7/1/2020 - 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.
28/9/2020 - PCMRGS Website - The Passenger Carrying Miniature Railway Safety Group website is now up and running and can be found at
13/8/2020 - Autumn Delegates Meeting - Owing to the continued activities of Covid-19 and Government guidance, the October Delegates meeting will not be held, the next meeting will therefore be the A.G.M. and Delegates meeting in the spring of 2021 further details will be distributed early next year.
22/5/20 - HS2020 Managing Health and Safety at Passenger Carrying Miniature Railways came into force on 5th May. It will be used by HSE should they need to visit any railway. A printed copy of this document is being sent to all known railways (private, club or commercial) under 350mm shortly. Further copies an be downloaded from our website. (attached) Further printed copies will shortly be avaiable at a cost of £4 (in P&P) from Alan Budd.
4/5/20 - COVID -19 - The Officers of the Northern Association of Model Engineers have decided, that owing to the effect on member societies, of the covid-19 restrictions, to grant all current paid up member societies of 2020, free membership for 2021.
23/3/20 - COVID-19 - Taking into account the latest advice on the Coronavirus and after consultation with the Delegates, it has been decided to cancel April's Delegates Meeting and to Postpone the AGM to October
18/3/20 - Award - The Alan Bibby Award (Editor's Cup) for 2019 was recently presented to Peter Harvey of Ashmanhaugh Light Railway
22/2/20 - Award - The Junior Engineer award was made to Harrie Wills of Hereford on Saturday 22nd February at his club – again a trophy and cheque.
Peter Harvey & Frank Cooper
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