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One of the major activities of NAME is to encourage young people to partake in engineering. This is achieved each year by awarding prizes to young people who made a significant contribution to the hobby. The Young Engineer award is person under 25years of age who has been nominated by their club and passed by the awards group. The young engineer award incorporates the Birkett trophy in memory of David Birkett, a natural and prolific engineer who has, unfortunately, on to that big, clean workshop in the sky.

On Saturday 16 th September this years winner, Dean Allsopp of Stapleford Railway gathered with family and friends at Ellenroad Steam Museum, Rochdale, for awards ceremony.

Presentations were made by Paul Birkett, David’s brother and Bob Hayter on behalf of NAME.

Nominations are now open for the 2023/24 awards. Contact the NAME Secretary, Alan Budd for details. Contact details can be found on the NAME website at


  • 31/7/23 UPDATE


Wigan & District Model Engineering Society Open Day 30 July 2023.

Could you please advise Association members that the above event is cancelled.

At present there is no vehicle access to the track. A large decaying beech tree alongside the approach driveway has dropped a large branch on to the road, and we know from experience that more branches could drop at any time without warning. Consequently the tree has been cordoned off, closing the driveway.

Minutes from the AGM & Delegates meetings have been added to the Members Page and will be emailed out.


8 - 10 Years - Alfie Munnings - Whitwell & Reepham MEC


11 - 13 Years - Alfie Dunning - Wrexham SME

14 - 17 Years - Charlotte Munnings - Whitwell & Reepham MEC




Thank you to the 99 clubs/societies who have updated their data and to those who have paid their membership fees!




There are still 87 clubs/societies who need to update their data - please use the instructions.


If you have problems please email me directly at and I will try and help. Please do not send me hard copy of your clubs/societies details.




Pay your annual fees, which are the number of members in your club x 25p. This will ideally need to be paid directly into the NAME Account details below, please use your club/society name as the reference. If that is not possible then please send a cheque directly to me, made out to the Northern Association of Model Engineers.


                    Northern Association of Model Engineers

                    Sort Code        30-98-97

                    Account Number    69545262


NGLEC 2023


Please find attached notice of this years Narrow Gauge Locomotive Efficiency Competition, would you please circulate this to your members.





  • 2/1/23 - BOILER SEMINAR

Happy New Year All,


Firstly just to let you know of the next Boiler Seminar - The next boiler seminar will be held in the north west on Saturday 22nd April 2023. The venue will be Ellenroad Steam Museum, Elizabethan Way, Milnrow, Newhey, Rochdale, OL16 4LG. The Museum is just off the M62 at junction 21. Location details are on the museum website:


The seminar which is run jointly with the Federation of Model Engineers, has limited places and is to train new boiler inspectors not for present inspectors to have a meet and natter day. Clubs should put their nominations to Alan Budd, the NAME secretary as soon as possible.


Upcoming Events


12-15/10/23 - Midlands Model Engineering Exhibition

28/10/23 - Delegates Meeting Ocbrook


Welcome to the Northern Association of Model Engineers


8 - 10 Years - Alfie Munnings - Whitwell & Reepham MEC
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