Droitwich Spa
Model Boat Club

        Founded 1988                                                                                                                       2017
Last site update: Sunday 26.03.17
Web page maintained by Jim Cook

Notice Board
A place for notifying members of important matters.

John's funeral will be held at St. Peter's Church, Kinver (DY7 6HX) at 12.30 p.m. on Tuesday 4th April.
John was a long-standing member of the DSMBC and all club members are invited to attend.


is back in business!

On Sunday 5th March a group of warmly-dressed stalwarts visited Top Barn to check out the weed situation.  Half a dozen or so yachts were sailed until the cold drove skippers indoors for coffee and biscuits.  No problems whatsoever were encountered with weed, so Top Barn is now back in business on the first and third Sundays of each month.  The new launching ramp (right of photo) makes launching very easy, but lifejackets must be worn when using it.

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
17th February
I have received another text from Andy Wood who is the Place Partnership 'water expert'.  
A recent test shows that the algae continues to reduce but is still not low enough for the pool to be opened again.  He has promised to keep me updated with further test results.

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  March, April, May 2017:
Please note that all County Hall entries in this list are provisional until we know more about the algae situation.  In the meantime keep an eye on this schedule; other venues will be arranged and the list will be updated accordingly.

12th March Bodenham Arboretum
19th March Top Barn 09.00 - 12.00
26th March Bodenham Arboretum 10.00 - 12.00
2nd April Top Barn 09.00 - 12.00
9th April Ockeridge Fisheries 09.00 - 12.00 (catering van will be open!)
16th April Top Barn 09.00 - 12.00
23rd April Crowle or Bodenham Arboretum (t.b.a)
30th April Bodenham Arboretum 10.00 - 12.00
7th May Top Barn 09.00 - 12.00
14th May County Hall
21st May Top Barn 09.00 - 12.00
28th May County Hall

Top Barn Activity Centre                                                                                                                                  photo: Jim Cook


Events for 2017:

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 red 'club' symbol are meetings at which we have a manned club stand.

Sunday 29th January:  sailing at Bodenham Arboretum

Sunday 12th February:  informal gathering at the Countryside Centre Cafe

Sunday 26th February:  sailing at Ockeridge Lake Fishery

Friday 10th March: Skittles evening

Sunday 12th March:  sailing at Bodenham Arboretum

Sunday 26th March: sailing at Bodenham Arboretum

Saturday/Sunday 1st/2nd April: Coalville Model Boat Show
Hermitage Leisure Centre, Silver St., Whitwick, Coalville, Leicestershire LE67 5EU

Sunday 9th April:  sailing at Ockeridge Lake Fishery
A catering van will be open!

Sunday 23rd April:  sailing at Crowle or Bodenham (t.b.a.)

Sunday 30th April:  sailing at Bodenham Arboretum
Sunday 30th April:  Mid-Thames Model Boat Club open day 10.00 - 17.00
To be held at Beale Park RG8 9NW.  DSMBC members are invited to take part if they wish.
The lake will be divided to provide room for free sailing, fast electric demonstrations, tug towing and any other activity identified in the run up to the day.

Saturday 13th May: Knightcote Lifeboat Day
Knightcote Model Boat Club, CV47  2EQ.

Includes two guest speakers.

Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th May:  Model Boat Mayhem Weekend
At Wicksteed Park. NN15 6NJ
This is a turn-up-and sail event, with on-site camping available (charge applies)

Sunday 11th June:  Club Exhibition and sailing at Bodenham Arboretum
Sunday 11th June : Knightcote Open Day
Knightcote Model Boat Club, CV47  2EQ.

Sunday 18th June: King Lear lifeboat day
Watermead Country Park, LE7 1PD. 

Sunday 2nd July: Knightcote Navy Day (Surface Warships Association)
Knightcote Model Boat Club, CV47 2EQ.

Saturday/Sunday 8th/9th July: Hereford Society of Model Engineers open weekend
Boats, trains and other moving models.  Large pool, ride-on railways (ground level 7 1/4 inch and
5 inch, elevated track for 5 and 3 1/2 inch, gauge 1 garden railway). Teas and light refreshments.
Location is Broomy Hill, Hereford HR4 0LJ. 

Wednesday 26th July: Bromsgrove Society of Model Engineers
Model train driving evening at Avoncroft Museum from 18.30

Sunday 30th July: King Lear Friends and Family Day
Watermead Country Park, LE7 1PD. 

♣  Sunday 13th August: Worcester City Flower Show
Our annual model boat display in Gheluvelt Park, Worcester. WR1 3EX

Friday 18th - Sunday 20th August:  Ragley Hall Model Boat Exhibition
Organised by Telford M.B.C.

Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th August: 28th Model Boat Convention
Venue is Haydock Park Racecourse.  Details on website here: http://www.modelboatconvention.co.uk/

Sunday 27th August: King Lear Warship / Grey Ships Day
Watermead Country Park, LE7 1PD. 

Sunday 17th September: Knightcote Club Lunch
Booking required

Sunday 24th September:  The return of the PLANK RACE !
Back by popular demand!  You can read the rules here.

If you're looking for inspiration, click on the link at the bottom of this page (to Tony Holt's site).  When it opens, click on the 'DSMBC events' tab at the left-hand side.  You will find numerous plank race photos going back as far as 2007!

Sunday 8th October:  Club Exhibition and sailing at Bodenham Arboretum

Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November:  International Model Boat Show
Venue, as usual, is the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre, Leamington Spa, CV31 1XN.

Sunday 26th November: Club A.G.M.
Venue t.b.a.


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

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

Droitwich Spa Model Boat Club 2017