The Worthing and District Society of Model Engineers



Welcome to the website of the Worthing and District Society of Model Engineers. Whether you are an existing member of the Society, someone interested in model engineering or a member of the public looking for information on our next running day for the trains, we hope that you will find this site interesting. 


If you are interested in joining us please call into Field Place on one of our Thursday meeting evenings or on a Wednesday or on some  Saturday mornings. Alternatively you may use our Contact Us page to send an email or download and complete an application form. There is more information on the About us page.



                                 Disabled Toilets   Now Officially Open


Over 2 years ago our late member Ian Aiken was instrumental in the design and layout of what was then just a proposal to build disabled toilets for the use of members and guests as our existing fascilities were somewhat lacking, to put it politely.

Today (9th December '18, Santa Run) the project is now completed although we had to use our emergancy funds.

These wonderful facilities were opened officially by the late Ian's partner Leslie who did the honours with ribbon, scissors and without a lengthly speech.

Ian sadly departed even before planning permission was granted but primarily through the efforts of club members; primarily the Wednesday Morning work party, gang master Lional Flippance and slave ring master & chairman Kevan Ayling the project was started and seen through to this momentous occasion.

I was financial hard work too but with fund raising throughout the last 2 years and the generous help from ETI a local company not to forget local builders merchants Gardner & Scardifield we have achieved our aim.


They 've done it again


Local Company ETI presented us with a cheque of £925 to cover the final expenses of the disabled toilets. Did you know that this remarkable company has just been awarded the Queens Award for Industry, the 4th time since 2012. They have already helped us this year and in previous years too, we can't express enough thanks for their generosity.


Their products are excellant, take a look at their online website I should also mention that they donated one of their food probes too, so that when we served hot sausage rolls during the Santa Run they were not only hot enough but kept at a safe temperature too.

Santa Run 2018

What a great day we all had, Ok there was a short sharp shower just after mid-day but that really didn't effect us. Santa and his elf were kept busy in his grotto and so were the ladies in the canteen and the other attractions. There was also the inhouse official opening of the new disabled toilets before we started and these too had their share of visitors later. The trains were kept running for the duration especially as we helped Field Place out with their train being non-operational, so everyone was happy and left happy. It was a good end to a great year for us at the W&DSME.


We have maintenance to do between now and next years start that will be on April 7th. Look forward to seeing you all again then, especially if this was your first visit to us.


In the meantime I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year


Alexander Palace model engineering exhibition 2019 For information on the members coach trip to it, see the entry on the members Secure page



                                 Are there no end to this man's talents?


Not content with editing the newsletter, keeping the signals running and being resident auctioneer Dereck shows off his skills with cake icing demonstrating a lovely scalloped edging effect on the back of a toilet mirror.


On reflection his first attempt on the other side was deemed to be a failure

The latest Winter 2018 edition of our newletter is available for download from the link on the Members Page.


We now have a Twitter Account so use the link to see the twitter feed


We are in the North West corner of Field |Place, beyond the Tennis Courts. I suggest that you use the first Car Park entrance on the Right after enetering Field Place having gone past the indoor bowling club on your left. Go through to the second part of the car park and from there there's a fairly direct footpath by the bowling greens on your left up to the footbridge access to the club house as ground level access to the track and clubhouse is closed off on public running days. However, there is a buggy park by our entrance and disabled acccess is provided should it be needed.


Our full postal address is

Worthing & District Society of Model Engineers

Field Place



BN13 1NP

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