Club events 2016
Although the year has started slow regarding events we have had some.
On Saturday and Sunday we attended the Waterways museum's Folk-sail event, along with the portable pool (2 extending ladders, some boards and a fly sheet) provided by Darran Newman.
The event was very buisy with several historic barges moored up along side , whilst on shore there were stalls with wares for sale as well as tombola and other prize stalls, live music was provided by various artists over the two days with my favorites been the Whitherensea Pirates who put on a great audio and visual display. We however laid on a display of members boats as well as David Hamer's have-a-go-boats, which started out as three , but were reduced to just two due to an over excited toddler who took a fancy to one springer in a big way, however David had it repaired overnight and back on the water for the Sunday.
Both days were buisy with the juniors and adults enjoying the water attractions and having a go at their sailing skills, some better than others. But by late sunday afternoon the time had come to perform the BIG WAVE where we release all the pool water (in a controlled manner) back into the canal.I believe at one point there were over 200 visitors to the event, roll on 2017.
On Sunday the 10th of July we attended the Kirklees MBC open day at Wilton park Batley,The day started with bright sunshine as we set off from Goole for the 50 min journey to Batley, but en-route we encountered heavy rain. But on ariving at our destination the sun was beaming down and the sky's clear, there was already a lot of clubs who had set up along the lake side so we found our pitch and within ten minuets our stall was set out (thank god for pop up gazebo's) and we settled down for the days events. Our hosts Kirklees MBC were helpfull, especially Stan who checked to make sure we were ok and to ask us to be carefull as the grass was slippy, we don't want any falls do we.
The lake was full of not only the resident ducks and geese, but at one time there must have been over 50 models on the water who enjoyed the open spaces and tried their skils at the clubs harbour, navigating through it.
The grand finale was the ever popular raffle with an entire gazebo just for the prizes, and although we didn't win any prizes in the model catagorys i did win a case of drinks on the raffle. myself Darran Newman and co modeler David Hamer thoroughly enjoyed the day, we did bring something from Gooles herritage with us namely 5 tom pudding pans and the Jebus to push around the lake , and at one time we did some improvised boat transportation with some springer tugs.
On Sunday the 26th we had our summer open day which was a great day with plenty of clubs and visitors attending,although things could have been much worse if it was not for Darran Newman liasing with the contractors and ABP whowere working on the coal hoist and securing access to our facilitys for the weekend.
So on the saturday members gathered to get the site cleaned and erect the clubs tents along with all the ascociated equipment needed for the day. The gates were opened early on Sunday to allow visiting clubs time to put their stalls up and of course the boilers were working ready to dispence those all important cuppa's along with the getting ready of food (bacon and burgers).
The day went well with plenty of activity on and in the water, with only a slight shower in the afternoon, whilst the rest of the day was mainly sunshine. Appart from the hot food served by Maggie and Daz , the ladies and Marcus in the main tentdid a brilliant job serving tea, coffee and cakes whilst also running the bottle stall , raffle and a card game, and David Hamer running the swap meet stall and taking numbers for the duck race.
We also had boat trips provided by the Waterways museum on Telethon Louise which took guests around the docks.
So a big thank you to all the members and friends who attended and helped out before, during and after , as well as the ladies who also do a fantastic job and without their help we wouldnt have managed, also thank you to Vicar waters, Castaways , Bridlington, York and Kirklees model boat clubs for coming and having a good time.
We had the customary stare at the lost fisherman
Bluebird by Ted Holmes
Geoff Hudson with his fishing boat Castanet
Fairplay by Darran Newman, Unity,Orca by Clive Acaster
Walter Brunee and Castanet by Geoff Hudson
And of course a couple of cooks, Maggie and Daz
On Saturday and Sunday we attended CADMA (the Conisbrough and District Modelers Ascociation)
at the deaf school in Doncaster, and working along side the Vintage model yacht Society we put on an
impressive display of working and pleasure vessels as well as a selection of popular springers
Shown in the picture is Darran Newman and David Hamer, and in the fore ground yes
those are a couple of RC ducks.
On Sunday the 24th of April we were invited to put on a small static display at the Waterways museum
along with the scale model railway, and there were also some vintage cars that turned up