Digital Trail: Model Boat Club
The yachting pool is a much loved area of Bournville, with a unique history.
A crowd watching sailing boats on the yachting pool in the 20th century
The yachting pool in Valley Park was commissioned in 1926 as a home for the Bournville Model Yachting Club (now the Bournville Radio Sailing and Model Boat Club). Builders reclaimed an area of marshland and created a concrete pool, which was dug out by hand. This work was carried out by men who were unemployed but not eligible for unemployment benefits. A boathouse and a miniature railway with a station were built alongside the pool. The pool was officially opened in 1932.
Picnikers by the pool
To see more historic photographs of the pool and the miniature railway click here.
Due to rising interest in power boats, the club opened a power boat section and became the Bournville Model Yacht and Power Boat Club. It is one of the oldest clubs in the country. There are currently 109 members; 62 of which are yachting members and 47 are power boat members.
Watching boats on the yachting pool remains a much loved activity for visitors and residents of Bournville - we hope you enjoy doing that today. To see a special illuminated regatta that took place on the yachting pool click on the video below:
We hope you are enjoying the Digital Trail created for Bournville Heritage Open Day 2021. To find more locations from the Digital Trail click here.