5/4/21 - News From the Secretary
News Letter Editor Award
Please note that irrespective of the current circumstances we are still continuing with the above award, however the number of entries received so far is a lot lower than expected, I am therefore asking clubs to consider nominating their Editors for the above award.
To nominate your Editor all you need to do is send me a copy of your Newsletter either by email or post and I will do the rest.
Young & Junior Engineer Awards
As stated last year we are continuing with the awards irrespective of the current problems being experienced, and are requesting clubs to submit nominations for the awards to be sent to the Secretary, by either of the following means.
Age limits are as follows:
Young Engineer 18 - 26 years
Junior Engineer Under 18 years
Mr A. Budd
39, Langford Rd
7/3/21 - Narrow Gauge Locomotive Efficiency Trials
25/2/21 - News from the Secretary
Delegates Meeting - We have provisionally booked our Autumn meeting for Saturday October 23rd 2021 at the Royal Oak, Ockbrook, this will of course be subject to regulations and final confirmation will have to be given closer to the date.
Exhibitions - The Midlands Model Engineering Exhibition at Leamington is provisionally arranged for October 14th - 17th subject as above to confirmation by the organisers
Northern Newsletter - Yes, we have a volunteer to re-start the Northern Associations Newsletter further information and contact details will be given shortly.
Boiler Certs - We are still getting requests regarding the extension of certificates, quite simply the duration of certificates cannot be extended you need to get your steam or hydraulic tests done before the certificates expiry date, using a locomotive after this date I believe would almost certainly invalidate your insurance.
3/2/21 - Mo Stephen - We are sorry to announce the death of Maureen (Mo) Stephen who sadly died late last month. For many years she handled the insurances for the Association until required to be handled by a broker. Subsequently she took on the role of Treasurer , later switching to helping husband Frank when he took over the position. We extend our condolences to Frank and daughter Tracey.
7/1/21 - Walker Midgley - As you will have no doubt heard, Tony has retired from Walker Midgley effective from 31/12/2020, and we all wish him a well-deserved long, happy and healthy retirement.
This means that I (Martin Levers) will now be the main point of contact for you going forward, so please do not hesitate to contact me if there is anything you need.
We will still be able to contact Tony, should the need arise, to utilise the benefit of his vast experience and answer any questions that we might not be able to.
In additional to sharing this with you, I would also like to share another piece of news with you, which we believe will be of benefit to the Northern Association. Walker Midgley have just launched a new Quote & Buy website, where Individual Modellers and Model Engineers can obtain a quote for their personal modelling insurance requirements, such as their models, loco’s, home workshops, liability cover etc, They are able to purchase a policy and get immediate cover as well as having their policy documents available across straight away. This means the members can get a quote and buy their cover, amend their policies and renew their cover – all online, 365 days a year, 24 hours a day – at their own convenience.
We have tried to make the website as user friendly and easy to navigate as possible (it also has the facility to Quote and Buy Vintage Tractor Insurance), and indeed some of the early feedback has been very positive. I would also advise that we will always be available to assist if a members gets stuck or needs a helping hand with using the online quote system as the webquote links in with our own back office system virtually in real time.
We have also built a special weblink for Northern Association club members to utilise, to access the webquote system:
14/12/20 - Boiler News - Boiler testers should be aware that from 1 Jan 2021, UK pressure vessel manufacturers may be using the UKCA mark instead of the EU CE mark. This new mark shall be treated under the boiler test code as a CE mark, as permitted under the Pressure Equipment Regulations Act. For vessels made after 1 Jan 2022, the EU CE mark is the only valid mark for boilers made in Europe and the UKCA mark is the only valid mark for boilers made in the UK.Owners of models should be aware that the position of recognition of the UKCA mark within Europe is not yet clear. This may affect those in the future if they are planning to take their model to Europe or to sell it there.
24/7/2021 - Narrow Gauge Locomotive Efficiency Trials - Ribble Valley Live Steamers
14-17/10/21 - Midlands Model Engineering Exhibition
23/10/21 - NAME Delegates Meeting - Royal Oak, Ockbrook