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Old 11-02-2014, 06:10 PM   #11
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Sounds a good idea Flashbang but I don't think it's legal. Every helper at my wife's Brownie pack has to have a CRB. No ifs or buts. In theory another parent isn't even allowed to give them a lift home. Causes all sorts of problems.
If one of the helpers can't make it they can't even use somebody else without the check.
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Old 11-02-2014, 07:42 PM   #12
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Don`t get me started on CRB checks.

As a primary school teacher my school paid for one. As a football coach in charge of youth teams my local club paid for the second and as a scout for Plymouth Argyle they paid for a third.

Of course they all needed renewing from time to time too.

Building your own model railway layout solo is far easier !

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Old 11-02-2014, 09:35 PM   #13
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Sounds a good idea Flashbang but I don't think it's legal. Every helper at my wife's Brownie pack has to have a CRB. No ifs or buts. In theory another parent isn't even allowed to give them a lift home. Causes all sorts of problems.
If one of the helpers can't make it they can't even use somebody else without the check.
That's because no parent, guardian or each individual child's parents representative is not present during the meeting. Technically all the helpers are strangers to all the children present. But if each child attending the Brownie event had their parent, guardian or approved (by the parent) adult present, then none of the Brownie Pack leaders would have to be CRB checked!

So my brother can't take my son fishing or to his model railway club without a CRB check? He of course can do so and no issues surround this. So long as he has my permission to do so.

Ok I don't have a brother and my son is 35, but you get my drift?
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Old 11-02-2014, 09:57 PM   #14
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Yes I do get your drift. But it is a shame that a youngster can't just drop in to a Model railway club.

Things were so much more easier when we were young. OMG I sound like my dad.
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Old 11-02-2014, 10:44 PM   #15
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Yes I do get your drift. But it is a shame that a youngster can't just drop in to a Model railway club.

Things were so much more easier when we were young. OMG I sound like my dad.
Yeah mine too! OMG were not brothers are we
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I'd say Flashbang's summary of what people are generally up to in each decade of their life is roughly right. A model railway club is a high commitment activity which only the retired are able to allocate sufficient time in large numbers.
I don't think that children are really interested (or sometimes welcome) to join the kind of club layout, they prefer the kind of home based 6x4 or 8x4 kinds of layout where they can just play.

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Old 12-02-2014, 01:22 AM   #18
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I think flashbang is spot on with the age groups. I've just turned 38 (today!) and I only get time some weekends to enjoy my hobby. I have a wife and 3 children 11 and under and there just aren't enough hours in the day.

Its only now after 8 years of working for myself that I can finally afford the luxury of a hobby like this. I couldn't even consider joining a club for at least another 10+ years when the kids have grown up and no longer want to play with dad anymore
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It seems to me that trying to get new junior member to join MR Clubs is a little more than difficult. Perhaps the approach should be to accept what appears to be a natural state of events, as outlined by WTD and aim for more senior members, who have the time and inclination. MR Clubs and just practitioners of the hobby should be encouraging youngsters (you can define that term) to just have an interest in the hobby, which over the years could possibly mature and result eventually in a new senior joining a club.

I am still working and even when I retire I doubt whether I will ever join a club, I live too far away from others to enable that to happen, but I practice my hobby when I can and join in with others by means of this type of forum. I also read MR magazines. However I do have a couple of grandchildren and one is showing interest in model trains and I am encouraging it.
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Yeah mine too! OMG were not brothers are we
If we are, our dad could at least have given us different Christian names
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