STEWARTBY WATER SPORTS CLUB

Stewartby Lake was originally a pit owned by London Brick Company (as it was then known) from which they extracted Oxford clay to make bricks. This began in the 1930s and continued until the early 1960s. At this point in time the seam of clay had reached exhaustion and the huge pit was no longer used by the Brick Company. One of the Managers decided that with the help of some friends he could persuade London Brick to turn the disused pit into some sort of leisure facility. Thus in the early 1970s Stewartby Water Sports Club was formed.

In the early days facilities were virtually non-existent and members voluntarily worked on site to create the Club as it is to-day. The first clubhouse was a wooden hut which had been used on the prisoner of war camp at Elstow. Members donated old furniture to fill the hut but there were still no changing rooms. This changed when one of the members provided a huge wooden crate from his own import business and this was succeeded by a Vauxhall coach which had been purchased for £25.00. Vauxhall motors had modified the coach to include a solid partion for female and male changing rooms.

Community Forest

Country Park

Greensand Ridge Walk

Water Sports
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In 1975 London Brick Company built a permanent clubhouse and this also has the benefit of showers, a galley serving hot and cold food and a bar (courtesy of Charles Wells Brewery). The lawned area in front of the clubhouse came about due to a member of the water-ski section. The gentleman concerned lived in Kempston and happened to be talking to the site foreman in charge of building the Saxon Centre.
A large amount of soil was being excavated to build the underground car park but would cost a lot of money to dump. The club member suggested that the soil be moved to Stewartby and thus the grassed area was then created giving members a lovely view of the lake.
The Club’s burgee has a Plesiosaurs (pronounced Plee-see-oh-saws) on it. The association was due to the fact that before the Club took over the pit from London Brick, fossilized remains of the creature were excavated.
This was a very rare find and when the Club was formed it was decided to use a Pliosur on its burgee (for non-sailors a burgee is a visual wind indicator and is attached to the top of the mast).
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For safety reasons power and sailing craft are separated with the lake being divided by demarcation buoys. Below are details of each section of Stewartby Watersports Club which covers some 230 acres. Some parts of the lake are very deep in places.

The Watersports Club has its own website and so for further information visit www.stewartby.org.uk