THE NORTHERN ASSOCIATION of Model Engineers is an association of clubs rather than individuals. It was formed in 1945 to “promote, encourage, develop and organise the model engineering movement in the north of England”. Its brief goes some way beyond that these days. Geographical coverage extends from the south of England to the Scottish highlands and into Wales and Ulster, and as well as promoting and encouraging the hobby we are increasingly having to protect it from potentially damaging legislation in which it is caught under the law of unintended consequences. The Association is represented on the British Model Engineering Liaison Group which discusses these matters with government departments and the insurance companies.
SERVICES provided by the Association to member clubs and individuals include the provision of insurance services, loan facilities for capital projects, agreed codes of practice, an advisory service, representation on national bodies, and the staging of various rallies and exhibitions to promote the hobby and to provide a convivial forum for the exchange of ideas and news.
Our WEBSITE launched early in 2005 replaces the newsletter published since 1993 for individual members of our member clubs. The aim is to keep them in touch with the wider community and to keep them posted on important issues affecting their hobby. Paramount amongst these is new health and safety legislation which, although aimed at industry, regulates our activities too wherever the public are involved, such as in the operation of miniature railways and road vehicles. The frontiers of the state, and of Europe, roll relentlessly on and there is no room for complacency. We believe model engineers need to be aware of these things, for fear they wake up one day to find their hobby has been legislated out of existence. As our bye-line says:
“The price of freedom is eternal vigilance!”
It is hoped that the move to the internet will make our material more accessible to members of our clubs as well as strengthening our presence in the wider community. We feel we have a lot to be proud of, and this is our showcase.
MEMBERSHIP is open to clubs and societies whose hobby is model engineering or related subjects. We do not enrol individuals, but we do provide services to individuals through their clubs. Whilst the majority of our member societies are steam orientated all types of models, horology and miniature engineering are embraced. Some examples are shown on our ‘What is Model Engineering?’ page.
The Northern Association is a truly democratic institution in which all matters of any import are determined by MEETINGS of delegates of member clubs. These delegates’ meetings are held in the Spring and Autumn, and each of our 105 or so affiliated clubs is entitled to send one delegate who may vote and one observer who may not. The day to day business of the Association is conducted by officers who serve a three year term and who operate within the policies determined by the delegates’ meetings. In addition to the officers, a professional insurance broker administers a comprehensive insurance scheme on behalf of the Association. In recent years the meetings have been held at Ockbrook, near Derby. The Annual General Meeting usually precedes the Spring delegates’ meeting
Delegates from within NAME, together with representatives from the entire UK model and miniature railway fraternity, meet with Government Bodies as required to discuss the broader issues that interact with the hobby. For example, recent discussions with the Health and Safety Executive have produced a satisfactory outcome for passenger carrying miniature railways. NAME also oversees a standard boiler test procedure applicable throughout the Association together with codes of practice for other aspects of the hobby. These important matters are continually reviewed and updated as necessary.
If you want to apply for affiliation to the Northern Association, you can find an information sheet and application form by following the following link -- just print it out, fill it in, and send it to the Secretary -- Information Sheet & Application Form
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