break even. 

Finally, having cancelled this years’ show at very short notice, I, for one, couldn’t face the possibility of having to do it again next April. 

So, we look to 2022 – Reigate College have been very helpful and they said they hope to see us then!

What we will do next year is to hold one or two open days / mini-exhibitions at our usual meeting place in Redhill.  Perhaps one in May, a little later than normal, and one in October.  We'll keep the forum informed as to dates, and hope that these will work as a day to play trains, and a social opportunity for more local NGF / ESNG members.  These will be easy to set up - we hope to send out a few invites to exhibit - and cancel if things get bad again.

Stay safe,
Jon, Chris, Sean & Allan

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Re: N Gauge SouthEast (NGSE) - 2021 - Bad news
« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2020, 01:21:28 PM »
Thank you. We totally understand Jon the situation and Tank

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Re: N Gauge SouthEast (NGSE) - 2021 - Bad news
« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2020, 01:45:16 PM »
Hi Jon, Chris, Sean and Allan and Thank you.

Seems like the best plan rather than last minute disappointment.

Looking forward to the open days/mini exhibitions. Keep it simple and if they don't pan out hopefully not too much loss to anyone.

Thanks again for all your hard work.

Cheers, weave  :beers:

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Re: N Gauge SouthEast (NGSE) - 2021 - Bad news
« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2020, 09:15:04 PM »
Very sorry to hear that, but a quite understandable decision. The 2019 show was brilliant and I was looking forward to this year's, and next. Let's all hope that life is more normal a year hence and that we can get out to shows, gigs and cinemas by then.

Cheers,

Chris
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Re: N Gauge SouthEast (NGSE) - 2021 - Bad news
« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2020, 07:45:37 AM »
Sad news but totally understandable.

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Re: N Gauge SouthEast (NGSE) - 2021 - Bad news
« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2020, 09:49:31 PM »

A difficult decision, bravely made; and the right one. Let us look forward to enjoying new events next year, and give thanks to those who give so much of their time and talents to organise them.
Toot!Toot!
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Re: N Gauge SouthEast (NGSE) - 2021 - Bad news
« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2020, 03:38:49 PM »
Sad news, was the one show I was most looking forward to attending this year and next.

However all sensible thoughts mean I am sure it is the right decision. Need to ensure that everyone is in best position in terms of health and finance to be able to attend and organise things when the normal does eventually return.  :beers:

 

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