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Grass Cutting-Dinghy Park

Please see below a list of the Dinghy Park Grass Cutting Duties available. Grass cutting duties can be carried out on a Saturday or a Sunday, weather permitting.

Towards the end of last season the Houseman had to take all 5 of the Club's lawnmowers, plus his own which he had lent to the club, in for servicing and repair. Despite all of them having been serviced prior to the start of the season, none of them would start and at least 2 had suffered serious damage. One had even been left with its grass box full of clippings! The repair bill for mowing and strimming equipment was well over £600 for last year alone.

The problem would appear to be simply down to a small number of members not taking proper care of the mowers in the same way they would if they were using their own machines. Some are not taking sufficient care to avoid stones and other hard objects, and unfamiliarity with the controls and adjustments is leading to further damage.

This extra cost is turning grass cutting into a marginal operation. It may soon be cheaper for the club to employ a grounds maintenance contractor to do the work. This is something the Committee is loathe to do as it defeats our policy of being a self-help club. Nevertheless, if things go on as they have been doing, it is something we will be forced to seriously consider.

In order to overcome the problem, the Committee has decided to offer members the opportunity of using their own lawnmowers. The club would of course provide the fuel. Please note 240v electric mowers will not be suitable for safety reasons.

If you are able and prepared to do this, you will receive priority booking. Please email me at stating your preferred date and your willingness to use your own mower. Any places remaining by noon on Sunday 21st February will be open to everyone else by emailing me on or after this date. You cannot book a place directly on this web page.

You must sign the list and add your membership number to the list on the Noticeboard in the Clubhouse on completion of your duty for it to be recorded! If you have forgotten your number, you will find it on your membership card.

Members signing up for a duty should read the Grass Cutting Briefing Note displayed on the notice board. This is intended to ensure that the duty is undertaken properly and with the safety of the member and others in mind.

Neil Burns

R/C Cruising

* Members offering to use their own mowers

Last updated 20:32 on 15 November 2017

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