Droitwich Spa
Model Boat Club


               Founded 1988
Last site update: Monday 5.12.16
Web page maintained by Jim Cook

Notice Board
A place for notifying members of important matters.

It is with great sadness that I have to report the passing away of Gerry Garner.  He suffered a stroke on Wednesday 30th November and died on the following day.  Gerry was one of the founder members of the DSMBC and will be remembered for his cheery smile and infectious enthusiasm for our hobby. 
His funeral will take place at Worcester Crematorium on Wednesday 21st December at 2.30pm.  All DSMBC members are invited to attend.  Our thoughts and condolences go out to Gerry's family at this sad time.

See below for additional sailing events planned for Sundays 4th and 11th December.

Please note that County Hall pool is currently fenced off due to the presence of blue-green algae bloom (which can be very toxic).  For your own safety DO NOT attempt to sail there until further notice. 
Please watch this site for further information.

County Hall latest update
Our thanks must go to Brian ('Muddy') Waters who is making regular visits to the pool and reporting back.  The lower pool (which is having its liner replaced) is still a scene of devastation with pumps and diggers in evidence.  In a recent conversation with one of the workmen, Brian was told that the job is due to be finished by about the second week in January, and in reality I think it's unlikely that we'll get access to the top pool until all the work is finished.  This afternoon I received a text from Andy Wood who is the Place Partnership 'water expert'. He tells me that recent tests on the top pool still showed the presence of blue-green algae.  More tests are to be taken next week.

Fast Electrics
Following a proposition by a member at the AGM it was agreed that for a trial period fast electric boats sailing at County Hall will be given two quarter-hour slots, from 1000 to 1015 and from 1100 to 1115, during which they will have priority over other craft.  If you are sailing a yacht or other slow-moving craft it would probably be prudent not to sail during these periods.  At all other times any boat may be sailed but speeds must be kept low.  Fast electric skippers are expected to abide by these times very strictly: don't launch before the start of the slot, and be off the water by the end of it.
At Top Barn there is usually sufficient space for fast and slow craft to occupy different parts of the lake.  Common sense seems to have worked reasonably well so far, so there are no plans to change this arrangement for the time being.

Sailing venues:    October, November, December 2016:
Please note that all County Hall entries in this list are provisional until we know more about the algae situation.

23rd October County Hall
30th October County Hall 
6th November Top Barn
13th November County Hall 
20th November Top Barn
27th November County Hall
4th December Bodenham Arboretum - see below
11th December Knightcote Model Boat Club - see below
18th December Top Barn
25th December County Hall
1st January 2017 Top Barn
8th January 2017 County Hall

Top Barn Activity Centre                                                                                                                                  photo: Jim Cook


Events for 2016

Friday 4th March: Skittles evening

Monday 2nd May:  Boat and car Festival at Vines Park, Droitwich.

Saturday 14th May:  Knightcote Model Boat Club Lifeboat day

Saturday 21st May:  Visit to Jotika

Saturday 11th June:  Worcester University

Sunday 12th June:  Knightcote Model Boat Club open day

Sunday 10th July:  Bodenham Arboretum

Sunday 24th July: Bring-and-buy sale

Sunday 14th August:  Gheluvelt Park

Wednesday 31st August: BSME open evening

Sunday 11th September: Droitwich Salt Fest

Sunday 2nd October:  Bodenham Arboretum

Sunday 16th October:  Club A.G.M. at Top Barn

Sunday 30th October:  Bodenham Arboretum

Friday 11th - Sunday 13th November:  International Model Boat Show

Sunday 4th December:  Bodenham Arboretum

Sunday 11th December:  Knightcote Open day
Graham Povey has arranged a sail and coffee morning at Knightcote Model Boat Club to check out the facilities. They are very kindly opening up especially for us, so please make the effort to go if you can possibly manage it.  Postcode for satnavs is CV47 2EQ, then follow signs for KMBC. 
Knightcote's new website is at  http://kmbcmodelboatclub.com/

2016/17  Committee

Your committee members until October 2017 are:

Chairman - Trevor Coveney
                    (trevorcamping72@gmail.com   Tel: 01527 876870)
Secretary - Graham Povey
                    (graspov@aol.com   Tel: 01905 923514)
Treasurer - Keith Blackall
Events Secretary - Andrea Povey
Newsletter Editor - Rob Oswell
Tony Addison
George Aldridge
Adrian Taylor








A typical Sunday gathering at County Hall                                                                                                Photo: Dave Stratford

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Click Here  for a link to the Upton Warren Sailing Club website

Droitwich Spa Model Boat Club 2016