Aboat time for Toddbrook’s new sailing club house

Outside of the new clubhouse.
Outside of the new clubhouse.

It was plain sailing at the opening of a new £50,000 club house at Toddbrook reservoir.

Son of famed designer Henri LLoyd, who used to sail on the waters and had a factory in Whaley Bridge officially opened the building which had been paid for with a grant from Sport England.

Son of famed designer Henri Strzelecki who set up fashion line Henri LLoyd, who used to sail on the waters and had a factory in Whaley Bridge officially opened the building which had been paid for with a grant from Sport England.

Commodore John Swales of Toddbrook Sailing Club said: “It was great to have Paul Strzelecki as the guest of honour and he said he remembers playing at the reservoir when he was younger.”
Paul and his wife Jenny bought with them a signed picture of Team GB sailor Ben Ainsley as Henri Lloyd has the contract for the sailing wear and the commodore said it would be hung in pride of place.

The grant money has come from Sport England as part of the London 2012 Olympic legacy.

Commodore Swales said: “It has been a long time coming as we applied in 2013 but it is worth the wait.”

The new club house now has disabled access and toilet and the space will be available for the whole community to use.

Most of the work has been done by volunteers and the commodore said all the hours put in has been a real labour of love for so many people.

During the open day the on Sunday, there was sailing and children’s activities to make small sailing boats.

The sailing club has also secured another £30,000 grant from Sport England to revamp the changing rooms and the first builder was on site on Tuesday.