We seem to be having a run of slow meetings. On Wednesday only two of us were there between 7 and 7:30, to be joined by the Cha(i)rman who had been doing some accidental babysitting. Four others arrived after 8, but it was too late then to put the layout up and get trains running.
We had a pleasant chat over coffee, but the club depends on having trains up and running at nearly every meeting – and we need some people to help the committee at the start of the evening. Winge over! But I think this is a problem with many clubs – not only model railways – at the moment. People are under such pressure at work, it’s difficult to commit to outside responsibilities, and things like hobbies lose out. Even for those of us who have retired, or are close to retirement, life seems to speed up by the year – and there is always more to do to help others.
I’m not sure what the answer is. Does anyone have any ideas? ESNG offers an evening of running trains for those who haven’t a home layout, or want to run long trains they can’t fit at home. And hopefully we also offer reasonable company and conversation! My best idea is to change the name to ESCC – CC for curry club. We always seem to get a good turnout for any meeting with curry attached….
Hopefully, we’ll get a better turnout for the AGM, on Thursday 2 July. And perhaps we can discuss some of the above!