In the last issue of the magazine there was a reference to the CAAF sig disbanding, this was a typo on my part and should have read SAAF sig. This should not be confused with the CAFFE sig who are still very active and will be attending SMW. Sorry for any problems caused.
This year at SMW we will be adding a special display as a tribute to the fallen, any branch or sig who wish to may display a model on this. I ask that models are of any subject that is relevant to The Great War any scale is acceptable and the only restriction is that size should not exceed A4 ‘footprint’. Identifying labels should only state the subject portrayed and not branch or modellers names as the whole idea is that this is an anonymous tribute.
If your Branch/SIG is interested in displaying please let UKLO know so that we can have an idea of the space needed.
Emyr Butler is proposing a new branch based in South Wales (Cardiff, Newport, Abergavenny and Merthyr Tydfil area). Any interested members should contact him by email firstname.lastname@example.org using “IPMS South Wales Club” in the subject line or telephone him on 01633 670740
An email should be in your inboxes with guidance notes attached to see how this affects you, please check.
Can all branch and sig leaders please check that your returns have been sent in and received please the easiest way of doing this is on the website. Hover the cursor over ‘network’ and a drop down menu appears hover cursor over ‘branches’ or ‘sigs’ and a side menu appears click on returns received and a list of all returns received appears. A similar process will show if your SMW booking has been received under the Scale ModelWorld heading. if your Branch or SIG is not showing and you have not completed your return within the last few days please contact me via the contacts page stating your Branch or SIG name and if you would prefer a paper copy sent out or me to resend the electronic link.
John White (UKLO)
Proposed new branch for North Wales
We are looking for people interested in joining a new scale model club in Wrexham and surrounding areas, we build military related models and our first meet will be just an introduction and overview of our aims for the club, all skills levels/experience welcome.
As this is a brand new group there maybe teething problems so input and ideas from any members who join appreciated.
1st Meeting will be held at the RAFA Wings club, Ruthin Rd, Wrexham on 26th April, from 7pm.
This is a public bar so bring money for drinks.
We can be contacted at Wrexham Wings Model Club on Facebook or email
Can all branch and SIG leaders please check that they have received the annual returns which this year are being sent as an online form by survey monkey unless a paper copy has been requested.
If you have received neither and your branch/SIG is not shown on the website as return received please contact the UKLO and I will arrange to resend in whichever format you require.
Only sixteen days to go now, Branch and SIG leaders will be receiving the drop off car passes any time now as they were posted on Monday.
Can all those who have not yet let me have names and membership numbers for their early entry set up crew please do so as soon as possible please on the UKLO contact address.
Can branch and SIG leaders please contact UKLO by email with details of set up team requirements for wristbands.
Include your Branch SIG name, the name and membership number of each person needing a wristband (max 4). Wristbands will be valid for all weekend, can you also please let me have details of how many car park passes will be needed.
The sooner this is in the better even if I have to make a few last minute changes
Due to personal reasons the leader of this SIG has stood down and the deputy is not able to take the reins at the moment but I am pleased to say that Nathan Robinson has offered to step into the post. His contact details are on the website.
Because I seem to be getting a lot of emails from people worried about the risk assessments I have decided to issue a generic form which can be edited to suit.
As it stands it covers all the basics and just needs a Branch or SIG name adding along with a date.
If your Branch or SIG has any extra risks that you feel should be mentioned then they can be added at the end of the form.
Please note it is a Branch or SIG responsibility to perform a proper risk assessment; simply “tick boxing” the template form is not sufficient.
The deadline for risk assessments to be with the UK Liaison Officer is the 30th June.
Can all Branch and SIG Leaders please make sure that you have one on file before that date?
The listing on the website is up to date and checked daily, so if you have sent a copy in and it has not been entered please contact me as it may have not arrived.
Remember that we now have a new UKLO and that I am quite happy to accept risk assessments by email (contact details here)
John White, UK Liaison Officer