Witley Model Railway Club was founded nearly nineteen years ago, in April 1980, by a group of model railway enthusiasts who had arranged a meeting with a view to seeing whether such a venture was possible. From an exceptional response the Club was born. It’s first home was a room over the sorting office of the old Witley Post Office, but within a year we were looking for larger premises. A new clubhouse was found in June 1981 and it is pleasing to say that almost 18 years later, the old Goods Office at Witley Station is still our home.

Looking back, 1981 turned out to be rather an important year for the club. Apart from the move to new premises, two other important decisions were taken. The first involved arranging an exhibition in February 1982 in the Chichester Hall at Witley, where we have held an exhibition each year since, the other was the building of a portable 'N' gauge exhibition layout, based on Witley Station.