Welcome to the first Hub Club Newsletter of 2015. The Hub Club now has a New Chair, Tricia Stewart and some new board members with project management, development and funding experience who will join forces with the existing team of volunteers to bring the project forward.
We are aiming to improve our communication by bringing out a monthly update on our web site www.wqwatersports.org.uk which it is hoped will both inform and unite all members to come forward at given points to help, this is your club and your new facilities, and we are progressing with a structured work schedule in place.
We will be holding a BBQ and get together at our new site in the New Year, so please look out for the date confirmation, come along and get involved. You will have noticed already that a recent combined work party from the Sailing and Gig clubs have been busy cutting the hedge. The reasons for doing the work are several, but principally it was to make sure that the area to be excavated to make the entrance to the boat park is free of potential nesting cover for birds when work begins next year. Also to remove the maturing elm suckers that currently make up the height of the hedge before they succumb to Dutch elm disease, and to promote new side shoot and sucker production to thicken up the hedge, and this new growth can be allowed to grow up to the height needed to maintain a screen. The new shoots will be thinner than the present tall stems and thus easier for us to maintain by cutting with hand tools every second year. The reduction in height will reduce shading on the field side so that we can successfully grow new hedge species alongside it to thicken up and diversify it.
Preparations are also being made to engage a contractor to conduct the excavation in the summer, some of the activities being done to get the contractor in place are;
A structural engineer is being engaged to develop designs of the retaining wall, further ground investigations are being undertaken to confirm the preliminary findings and establish the soil loadings. The drawings are currently being amended and companies are being contacted to establish expressions of interest in doing the excavation, in addition we have made progress on bringing water and electric power onto the site.
If you have, or know of a company who would like to be added to the list of interested parties, then please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org ideally by the end of January. With a fair wind, the contract will be in place by the end of March and the excavation completed by the end of September.
A Happy and Prosperous New Year everyone from Weir Quay Community Watersports Hub Club.