Droitwich Spa
Model Boat Club

        Founded 1988                                                                                                                    2019
Last site update: Sunday 19.05.19  (MJD: 58622)
Web page maintained by Jim Cook
 

Notice Board     A place for notifying members of important matters
 

SAILING VENUE next Sunday, 26th May
Sailing on Sunday 26th May will be at County Hall, 0900-1200.

B.S.M.E. INVITATION - Wednesday evening 29th May
Another chance to 'play trains' with our friends at the Bromsgrove Society of Model Engineers. 
Train rides all evening, and if you fancy your chances at driving a steam loco, you only have to ask!  The BSME's track is at the Avoncroft Museum of Buildings, Stoke Heath, B60 4JR.  Arrive anytime after 1800; trains will run until dusk.  If you've never been there, watch this video to get a feel of what it's all about!

JOY PESSALL
I am sorry to have to report that Joy Pessall was taken into hospital on Thursday 9th May having suffered a stroke.  She is recovering gradually and the hope is that she will be back home in a few days.  It's been a traumatic time not only for her, but also for her husband Bob, and I'm sure our thoughts and prayers will be with them in the days ahead.  Bob and Joy have been enthusiastic and supportive club members for many years, and we look forward to seeing them both poolside again soon!

JOTIKA VISIT
Our industrious Events Secretary (Andy Povey) has confirmed arrangements for a visit to Jotika on Saturday 15th June at 10.30 am.  It's a fascinating place, and a refreshing example of British entrepreneurship at its best.  If you would like to go, please see Andy and she will put your name on her list.  Numbers are limited to 12 max, so get in there double-quick. Jotika's address is Hadzor, Droitwich WR9 7DS.

2019 PLANK RACE
The 2019 Plank Race has been scheduled for Sunday 29th September at County Hall.  Rules TBA, but probably the same as last year. If you've not done a plank race before, talk to anyone who has and they will tell you what a fun day it is!  For photos of past races scroll down to the bottom of this page and click on the link to Tony Holt's model boating site. When it opens click on 'DSMBC events'.  That page offers you links to numerous photos from previous races.

HAS YOUR CAR PARK PASS FADED?
Your long-suffering Membership Secretary (for whom I have a great deal of sympathy) has been getting flak about car park passes bleaching out in the sun.  It must be something to do with the pink paper because last year's yellow passes didn't suffer this problem.  He has agreed to issue replacement passes in exchange for faded ones.  Catch him poolside most Sundays.  If he's not there, Graham Povey has a supply stashed aboard Kermit.

SPRING NEWSLETTER
Alan Gregory's magnum opus can be downloaded here. Thanks to all who contributed material for this bumper edition!

CLUB CAPS
There are still a few left, so if you would like one please see Graham or Andrea Povey poolside.

DISINFECTING BOAT HULLS
In order to do our bit to prevent the possible transfer of blue-green algae from one site to another, please disinfect your boat hulls before and after you sail at any site.  Antibacterial wipes or spray will do the job, or alternatively a suitably diluted disinfectant solution (e.g. Dettol, or similar) in a pound-shop spray bottle, then wiped dry with kitchen roll would do the job admirably. Please note that this action is a requirement, not a request, so please come prepared! 

CLUB SAFETY RULES:
General:  see here 
Lakeside:  see
here
County Hall:  see here


Sailing venues  May, June, July and August:

26th May County Hall  0900-1200  (also Wickstead Park)
2nd June Lakeside  1000-1200
9th June Bodenham Arboretum display day 1000-1600
16th June Lakeside  1000-1200  (also Weston Park)
23rd June County Hall  0900-1200
30th June County Hall  0900-1200
7th July Lakeside  1000-1200
14th July County Hall  0900-1200
21st July Lakeside  1000-1200
28th July County Hall  0900-1200
4th August Lakeside  1000-1200
11th August County Hall  0900-1200
18th August Lakeside  1000-12000
25th August County Hall  0900-1200
1st September Lakeside  1000-1200
8th September County Hall  0900-1200  (also Droitwich Saltfest see Events section below)
 
County Hall is available every Sunday if you'd prefer to sail there rather than at other sites.
If you sail at County Hall on these dates it is essential that boat hulls are properly disinfected, as usual.



 Bodenham Arboretum                                               photo: Trevor Coveney (The 2017 photographic competition winning photo)


  University of Worcester Lakeside Campus                                                                                     photo:  Alan Gregory
 
This photograph is a still from an 11-minute video, which you can watch by clicking here.

 

 



Events for 2019

Keep an eye on this section, it will grow as the weeks pass by, and more information will be provided about each event.

Key to entries:
Entries in normal text are standard club meetings.
Entries in green italics are meetings to which we have been invited as guests, but do not have a club stand.
Entries preceded by this 'club' symbol are meetings at which we have a manned club stand.

Friday 8th March:  Skittles Evening.

Saturday and Sunday 4th and 5th May:  Beale Park

♣  Monday 6th May:  St. Richard's Canal Festival, Vines Park.

Saturday 11th May:  Knightcote Lifeboat Day.

Saturday and Sunday 25th and 26th May:  Mayhem Gathering , Wickstead Park.

Wednesday 29th May: Steam trains at the B.S.M.E. 
See
Notice Board above.

Sunday 9th June:  Bodenham Arboretum display day (1000-1600)

Sunday 9th June:  Knightcote Open Day.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday June 14th, 15th and 16th:  International Model Air Show and Model Boat Regatta, Weston Park.

Sunday 7th July:  Knightcote Navy Day.

Sunday 11th August:  Worcester Show at Gheluvelt Park

Saturday and Sunday 24th and 25th August:  The Model Boat Convention, Haydock Park.

Wednesday 28th August:  Steam trains at the B.S.M.E.

Sunday 8th September:  Droitwich Saltfest at Vines Park.
Set-up 0900 -1000. Sailing until 1600, but you don't have to stay all day.  Lots of stalls and entertainment, and there's usually a selection of vans doing good bacon sarnies.

Sunday 29th September:  Plank Race at County Hall.

Sunday 13th October:  Bodenham Arboretum display day
 (1000-1600)

Friday 8th November:  set-up day for International Model Boat Show

Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th November:  International Model Boat Show

Sunday 24th November: AGM

Sunday 15th December:  Bodenham Arboretum  Christmas Lunch (sailing 1000-1200)
 


2019  Committee

Your committee members until November 2019 are:

Chairman - Trevor Coveney
                  (trevorcamping72(at)gmail.com   Tel: 01527 876870)
Secretary - Graham Povey
                  (graspov(at)aol.com   Tel: 01905 923514)
Treasurer - Pete Thornton
Events Secretary - Andrea Povey
Newsletter Editor - Rob Oswell
Tony Addison
George Aldridge
Adrian Taylor
Membership Secretary - Jim Cook (co-opted)
                                       (poundswick(at)hotmail.com)
Assistant Newsletter Editor - Alan Gregory (co-opted)

 

 

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A typical Sunday gathering at County Hall                                                                                         photo: Dave Stratford
 


Click Here  for a link to Tony Holt's model boating site - one of the best there is!

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