Due to the lack of water our home water at Collett park is now only 6" deep it has dropped 6" in the past 10 Days! Also from our meeting last night the Frome Cheese show is now ON contact Maurice E for details.



For the eagle eyed I have just migrated this web site to the version 6 software hence a slight design change and colour. We have less club pics at the moment and the site counter has gone as well as the last update on the home page. The good news is that the site can be viewed with I pads and I phones without the layout moveing around. If you are using an Apple device (ie 'I' device) when viewing the front page scroll down the bottom of the page and click VIEW In NORMAL Mode and all further views should go to the normal layout as viewed on a lap top or PC.  (entered by Barrie)



Dont forget this Saturday is the clubs big event at Collett Park now called The Collett Park Festival entrance via Collett avenue as usual and if you could be in by 09:30 please.



Congratulations to Maurice and Tony for winning the Tug Towing at Apex lake last Sunday!

Don't forget Collett Festival on Saturday June 9th if you are exhibiting with a boat please be in the park and set up by 09:30. Entrance via Park Road.




Following the club meeting on 14th May we have now updated the Drifters membership form to include the new Gerneral Data Protection Regulations which come into force on May 25th.



Just a reminder to club members that the 2018 renewal fees are now due. If you have not renewed by 31st March you will not be a member and not covered by 3rd party PL insurance and if renewed AFTER this date you will have to pay the new member fee.



At the AGM yesterday the same officers were voted in enbloc and club renewal fees will stay the same as last year. It was also agreed that the Drifters facebook group will be limited ONLY to paid up members, ie anyone can see we have a facebook group but they cannot see or post any messages. The events for 2018 has been added to the CLUB EVENTS page on this web site.




Don't forget the clubs AGM to be held on Sunday 14th Jan 10:30am at the Thatched Cottage.




We have just heard from club members Vernon Seal and Barrie Hall that they have managed to raise £310 this year from their Have A  Go Boats which was donated the St Margaret's Hospice WELL DONE Guys!



The Sedgemoor MBC Wet and Dry race which was postponed on 3rd Sept due to Blue Green alge in their lake has now been rescheduled for Sunday 22nd Oct as the alge problem has now cleared. All members welcome.



The Frome Cheese Show event (9th Sept) this year we will not be attending. We will be attending the West Wilts garden Railway show in Westbury on Sunday Sept 10th.



Good news is that our club sponsored bench has now been installed in Collett Park.



Sadly due to Travellers making an entrance to Collett Park the two entrances have been blocked with metal skips to prevent further invasions. Hence sadly for the forseeable future we cannot gain vehicular acces to the lakeside and modlers will have to walk in.



The next club meeting at the Thatched Cottage on the 8th May has been cancelled. The next meeting will be July 10th.



Don't forget the club meeting tomorrow night at the Thatched cottage ...judging of the clubs miniship build over the winter plus lots of other stuff to discuss.



The latest Risk Assessment for Collett Park can now be viewed on the How To Join page.



A very good AGM yesterday with a record number of members attending. All the existing officers were voted in enbloc and the subs for 2017 frozen again plus the 3rd Party PL insurance will be increased to £5M.




Don't forget the clubs AGM next Sunday 8th Jan at the Thatch Cottage starting 10:30am.



Dispite Collett Lake being ice up earlier this week it is now virtually clear of ice and we can sail on Sunday morning. The latset newsletter has been distributed to members.



The club has been invited again to sail in Collett Park Lake during the Christmas Market and Lantern Parade to be held on Saturday 17th December> I have said a tentative yes as they wanted details for the puiblicity poster, will discuss at the next meeting on Monday 7th November at the Thatched Cottage.



I have just added a few more for Sale ads. The old for sales have been removed please contact me (Barrie) for any reisnsertions or new ads.



A BIG HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our long term treasuer Verd who reaches the mile stone of 90 years old tomorrow!



Weymouth & Portland club have invited us to join them at the Sherborne Castle show on 30th May. Please let Maurice Edwards know ASAP if you want to attend



ANOTHER  Don't forget!! The club AGM will be held on Sunday 10th Jan at the Thatched Cottage, Shepton Mallet starting at 10:30am. See you then




Don't forget this Sunday morning sailin at Collett park lake, again could we please keep all cars of the grass. Don't laugh .... I (Barrie) have been having a clear out of my workshop and will have a load of part built models to dispose of on Sunday morning!!



