About


Two brothers Alfie and Burt Lawson founded the Leigh Motor Boat Club in 1962. The “club” originally started out as a fishing club and at the time it was strictly men only, they used to meet at the Woodside Café on top of Belton way. From there the club moved to Alfie Lawsons workshop on Queens Avenue. Then onto the Esplanade pub Southend!

One club night they spotted a Thames Barge advertised in exchange and mart for the princely sum of £1000, the members hadn’t got the money to buy the boat outright so they managed to get a loan from the bank for £200. The loan enabled them to purchase the clubs first boat “Trojan”.

Trojan was equipped with two engines a “Kelvin J4” and a “Russell Cirrus”. The members hired a professional skipper to bring the boat down the Thames from Sherperton to Leigh-on-sea where she was piloted all the way down the Leigh creek.

Unfortunately the Local Council wouldn’t let the club keep Trojan in the creek, they were concerned that the mooring might break and take down the bridge linking Two Tree Island to the mainland. Instead the council offered a mooring in Old Leigh. However this arrangement also proved to be short lived as when the sea defences where strengthened in Old Leigh Trojan was forced into moving again.

The council then offered LMBC a mooring back by the bridge where Trojan stayed for 13 years without breaking her moorings during this time she was turned into a Club House.

After 13 years of glorious service, Trojan was eventually retired. The then Commodore, went over to Holland and sourced the current club barge “Lea”. LEA being the name of the previous owners second wife!.

The new boat “Lea” was skilfully brought over from Holland by a certain Angus Watson, the passage took 11 hours from Ostend in Belgium to Leigh-on-sea, Essex. .
Once she was securely positioned in the creek Lea was then converted into the current LMBC club house.

FACILITIES


14 Ton Lift
Launching Tractors
Own Slipway
Wash off Facilities
Hard Standing
Moorings
Club House / Bar

Events


Proposed Social Events  2016

Saturday 23 April – Chinese Evening

Saturday 25 June or 9th July – Ray Day

Saturday 23 July – Birthday Weekend

Sunday 7th August – Members Boat Jumble & BBQ

Saturday 27th August – Casino Night

Saturday 29th October – Clairvoyant Evening

Wednesday  14th  December – Xmas Buffet

Weather


Leigh on Sea
21°
few clouds
humidity: 43%
wind: 6m/s SSW
H 23 • L 20
17°
Thu
19°
Fri
18°
Sat
23°
Sun
23°
Mon

Tides


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Contact


 Leigh Motor Boat Club
M.V. Lea
Two Tree Island
Leigh-on-sea
Essex
SS9 2GB
Tel. 01702 714858