Another successful Model Railway Day at Christ Church!

Saturday 26 November saw the 31st annual Shrewsbury Model Railway Day, hosted once again at Christ Church Bayston Hill.

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As usual the crowds turned out in force – about 600 visitors and exhibitors came to enjoy the model railway layouts, plus the displays of Dinky Toys, Minic Models, Meccano and Bayko buildings. Old and young alike enjoyed everything from highly detailed scale model railways to Hornby trains from the 1940s.

While a lot of the visitors were model railway enthusiasts, many families with children came too, and there were plenty of opportunities for the young people (and some not so young!) to play trains.

RailwayDay2011-3The buffet car provided hot snacks, sandwiches and a great selection of home-made cakes throughout the day. The proceeds from the sale of food, together with the entrance money, raised a wonderful total of over £1700. Most of this goes to York House, and this year the money will go towards the cost of installing a new bath, with special equipment, for the residents. The balance goes to support the work of Shrewsbury Youth for Christ.

It’s wonderful to be able to support such worthwhile ventures in a practical way, while at the same time having an enjoyable day. Lots of hard work goes into making it a success. Many folks from within and outside the church are involved, and we are really grateful to our neighbours in Glebe Road and nearby who put up with the parking congestion outside their houses.

RailwayDay2011-1Above all, the Railway Day is a chance for the church to open itself up to a wide community of people, many of whom have never been to the church before. We always get positive comments from those who appreciate the space and light of a modern church building, and we hope that some of them will think about its real purpose, as a centre of worship to our God.