The AGM is this week on Thursday 28th at 7-45pm at Goring Social Club, and will include the following –
1/. How the boathouse planning application has developed over the last 12 months, and its current status
2/. The current membership figures and breakdown
3/. A quick review of rowing activity over the last 12 months, including L-2-R courses and squad rowing
4/. A brief review of the Regatta
5/. Confirmation of our current fleet, any acquisitions and disposals over the last year, and any procurement or maintenance priorities
6/. A summary of fundraising activity in 2013 and plans for 2014
Please come along to the Social Club at 1 High St, Goring, Reading, Oxfordshire RG8 9BA
Images from our November row down to Reading – didn’t quite make it as far as Caversham Bridge – and it was a bit cold waiting to go though the locks – but it’s nice to be reminded how nice it is to row on a stretch of river with more moorhens than supermarket trolleys.
It’s now been about 6 months since you took up the GGBC £10 Boathouse challenge and it’s time to collect in all the profits made to date.
We are holding a special club session on Sunday 24th November and as well as a longer than usual row through the lock at Mapledurham we would like you to bring along all the money you have made from the various fundraising activities that have taken place over the last few months.
It will be an opportunity to have an update on the progress with the planning application for the boathouse and celebrate your fundraising activities. If you haven’t managed to put your £10 note to good use yet, come along and get some ideas from others who have used it to generate more funds. If you would like to keep your £10 and continue fundraising, that’s fine – just let me have any profits to date.
If you can’t make it on this date, please get in touch so that I can arrange to collect your fundraising efforts (boathouse challenge and loose change jars).
Many thanks for all your efforts and I look forward to seeing you on 24th November.
If you are free on Saturday morning, please come along to our special Club session starting at 9am. For a change, we plan to row our boats under Whitchurch bridge, through the lock, and up to the railway bridge at Lower Basildon (and back!!). The distance is not great (each way is roughly equivalent to rowing our normal route from boathouse to Whitchurch to Mapledurham to boathouse) but it will be an opportunity to enjoy a different stretch of the river. All the boats will be back before 11am in time for coffee and refreshments. We would like to scull and row, and – as always – all standards of ability and fitness will be catered for. Currently it is forecast to be dry on Saturday morning.
What are they you may ask?
Beken started their photography in 1888 when Alfred Edward Beken (1855-1915) came to Cowes & opened a pharmacy. It was his son Frank (1880-1970) who was so impressed by the classic yachts sailing off Cowes that he started the Beken Marine Photography Archive. In 1914 the ‘West’ collection of glass plates dating back to 1880 was purchased to add to his growing collection of negatives. By the 1930’s Frank’s son Keith (1914-2007) was busy photographing afloat and in 1970 Keith’s son Kenneth (b.1951) joined the Company. Each generation has earned the title “Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society” and the Company has held three Royal Warrants for excellence. More recently in 2001 staff colleague Peter Mumford became actively employed photographing afloat adding to the modern digital colour library.
Up to 1970 the photographs were signed Beken & Son by hand in white ink. From 1970 when colour photography came to the fore, until the darkrooms closed in 2008, all photographs were signed Beken of Cowes again by hand with white ink.
The Swan at Streatley has 16 A1 framed monochrome yachting prints available for sale at £125.00 each. 10% of any sale will be donated to the GGBC’s boathouse appeal!
For more info and reference images please refer to http://www.beken.co.uk
With autumn drawing in and the bridge at Whitchurch closed, we are drawing Thursday evening sessions to a close. We are still happily rowing on Saturday and Sunday mornings. As part of the bridge replacement, Pangbourne lock will close in early November, so for a special session on Saturday 26th we plan to row up to Gatehampton to see our (hoped for) new home .
If you are free on Sunday, please come along to our special Club Meeting session at 10am. We will be having some fun racing around the island in scratch crews (rowing v sculling), offering coffee and Danish pastries, and sharing the latest information on the boathouse planning application. For those of you who live south of the river, the bridge at Whitchurch will still be open – it closes on Thursday next week. Everyone is most welcome, whether you want to row or cox or scull or just eat Danish pastries …..
Round the Island Races
From next month, the GGBC Pilates sessions will be starting again. I know that some new members who joined in the summer were particularly interested in this. Pilates is a great way of improving your rowing, and by joining together as GGBC members we are able to offer a great value course of sessions. The activity is organised by Club member Elizabeth Smith.
Pilates classes are held on a Wednesday evening, commencing at 19:30, until 20:30. The venue is St. Bernadette’s Church Hall, Horseshoe Road, Pangbourne (RG8 7JL). There is plenty of parking at the side and rear of the building, so we should be able to avoid parking on the street.
Classes will probabably commence Wednesday, 9th October and run until 18th December (i.e. a 10-week session, with a break for half-term – date TBC), 19:30 – 20:30. However, to achieve this we need to have sufficient interest shown by Friday 4th October, otherwise, we wouldn’t be able to commence– so please express any interest ASAP.
The cost of classes will be £50 (keeping it at the same cost as previous sessions) – this will cover the usual costs for the hire of the hall, and the instructor.
If you would like to express your interest in attending, I would therefore be grateful if you could kindly confirm your interest directly to Elizabeth Smith on 07970 010370 or via email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Sue writes: I’m sorry to say that the river will be awash with canoes and kayaks on Sunday morning so we won’t be rowing.
But I’m happy to say that this means we are going to devote some time on Sunday morning to maintaining, rigging and doing basic repairs to some of our boats……..and we need your help.
If you can spare an hour or so please come along to the boat club at 10am as usual on Sunday morning and give a hand.
Also, Andy McKenzie, our Captain of Boats, is keen to put together a team of boat repairers who could give him a hand from time to time to keep our boats in working order. Being stored outside takes a toll on the woodwork and general state of the boats so if you feel you would be able to lend a hand occasionally, please let Andy know on Sunday. Or if you can’t make Sunday, but are interested, please e-mail Andy email@example.com. You don’t need prior experience as Andy will oversee the work.