St.Albans and District Model Engineering Society

2023 Calendar


2023 Club Nights & Events Calendar

Club Nights and Outside Events

Club nights are held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at the Christchurch Centre, High Oaks, St Albans, AL3 6DJ and start at 7.00pm. Non-members are always welcome and refreshments are served. An entry charge of £3 is made to cover hall costs and refreshments.  The charge can be paid by debit/credit card or by cash (correct amount please).

Chipperfield Track (Puffing Park) Running Sessions.

There are normally two Club running sessions each calendar month at the Puffing Park . They are at 13:30 on the first Sunday after club nights and on Sunday afternoon at 13:30 two weeks after the club night .

Club night dates are listed below, so to check availability attend the Club night, or check with Roger Stephen by phone or email, or join his regular Puffing Park e-mail list. To reduce the risk of getting stuck you are advised to check ground conditions carefully before driving beyond the entrance gates.    

Club Night location details can be found in the Join section.

2023 Events Calendar


14th December  2022 - 7:30pm Society Meeting & Christmas Party -  Sausage rolls, cake, raffle, a puzzle competition and Terry Summers will be giving an illustrated talk.

11th January 2023 - 7:30pm Society Meeting - Frank Banfield's  Famous  Film Show.

8th February  -  7:30pm Society Meeting - Malcolm and Roy will be giving the background build up over several months to getting a steam driven model boat to run for 24 hours in an endurance test at Welwyn lakes.  This involved a new engine and boiler design and the first application of electronic water level control in model boats and adapting the RC transmitter.

8th March  -  7:30pm Society Meeting - Club Auction......CANCELLED   due to bad weather.

9th April  -  Easter Egg Regatta at Verulamium Park Model Boating Lake

12th April  -  7:30pm Society Meeting - AGM & Club Auction.

16th April -  Sunday Sailing at Verulamium Park

16th April - First scheduled running session of the season at Puffing Park.  Conditions permitting.

10th May  -  7:30pm Society Meeting - Dave Batchelor talks about model jet engines

21st May  -  Sunday Sailing at Verulamium Park

14th June  -  7.00pm Society Meeting - CHANGE  OF VENUE.  Now at Christchurch Centre, bring your latest projects and models to show your fellow members.

18th June  -  Sunday Sailing at Verulamium Park - 10am - Noon

25th June  -  Club outing to Fawley Steam Railway & Museum. Henley on Thames.

12th July  - 6:00pm Society Meeting - At Puffing Park. Bring your trains, latest projects, drones and own refreshments.

16th July  -  Sunday Sailing at Verulamium Park - 10am - Noon

6th August  -  Club BBQ at the Puffing Park - POSTPONED through bad weather.

9th August  - 7:00pm Society Meeting - Brian to take us through safely firing his G.1 loco and Rob on model boats.

20th August  -  Sunday Sailing at Verulamium Park - 10am - Noon

13th Sept  -  7:00pm Society Meeting - Guy Keen talks about materials.

17th September  -  Sunday Sailing at Verulamium Park - 10am - Noon.   Exhibition flyer distribution.  Support required from members.

23rd & 24th September  -  Club Exhibition at Townsend School St.Albans.   Support required from all members for this major club event.

1st October  -  Club BBQ at the Puffing Park - CANCELLED

11th October  -  7:00pm Society Meeting - Tony Ashgrove gives a talk  & Mike Collins on his tank.

15th October  -  Sunday Sailing at Verulamium Park - 10am - Noon

8th November  -  7:00pm Society Meeting - EGM &  Malcolm Beak talks about 'Engines I did not make'

19th November  -  Sunday Sailing at Verulamium Park - 10am - Noon

13th December  - 7:00pm Society Meeting & Christmas Party - 

17th December  -  Sunday Sailing at Verulamium Park - 10am - Noon


11th  -  12th March  -  Midlands Garden Rail Show. Warwickshire

18th - 19th March  -  London Festival of Railway Modelling . Alexandra Palace.

15th April -  Mill Green, Hatfield.  Mini Train Adventures at the Mill.   10:00-16:00. 

7th May -  Coronation Event @ Christ Church Centre 14:00-17:00. Taking portable track.

13th May  -  Brambleton Model Railway Club.   Open Day  14:00  -  17:30

27th - 28th May  -  Model Boat Mayhem at Wicksteed Park

3rd  - 4th June  -  Hertfordshire  Steam & Country Show. Standalone Farm, Letchworth.

16th - 18th June  -  Weston Park Model Airshow.  Staffordshire.

24th - 25th June  - 'Wings & Wheels'. North Weald Airfield.

1st - 2nd July  -  Chiltern Steam Rally. Hyde End, near Great Missenden 

29th -30th July  -  Dacorum Steam and Country Fayre. Green Croft Farm , near Hemel H.

2nd - 3rd September  -  Southern Model Airshow.  Headcorn Aerodrome.

9th & 10th September  -  International N-Guage Show. Warwickshire

12th  -  15th October  -  Midlands Model Engineering Exhibition. Warwickshire

14th - 15th October  -  Blackpool Model Show.