Droitwich Spa
Model Boat Club

        Founded 1988                                                                                                                       2017
Last site update: Saturday 12.08.17
Web page maintained by Jim Cook

Notice Board
A place for notifying members of important matters.

Top Barn, Crowle and County Hall are all still unavailable for sailing, but Bodenham Arboretum have come to the rescue and offered us use of their water every Sunday until the AGM on 26th November. This includes Sundays when other events are also in the diary, for example the International Model Boat Show on Sunday 12th November.  If you'd rather go to Bodenham on that day, it will be open! 
There's just one problem date: Sunday 24th September, when road closures around the arboretum due to a bike race mean that we won't be able to sail at Bodenham on that day. 
As Bodenham have been so supportive through this difficult time it's important to be on our best behaviour, in particular to keep the entrance to the walk clear, leave no litter, clean boats before and after sailing (see below), support the café, and return chairs to the tables you 'borrowed' them from before you leave.

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!

Continuing non-availability of Top Barn makes it necessary to cancel the Club Barbecue on 20th August and also the Plank Race on 10th September.  If the situation improves, either or both may be reinstated at short notice, so watch this space!

The fences round the top pool have been taken down.  However the water is an awful green colour and there are notices telling people not to let animals go into it because of the algae.
The authorities responsible for the pools are still seeking advice about what they can do to clear it.  In the meantime the committee is asking members not to sail at County Hall until we have more information about its actual condition. It's important to keep on-side with the relevant authorities so please don't 'just have a quick  sail' because you may jeopardise future use of County Hall for all our members. You also run the risk of becoming seriously ill.

A Photographic Challenge!
It would be nice to include an atmospheric photograph on this site of our sailors in action at Bodenham Arboretum.  I've seen one or two rogues poncing about with cameras, so here's an invitation for you to show us what you can do!  Your photo needs to give a good feel for our hobby and also to 'show off' Bodenham scenery.  It will ultimately be cropped to make it similar to the current photos of Top Barn and County Hall, so please bear this in mind when framing up.  Only one photo accepted per participant, so please don't send me half a dozen photos and ask me to choose one!  No prize except the satisfaction of seeing your photo on the site:-) 
Editor's decision is final.  e-mail your photo to me at poundswick(at)hotmail.com
Closing date for entries is 31st August.  Many thanks to those who have already sent photos.. 
To the rest of you I say get those cameras out!

Sailing venues   July, August, September, October 2017:

23rd July Bodenham Arboretum 1000-1200
30th July Bodenham Arboretum 1000-1200
6th August Bodenham Arboretum 1000-1200
13th August Worcester Flower Show (see below) or Bodenham Arboretum 1000-1200
20th August Bodenham Arboretum 1000-1200
27th August Bodenham Arboretum 1000-1200
3rd September Bodenham Arboretum 1000-1200
10th September Bodenham Arboretum 1000-1200
17th September Bodenham Arboretum 1000-1200.
24th September No sailing venue available this weekend
1st October Bodenham Arboretum 1000-1200
8th October Bodenham Arboretum - Club Exhibition (see below)
15th October Bodenham Arboretum 1000-1200

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

Sunday 9th April:  sailing at Ockeridge Lake Fishery

Sunday 23rd April:  sailing at Springridge Nursery, Crowle.

Sunday 30th April:  sailing at Bodenham Arboretum

Sunday 30th April:  Mid-Thames Model Boat Club open day 10.00 - 17.00

Saturday 13th May: Knightcote Lifeboat Day

Sunday 14th May:  sailing at Springridge Nursery, Crowle, 0930 -1200.

Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th May:  Model Boat Mayhem Weekend

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

Sunday 11th June : Knightcote Open Day

Sunday 18th June: King Lear lifeboat day

Sunday 2nd July: Knightcote Navy Day (Surface Warships Association)

Saturday/Sunday 8th/9th July: Hereford Society of Model Engineers open weekend

Wednesday 26th July: Bromsgrove Society of Model Engineers

Sunday 30th July: King Lear Friends and Family Day

♣  Sunday 13th August: Worcester City Flower Show
Our annual model boat display in Gheluvelt Park, Worcester. WR1 3EX
Please note that you will need a car pass to get into the showground for unloading your boats.  Unloading is from 0800 to 0930.  All cars must be off the showground by 1000.  To get a pass see Andy Povey at the poolside or contact her on 01905 923514, andiamoski@aol.com

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 20th August:  Club Barbecue at Top Barn
Please note that this event has been cancelled.

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

Sunday 10th September :  The return of the PLANK RACE !
Please note that this event has been cancelled.

Sunday 17th September: Knightcote Club Lunch
Booking required

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 is Perdiswell, booked 0930 - 1300


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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