Just a reminder that tomorrow (Saturday) we are sailing from 14:00hrs to 16:00hrs for the Collett Park Stocking Filler Market and again from 18:00hrs -19:00hrs for the Lantern Parade. Entrance via the usual Collett Road entrance but again no parking or driving on the grass please.




As the grass in Collett Park is VERY wet please do not drive or park on the grass if you are sailing this Sunday morning.



The guest speakers for the next two culb meetings are:

14th Sept Geoffrey Mackett a retired RN Commander will talk be about is life in the navy. He is also involved in Frome FM and always looking for things too talk about on his slot on air. There is possible publicity for the club!


9th November Kevin Fleet will give talk on his trip to the Dortmund model show earlier this year.



Scale Steering Sunday 26th July. This event planned for tomorrow has been cancelled as rain is forecast all day. Sorry for any problems this may cause. An alternative date will be notified in due course. Contact Maurice for further information


Following the Gartell event last weekend the club has been invited to Somerset's Festival of Transport 2015 to be held at Wincanton Race course on the 22nd and 23rd August. The oragnsiers are prpared to install a marquee for us and camping is avalible for the weekend, any club member interested in attending please contact Barrie or Jackie.



Just a reminder that this static display we will be attending for the Shepton Mallet Hospital Fete will be held at St Pauls School entry via the Front Entrance (opposite Phillips tyre gargage). The fete opens to the public at 14:00 we start getting set up just after midday. Names to Barrie or Jackie.



A few pics added to the Club Photos page of Collett Day held today



Just added a new for Sale ad.

Don't forget Collett Day next Saturday (13th June)

The June Driftwood has now been sent out to all paid up members.



We have been informed that the Sherborne Country Show to be held on May day bank holiday Monday will not be having any model boats this year. Apologies for any members who were planning to attend, this has been a good event in the past.



For members attending the South West Model Engineering Show at the Royal Bath and West Showground over the first May bank holiday, we have just been informed that on the Saturday evening the organisers are trying to arrange for an illuminated night, fly/sail /truck driving. at 21:00hrs. The show will be closed to day visitors at this time but the restraunt will be open upto 21:00hrs



We have now sorted the Diary Dates problems as mentioned below and created a Club Events button. Which should now able to be viewed OK on tablets ipads etc.




After inputting most of the dates for 2015 on the web eden calander (as viewed on a PC) we have found that it is not viewable on a tablet or ipad!! AGGH!! Hence we will have to re input using a normal text document.



Folowing suggestions made at the AGM the Diary Dates button has been added to the menue on the left hand side all the dates for 2015 have not been added yet I will add them when I have 5 mins ... or longer??



The AGM on Sunday (11th Jan) was well attended and surprise surprise the committee was voted in en bloc to serve for the next year hence Chairman Barrie S, Secretary Maurice E and Treasurer Verd R.



HAPPY NEW YEAR to all members and visitors to this site. For members don't forget the club's AGM on Sunday 11th Jan starting at 10:30 am. at the Thatched Cottage. Also it is sailing this Sunday morning at Collett Park Lake, if you have a large model and wish to drive to the lakeside PLEASE keep off the grass we have hard standing for around 8 cars.



Sad news that a once very active club member Ray Frankom has passed away. Ray was well known for his keeness in yacht racing and was part of the away team attending many events like Bude, Exeter Plymouth etc. Our condolencies go to his wife Silvia and son Mathew



The Drifters have been invited to attend and put on, a on the water display of preferably millitary type vessells during the WW1 commemorations on Monday 4th August from 7.30 - 9.30 pm at Collett Park Lake. Any members interested please contact Barrie. Below is the programe of events as listed on the TIC web site:-

World War I Commemoration

4th August 2014


Shepton Mallet will be commemorating the start of World War One.


11.00 am -7.00 pm Silent Vigil at the Cenotaph by Shepton Mallet RAF Air Cadets


2.30 - 4.30 pm Fish and Chip meal at Whitstone's for £6. Ticket only. Available from Shepton Mallet TIC. All proceeds to the RBL Poppy Appeal.


