News Archive 2010
December 2010: Winter Car Park Maintenance
21st January 2011: The Car Park is open again!
Update 4th January 2011: The pond is now ice free but the car park remains closed. Latest from the Forestry Commission (via email to David McN-T): "...it looks like the car park will be closed for some time - mid January. Sorry, but unfortunately due to the public going in there just after it was done and the weather they need to work on it again and leave it to settle this time." They will keep us posted when there is more news. Meanwhile the Heron and the Cormorant are enjoying life... see our "Latest Movies Gallery"
Update 23rd December 2010: The track to the pond is now closed off with tree trunks (photo right) and the Forestry Commision notice (left, click to enlarge) suggests that the track will not open until sometime in the New Year, depending on when we get a thaw. The pond remains frozen, here are
some photographs of what it looks like!
Update 16th December 2010: The track had been re-opened but is now closed again due to damage to the road surface which appears (in two areas) to have been too soft to take cars. Only a narrow strip of water near the shore (1m or less in width) is not frozen.
6th December 2010: The track to the pond and the pond car park are closed for (badly needed) repair for about a week, possibly longer if this weather continues. In any case the pond has frozen over, here are some photographs taken on the 5th December. The pond surface shows the effects of freezing weather followed by a few inches of snow and then some heavy rain!
September 2010: Lymington Charity Model Boat Exhibition
The club exhibition on the 4th September at the Masonic Hall, Lymington, was in support of the Lymington New Forest Hospital, the RNLI, and Help for Heroes (thankyou letter right). The show was a great success with the collection on the door raising over £560 for charity plus the sales from the RNLI and Help for Heroes stands (over £110 and £170 respectively). There are some photographs in our "Latest Photos" gallery.
A message to members from the Scale Captain, on the day after the show:
"A thank you from myself and the committee for your fantastic response and support for the Lymington Show, it was well worth all the sleepless nights to see such a great exhibition. We had some 104 boats on display and what a display it was, the public comments were all in praise. We have not yet counted the door takings, I will email the result in the week; I do know that both the RNLI and Help for Heroes took over £100 on each of their stands! My special thanks go to all the ladies who manned stalls and the entrance, and to the front gate guys who "pulled in the punters". Overall a fantastic day and we have booked again for next year by Public Demand.
David McNair-Taylor, 5th Sept 2010
July 2010: Lymington Lifeboat Day
Once again Lymington RNLI Day (on the 25th July) was a very successful event with an impressive display of models and a good attendance by the public.
June 2010: Navy Day
This year's "Navy Day" on the 27th June produced an impressive display of highly detailed warship models ashore and on the water, plus an RAF fly past! Photographs are in our "Latest Events" photo gallery.
Knightwood School Summer Fete
On Saturday 12th June David McNair-Taylor set up a small display at Knightwood School Summer Fete in Chandlers Ford in support of their "Transport" theme and raised £20 for the RNLI. More...
in Memoriam: Tony Bradfield
Sadly we have to tell you that Tony Bradfield recently passed away. Tony joined the club in 2005 and loved the peace, tranquility and company the club and Setley pond offered. Unfortunately health problems meant that model making was becoming
difficult to cope with even at that time. During the present year his health had been declining as a result of a stroke, and he recently had entered a nursing home. Our sympathy to his widow, Kit Bradfield, who derived a large measure of comfort from knowing that Tony enjoyed his visits to Setley.
May 2010: Vintage Model Yacht Group visit Setley Pond
Members of the Vintage Model Yacht Group visited the Setley Pond on the 9th May 2010; there are photos of their models "free sailing" (no radio control), and occassionally flirting with danger at the southern end of the pond, in our "Latest Photos Gallery".
April 2010: Discounts on 2.4GHz radio sets
Drama at the pond on Sunday 4th April when Nigel Harper's cargo ship took on water and capsized; fortunately the model was salvaged without loss of parts (or life!). Unconnected with that incident, Nigel is offering Planet 2.4GHz Transmitter and Receiver sets at his Milford Models store at a special price to SRCMBC members on production of their membership card.
March 2010: Annual Exhibition at Highcliffe
The Club's Annual Exhibition took place in the Methodist Hall, Lymington Road, Highcliffe on Saturday 13th March in collaboration with the local Branch of the RNLI. There was an impressive range of models on display, see our Latest Events photo gallery. The event raised over £600 for the RNLI and the club received a letter of thanks.
Alan Furness featured in "Model Boats"
SRCMBC member Alan Furness is featured in the March 2010 issue of Model Boats Magazine. He describes the enjoyment he has had building models from the free plans featured in the magazine. The photo (left) shows one of the featured models, the Pilot Boat "Pathfinder". More photographs of Alan's models are in his Photo Gallery.
February 2010: In Memoriam: Arthur Lord
It is with great regret that we have to inform you that Arthur Lord passed away on 2nd February, 2010. One of the Club's founding members, Arthur has been a staunch supporter of the club over many years. The Funeral was held on Monday 15th February at All Saints Church, Milford On Sea.The New Milton Advertiser (20th February, 2010) carried an Obituary for Arthur. Our sympathy to his wife, Rene, his children, and grandchildren.The club made a donation in Memory of Arthur.
January 2010: Winter at the pond
Photos of Setley Pond on Sunday, 10th January, taken by David McNair-Taylor (view as a photo album). An increasing easterley wind has blown snow across the ice and the Brockenhurst to Lymington railway line (which runs close to the pond) has been struggling to provide a service.
January 6th and snow covers much of southern England. Here are some photos of what it was like at Setley pond. The snow was nowhere near as deep as other places nearby, even so, don't expect much model boat action! The last photo shows the area behind the car park... lots of solid water and very wintery!
A New Year and a New Pond... the water level is higher and the island has disappeared, but on the 3rd January the pond's got a solid lid on it! What's more the weather forecast does not promise a thaw; maybe the Setley Pond Gulf Stream has shut down!
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