A Short History of the Beaconsfield & District M.R.C.
The club was formed in the summer of 1962 and in fact started in Marlow -
The first Clubroom was a garden shed, so there was not much room for members to do anything but stand and chat about railways (both real and model) -
After 6 months the club moved to another, larger, shed -
The clubroom being far from ideal saw members start to drift away and by 1965 there were only 6 left. The club was close to folding when a new member Jack Humphrey arrived. Through his employer, within two weeks the club was offered the use of two stables in Beaconsfield -
12 months later Jack arranged for the club to move into superior premises -
The club grew again and the numbers built back up to the 20 mark -
It seems that new members either move on quickly, or stay for many years -
The club held its first exhibition in 1968 at the Burnham Halls in Beaconsfield, which became an annual event at the same venue for many years. The 1980s saw the exhibition move to better premises in the town -
The club has constructed many layouts over the years, both permanent and exhibition, with club members also constructing their own exhibition layouts at home, which have often been exhibited under the club's banner.
The original main clubroom became the unfortunate victim of subsidence in the 1990s and partly collapsed. It was almost the end of the club, but through negotiation with our landlord a deal was struck where we contributed towards the cost of a replacement, modern construction, hut, which was only slightly smaller than the original.
In late 2015 work was completed, in partnership with our landlord, to demolish the life-
The club is proud of its heritage and the flag it flies for Railway Modelling in South Bucks -
The club celebrated it's Golden Jubilee in 2012 and is looking forward to many more years serving Railway Modellers in Beaconsfield, South Bucks and the surrounding area.
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