Hi Ron You wrote >=20 > Before going any further, let me say that we do appreciate the hard work > undertaken by the Southern Federation and its officials (your good self > included) to enable us to enjoy our hobby in safety. Preparing a document= on > such a sensitive subject must have been a thankless task for all involved= . >=20 Thanks for your kind words > Now to the reasons for our stance. We decided not to contact the local > Social Services department, because this could open up a whole can of wor= ms. Agreed. When the guidelines were being formulated I contacted my local council to see what advise they had to hand - I wish I hadn't! Talk about jobsworth. > They would probably act defensively and ask for a CRB check on all of the > individuals involved in the running of the railway. Not required at all. >=20 > Our club has suffered from a loss of membership following a general > tightening up of our rules over the last few years. A great pity. > The general feeling of our members is > that it=B9s US that need protecting from THEM, some of whom can be very unr= uly > at times! Couldn't agree more. >=20 > I will be writing on this subject in our Winter club magazine, but I thin= k > it=B9s unlikely that we will make any changes to our rules. Probably the case with the majority of clubs. Thanks for your reply --=20 Regards Mike Leahy South Ockendon, UK=20 MODEL ENGINEERING DISCUSSION LIST. To UNSUBSCRIBE from this list, send a blank email to, modeleng-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word "unsubscribe" in the subject line.