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The Club is generally known as the OBMBC and it was first formed in 1993 by a group of like-minded Broads boaters, who generally moored in or around the Oulton Broad area, and their friends from other parts of the Broads system. The prime movers in the formation were David and Gloria Warner and the first formal meeting was held at the Waveney River Centre on 30th October 1993, following a summer of discussions and formation ideas. The first Committee meeting was held at the Wherry Hotel on 20th February 1994, and it was then that a formal set of rules was drawn up for the management of the fledgling club, which had swelled to nearly 150 members from mooring locations throughout the Broads network. Thereafter, meetings alternated between those two venues before the formal AGMs were established at the Waveney River Centre, always following our Opening season dinner dances held in late April at that location.

David Warner remains today our Life President, although he has long given up boating due to ill health. One of the founding members was Bob Witt, at that time he was Harbourmaster at Oulton Broad Yacht Station, and he is today our present Commodore.

The Club primarily began to provide a fund-raising platform for good causes within the local community, whilst also providing its members with a social outlet. The early years raised 1000s of pounds for worthwhile local charities, each particular charity being selected annually to receive Club support, but gradually a greater emphasis was placed on the social aspect of the club and regular events were established to project this. Some of the many charities and projects which we supported in those early years were the “Waveney Stardust” boat; the Nancy Oldfield Trust ; money to provide a Guide Dog for the Blind; and a Cardiac monitor for the local emergency services. The Club policy was changed in 2000 to spread donations to national charities, but at a much reduced level due to social events taking up more expense with a lower membership base.

Much of our support today comes from the Southern rivers but we welcome members from the whole of the Broads system. It does not matter if you have a small weekender or a huge Ocean-going motor yacht, we give equal welcome to all.


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