About Bedford and District Scale Model Club
Just bought your first kit? Coming back to model building after a long time away? Want to get more out of your hobby?
Then join us now!
We're a very friendly bunch of active scale modellers of all ages, skills and interests. We meet on alternate Tuesdays at Southfields Community Centre in Kempston (just by the Fire Station) from 7-10pm .
It doesn't matter if you are a complete novice or an experienced enthusiast of years standing. We want to hear from you, young or old, male or female, whether you build planes, tanks, ships, cars, figures or even fantasy subjects such as Warhammer.
What you will get is a positive friendly atmosphere with plenty of experience, support and advice if you are new or coming back to modelling. Equally you'll get plenty of willing listening ears if you have skills and experience to impart.
In addition to our fortnightly meetings we regularly attend model shows through out the year, we run trips to museums and model retailers and organise club social restaurant and cinema nights.
As an added bonus club members will receive a 10% discount on kits brought in Bedford's local model shop, Goldings (located on the high street next to Barclays bank). Simply show your membership card before paying for your kits to get your discount.
- General rules (PDF file)
- Rules for exhibiting models on the club stand at shows (PDF file)
- Chairman - Hadleigh Mead
- Treasurer - Andrew Horton
- Secretary - Steve Woodward
- PR Officer - Mark Peacock
- Shows Co-ordinator - Vacant (managed by rest of committee)
- Webmaster - Vacant
Bedford and district scale model club has adopted Help for Heroes as it's charity of choice. So far as a club we have raised £480 for Help for Heroes and will continue to raise money at every opportunity.
What is now Bedford and District Scale Model Club started in early 2002. A number of people met at a local model shop and discussed the idea of a local club. A decision was made to source potential active members, and there was sufficient interest, some from as far away as Coventry, so a venue at Southfields Community Centre was located and the first meeting was held. This turned out to be a success, with about twenty attendees, a significant proportion of who still attend regularly.
An AGM was held and the Club was formally constituted with a five-member committee. The next month we attended our first model show as guests of Coventry and Warwickshire IPMS at the Midland Air Museum, Coventry Airport. The club was also invited to attend IPMS Milton Keynes Modelkraft 2003 show at Bletchley in the following February. Over time the Club has attended more shows in the surrounding area and further a field.
Some of our members, both senior and junior, have achieved sufficiently high standards of modelling and painting, not to mention diorama construction that they have come away from these shows with trophies. The club display has also evolved to the point that it won the prestidgeous best club display award at the 2011 Hinckley show.
We are always looking to welcome new members into the club. Our members come from a very broad base of work and income groups.
What makes us different from many model clubs is a desire to inspire and encourage others by passing on techniques and information.
We will always remain an inclusive club, irrespective of skill, subject interest, age or gender.
If you feel that you want to restart the hobby or join some like minded individuals please feel free to come along.