Droitwich Spa
Model Boat Club

        Founded 1988                                                                                                                       2017
Last site update: Friday  17.02.17
Web page maintained by Jim Cook

Notice Board
A place for notifying members of important matters.

Our usual annual skittles evening will be held this year on Friday 10th March (note the change of date from 3rd March) at the Portobello Inn, Bransford Road, Worcester WR2 4EZ.  7.00pm for a 7.15pm start.
Cost is 7 per head, including buffet supper.  Please let Andy Povey know as soon as possible if you would like to attend.  Her e-mail address is andiamoski(at)aol.com.

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
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 January, February, March 2017:
Please note that all County Hall entries in this list are provisional until we know more about the algae situation.

8th January County Hall
15th January Top Barn
22nd January County Hall
29th January Bodenham Arboretum (from 10:00 am)
5th February Top Barn
12th February Countryside Centre Cafe (see below)
19th February Top Barn
26th February Ockeridge Fishery lake  (see below - the club will pay all charges!)
5th March Top Barn
12th March Bodenham Arboretum (from 10:00 am)
19th March Top Barn
26th March County Hall

Top Barn Activity Centre                                                                                                                                  photo: Jim Cook


Events for 2017:

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
This is a trial visit to see if we like the place.  Postcode is WR6 6LN. 
09:00 til noon, car park and toilets. Quiet boats only, so no hovercraft, airboats, noisy high-speeders or i.c.  There will be a charge of 3 per person (5 if you want to sail more than one boat) however, the club will pay all charges for this event.
There will be no fishermen so we have the place to ourselves. Directions if you don't have a satnav:
Leaving Worcester on the Hallow Road towards Tenbury, drive past Top Barn, continue past the Stourport turn towards Tenbury until you see a brown sign pointing left to Ockeridge Lakes. Follow the lane until you see a sign on the right to Ockeridge Lakes. The lakes are off to the left at the bottom of the hill.

Friday 10th March: Skittles evening
7.00pm for 7.15pm start at the Portobello Inn, Bransford Road, Worcester WR2 4EZ. 
7 per head including buffet supper. Please let Andy Povey (andiamoski(at)aol.com) know
if you would like to attend.

Sunday 12th March:  sailing at Bodenham Arboretum
From 10:00

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

Sunday 3rd April:  Mid-Thames Model Boat Club open day
To be held at Beale Park RG8 9NW.  We are not planning to put on a club display at this event, but 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. http://kmbcmodelboatclub.com/

Includes two guest speakers.

Sunday 11th June:  Club Exhibition and sailing at Bodenham Arboretum

King Lear Model Boat Club:
King Lear MBC is hosting three events during the season, details as below:
Sunday 18th June: Lifeboat Day
Sunday 30th July: Friends and Family Day
Sunday 27th August: Warship / Grey Ships Day
Venue for all these events is Watermead Country Park, LE7 1PD
King Lear's website is http://www.kinglearmodelboatclub.co.uk/

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

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.  http://www.hsme.co.uk/

Sunday 24th September (provisional date):  The return of the PLANK RACE !
Back by popular demand!

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


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 2017