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Anyone visiting Richmond park in the last five months may be thinking to themselves, what's been happening to the boating pavilion, home to Glasgow Richmond Model Boat Club.
After a lengthy battle with the ongoing gradual decay of the original roof, the Model Boat Club decided that action had to be taken. The club began the process to raise the funds to carry out the work through donations, auctions and shows. External funding was sought and Glasgow City Council's Area Budget stepped in to assist. City Building were a great help working with the club, investigating all the different options on repair and renewal, but after lengthy discussions it was agreed that the whole roof would need replaced.
As the project was now getting significantly bigger, the Club applied for and was successful in receiving a BIG Lottery grant, which meant full scale refurbishment of the pavilion roof could go ahead. The members of Glasgow Richmond Model Boat Club are sincerely grateful to all the agencies which helped to make the project a huge success:
BIG Lottery Awards for All, Glasgow City Council's Area Budget, City Building's apprentice training scheme, Oatlands Small Projects Fund and Land Environmental Services.
For the firsrt time in years, the clubhouse is now watertight, so, the members decided to renovate the insides.
First job, dump all the accumulated rubbish & rotten wood, all 30 tons of it. A call went out to the club members to basically rebuild the inside, no small feat. We have two types of members, the fit & working members & the unfit but plenty of time members!
Club chairman, Brian Cowell, said, any job, no matter how small, is one job closer to completion. The enthusiasm & good nature of the members, to rise to the occasion, never ceases to amaze me. All jobs were project managed by our own "Capt Ron" AKA, the grumpy Treasurer, a special thanks must go to him.
The work is still ongoing but we are confident, that the insides will be sufficiently ready for Sunday 6th May 2012, at our Start of Season show.
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