About IPMS Birmingham

A branch of IPMS(UK) we are a club for modellers and those interested in modelling in Birmingham and surrounding areas, we welcome people of all abilities to attend our meetings on the third Sunday of each month - please see "About IPMS Birmingham" page for venue details and times.

About IPMS Birmingham

On this page you can find information about our club meetings, contacts, committee members, our venue, annual subscriptions, Midland Expo and IPMS (UK).

Meetings

Our meetings are held on the third Sunday of the month, although sometimes the date is changed to avoid clashing with shows, holiday periods or events at the church. Please see the Diary page for the dates. Our current venue is Longbridge Methodist Church, Reception/Cafe area, 1654/8 Bristol Road South, Longbridge, Birmingham. B45 9TY, - The meetings run from 3.30pm to 6.00pm
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We try to keep the meeting as informal as possible to allow members to talk to each other about their models, modelling techniques, projects and any other modelling related subjects for as long as they wish. There is a short 'Official business' section to announce and discuss shows we will be attending and any other club activities or business when the committee members do ask for everyone's undivided attention but every effort is made to keep this short and to the point.

Visitors are more than welcome to attend meetings to get a flavour of the club and it's members and to see what goes on. From sharing tips and tricks, the competition table and general chat, there is plenty to sample during meetings. Our March meeting is where club members vote for a winner of the annual Bill Nicholls Charity Trophy build, with all funds raised going to good causes.

At the January through to October meetings there is a monthly competition in which all members are welcome to enter their recently completed models. Each month there is a themed competition and also the "Eager Beaver Competition" plus additional trophies into which models can be entered. For more details please go to the Monthly Competition Page.


Contacts and Committee Members:

Branch Chairman:
Roland Turner
















Contact the Chairman

Branch Secretary:
Gareth Thomas















Contact the Branch Secretary. 

Newsletter Editor:
John Duffield





Treasurer:
Matt Nicholls


















Competition Secretary:
George Green




















Venue:

From January 2016 the new venue will be:- Longbridge Methodist Church, Reception/Cafe area, 1654/8 Bristol Road South, Longbridge, Birmingham. B45 9TY





Public Transport.

The venue (Bus stop Ryde Park Road) is served by the following bus services; No. 63 from central Birmingham, No. 49 Northfield - Solihull via Longbridge Rail Station and 144 from Worcester.

By rail, the nearest rail station is Longbridge on the Cross City Line (Lichfield to Reditch) at 0.7 mile distance but connected by the No. 49 bus service.

Journey planners;

Network West Midlands

National Rail Enquiries

Annual Subscriptions

Club subscriptions are £20.00 per annum (juniors - free), granting you Full Membership status of  IPMS Birmingham. Fees payable at the January meeting (Or at the next meeting you are able to attend). Reduced rates are applicable to new members joining during the year.

We are also offering Associate Membership. This is for casual attendees, irregular members or members who want to be part of IPMS Birmingham but aren't able to attend meetings.
The will be priced at £3.50 per meeting you attend, up to 5 meetings a year.
Should you attend more than 5 meetings in a year, we ask you take full membership which works out cheaper than paying per meeting.

For this you get free entry to the club meetings with free coffee/tea and is equivalent to £1.67 per meeting if you attend all twelve during the year. In addition you will gain free admission to our own show, Midland Expo (see below), and any of the regional/local shows we attend if you come along as part of the club team and assist on the branch display. Please note, to gain free entrance to Scale ModelWorld you will also need to have current membership of IPMS (UK) - see below.


Midland Expo

Midland Expo is IPMS Birmingham's own show and paid-up members of the club enjoy free admission however we do ask that all members donate at least two hours of their time during the day to assist with the running of the show.

Any profits from the running of Midland Expo go to supplement the club's finances and provide additional facilities, it is therefore in all members interest to contribute to its success.

Sadly, due primarily to rising costs, 2017 we be the last year we host the Midland Expo. It was a difficult decision & so we hope you'll join us on Sunday 23rd July 2017 to bid the show a final farewell.



International Plastic Modellers Society (UK)


To join IPMS Birmingham you do not need to be a member of IPMS (UK), however as a branch of the society we do encourage club members to join and enjoy the benefits of membership, including free entrance to the world's biggest model show Scale ModelWorld.

(N.B. Branch committee members are obliged to be IPMS (UK) members.)


Click here to become a member of IPMS (UK).

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