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Worthing & District SME
Field Place
BN13 1NP


(Near Durrington Railway Station and opposite Strand Parade shops)


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Newsletter issue 151 Autumn 2020
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Update September 22nd


Grass cutting.  This is well established now and every 2 weeks a crew descends to mow and tidy up the grounds. Other hands would be appreciated so if you can give Paul Parsons a call or mail him.


Club House Security. A member of the committee has been able to look in at least once a week to check out the building's security. So far we have not had any unwelcome visitors although the plastic fence by the platform was destroyed. Nowadays with regular working parties seperate visitations are not so frequent.


Ongoing Work.  With the latest clamp down on our freedoms and the rule of 6 we have had to introduce a system of control as to who is working and on what. That way we can carry out most of our necessarry maintenance work. The jobs are still being found but please talk with Paul Parsons or Larry before coming down on any of the work days.


The large shed's panels have been repaired and the shed coated in preservative.


Sections of the old (northern) steaming bay have been dug out and the trenches left have been filled with concrete. This is a temporary repair until the whole of the patio replacement /repair /relaying is addressed.


Additional Cabling is being provided for the new projector.


There's more work in the pipeline, if you are bored with TV repeats then give a Paul a call to find out where you can help.

Hon Membership Secretary: Paul Parsons

Tel: 01903 815350



Register of visitors. To comply with the governments Trick and Trace it has been decided to introduce a register of  workers so that should the worst happen you will at least be informed that someone had a dose of covid and was in you space. This is in addition to the key holders register and anyone calling in, even for a few minutes should comply.





As I reported just before the national lockdown, our new projector had arrived. It was tested, along with the replacement Blu Ray player we sourced previously and all was found to be working. It all requires installation and under the enforced circumstances there's not a lot we can do although all the bits and pieces have been ordered and and are ready to be put to work.

For security all our stuff has been removed from site and stored safely at home.

Boiler certification


The latest (Jan 2020) boiler certification records are now on the private members page. Please check the status of your locomotives boiler well before running it at Field Place or any other track. Brian Hunt points out that there's no need to have steam or hydraulic tests carried out until you are actually going to run as the clock will start ticking again and the validity period will be wasted. It's not like an MOT on your car. However, steam tests have started again, talk with one of the boiler testers if you need their servives.

Members Diary & Events



Club Members meet regularly in our own clubhouse situated at Field Place, Durrington, near Worthing.


Scheduled meetings are held on the second and fourth Thursday of every month at 7.30pm with either a guest speaker or "in-house" programmes.

Here members have access to notices, documentation and a discussion forum. This area is password protected. 

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