“The Day After Tomorrow” – or more accurately, 19 months since, for me, the last opportunity to attend a model railway event, since January 2020 at the SWOONS open day in Ilton, so when The Wiltshire 009 Society Group announced that they were going ahead with their 2021 biennial open day in Pewsey, but tentatively dipping their toes into the post-lockdown era with a low-profile meet up, I along with others who have been starved of like-minded fellowship for such a long time, decided that even if I have moved house during the lockdown and now live over 100 miles from Pewsey, the lure of Marshall’s Bakery extra sticky Lardy Cake and a day out amongst Andy Cundick’s happy band of modellers was too much to resist! I was very glad that I made the effort as it was a very well organised little event, smaller than usual admittedly, but this made it more enjoyable in its own way as there were no problems maintaining sensible social distancing and enjoying the day catching up with friends and acquaintances in a safe and common-sense atmosphere. Big appreciation all round to the Wiltshire Group and I hope that this event has pioneered the way ahead and a return to some sort of normality once we get into 2022!
This now completes my mammoth “catch up” job in finally managing to get round to compiling and uploading 4 years worth of reports on the blog of my visits to NG modelling events since mid 2017, when home circumstances caused me to fall behind and then eventually to get so far behind that I wondered if it was worth doing it any more.
So, many thanks and much appreciation to all those who have provided encouragement and got me going again. There are signs that some degree of normality is starting to resume and if we all manage to get through this winter, keep the social distancing sensible, keep away from packed night clubs and football stadiums, refrain from glueing ourselves to roads and act with some common sense, then maybe 2022 will enable us all to resume enjoying mutual fellowship at our sort of events now they are slowly starting to gather momentum again. Best wishes to all and I hope to meet up with many friends and like minded ng model enthusiasts again somewhere soon!