Droitwich Spa
Model Boat Club

        Founded 1988                                                                                                                       2018
Last site update: Sunday 15.04.18  (MJD: 58223)
Web page maintained by Jim Cook

Notice Board     A place for notifying members of important matters.

The organisers of this event (The Worcester, Birmingham and Droitwich Canal Society) have invited us to this four-day festival, and we will attend it on Sunday 6th May.  We will be be located at our usual spot adjacent to the lock in Vines Park.  It's an all-day event and we anticipate that our stand will be manned from 1000 to 1700, but you don't have to stay all day.  Bring a boat or two and sail for as long as you want. 
In the meantime take a look at the event's website at
http://www.strichardsfestival.co.uk   It will be a lot of fun, and as we are the Droitwich Spa Model Boat Club we should be keen to support it, don't you think?


  For many months now the DSMBC artistic cognoscenti  have been locked away in a darkened room designing a new logo to be used on future club togs.  Here's the result. 
If you would like a polo shirt, tee-shirt, fleece or whatever adorned with this logo there's a very specific process for obtaining it.  Firstly you have to present yourself in person at the supplier's premises: Focal Image, 45-47A Broad Street, Bromsgrove B61 8LL, and show your DSMBC membership badge.  You can then choose and pay for whatever garment(s) you want. They will take a few days to make, then you can either collect them yourself or let Trevor Coveney (trevorcamping72(at)gmail.com or 01527 876870) know and he will collect them for you. Available garments can be browsed on Focal's website
http://www.focalimage.co.uk    Please note that Focal will embroider logos only on garments they have provided.

Ex-member Nigel Dale has a couple of boats for sale:
A Brixham trawler - this has now been sold - and
'Emily' - a fishing boat - click here for details [the 'Emily' page doesn't include a price; he's asking 200]
'Emily' is with Alan Gregory (alangregory601947(at)gmail.com) so if you're interested please contact him to arrange to view it.

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.  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!  Disinfection is particularly important now that we are back at County Hall.

CLUB SAFETY RULES (updated December 2017)
The DSMBC Safety Rules have been updated to reflect recent changes and developments.  Please read and familiarise yourself with them.  They can be viewed here


Sailing venues   April, May, June 2018:

25th March

County Hall  0900-1200

1st April County Hall  0900-1200   
8th April County Hall  0900-1200
15th April Lakeside  1000-1200
22nd April County Hall  0900-1200
29th April County Hall  0900-1200
6th May St. Richard's Canal Festival, Vines Park, Droitwich (see above)  [not Lakeside]
13th May County Hall  0900-1200 
20th May Lakeside  1000-1200
27th May County Hall  0900-1200 
3rd June County Hall  0900-1200
10th June Bodenham Arboretum  1000-1600
17th June County Hall 0900-1200

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, just as they would be on a scheduled County Hall date.

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

  University of Worcester Lakeside Campus                                                                                     photo:  Alan Gregory



Events for 2018

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 9th March:  Skittles evening

♣  Saturday 6th May:  St. Richard's Canal Festival
Venue is Vines Park, Droitwich.  See
Notice Board above for details.

Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th May:  Beale Park

Saturday 12th May:  Knightcote Lifeboat Day

Sunday 10th June:  Bodenham Arboretum
This will be one of our 'display' days, as run last year.  We will put on a display of boats and sail as many of them as possible!  Times are 1000-1600, so either bring some lunch or buy it in the restaurant.  You don't have to stay all day if you don't want:-)

Sunday 10th June:  Knightcote Open Day

Friday, Saturday and Sunday 6th, 7th and 8th July:  Hereford Society of Model Engineers Summer steam-up and boating regatta
We have received an invitation to attend this event. Details here.  It was a great weekend last year, described by our Events Secretary as 'an extravaganza of goings-on'(!)  As an invited Club, DSMBC members can go for one, two or three days, so take a boat or two and enjoy it!

Sunday 8th July:  Knightcote Navy Day

Wednesday 25th July: Bromsgrove Society of Model Engineers
Another chance to 'play trains' with our friends at the B.S.M.E.  Start time is 6.30pm. Refreshments will be available.

Friday 27th July:  Summer Skittles evening
The skittles evening in March was a great success, so we thought we'd have another in the summer, and with luck the date won't have to be postponed due to deep snowdrifts:-)
Venue will be as before: The Portobello Inn, Bransford Road, Worcester WR2 4EZ.  Start time is 1900.  Tickets from Andrea at the poolside: 7.50, to include the usual excellent buffet supper.

Sunday 14th October:  Bodenham Arboretum
This will be one of our 'display' days, as run last year.  We will put on a display of boats and sail as many of them as possible!  Times are 1000-1600, so either bring some lunch or buy it in the restaurant,  You don't have to stay all day if you don't want:-)

Thursday 8th November:  International Model Boat Show Rig Day

Friday 9th, Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th November:  International Model Boat Show

2018  Committee

Your committee members until November 2018 are:

Chairman - Trevor Coveney
                    (trevorcamping72@gmail.com   Tel: 01527 876870)
Secretary - Graham Povey
                    (graspov@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)



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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!

Droitwich Spa Model Boat Club 2018