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Messing about on the water

A group of local model boat enthusiasts are preparing to welcome aboard a whole host of visitors to their annual open day on Sunday, June 26, 2016.

Goole Model Boat Club was founded back in 1997 by a small group of model boat fans and has since then seen its membership grow to around fifty members. Their main event of the year – the annual open day – is doubly important this year as some of the club’s facilities have been out of bounds due to scaffolding and contractors on site doing refurbishment works to one of Goole’s historic coal hoists.

The club is based at the No 5 Boat Hoist site on Dutch Riverside, where it enjoys a purpose built pond, sheltered area and a clubhouse, toilet facilities and a small workshop. Unfortunately the hoist repair works have meant that the club’s permanent facilities have been out of bounds and this has resulted in the temporary loss of their disabled toilet facilities. However, everyone at the Club has their fingers crossed that work will be finished, scaffolding removed and everything back up and running as normal by their open day, on Sunday, June 26.

The site is part of the Waterways Museum and also houses a number of interesting historic structures. The most important is the last remaining, Grade II listed hydraulic boat-hoist, a structure of national importance. Also on site are the last four remaining Bartholomew ‘compartment boats’, more commonly known as Tom Puddings.
Every Saturday afternoon (and most Wednesday’s) members can be found proudly sailing their boats – a variety of models ranging from yachts, tug, military and
fun boats. Members come from as far as Leeds, Hull, Bridlington, York and Chesterfield to enjoy the facilities and as the site is secure members can sail any time of the day or night, every day of the year.

Perfectly situated in the middle of the docks, members can get really close to vessels sailing in and out of Goole, often enjoying a birds’s eye view of them discharging their various commodities.

The annual open day will feature displays from visiting local boating clubs, refreshments and hot food, raffles and prize stalls along with a duck race and ‘have-a-go’ boats for those wanting to try their skills on the water. The fun starts at 10am and goes on all day until 4pm, so pop along and enjoy a tranquil day ‘messing about on the water’.

For details visit: www.goolemodelboatclub.co.uk

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