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In normal times we meet at the Birmingham Canal Navigations Society's premises Titford Pump House, Engine Street, OLDBURY, West Midlands B69 4NL.
There is plenty of car parking – mostly on Engine Street, some within the Pump House compound. The address above includes a Google maps link.
All facilities are at ground level.
We meet four times a year in January, April July and October. We hold two meetings on a Saturday and the other two on a Sunday.
GOVERNMENT RESTRICTIONS ON GATHERINGS AND TRAVEL Due to the restrictions we are unable to meet at the moment. We have a meeting scheduled for October but clearly we remain in uncertain times.
Our days meeting normally starts at 10:00 am and concludes at 16:00.
The day is split into two parts.
The morning session is more formal in so far as we have one or more guest speakers. The topics are far-ranging. Take a look at the next section to see some of our previous meetings.
The afternoon session is informal and generally consists of:
We charge a modest £3 for the day which we donate to our venue host for the use of the Pumphouse.
We do not charge for tea and coffee or the various superb cake that is kindly supplied by one of our members' wives.
|10:00 10-Oct||West Midlands Area Group Meeting 10th October2020||More details to follow||Titford Pump House, Engine Street, OLDBURY, West Midlands B69 4NL.||Link|
Some forthcoming activities are as follows: -
The East Midlands Area Group hosts a very popular call once per month.
|10:00 26-Sep||MERG East Midlands Area group ONLINE meeting||Area group ONLINE meeting - details and agenda to follow.||ZOOM ONLINE|
|10:00 31-Oct||MERG East Midlands Area group ONLINE meeting||Area group ONLINE meeting. Details and agenda to follow.||ZOOM ONLINE|
Our colleagues at Warwick and North Oxford AG are holding biweekly virtual meetings on a Wednesday evening. East Midlands AG are also holding monthly virtual all-day meeting. The schedule of both these groups is given below. If you are interested in attending these groups sign up here and select ‘join area group’.
|19:00 30-Sep||Warwickshire, North Oxfordshire VIRTUAL Area Group meeting||Randolph's Yard - Andrew Hicks||Zoom Virtual Meeting|
|19:00 14-Oct||Warwickshire, North Oxfordshire VIRTUAL Area Group meeting||Zoom Virtual Meeting|
|19:00 28-Oct||Warwickshire, North Oxfordshire VIRTUAL Area Group meeting||Zoom Virtual Meeting|
|19:00 11-Nov||Warwickshire, North Oxfordshire VIRTUAL Area Group meeting||Zoom Virtual Meeting|
The Virtual Area Group offers short one hour presentations and discussions every week. Active participants call in from Australia, Canada, Ireland, Icelend, UK and USA.
|10:00 22-Sep||Virtual Area Group - EzyBus - Davy Dick||Davy will talk through the popular, simple to use layout control system - EzyBus.||Zoom video call||Link|
|18:30 29-Sep||Virtual Area Group - What is on Our Workbenches?||A show and tell session where members show work-in-progress materials from their workbenches and describe their successes ... and failures.||Zoom conference call||Link|
|18:30 06-Oct||Virtual Area Group - Tears and Mimic Panels - John Gowers||John will talk through his highs and lows in trying to deploy mimic panels on model railway layouts.||Zoom conference call||Link|
|10:00 13-Oct||Virtual Area Group - Oscilloscopes - Dave McCabe||Basic oscilloscope, minimum specification for MR use Bandwidth considerations Digital Storage scope USB oscilloscopes e.g. PicoScope Time Bases Calibration Probes||Zoom video call||Link|