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Free Pool runs at Brockwell Lido

Postby Sub culture » Sun Apr 06, 2008 4:04 pm

Pool runs at Brockwell Lido

Fusion, the company that manages Brockwell Lido, which is based in Herne Hill, South/South-East London, has offered us the use of their excellent lido facilties for no cost during the autumn, winter and early spring months. The pool is open to swimmers from May until September, the rest of the year the pool is not in use.

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The pool is quite large 50 metres by 25 meters wide, or 164 feet by 82 feet for those working in old money. This should suit all but the largest of boats (32nd parallel Gato owners may feel a tad cramped;)). The pool was completely refurbished over a two year period at a cost of £3million. The pool dates back to 1937 and is a grade II listed Art Deco structure. Please visit the website for more information on the site and facilites-

http://www.brockwell-lido.com/pool.htm

Transport wise, the pool has it's own carpark. For those travelling by public transport, the facility is very close to Herne Hill railway station. Brixton is the nearest tube, which is on the Victoria line, the Lido is about half a mile from the station- you can get a cab or take a bus to the lido. Bus routes passing by Brockwell park are numbers 3, 196, 322.

So far feedback has indicated that monthly meetings would be optimal. We are able to hold more meetings than this, the only stipulation from the pool management is that everyone holds model insurance and that we get a reasonable number of folk turning up.

The meetings will be open to Sub Committee and AMS. Newcomers and non members of either organisation are also welcome, but you will be required to demonstrate proof of valid insurance cover if you wish to sail.

I'm happy to organise a monthly meeting. A higher frequency of meetings could prove tricky, as my job requires me to work some weekends and various shifts, so I would look for an assistant or two to manage things when I am unavailable. Ramesh(Wheelerdealer) has already kindly offered to help out where possible, but the more the merrier.

Confirmed dates


7th December 08 10AM-3PM
11th January 09
1st February 09
1st March 09
29th March 09

There may also be the possibility of using the pool during the Summer months (assuming we get a Summer this year, we had about one day last year!). The availability will be reduced, but possibly an evening session, if there is any demand.

This is where you guys come in- I need your support to make this work. I'm aware some of you live a good distance, but if you can make one or two then please pipe up, also please let folk know who are not internet savvy- I can be contacted by telephone, email and snail mail. My details are here-

http://subcommittee.com/SubComm/local_c ... ittee%20GB

Andy
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Postby Wheelerdealer » Sun Apr 06, 2008 8:04 pm

Just to add, I've noticed that better halves often attend runs when modellers have to come from a long way off. Unlike other sites there seems plenty to do and keep them occupied at Brockwell Park and the Lido. Or if your credit card can stand it, may be drop them off at the West End on your way down. There no congestion charge at the weekends to pay for drivers, traffic is light and parking free and easy.
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Postby Sub culture » Wed Apr 09, 2008 8:00 am

Thanks for the support. So far we have about 10 names in the hat, if everyone brings a couple of boats along, that'll be twenty boats on show- none too shabby, and I think we'll get greater numbers once the word spreads.

I've had a positive response from the pool manager, he's happy with the dates proposed, although he did warn things can get chilly December/January time, with even a bit of ice forming on the pool. I recommend a hammer and some thermals from Marks and Sparks.

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Postby Davy » Wed Apr 09, 2008 8:29 am

Thanks Andy it looks superb and it should add a lot to the hobby.
Too far for me (from Cumbria) alas!
Thanks also for mentioning Insurance in this litigious (spelling?) age(AMS member are covered anyway.)
If anyone is going to the Merstham, Alfold shows and all shows where the public will be and wish to sail, then insurance is needed.
Thanks again for setting this up and let's hope for a good turn out.

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