7.00 - 7.15 pm Procession to Collett Park via the Cenotaph led by HMS Heron RN Volunteer Band. Assemble on the Market Square 6.45 pm


7.30 - 9.30 pm Commemoration in Collett Park of the 140 citizens of Shepton Mallett who went off to war and never returned. Band concert, display of World War 1 memorabilia, living history audio-visual presentation, hog roast and refreshments or bring your own picnic.


9.30 - 9.50 pm Move to Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul, led by Air Cadet drummers.


10.00 - 11.00 pm Candle-lit Service of Commemoration in the Parish Church, including introduction by Allan Mallinson




COLLETT DAY 14th July. All modellers welcome to attend this mega Shepton Mallet Fete/Funday please use the Collett Road entrance (football field end) if you use the Park Road entrance (toilet end) you will need a pass avaliable from Barrie or Maurice.



The ground in Collett Park has now dried out and entry by car will be allowed for this Sunday's sailing in from 10:00 -12:00.

Entries for tickets for club members to mann the stand at the South West Model Show has now closed, also to remind members that selling of models is not allowed from club stands at the show.



The next club meeting at the Thatched Cottage on Monday March 10th will not have the RNLI presentation as listed in the clubs newsletter Driftwood. In place a video will be shown on Falcon a classic Edwardian Stean Launch from restoration to relaunch.



Following the well attended AGM the Chairman , secretary and treasure were voted all enblock to stand again for the next year. The membership fees remain the same as for 2013.



Last day of 2013. Happy New Year to all members, don't forget the AGM to be held on Jan 19th at 10:30 at the Thatched Cottage Inn, Shepton Mallet. If you want a meal after please contact Carol Sadd.



We have been in contact with the organisers of the Lantern Parade for this Saturday and due to the increase in the number of children building the Lanterns in the workshops held in the old Boots shop, the Drifters have been asked if we could get set up for the static model display from 16:00hrs (4 o'clock) instead of the original plans of 14:00hrs (2 o'clock). Apologies for the inconvenience.



The club AGM will be held at the Thatched Cottage on  Sunday January 19th. Any club member wishing to attend the Lantern Parade either at the static display in the old disused Boots shop in the market square or the night sail at Collett Park please let Barrie or Jackie know.




Due to a VERY soggy Collett Park and the weather forecast for the weekend as being wet we have suggested NO cars in Collett Park this Sunday (Nov 3rd) for the monthly sailin. Hence please bring small models which you can carry in.

If you know of any members who do not have access to e-mail/internet could you please relay this information please?



It has been confirmed that the venue for the static model display during the Lantern Parade on Sat 21st December will be the old Boots shop ie the same as last year!



Graham D has kindly informed us of an extra tv program re the Americas Cup. covering the races on BBC2 on Sunday Sept 29th 1615- 1700, not in TV guides.



The 'For Sale and Wanted' page has been rebuilt and any items will now be withdrawn after 2 months unless re requested. This service is only open to Drifters members. Also all my pics for Collett day have now been loaded into the Drifters 20th Anniversary page. BDS



Club meeting on September 9th will have as a guest speaker Mr Geoffrey Mackett an ex RN officer who will being a talk on his experiences at sea and as he is involved with the radio station Glastonbury FM he is keen to give publicity to our club.



Due to VERY wet weather on the first Sunday meet at Collett Park Lake on 2nd December we will not be opening the gates to allow cars at the lakeside. We can still use the lake but will have to walk in with our models.



The Frome Agricultural and Cheese Show takes place on Saturday 8th September at West Woodlands Showground and we have been invited to attend and give a demonstration on the lake in the afternoon of some of our models. we will also be given a stand in the Craft Area for a static display. Short notice I know but if anyone is interested in supporting this event please contact Maurice Edwards.  



I’m sorry to report that Brenda West (wife of Chris West) a long standing member of the Drifters Club who was known to many for her involvement with the Bristol Harbour Festival has passed away recently.

Brenda’s funeral will be held at South Bristol Crematorium, Bridgwater Rd, Bristol, BS13 7AS on Thursday 19th July at 3.30pm. NO BLACK TO BE WORN PLEASE. Donations in aid of Cancer Research UK.



