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Ullswater Yacht Club to hold a public meeting to unveil proposals for a new clubhouse

UYC Commodore Peter Lewis on the veranda of the clubhouse which was opened in 1960 and was severely damaged in the 2015 floods. The proposed new clubhouse will be built on higher ground.

[U]llswater Yacht Club is holding a public meeting to publicise its proposals for an iconic new clubhouse to be built on its present site on the North-east shores of the lake.

The meeting will be held at the Parkin Hall, Pooley Bridge, on Thursday, November 30, with the plans on view and an opportunity to discuss them with club officials from 2pm and a presentation by the Commodore Peter Lewis at 7pm.

The award-winning club, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary next year, was badly hit by the 2015 floods. Water levels at Ullswater rose three metres, the highest level ever, and UYC’s Lakeland stone and wood clubhouse, opened in 1960, was severely damaged.

Despite being overwhelmed by water, the club opened for sailing at the start of the new season in 2016 and by June that year the damaged clubhouse had been refurbished as a temporary solution using the volunteer efforts of club members.

In January this year members decided that to guarantee the long term future of the club, a new clubhouse should be built on higher ground on the current site, above the official new flood line. The design of the new clubhouse, by architects Crosby Granger, is now out for consultation by club members and members of the public are invited to see the proposals at the meeting on November 30.

The new clubhouse design is a wood and stone building with distinctive roofing inspired by the boathouses around the lake and it will be sited on higher ground on the club site overlooking the lake.

Commodore Peter Lewis said: “We are delighted to finally have a design for our new clubhouse. It has taken some time because our club is in one of the most beautiful locations in the Lake District. We had to make sure that we satisfied the needs of our current members as well as securing the future of the club and as we are in a National Park our design has to be suitable for our very special surroundings.”

He said that anyone who is interested in the proposals is welcome to come to the Parkin Hall on November 30.

“We are very keen to engage with the local community before lodging a planning application,” he added.

For more details about the meeting, contact club secretary Marion Marshall on 07970 603622, email [email protected]

Ullswater Yacht Club is the winner of two ‘Club of the Year 2017’ awards – named the best in the country by readers of Yachts & Yachting magazine and also honoured as RYA Club of the Year at the Dinghy Show in London in March.

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