Newsletter No 117 August 2021
The Ray Andrew’s Trophy
The Trophy is presented annually for the best photograph taken by club members.
The subject is “A memory from a 2021 TSCC event”
This is a broad subject, so could be people, places, waterscape, landscape etc. Just keep your phone or camera handy and capture those special moments.
- Email your entry to email@example.com by TBA. Send the original image – don’t reduce its size.
- All entries will appear on the TSCC website. The entries will be numbered but the name of the photographer will not be shown.
- All members are invited to review the images and select their favourite.
- Email your choice to firstname.lastname@example.org by TBA, one vote per member. The winner will be the photograph with the most votes. In the event of a tie, a non-member will be asked to adjudicate.
The winner will be announced at TBA.
The Ray Andrew’s Trophy
Mike Fowler’s 2020 Winning Photo. Subject: “Watery Wonders”.
Our TSCC Facebook Group now has 32 members. This is a great way to keep in contact and see what others are up to in these very unusual times. If you are already a member, please do submit your own posts as well as checking out what other members have posted. The more participation the better! And if you have not yet joined why not do so? It is totally private. Only members can see what’s there. We’re looking forward to lots more requests to join the Group!
If you would like to join the TSCC Facebook group here is what you need to do:
- If you are already on Facebook, search for ‘Thames Scout Cruising Club’ and ask to join.
- If you are not already on Facebook, I am pretty certain you have to join Facebook first and then you can ask to join the Group.
Chairman’s Log August 2021
Finally, we can meet again and indeed we have! Over the past couple of months, we have taken full advantage of our new-found freedoms. We have enjoyed a Post Lockdown Reunion Picnic at Runnymede, a Guided Tour of Painshill Park, our annual Thames Cruise and, most recently, a Summer Barbeque in Cobham.
We have laughed, chatted, bumped elbows and sometimes even hugged – almost like none of this had ever happened!
We have however battled against the elements in this new world of global warming with its extremes of temperature and unpredictable rainfall. At Runnymede and on the Thames we escaped the rain and, with suitable clothing, it was warm enough for comfort. Most recently, our Summer Barbeque was beset by heavy showers, but we were more or less protected from the elements by a cluster of tents and gazebos. In fact, it all added to the atmosphere and for years to come the 50 members who attended will no doubt still be talking about the day we watched waterfalls of rain cascading down the open sides of our protective shelters.
As fate would have it, immediately after our Thames Cruise, those of us who continued upstream had to contend with record temperatures that made a shady mooring a near necessity.
But this is England where the weather is our favourite topic of conversation, so I guess global warming has given us a little more to talk about.
As things begin to open up, one disappointment has been the difficult decision to postpone our Canal du Midi Cruise to the same week next year. Luckily, Le Boat have offered us unchanged pricing despite a general 15 – 20% increase in their tariffs. Hopefully by then Covid restrictions will be a distant memory and we will be able to enjoy the trip to the maximum.
Our next event is Sunday Afternoon Jazz at Painshill Park on 29th August. We have exclusive use of a buggy shuttle to transport TSCC members between the car park and the amphitheatre so no need to walk and no problem carrying chairs and picnics. If you are not yet signed up, then why not join us for a fun afternoon in great company?
We are expecting our annual skittles evening with Weybridge Mariners and Byfleet Boat Club to take place at Weybridge Mariners in early October. Look out for an announcement.
And finally, we are in go mode for our rescheduled getaway in Bath and Bristol later in October. We have a few remaining places on the coach so if you have not yet signed up there’s still time to join us for the fun.
A few days ago, leading epidemiologist Professor Neil Ferguson predicted that the Covid-19 pandemic in Britain will largely be over within three months. Let’s keep our fingers and our toes very firmly crossed.
VOTING. Select your favourite “Watery Wonders” photograph and email: email@example.com quoting the TSCC number in red below the picture. One vote per member and one vote per family/crew member. Please do not vote for your own entry or that of your partner. Vote by Sunday 29th November.