We have a diverse membership which encompasses a full spectrum of skills, abilities and interests in LEGO.
We also have a forum for members, which you can reach below:
Ken B – Events Coordinator & Founder
“I had Lego as a child many, many years ago when one could only obtain red or white bricks! Lost interest in my teens but got back into it about 5 years ago when I was bought the VW camper for Christmas.
In 2014, with interest re-kindled, I approached Head of Steam Museum with a view to putting on a LEGO display in the museum, which was met with favour.
Realising I couldn’t do it myself I advertised for like minded people to come and help out and from there we are where we are today.
Favourite LEGO theme: My favourite theme is City, but I don’t really have a favourite as I like them all.
Favourite LEGO set: Tower Bridge and the Arc de Triomphe are worth a mention.
Adam B – Chairman
Adam B: “I got into LEGO in quite an unorthodox way. As a child I only had one or two boxes or Bricks and then a bit later, two small Technic sets – 8840 Rally Shock and Roll Racer, and 8856 Whirlwind Rescue. That was about it until around 6 years ago when I realised how much LEGO was worth and started buying it to sell on at profit.
“Now I no longer buy to sell and the last 3-4yrs has seen my collection grow from nothing to approximately 100 sets. I buy to build and exhibit, and although I’m now poorer, it is more fulfilling.”
“I build from most themes, though favour bigger, realistic display sets over small or play features.”
Favourite LEGO theme: Creator Expert.
Favourite LEGO set: 10231 Shuttle Expedition.
Matt B – Secretary
“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!
As I got a bit older, I became more interested in the 12V railways and built some impressive layouts (for a twelve year old!). Sadly by my later teens I had lost interest in LEGO although I occasionally dug out old sets to re-build from time-to-time.”
“My interest was not re-kindled until about 2012 whilst looking to sell some old toys and stumbling across some of the UCS sets for sale on eBay. I was so impressed by these that, since then, I have expanded my collection enormously.”
Favourite LEGO theme(s): Classic Space, Creator, Star Wars, trains, anything really!
Favourite LEGO set: Possibly 920 (as above) or UCS Star Destroyer.
Dave B: “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).”
“I stopped being interested in LEGO the year before starting secondary school (around 1990/91) – the same time LEGO stopped using its “Legoland” branding and started to use “SYSTEM”.”
“I kept all the old LEGO, and now have a couple of bookcases displaying it all, and got back into LEGO in 2005 when “City” came out. I now have a “modest” collection spanning many themes. According to Brickset website I have nearly 300 items and over 75,000 pieces of LEGO, and didn’t even know the term AFOL (Adult Fan of LEGO) existed until 2013.”
Favourite LEGO theme: Creator Expert and I have a major soft spot for Classic “Legoland” (1980s) spanning Castle, Town, Space and Pirate.
Favourite LEGO set: 6654, “as this got me well and truly hooked back in 32 years ago”!
Richard C – Web & social media coordinator
Richard is an original founder member of Brick Alley. Known as Bricks McGee with a familiar yellow logo, he 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”.
Favourite LEGO theme: City/trains.
Favourite LEGO set: 10194 Emerald Night.
Jane C: “I’m a lifelong LEGO addict!”
Favourite LEGO theme: Star Wars
Favourite LEGO set: LEGO Ideas 21302 The Big Bang Theory
Andrew ‘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.”
Favourite LEGO theme: No clear favourite but loves Classic Space, Technic, Modulars and anything with a large piece count!
Favourite LEGO set: 928 Galaxy Explorer
Ian O – Treasurer
Ian is an original founder member of Brick Alley LEGO User Group: “Huge Lego fan since age of 7. First set 375 Castle (1978) – still have this set and boxed!”
Favourite LEGO themes: include Modular and Technic with power functions and remote control.
Favourite LEGO set: “hmmm that’s a hard one, will have a think!”
“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!”
Favourite LEGO theme(s): LEGO Super Heroes, LEGO Pirates, LEGO Creator Expert!
Favourite LEGO set: ‘6279’ Skull Island.
“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!”
Favourite LEGO theme(s): Harry Potter and Creator Expert.
Favourite LEGO set: 10251 Brick Bank and Lego Marvel Super Heroes: the Shield Helicarrier (76042)
“I had Lego as a kid. About 3 years ago my husband bought me the book ‘Brick Cities’. I haven’t looked back since. My favourite sets which I actually possess are the Maersk Container Ship and ‘Birds’. My favourite which I don’t possess is the Taj Mahal. I love making MOCs of my favourite places. These have included the Isle of Man TT Grandstand and High Force Waterfall.”
Favourite LEGO themes: Anything LEGO!
Favourite LEGO set: 10124 Maersk Line Triple E
“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.”
Favourite LEGO Theme: Castle, Ninjago