|On August 30, 2003 at the Annual General Meeting in Henley-on-Thames, it was the great honour and pleasure of the Society to present John Westwood and Ernie Chandler († 24-02-2008) with ISM's third and fourth Golden Spanner Award
John was born in 1919, in Bromley, Kent.
John is very well known on the UK club scene as publisher of leaflets and monographs. An example is his delightful "Begin Building!" leaflet, which offers an attractive portfolio of models that really can be built by a beginner using a small number of easily-obtainable parts. At the time when John published his leaflet, Meccano France's own manual presented models that were more likely to frustrate the beginner than to hook him (a fault that still exists, though to a lesser extent).
Ernie was born just after the 1914-18 War in Stratford on Avon, in the Midlands of England.
Ernie has also provided an ever-changing display of Meccano models to passers-by in the bay window of his home. These have been particularly delightful at Christmas when, decorated with festive lights, they have appeared magical to children of all ages. Throughout all his Meccano life, Ernie has been interested in people as much as their models. His friendly character has been responsible for making new members and returnees to the hobby feel welcome and instantly at home at meetings.
Ernie sadly passed away on 24-02-2008 but will be remembered by all his Meccano friends.
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