Our Members

We have a diverse membership of adult and teenage (13+) LEGO fans which encompasses a full spectrum of skills, abilities and interests in LEGO.

So whether you’re looking to exhibit at LEGO shows, wanting to show off your latest creations, or talk LEGO, why not join Brick Alley? We have a membership of around 60 LEGO fans of all ages, from 13 well in to their 80s! Below are just a few of our members.

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Current members

  • Richard Carter Chair

    Richard is a LEGO City and LEGO train addict: “I’ve loved LEGO forever; I had a bit of a dark ages in my early twenties as I didn’t have the space for anything huge, but now have a dedicated LEGO room at home, and love exhibiting my custom builds at shows throughout the UK.”
    You can find his LEGO blog at Bricks McGee.

  • Mim Porter Secretary

    As per usual a long gap between playing with LEGO as a kid and becoming a LEGO obsessed adult! Can’t exactly recall when I got back into it, but think it was towards the last few years of Harry Potter sets coming out – HP is another thing I’m hooked by. I collected the whole lot. Added to that I was given a suitcase stuffed with jumbled old LEGO from childhood, plus some of the old instructions. That was it….LEGO obsession take off time! I had been doing a ‘theme’ most winters and changing it yearly. Although the last town and railway took a year as I’d expanded the amount of LEGO I had hugely and got into making my own models to add to it, and decided to keep building until the bricks that were able to make buildings were used up!

  • Matt Bailey Event Coordinator

    “I got my very first set for Christmas in (I think) 1980. This was the Rocket Launch Pad (920). I adored this set and my early LEGO space collection expanded rapidly with every birthday and Christmas. I still own that first set – I’m actually sat next to it as I type this!”

  • Adam Brine LUG Ambassador

    “I only had a couple of LEGO sets as a child – 8840 Rally Shock and Roll Racer, and 8856 Whirlwind Rescue. That was about it until around 6 years ago. I now have about 100 – favourite theme being Creator Expert.”

  • Steve T Treasurer

    “Classic Space Fan, currently trying to recreate my childhood collection. my first set was 6890 Cosmic Cruiser, I’m hoping it’s still in my parents loft…..somewhere! Also love Lego Technic, especially Technic with Pneumatics & Power Functions.”

  • Dave Bowes

    “I got into LEGO playing with my sister’s small collection. I got my very own 1st set when I was 4; 6654: Motorcycle and Truck (37 pieces).”

  • Ian Oyston

    Huge Lego fan since age of 7. First set 375 Castle (1978) – still have this set and boxed!

  • Jack Horner

    I’ve been into LEGO from a kid, thanks to Classic Space sets and LEGO Technic.  I didn’t really have a ‘dark age’ but have certainly started a period of enlightenment recently with quantities of Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene in my house increasing somewhat!  Now into LEGO Digital Designer and MOCing in a big way and looking forward to showing off some of my creations at future shows.

  • Ian Blair

    Builder of very impressive cranes!

  • Tim Buckle

    “As a child the LEGO sets that I had were mainly Castle and Pirates. My favourite pieces being my Kings Castle and the Camouflaged Outpost. Sadly I no longer have these pieces but hope to own again some point in the future. Now my interests are mainly Star Wars sets with some Marvel as well. I am also a collector of Mini Figures. Recently I have started trying to build MOC.”

  • Alan Hargreaves

    Lover of LEGO City, dinosaurs and more. @itsabrickthing on Twitter.

  • Jules Brown

    “Town planner and historic buildings specialist in the day job, LEGO Town planner and vintage buildings specialist for fun too! Owner of a major collection of 1978-1990 Classic Town theme buildings, vehicles and kit – mostly boxed – which I love to display at shows across the north. Also big into Modulars including MOCs, Classic Space and building for fun.”

  • Jane Clark

    “I’m a lifelong LEGO addict!”

  • Jenni Chapman

    Huge LEGO Star Wars fan.

