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Hello and welcome to my twice reinstated and updated photo reports of visits to narrow gauge model railway layouts and events! Following the sudden and untimely cessation of Fotopic in March 2011 and with it the loss of my photo galleries, I started this blog in order to try to keep my "Roving Reports" available to those who enjoy viewing them. I have linked this blogsite to the old galleries which I originally rebuilt and posted in albums in Picasaweb. Once all the old reports had been rebuilt, I have continued to add completely new ones to cover my visits to events from April 2011 onwards.

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Monday 22 August 2011

13 August 2011, Wiltshire Group 009 Society Members Day and MOMING 11, Pewsey

If you don't know what a proper lardy cake is, then you really need to put the biennial Wiltshire Group bunfight in Pewsey firmly in your diary, for there you will find the stickiest and sweetest example of this Wessex speciality delicacy (I say Wessex because I know at least 3 counties in the region claim it as their own!). In addition to the lardy cake there were 10 009 and 2 HOe layouts, a further 10 MOMING ones (Modelling the Minimum Gauge) in various scales, coordinated by Christopher Payne and no less than 9 traders/society stands, including Brian Guilmant’s  009 Society Sales (of course!) plus Neville Kent with N Drive and Andrew and Rachael Hastie with Parkside Dundas, all the way from Scotland; and Allen Doherty with Worsley Works from Manchester. If traders are prepared to travel up to 500 miles each way to spend a Saturday sitting in a village hall in rural Wiltshire, then there can't be much wrong with the hobby can there? The 150 or so paying visitors and about 50 who participated certainly agreed! I'm not sure if Pewsey was the pioneer of the regular 009 Society Group members day events, but this was their 13th, so 26 years of doing it must mean their recipe works. Another splendid informal and friendly day amongst some top class modellers and their layouts. Great stuff and much appreciation to both the Wiltshire Group and Christopher Payne once again!

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