The Ray Andrew’s Trophy

The Trophy is presented annually for the best photograph taken by club members.

The subject is

“Happy Holidays 2023”

This is a broad subject, so it could be a photo from your holiday, or a TSCC holiday. Just keep your phone or camera handy and capture those special moments.

  • The winner of this years’ competition will be chosen by members at the Annual Dinner.


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 July 2023

Since the March newsletter we have enjoyed five events, these being:

Sounds of the 60s Live with Tony Blackburn at the New Victoria Theatre, Woking Tues 28th March and Dinner at Bacaro restaurant. Feedback on the show was that it was well presented by Tony Blackburn and the two singers gave a very good performance of all those ‘60s tunes.

The Fitting Out Lunch at Glenmore House on 2nd April was enjoyed by 35 club members and 12 guests. The buffet food was excellent and a convivial time was had by all.

Fourteen of us enjoyed an interesting visit to “The Spike”, being the Guildford Union Workhouse and this is the letter of thanks sent to our host, John Redpath:

Thank you for the excellent and comprehensive guided tour that you conducted for 13 of our members yesterday. A special thank you as well for kindly walking four of the “early birds” around the site of the original workhouse. It was particularly interesting to see some of the 19th century buildings that remain to this day. All our members who came on the tour agreed that it was a very enjoyable worthwhile and enlightening visit.

On 7th to 9th June twenty six of us spent a very pleasant three days and two nights based at Heythropp House, a rather grand country house / stately home  in the Cotswolds. Many visits were made to the nearby picturesque and charming villages and the two evenings were capped off with Ed Sheeran and Annie Lennox tribute singers.

Then on Sunday 25th June we had the Jazz Brunch at Mark and Jackie’s, Little Compton when we were blessed with a lovely sunny day and cooling breeze. There were 50 of us and it was nice that Gordon was able to join us assisted to the venue by Wendy and Ian. It was also good to see Dusty and Mary whom we hadn’t seen since before Covid. Our thanks to Wendy and Ian, also to David and Jo for giving Dusty and Mary a lift home to the far reaches of Sussex. This event doesn’t take place without considerable effort and so more thanks are due to Jackie and Mark who were assisted by their guest William and to Janet for the setting up and taking down and to all those who stayed to help in the taking down all of which made for a smooth operation overall.

We are now looking forward to The Thames Cruise starting at Windsor on 10th July and finishing at Hurley on 13th. We are anticipating that 6 boats will take part for some or all of the cruise.

In recent years we have been supporting the 1st Stanwell Scout Group with our fundraising and in June Janet and I visited their Scout Hut during an open afternoon and were shown round the premises and adjacent grassed area by Alexia, a very polite and enthusiastic Young Leader. The Scout Group had set up some tents and pioneering lashings and poles to demonstrate some of the activities that they do. Their GSL Gary Rixon thanked TSCC for our continuing support which he said means a lot to them.

Sadly, on 27th March this year Jessie English passed away following a short illness. Her funeral at the South West Middlesex Crematorium was well attended by her friends from TSCC and Weybridge Mariners. Jessie was a popular member of TSCC and spent many happy times with her husband Gordon on their lovely boat, “GorJess”. Our thoughts are with Gordon.

Finally, a reminder to take photos on the subject “Happy Holidays, 2023” for the Photographic Competition for display at the Annual Dinner.

                                     George Barber

Photographic Competition 2022 – Result

Congratulations to Ray Mears on winning the Ray Andrews Trophy 2022.

The subject was “The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee”.

Ray’s picture is of a neighbour’s daughter at a Jubilee street party.