Monday, 24 July 2017

The Last Hurrah, signing off.

The Midland Expo series of annual shows which started in 1994, presented by IPMS Birmingham and, until 2003, in partnership with the Universal Modelling Society of Birmingham (UMS),  has now come to an end.

Over the years the show has been held at two venues, initially at the Leasowes Sports Centre, then after a hiatus of seven years between 2004 and 2010, at Cocks Moors Woods Leisure Centre in 2011, before returning to the Leasowes in 2014. Over those years we have made many friends and contacts, had a lot of great times, as well as a few tense moments when things looked like they were about to unravel.

I would like to thank all of those who have supported Midland Expo throughout its existence, the Clubs, Special Interest Groups and the traders. Not forgetting the visitors who have parted with their money to come along and enjoy the show. Also a special mention for Chris Bennett and his staff at Leasowes Sports Centre for their enthusiasm and commitment to making the show a success.

And finally I need to recognise the immense contribution of our own IPMS Birmingham membership in organising the show both during the preparation and on the show days themselves, without their contributions the show could never have happened.

For details of this year's show including the competition results please go to the Midland Expo 2017 "The Last Hurrah" page.

This website will remain available on-line as a historical record of the show, the Facebook page will remain active for a short while but will be closed down in the near future and any further references to the show will be carried on the IPMS Birmingham Facebook page.

Roland Turner
Chairman IPMS Birmingham

Monday, 17 July 2017

Into the final straight!

Yes, there is now less than a week to go!

Image from the IPMS Birmingham newsletter urging
members to volunteer for duties on the day.

All the arrangements have been made, T,s crossed and I,s dotted. All the trade spaces have now been taken but we do have a couple of exhibitor slots available for any latecomers - if your club or SIG want to come along please contact Matt via the Exhibitors Page, Unfortunately one trader, Alley Cat has had to cancel owing to personal reasons.

The show timetable has been updated here, as have the directions here

Briefings will be sent out via email to all exhibitors and traders in the next couple of days.

The only thing we can't arrange is the weather, according to the forecast, on Sunday we should have light cloud and moderate temperatures, which would be ideal.

Please note: 
Leasowes Sports Centre, being on school premises is now a smoke free site i.e. no smoking anywhere in the grounds, which means anyone wanting to smoke will have to go to the front gate.