  • Tristen Coad

    “It all started with 1980’s space and went uphill from then? I’m really keen to get into MOCs and want to start up an 80’s space collection again. I’m slowly losing my home to my growing Star Wars LEGO collection and the Disney Castle has pride of place in my front room.”

  • Stephen Edmonds

    Builder of a very impressive Robot Wars arena in LEGO – alongside others!

  • Allan Hall

    Builder of a spectacular LEGO Hogwarts Castle.

  • Paul Henderson

    LEGO trader and collector.

  • Mike Hingley

    “80yr old child who enjoys LEGO and Land Rovers… trying to mesh the two together!”

  • Matt Kirby

    A lifelong LEGO fan, who once worked for Bright Bricks.

  • Steve Mayes LEGO Architect

    “Steve Mayes is an architectural photographer-turned LEGO artist with a particular interest in modelling the built environment. His company, Brick This, works out of a studio in North Shields. Projects to date include St James’ Park football ground, a 3-metre Metro train, a micro-scale build of Team Valley Trading Estate, and the HQ of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in London. He has exhibited at the Centre for Life and is currently working on a LEGO Timeline of Northern Innovation as part of the Great Exhibition of the North”

  • Iain Metcalf

    “I focus mainly on City and Super Hero sets. I am building a City Layout at home incorporating trains, fairground, and Super heroes.”

  • Nick Spence

  • Rob Porter

    “I love Minifigures and LEGO Ideas”

  • Andy Veltman

    Yorkshire-based LEGO hoarder.

  • Justin Ramsden LEGO Designer

    “Hello! I was born & raised in Darlington and for as long as I can remember, I’ve always been a LEGO fan. However, it’s only since I attended the first LEGO Inside Tour (in 2004) in my teenage years, that I found out that I could actually get a job designing LEGO sets. Since all those years ago, the drive and passion to become a LEGO Designer has always stayed. I studied Design at Goldsmiths, University of London and also worked as a Model Designer & Technical Assistant for Merlin Magic Making. For over four and a half years, I was able to design, build & install LEGO models that you can find at many of the LEGOLAND parks all over the world. I now live and work in Denmark as a Designer in the LEGO Super Heroes project team, creating LEGO products to inspire the builders of tomorrow!”

  • Chris Wellings

    “When I was a kid I had a bit of everything – Castle, Pirates, Space, City, Technic; now, I’m definitely more into the fantasy and sci-fi side, so Star Wars, Ninjago, Castle, as well as collecting the shorter-lived, more obscure themes like Vikings and Power Miners. My favourite sets to build are things like monsters, boats, and castles.”

  • Andy Back

    “Electrical/Maintenance technician by trade, travelling all over the country and world. My favourite lego themes are City, Star Wars and Speed Champions. I also like to collect classic or vintage Lego and favourite theme is Rock Raiders from around 1998/1999.”

  • Peter Strong

    “As a child, I remember having a red toy box full of random LEGO parts. It even had “PETER’S LEGO” printed on the side. I’d spend hours building with my bricks, usually making a house or car.

    I only had an instruction booklet for the one set I had; from the ‘Building Set with People’ range; 200 – LEGO Family. I must have re-built this set over a hundred times, never tiring of its playability; yet it was a very basic set with only 78 parts.

    As with most AFOL’s, I had my own dark ages! When I entered my teenage years, the LEGO was put in a cupboard and forgotten about. Shortly after I moved out; at age 17. I recall my mother asking if I still wanted it. Sadly I said no, and it was given away to some distant relative. Of course I regret ever saying that now!

    I rediscovered LEGO when my youngest son turned 3. Collecting the free polybags from a newspaper promotion. I had collected over 30 by the time I felt he was old enough to build them. We started with 7803 -Creator Jeep (38 parts).

    Since then, between the two of us, we’ve amassed a huge collection of over 700 sets. We show no sign of stopping!! My favourite ranges are Creator and City, with Creator Expert 10220 Volkswagen T1 Camper Van being my favourite.”

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