SWAMBC Scale Steering - the round (originally for 15th July) has now been rearranged and will taking place on Sunday 5th August - that's assuming it ever stops raining!



The condition of the park due to the weather has meant the Scale Steering event planned for this Sunday 15th July has been cancelled. Sorry for any inconvenience this will cause. It is hoped that an alternative date can be arranged and details will be announced.







A note to inform members that on the first Sunday of the month sail in at Collett Park lake on 6th Feb we will not be driving in the park due to the wet weather this winter. Normal access (unless very persistant rain) will start on the 1st Sunday in March.



Drifters Christmas Festivities and Night Sail 2011

This year as some may have gathered from the last meeting we are participating in the Lantern Festival which is being held on Thursday 22nd December the date of the winter solstice ie the shortest day! The plan is that at Collett Park Lake on 22nd we will have a mini illuminated display with model craft and the usual candles around the island for only say 1 hour. This will be for the start of the children’s lantern Festival when they will parade around the lake before walking down to the market cross in Shepton. The planned time to start the parade is 19:00hrs (7pm) hence if the modellers who are prepared to operated illuminated models could assemble at 18:00 that will be fine also as there is limited hard standings for cars in the park please let Barrie know if you intend to brave the elements and sail with your boats with lights on. The second part of the festivities for the Drifters will be a static display of model craft (and toys if you have any?) to be held in a disused shop called Pickwicks in the Market square which will be the end of the Lantern parade but it is planned for  a hog roast, Fire eaters  and a carnival float etc as well as the shops extending their opening hours. We will have access to the Pickwicks shop the day before so that we can give it a clean up and set up the tables and chairs etc. From midday onwards on the 22nd we can start to sett up the display of models, there is a downstairs to the shop we can use but may be more suitable for the able bodied modellers!! At a guess the ending of the Pickwicks Shop display  will be around 21:00hrs (9PM) all depending on weather! There are car parks close to the Market Cross but we will be able to drive close to the shop for off loading. Again if you are planning to exhibit at Pickwicks could you please let Jackie or Barrie know. This should be a good PR exercise for the Drifters working with the council and other groups in Shepton Mallet.


16/03/11 For members attending the SWMEE at the Bath & West showground could you please take note of this message:-



Set up day is Friday 29th April-2011 10 am to 7 pm Saturday 30th April 7.30 am to 9.30 am Sunday 1st May 8.30 am to 9.30 am Monday 2nd May 8.30 am to 9.30 am

Removal of exhibits on Monday 2nd May will take place from 4 pm to 7 pm. Those members setting up or delivering models on Friday, will receive there car park passes camping passes and wristbands on the Friday From Carol or Phillip Sadd on the Drifters stand M63 which is in the Mendip Hall. Those members attending on Saturday Sunday and Monday can obtain there passes and wristbands from the box office only, they will be in an envelope marked Shepton Mallet Drifters in each envelope will contain wristbands car passes and camping passes Members must give there name and club to receive there envelope. Please will members remember to wear your wristbands at all times if you lose your wrist band we cannot guaranty that we can replace them and you may have to pay to gain entry into the show.



The Drifters suggested Display card for static models can be found under Useful links page.



At our AGM the officers have remained the same for 2011.  The good news is that club fees have also remained the same for another year.




Maggie has updated the Club Photo page with events the club has attended during 2010 plus I have put some more snowy pics of Collett park.




Sadly due to the ice build up on Collett Park Lake and the very slippery conditions under foot AND the weather forecast for next week of getting colder again we have decided to cancel this years Christmas Night Sail.





The date for the South West Model Engineering and Hobbies Exhibition held at the Royal Bath and West Showground in Shepton mallet has changed. It has been publicised for the past 9 months that the dates would be April 16th  & !7th 2011. But this week a press release has been issued from the organisers to say that the date has changed to April 30th to 2nd May (3 days). Sadly this date clashes with other long standing events like the Beale Park Show and may effect the attendance. It is also the same weekend as the Royal Wedding and the Friday and Monday will be bank holidays.



For the TV addicts, the last episode of the current series of Rory and Paddy's Even Greater British Adventure on CH5 is titled South West and is scheduled to be shown on Monday 25th October at 21:00hrs.

