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Changes to members login (Posted 3rd September)

We will be switching from using membership numbers as a login ID to using email addresses as login ID.

The benefits are:

  1. Improved security as Email addresses are not predictable
  2. Reduction in the number of interventions from the webmaster and elimination of a security risk
  3. Encourage members to ensure their email addresses are up to date with the Guild.
  4. Reduced GDPR risks

This an essential security improvement which has become the industry standard log in ID method.

We appreciate that this will cause some disruption so there will be a period of parallel running starting immediately and running until the end of November.

It is essential that you make sure a that your email address is up to date in the members database and please start to use that as your log in ID as soon as possible. Once you have used it once then that will become the only method open to you.

Web team

Guild News
Jackie Kneeshaw: the Virtual Show exceeded all of our expectations

The Virtual show was a huge success. We had 4000 visitors on the day. As a direct result of the show, we gained 20 new members and 3 renewals. The Guild YouTube channel has 56 new subscribers.

The feedback of visitors was overwhelmingly positive. We have extended the show, so that it can be viewed on the web site up to 30 November.

One thing is certain – virtual activities will continue and be a long-term addition to Guild events. We want to get back to face to face gatherings as soon as we can, but virtual events allow visits to static layouts, a wide range of demonstrations, and enable members to come together who live abroad or who, for other reasons, cannot attend shows.

This show was something we have never done before and the cross-committee team working made it all possible but none of us could have done it without Julian Best in the IT Team and Peter Reynolds who is the video library manager in the Publications Team

The learning curve has been very steep but it has all been worth it. It was not perfect and we will take on board the valuable feedback we have received and the ideas for the future.

A range of opportunities have presented themselves because of the ideas that people have come up with and we will definitely start to explore them further.

The whole purpose of events is to bring people together to experience and discuss all aspects of O gauge modelling, to learn from others, see the suppliers in one place and showcase the many modelling opportunities that O gauge provides.

I think we did that and next time we aim to do even better.

Jackie Kneeshaw , Chair of Events

Full event statistics:  Virtual show stats.pdf

Summary feedback:  Virtual show summary feedback.pdf

Credits:  Virtual show credits.pdf

Gazette online

We are delighted to launch a new Member service, Gazette Extra online. Here you will find additional photographs, videos and other material for some of the Gazette articles. Look for the ‘Extra’ tag on the Gazette contents page.

We receive more than we can publish in print. So, whether you have an article awaiting publication or are thinking of sending one, do please submit additional photographs, videos or links to videos, or any other material which helps inspire or inform our readers. (and please remember to login.)

Philip Willis, Editor

Virtual Show Competition Winners


3rd  Paul Scott LMS rebuilt Royal Scot 6146 RIFLE BRIGADE

2nd Alan Banks  M&GNR 4-4-0T no 41

1st  Colin Dowling  BR B17 ARSENAL


3rd William Lee 45T Ransom and Rapier Steam Breakdown Crane

2nd  Rob Pulham LNER Implement Wagon

1st  Phil Clarke Carriage truck


3rd  Doug Hey Whitby Town Signal Box

2nd  Geoff Byman  Sutterby station

1st  Geoff Byman  Fictitious Town


3rd  Graham Clark  EM2 Electric loco E27006 PANDORA

2nd  David Magill  Class 37/4 in TTG Sector livery

1st  Dave Illingworth London Transport Bo-Bo Locomotive

Virtual Show - October update

Not long now till the Virtual Show on Saturday 31 October! We are adding more and more

  • Layouts
  • Demonstrations
  • Traders adverts and promotions
  • Technical Committee sessions and Modelling Competition
  • A timetable of "Live" announcements

Make sure it is in your diary. Latest update is now available:  Virtual show - October update r3.pdf

Jackie Kneeshaw

Kettering Spring Show 2021 Cancelled

Due to the pandemic, large gatherings will not be able to take place until next March at the earliest. To provide members, traders and exhibitors with certainty, the Guild has decided not to proceed with the Spring Show at Kettering.

More information:  Kettering spring show 2021 cancelled.pdf  

Events Committee