AGMs for the Village Hall Trustees and the Residents Association will both be held in the village hall on Wednesday 22nd May 2019. 7.30 for 8pm
THE MODEL RAILWAY SOCIETY (ODMRS) INVITE YOU TO A Tour De France-By Train, Friday 22 February 7.30 to 10 pm in the Village Hall Yet again we welcome to Pratts Bottom Michael Bunn, a speaker much appreciated by both society members and residents. On this occasion his presentation will be a photographic railway journey visiting historic cities and ports; crossing beautiful country-side through the mountains and by the sea. You will travel by diesel, electric and steam trains on narrow and standard gauge lines. Just sit back, relax and enjoy the trip. Light refreshments will be available
ALL WELCOME- FREE ADMISSION
You only have until Sunday, 3rd February to voice your thoughts on Sevenoaks District Council’s local plan that includes developments that will have major impacts on Knockholt, Halstead and Pratts Bottom.
On Sunday 2nd December at 4.30 the village got together on the Village Green to celebrate the start of Advent. The May Queen Florence Baker-White had the responsibility of lighting the tree. We all sang carols around the tree while the children helped to decorate it. We then made our way into the hall for some refreshments provided by the Fete Committee which included mulled wine and mince pies before the carol singing commenced again. We all participated in the finale for a raucous rendition of The 12 Days of Christmas. All donations went to St Christophers and icare.
The Bulls Head pub helped us carry on the festivities with a heart warming stew and a classic Christmas quiz with their proceeds going to the Air Ambulance
Sunday 30th September was a true milestone day for the model railway society. After some years of creative, craft and technical endeavor the society’s largest and latest layout was assembled for its first comprehensive test in the village hall. So what is so special about the layout? For a start it is large, very large (30’ x 12’), over two thirds the length of the hall and about half its width. The model trains that will run on it are ‘OO’ gauge, 4mm to the foot scale , that is the same size as the models in a Hornby train set however, the important difference is that the models will all be to a very accurate fine scale standard and run on many yards of precision scale hand-built trackwork including the electrical conductor rail seen on our local mainline. In places the layout has 14 tracks and also accomodates complex pointwork to enable trains to be switched from one track to another. And just to complete an already complicated project the whole layout digitally controlled with train on track detection and fully working colour light signals, just like the real thing. Everything came together and worked well during the test. There is still alot of development work to be done to complete the scenic aspects. Some of the buildings will be CAD drawn by club members and produced on their home laser cutters and 3D printers. We will also be computerising two of the four lines so hands free running of trains can take place as operator cover during lunch breaks at exhibitions. So when will you be able to see it running? Unfortunately, not until some time in 2020, but you can follow progress on the club’s Facebook page and website, but in the meantime you can look forward to visiting our next exhibition in the village hall during the second weekend in January 2019. We look forward to meeting you.
MARTIN COOMBS – Project Coordinator
The first Sunday in October saw the latest edition of the autumn model rail show in the Village Hall. This show specialises in large scale model railways – G Scale – and there were three layouts on hand to entertain the visitors.
There was a very pleasing turnout with around 85 people attending and this included a good proportion of families and children. In addition to enjoying the trains in action, refreshments were on hand throughout the day from bacon rolls in the morning to tea and cake in the afternoon.
The day provided a good opportunity to get some ideas for possible home layouts, whether in the garden or indoors and for those who wanted to go a bit further, the sales stand did a healthy trade.
This autumn show has become something of a regular fixture at the Hall and already planning has started for 2019. Watch the website for further details
Read the next edition of the Village Newsletter for Autumn 2018. Including meeting your Ward Councillor Angela Page and an update on Broke Hill.