One of the items they filmed was based at Weymouth during the Weymouth International Maritime Modelling Festival (2009) and includes the two

comedians engaging in a race on the sea of two I/C powered model boats.



1/08/10 The lateset club newsleter Driftwood has been distributed to all members.


11/06/10  It is with sad regret to anounce the untimely passing away of club member Roy Stevens. Roy had been a keen member since the club was formed some 16 years ago. His funeral will be held at Bath Haycombe Cremtorium on Thursday 17th June at 15:00hrs there will be a social gathering at the Prattens Sports and Social Club in Midsomer Norton after the funeral, all will be welcome.


5/06/10 New for Sale items listed


22/01/10 The AGM has been re booked for Monday Feb 1st at the Thatched Cottage 19:30hrs hopefully better weather!!


9/01/10 Maggie has kindly updated the Club photo page to show most of the events we attended in 2009.


8/01/10 Due to inclement weather and the forecast of snow for this Sunday we have postponed the AGM until a later date when hopefully the weather is a little warmer!


3/01/10 Happy New Year to everyone,


15/12/09 The clubs Christmas Night Sail at Collett Park Lake was a great success and the weather was good! A big thank you Scaples and Blades who kindly provided the prizes for the best festively decorated model. The results were 1st Ted Porter with his new Swans, 2nd Robin Trott and 3rd Maurice Edwards



Please note the next club meeting is one week later due to a double booking at the pub!

It will be held on the Monday 16th November.



The next club meeting at the Thatched Cottage on 14th September will include a bring and buy.




A lady from Warminster would like to restore this Pond Yacht (two images below) to its original condition, can anyone help please?  e-mail dympnabell@hotmail.com or contact Barrie S














Don't forget this Saturday's Collett Park Day we will be getting set up from 08:30ish it opens to be public at 10:30am.bds



At the next club meeting on 20th July the guest speaker will be Tony Tublin talking about submarines.The subject will be 1st world war subs operating around the Dardanelles.bds



The latest club newsletter Driftwood for June has been distributed (hardcopy and e-version) also Maggie has updated the photos on the Club Photo page bds



Hi, after many trials appears to have cured my computer problems so should be able to keep more up to date.

After a good show at the Bath and Westand and Sherbourne we now start a busy time.

June7th normal Sunday sail at Collet.

June 13th Saturday Collet day at Collet Park, all day fun event

June 21st Fathers Day at Crealy, nr Exeter

Next month

July 5th Sunday Club sail at Collet


July 18th ST Peters Hospital Fete 2 to 5 pm

July 18th and 19th A NEW Venue Melbury Abbas show, nr Shaftesbury, a two day event on a "new" lake, fun sailing both days plus a possible night sail Contact Danny on 01747 822686

July 25th and 26th Gartell Railway, near templecombe. WE surported this event last year when it was a single day, nice lake, good other attractions. contact Barrie and Jackie 01749 343017.


August 2nd Yeovil Model Warships Open day at Halfway house on Illchester/Yeovil road For details/site contact me on 01258 820836

August 16th Mid Somerset Show contact Steve 01749 343661


As you can see together with the rounds of the Steering, sailing, and fast electric comps run by SWAMBC it a busy time.

For now happy boating see you at all or some of these events





Club members don't forget the SWMEE show at the Bath & West Showground on April 18th & 19th. This is a ticket only show and club members who have indicated to Verd that they wish to attend will be able to get their tickets closer to the show.BDS



The next club meeting at the Thatch Cottage on Monday 9th March we have a guest speaker our own Kevin Fleet who will give a chat on his Portgarth Tug should be good!!



The latest edition of Driftwood has been sent out to members by e-mail hardcopies will be distrubuted at Collett Parlk lake this morning and any not collected will be posted.



Maggie has put on the images taken at the night sail on the Club photo page. From the AGM held on Sunday all the officers are the same apart from the secretary as Mike knight has stood down and Maurice Edwards is the new secretary.

On the Collett Lake page we now have an interactive map and aerial photo of Collett Park courtsey of Google.




