The Tuesday working party today brought two Mirrors and a Topper into the clubhouse to over-winter. Next Tuesday they will disconnect and drain the water system. You will have to spend a penny before going to Redbrook. So from then on until Spring, come 1-o-clock, it’s time for the pub and the pensioners’ specials.They also brought up a new set of kitchen units, which they will fit in the coming weeks. Next year the Commodore will have a new galley in which to exercise his culinary skills.
The AGM took place on Saturday amidst a 3″ snowfall. The meeting did not take long. Reports were read and the usual suspects elected for another year. The finances are modestly healthy. We are still looking for someone to take up the Social Secretary’s post. The meal comprised a pie made by Alec the butcher and another by his successor at Fall Lane. Afterwards a boat race determined by ability to tie knots was won by Arian, her friend Lucy and Charles. To round of the evening we all pushed Ian’s van out of the snow.
The Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday the 19th of November at 6.30 pm. Followed by Dinner at 7.30 pm.
Members will receive notice hopefully on Monday the 10th of October by E-mail. Paid up members will be invited to submit any competent business and/or nominations to Charles by Wednesday the 2nd of November. The Management Committee will then formulate the agenda on the 3rd and members will be informed, again by E-mail, hopefully on Friday the 4th.
We are still short of a Social Secretary and new committee members are welcome.
This season we have had a number of requests to use the facilities at Redbrook, either without joining the club or to conduct activities outside the remit of the club. Consequently the Management Committee feel it necessary to state the purpose of the club.
In 1959 the Acre Mills Sports and Social Club entered into an agreement with British Waterways (BW) to allow for up to 60 dinghies of not more than 15 feet length plus a motor safety boat to sail on the reservoir at Redbrook. In the fifty three years of that arrangement, the nature of leisure activities altered and expanded. In 2013 therefore, the club renegotiated its agreement with the Canal and River Trust (CART) the successors to BW. This agreement expanded the activities permitted to include canoeing, kayaking and windsurfing. Sailing however was to take priority over all other activities.
The membership subscriptions have been deliberately set low to encourage as wide a membership as possible. However the facilities, gate, car park, dinghy park, clubhouse, slipway and jetties have to be maintained and improved mainly out of subscriptions and with volunteer labour. The Committee therefore feel it is reasonable to expect anyone wishing to enjoy the facilities, to join the club either as a family, individual or junior member.
Last Tuesday the working party completed the new roof works. Though the roof has been up for several weeks, the guttering system needed re-routing. Just in time, by a few hours, for the dramatic storm that swept across the Pennines that evening. Over the winter we will be putting a new ceiling in the Ladies’ changing room. We are now seeking funding to replace the Officer of the Day cabin which is on its last legs. That will be next year’s project.
A great day had by all. Many thanks to our Sailing Secretary: Andrew Thompson for organising the day and the rabble!
This Tuesday, the working party put a new roof on the clubhouse. This is
corrugated steel, in Moss green. It covers the Ladies’ and Gent’s changing rooms, the entrance vestibule and the lavatories. Working in pairs, it took four men six hours, and was a splendid example of efficient teamwork. The Commodore was in the Galley to feed the workers with a hearty pasta bake, followed by rice pudding.
The gutters and soil pipe now need to be relocated. Then we should be able to tackle the Officer of the Day cabin next season.
The annual trip to Rhoscolyn takes place two weeks today.
RBSC Weather Report. Sunday 19th June 09.30am. BST. Wind Southerly, average 4.3knots, gusting 6.3 knots. Force 2. Temperature 58F. Dull.