Boat makers show how they ‘dabble with the ducks’

Southwater Dabblers charity day Sunday July 30.
Southwater Dabblers charity day Sunday July 30.
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Members of the Southwater Dabblers Boat Club proved they are a dab hand at making miniature boats in their annual display at Southwater Country Park last weekend (July 28 to July 29).

Park visitors were greeted with on-lake and still displays of the boats created by members from the local area.

The club is given sole use of the lake to allow members to display their collection which includes; sailing boats; schooners; tugs; fishing boats; war ships; lifeboats; and steamboats.

This year’s display also included many model aircraft from the Horsham Model Fling Club.

The Dabblers can be found sailing their handmade creations on most Sundays at Southwater Country Park, Sumners Pond in Barns Green, Loder Plants, in Lower Beeding, and Leonardslee Gardens.

The club was started by five people, with the first meeting in the Hen and Chicken pub and now has more than 130 members and is one of the largest model boat clubs in the country.

A member came up with the unusual name by remarking: “I come to the lake to sail my boats and dabble with the ducks.”

The next display will take place at Sumner Pond in Barns Green on Saturday August 18 and Sunday 19.

Although entrance to the event is free, a collection is held for the Sussex Air Ambulance.

For further information contact chairman Alan Woodroffe on 01903 264387 or email