Don't forget the club AGM this Sunday 11th Jan at the Thatched Cottage 10:30am. Also at long last I hear peple say I have put on all the clubs newsletters for 2008! BDS



The latest club newsletter Driftwood for December has been distributed to members.Also it has been 100% confirmed that the Weymouth Festival will be held in the Pavilion Complex ie we will not be moving for 2009!! BDS



Coming model boat events in and around Shepton Mallet in December

that members may wish to attend.

YEOVIL MODEL WARSHIP night sail on 6th december at their lake, behind Halfway Inn on main Ilchester/Yeovil Road time 4pm All welcome

DRIFTERS NIGHT SAIL on Saturday 13th December Collet Park at 4pm

SEDGEMOOR CHRISTMAS CRACKER on Sunday 28th December Apex Lake 12 noon till 3pm.

CLEVEDON AND DISTRICT night sail Saturday 20th December.

So there are 3 night sails and 1 cracker to enjoy.




A new button has been added on the left hand side menu bar under FOR SALE /WANTED. We have added one item for sale but if you have anything please drop Barrie an e-mail.



Congratulations to club member Robin Trott who has receintly taken the plunge and got married to Jane. We all wish them the best wishes for the future.



Please note that on 5/10/08 there will be a SWAMBC Scale Steering Event at Collet park.All members are vary welcome to attend,starting time approx 10 am.



Club photos from Yeomans Quarry, Weymouth and Gartel Railway ready to view.



The latest club newsletter Driftwood has been distributed to club members.



Sadly due to poor weather the Sherborne Castle Show has been cancelled



At the next club meeting to be held at the Thatched cottage on Monday 12th May we have a guest speaker Alistar Roach giving a short talk on the History of model boating!



News letter page has been updated (about time I hear you say!!) plus a new image on the front page. Look on the SWAMBC web site and then Weymouth for details of the Saturday evening entertainment at the festival.




South West Model Engineering, Model Making and Hobbies Exhibition

YES! Right on our doorstep, we have been invited to display at this new show, taking place at the Royal Bath and West Showground. There will be the “Solar Challenge” exhibit, a number of SWAMBC clubs, and trade stands. The lake will be in use and there will be camping on-site. Model Tanks, Helicopters, Railways, Cars, War gaming, Military Displays and all model making hobbies will be on display. This is an ideal situation for the Drifters, as I mentioned, “it’s on our patch” for those members who cannot attend “away” festivals and events. It is FREE, NO administration or entrance charge for exhibitors. Only just down the road from Shepton Mallet, on 12th and 13th April from 9.30 to 5.30pm daily. NOW most important if you want to exhibit please contact:  Verd Redwood AS SOON AS POSSIBLE as tickets/passes will be required for FREE entry Tel: Verd 01749 343832.



FOR SALE   1M Nylet Moonraker Yacht complete with sails, radio and carrying box. offers over £80 contact Val Jenner 01749 343425 (Shepton Mallet) or mobile 07760 494357



The December Drifwood has been distributed.

Don't forget the Christmas night sail at Collett Park Lake on Saturday 8th Dec 16:00hrs




Maggie has added some images of Weymouth and the East Somerset Railway events on the club photo page



The last 3 editions of the club newsletter Driftwood has been added to the News Letter Button on the left.(yes at long last I've been doing some site maintence!!!)



Don't forget the club meeting on Monday 10th Sept at the Thatched Cottage when guest speaker Bernard Holder will be revealing some of the secrects of fibre glass moulding!!



The Auguist e-version of Driftwood has been distributed to members, the hard copies will be sent today.


27/7/07 The Drifters have been invited to attend the Cwmbran Modelling Society Open event on Sunday 9th Septemberto see the invite letter please click here.



The latest edition of Driftwood is being distributed please note that if you intend to exhibit at the ESR(East Somerset Railway) August 25,26 & 27 and you require tickets for the train ride and meal on the Saturady evening you must contact Jackie by August 11th.


The Drifters have been invited to attend the MidSomerset Show in Shepton Mallet on Sunday August 19th any member interested in attending please contact initially Barrie. 



Don't forget that if you have any inclusions for the next edition of the club newsletter DRIFTWOOD please conatct the editor Ted Porter by 27th May.



