The BAYKO Collectors Club

BAYKO 70th Birthday Cake - by Robin Throp
By now Charles Bird Plimpton, BAYKO's inventor, would be well over a hundred years old.
Down to earth practical man though he was, I'm sure he would have allowed himself a proud smile at the thought that, over 80 years after he launched BAYKO into a grateful world, his baby still has an enthusiastic group of followers - notice the late Robin Throp's 'BAYKO 70th Birthday Cake' [left], which he made for the 70th anniversary celebrations.
The BAYKO Collectors Club is a group of people who enjoy the delights of construction and architectural toys in general, and of BAYKO in particular.
The club meets 4 or 5 times a year in a relaxed, informal atmosphere, with members encouraged to show off new acquisitions and new models to members and non-members alike - yes, visitors are always genuinely welcome.
Each meeting is heralded by the production of an edition of the club's excellent magazine...
Most meetings take place at Lane End Village Hall, not far from Junction 5 [Stokenchurch] on the M40, which the ornithologists amongst you will recognise as one of the release centres for the Red Kites - still something of a rarity east of Offa's Dyke.

Why not JOIN NOW, you'll be very welcome - click here for the BAYKO Collectors Club Membership Page

Meetings have also been held in Liverpool, Nottingham, Daresbury (Cheshire), Sandy (Bedfordshire), Merstham (Surrey), Belbroughton (Worcestershire) and Congleton (Cheshire) - and we're always willing to try new venues to help us spread the word to a wider audience.
Entry to all our meetings is a mere £4.00. The refreshments, which are available all day, are similarly very reasonably priced - and very good!
 
MEMBERSHIP
For your greater protection the BAYKO Collectors Club is now a limited company...
Copy of the famous British Industry Fair skyscraper model - by David Poole
 
However, for most of us, the true attraction of club meetings is to the chance to talk and listen, to share and learn about BAYKO, and other construction toys, through making contact with fellow enthusiasts.
Members routinely bring along their latest acquisitions, projects and models, and will happily be equally happy discuss the tricks they have used to achieve particular effects, and look for help and advice in overcoming their own problems.
As well as that, we all like to show off our latest acquisitions, be they sets, parts or literature, to appreciative fellow members.
Friendly dealers - all of them Club members - will help you build up your collection, including long repro rods, large repro floors and a range of new BAYKO parts which, together, significantly increase the range of models you can build...
We can't emphasise enough that visitors are always genuinely welcome, so why not come along and join us - you'll be sure of a warm, friendly welcome, and it just may be the nudge you need!
To find out a little more about us, why not listen to Radio 4's "Home Truths" report on our BAYKO 70th 'Birthday Bash'...
Following the December, 2008 A.G.M., we have now introduced two innovations to all our future meetings : -
A raffle - modesty forbids naming the first winner!!!
A ten minute lunchtime talk on points of interest to by members to members.
The club also works together on large scale, joint projects, such as 'BAYKO-Loo', our first venture into London's underground system and the suburbs it supports.
MINI-MEETS
The B.C.C., by popular request, has adopted a policy of promoting 'Mini-Meets', small meetings outside the normal annual timetable. I am pleased to be able to confirm that three such meetings have already taken place, each proving to be a great success. These provide excellent opportunities for collectors, particularly those who find it difficult to attend the main meetings, to get together and talk about their favourite subject - non-members are, of course, welcome. Where geographically practicable, we will try and get at least one experienced exhibitor from the regular meetings to join you.
If you feel you would like to arrange a mini-meet in your area, the B.C.C. would be happy to offer help and advice...
See the table below for the full, much more comprehensive, club diary : -
 
BAYKO Collectors Club Diary
All meetings normally start at 11:00 am, though the venue is always open from 10:00 am...
...all meetings normally finish at 4:00 pm...
...please note, 2016 dates are booked, but could possibly change.
2015 Main B.C.C. Meetings
Sunday - March 8th, 2015
Lane End
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"All the kings horses, and all the king's men..."
A.G.M.
Sunday - May 17th, 2015
Lane End
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"The roof of the world..."
10 minute talk to be arranged
Sunday - September 6th, 2015
Lane End
Theme : -
"Fantasia..."
Annual Club Auction...
Sunday - December 6th, 2015
Lane End
Theme : -
"A clear and PRESENT danger..."
10 minute talk to be arranged
2016 Main B.C.C. Meetings
Sunday - March 6th, 2016
Lane End
Theme : -
"A towering success..."
A.G.M.
Sunday - May 22nd, 2016
Lane End
Theme : -
"This sporting life..."
10 minute talk to be arranged
Sunday - September 4th, 2016
Lane End
Theme : -
"Interior design..."
10 minute talk to be arranged
Sunday - December 4th, 2016
Lane End
Theme : -
"OOPS..."
10 minute talk to be arranged
 
 
The BAYKO Collectors Club also actively encourages members and friends to attend other exhibitions, across the nation, to keep the BAYKO flag flying...
 
Our Latest B.C.C. Meeting - Sunday - December 7th, 2014
COME AND JOIN US NEXT TIME!!!
Now might be a good time to make a note of the 2015 club meetings [and 2016 as well!!!] in your diary...
This was a good lively meeting, albeit tinged with sadness as the first club meeting since the death of club stalwart Robin Throp who, I'm sure, was there in spirit and was certainly their in conversations!!! Peter Wicker and Brenda provided the sustenance for members, with an excellent Christmas Lunch, complete with crackers - many thanks to you both for your stirling efforts.
As you can see from the photos [below], even away from the lunch table it was, as usual, a really lively meeting with some really excellent models on display.
Thanks to Chris Boutal for supplementing my my own photographic efforts.
In the frivalous [Christmas] spirit of the meeting, Pete Bradley gave the 'ten minute talk' with the title "Logo Lunacy" - for those not there, so far 58 different styles and colours of BAYKO Logos have been identified - from just 30 years!
Why don't you come along and give our meetings a try. The members always look forward to greeting visitors and new members - there were several new members and some returning after a gap - and all enjoyed talking about their favourite subjects - BAYKO and other construction systems - just look at the photos [below] several of the displays were non-BAYKO. In deed, Malcolm Hanson brought along many examples from his MINIBRIX collection, and threw in a great talk on the subject for good measure - thanks, it was much appreciated Malcolm
There's always the opportunity to top up your collection of genuine BAYKO parts and innovative new parts and long, reproduction rods which can really add the finishing touches to your pride and joy.
An excellent quality - and value - lunch awaits, with the usual supporting cast of tea and coffee.
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There are actually no less than 125 photos, which will, I hope, not just give you a feel for the breadth and depth of members interests, but also a flavour of the liveliness of the BAYKO Collectors Club meetings.
I wish you a merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.
Good Collecting!
 
There was an interesting article in the first issue of the Armchair Antiques Magazine, September, 2007, on both BAYKO and the BAYKO Collectors Club...
 
Would you buy a used BAYKO set from these men? - club members at Sandy
 
 
I've now introduced a separate page to show any items of news about BAYKO, which will, obviously, include club related items from time to time...
 
 
...and there's more...
 
 
 
Below here are links to related info : -
 
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