Venues

Wardown Park Lake   (Map)

Wardown Park is situated on the A6, the main road through Luton heading towards Bedford. The park is an attractive location with good facilities for the family including kiddies play areas, crazy golf, a superb museum, plentiful car parks, tennis courts, bowling greens, refreshments and public conveniences. The lake itself is a man made structure, being used during WW2 to test various tank and other vehicle waterproofing systems developed by Bedford Trucks, a division of Vauxhall Motors. Nowadays the lake is the home of a wide variety of waterfowl as well as the Luton and District Model Boat Club. The lake has a low level fence surrounding it giving modellers security but at the same time allowing the public free and clear visibility of all the Clubs' 'on lake' activities. Club facilities on site include a landing stage, paved areas, a hardstanding, and a storage hut.

 

The park and the lake are under the control of the local Council who show a very positive attitude towards the Club. We have been encouraged to install paving and bank protection for our convenience, most of the cost of materials for these projects being borne by the Club. The Club storage hut is also Council property licensed by us for our exclusive use. Like so many sailing waters, Luton is restricted to Sail, Electric and Steam powered models. No I.C. craft are allowed.

The Club meets for sailing at about 10am every Sunday morning throughout the year. We have no 'closed' season but obviously, during the winter months the weather plays a large part in determining how many people are running boats on a Sunday. We also have informal meetings on Tuesday or Thursday mornings each week when several members, by prior arrangement, turn up for a sail and a chat.

 

At our lakeside venue we have special parking dispensation for those less able bodied members who hold an Blue Badge. Blue Badge holders may park alongside the lake during normal Club activities. Other Club members are allowed to drive to the lakeside for unloading and loading only. A strict 5mph speed limit operates in the park and hazard warning lights must be switched on whilst your vehicle is in motion.

The John Dony Community Centre, Bushmead Estate, Luton    (Map)

The new venue for our monthly Club Meetings is situated in the John Dony Community Centre, Hancock Drive Luton. This is on the Bushmead Estate which can be accessed from the A6 on the north side of Luton towards Bedford. The venue is a modern building with double glazing, good heating and full toilet and kitchen facilities. Audio visual facilities are also available for the various presentations which take place at these meetings. Soft drinks, tea, and coffee etc. are available on club nights. Parking is free although can be busy at times. Meetings on the second Monday of each month start at 7:30pm prompt and finish at 9:45pm. The Club operates its own shop where often hard to come by items are available. With no profit margin to worry about, prices are always competitive and most items can be acquired by the shop team. The shop is occasionally available at these evening meetings and is also available for open days, regattas etc.

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