SWAMBC Scale Steering, Shepton Mallet, Sunday 29th April, please use the Collett Avenue entrance to Collett Park and park facing the path to avoid any damage to the grass ie DO NOT PARK FACING DOWN THE SLOPE!



We have received a list of models for sale from Brenda West of Chris's proffessionally built model craft. These are being offered for sale to members in the first instant, if any paid up club member wishes to have a copy of the list please e-mail or see Jackie or Barrie.





The 1st round of this year’s competition will be held in Shepton on the above date. It would be great to see a good turn out from the Drifters supporting the event. What better test for your new boat or to prove how well you can handle your old one. Even if you don’t want to compete come and watch and additional help is always gratefully received.  Hope to see you there!



Unfortunatley we have been informed that the popular show The Yeovil Festival has been cancelled for 2007! This was scheduled to take place on August 11th & 12th.



Dont forget the next club meeting at the Thatched Cottage on Monday 12th March when Ted P will be giving a presentation on his Naval exploits!



The funeral for Chris will be on Friday 9th February, 1pm, at the South Bristol Crematorium, Family flowers only but donations for cancer research can be given to or be sent to Mrs Brenda West, 151 Stockwood Lane, Stockwood, Bristol.  BS14 8SZ.



Sadly we have to report on the untimley death of local modeller Chris West. Chris was the main insigator of the modelling part of the Bristol Harbourside Regatta. Our thoughts are with Brenda and family.



Due to lack of use we have removed the Message Board, & Calendar all club events will be put on the Club Events page when I have received the tri fold fron Ted.



At long last we have just updated the clubs new secretaries details! Sorry for the delay Danny.



A link button to Trinity House has been added. Thanks Verd for the link.



The latest club newsletter Driftwood has been added to the archive list.



Drifters Xmas night sail that will be taking place this coming Saturday 9th Dec All members please note that PARKING will be on HARD STANDING ONLY as the ground is too sodden.  We are asking that you come in from the Park Road end, drive down through keeping to the path please to drop off, then drive out through the Collet Road end to park up.  Look forward to seeing you there.



It is with great regret that we have to announce the untimely death of club member Steve Webb yesterday. Steve was a supporter of many events in the South West and was renown for his display and operation of model submarines.

 Our thoughts are extended to his wife Dianne and family


3/9/06 The next club meeting to be held on Monday 11trh september at the Thatch Cottage will include some Maritime Film footage taken by our sec Colin. If you have any short films to show on DVD please bring along.


10/8/06 A new button has been added in the menu listed as NEWSLETTER under this button we have put in links to all the Driftwood newsletters for the year!


08/08/06 The East Somerset Railway 40's event on 26-28th August has been confirmed with an area allocated in the main field for our club. A Sausage 'n Mash train ride is planned for the Saturday evening! Any member wishing to attend please contact Barrie or Jackie


06/08/06 Kevin Fleet has kindly supplied us with a very good web site for Tug entusiasts both model and full size. Click on the link on the links page or click here when on the site click on enter for the english version.


03/8/06 With the continued weed problem at Collett park lake making it totally unsailable don't forget we can also use Charlton Brewery Lake which is weed free. We have had a nice neighbourly offer by the Yeovil Model Warship Association for club members to use their lake at Half Way House, Yeovil while Collett lake is out of action, many thanks for the offer Rob and team.


25/6/06 During Collett Day this year some excellent 3d photos were taken of the models on the lake. You will need some 3D glases to view, but on the same page are some old photos of Collet Park lake (going back to 1909!) showing the old fountain and the visit from Royality click here to view then click on gallery and then Shepton Mallet.


24/6/06 A quick note that the Scale Steering event to be held at Collett Park lake will be held on Sunday 25th June


12/6/06 Sadly our old problem at Collett Park Lake has reappeared ie WEED!!! Also the water levels appear to be dropping. We did have a few casualties on Collett Day of failed speed controllers due to weeded up props. If you intend to sail on Wednesday evening please take note if you are travelling any distance that it may be unsailable!!


6/6/06 Also this weekend is the Drifters annual open day at Collett Park.


6/6/06 This weekend at Newquay the 2nd round of Scale Steering will be held on

Saturday with the 2nd round of Tug Towing on the Sunday. Camping is

available on site from Friday so we look forward to seeing lots of you

there, the weather according to the locals will be sunny.



3/6/06 The latest edition of the club newsletter DRIFTWOOD has been sent to club members on e-mail. Hardcopies will be available for collection at Collett park on Sunday 4th June or posted.


23/5/06 A minor tweek to the site following a sugestion by George. The calendar page has been removed and a Club events page added which basically is a copy of the clubs tri fold publicity leaflet, this has always been on the site but page two of the Home page, it should be easier to find now?


23/5/06 Maggie has added a few more images to the photo page from events this year.



SWAMBC SCALE STEERING on 2nd April (hosted by the Clevedon MBC) has been CANCELLED.


27/3/06 Further to the cancellation of the Swansea Festival below. we have heard today from Nick Evans the organiser,  the communications issues have been resolved and the event WILL be held!


23/3/06 News Flash..... The South Wales Marine Model Festival on !st and 2nd April 2006 has been cancelled. Further news to follow


19/3/06 Another success for the Drifters with a win over the Sedgemoor Club at our annual skitles match we won by 3 pins!! Look at the Sedgemoor site for a full report and results with photos click here to view then click on the CLUB NEWS tab.


01/03/06 We have just made a mini face lift to the site. Any comments to the message board.


14/2/06 A date for your TV viewing calendar is Wednesday 1st March BBC2 20:00hrs (8:00pm) a programe listed as "The Iceberg That Sank The Titanic" featuring a model of the Titanic built by the late Peter Fisher and operated by Dave Semper & Barrie Stevens. Filmed in a heated swimming pool in Brean???



3/2/06 Muddy Sunday at Collett Park 5th February. Verd will be taking subscriptions for the coming year 2006. Pay your subscription of: £14 Individualmembership or £17 Family membership and receive your FREE copy of “2006 SWAMBC What’s On Guide”. Cash or Cheques payable to: Drifters MBC

Help needed this coming Muddy Sunday, bring warm clothing, waterproof boots and gloves. Free hot coffee and tea will be available!



25/1/06 Going to the Skittles Match against Sedgemoor on 18th March? Please contact Pam or Ivan on 01749 676002, before 12th March to book your place and buffet.


The February issue Driftwood will be published early on the internet and distributed by post to remind members about Muddy Sunday 5th February 2006 and about forthcoming events that require registration.



24/1/06  Message to all Drifters dont forget Feb 5th MUDDY SUNDAY at Collett Park Lake! 10.00hrs! The annual clearout of the lake DON'T FORGET YOUR WELLIES!!



21/1/06 Sedgemoor vs Drifters Skittles match - 18th March from Russ Chilcott

As part of our "Care in the Community Programme" the Sedgemoor MBC would like to invite members from the Shepton Mallet Drifters MBC to game of Skittles on Saturday 18th March at the Red Cow, Brent Knoll from 7.30pm. There will be a buffet at £7 per head (that's the only reason our members come along!) which includes chicken portions, chips, quiche, sausages, goujons of plaice, garlic mushrooms, vol au vents, salads, etc. You are welcome to come along for an enjoyable evening out in good company, or alternatively join us for a "friendly" game of skittles - unless of course, we lose again!

Please contact Pam or Ivan on 01749 676002 before 12th March so we know how many for the buffet.



15/1/06 Another successful AGM with a new secretary voted in of Colin Button





 13/11/05   Drifters Invite to Yeovil Warship Night sail


We have been invited to attend the Yeovil Warship Night Sail on Saturday 26th November starting between 15:30 -16:00hrs.




06/11/05       Dave wins at Bath Congatulations


Today at the Bristol Model Soldier Show in Bath. Dave Semper won in his class for his diorama of Nelson Last Stand. Dave also won the best model in show!!!





30/10/05      Colins Yacht Recovered from Yeovil Warship Lake!

                      After the first small yacht racing of the winter series at Yeovil on Sunday 23rd October Colin swapped transmitters with our Chairman unfortunatley the yacht sank in about 3M of water!! Fortunately the Yeovil Warship team managed to recover the yacht intact (virtually!). The  moral of the story DONT LOAN YOUR MODEL TO OUR CHAIRMAN!!


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