Chairman’s log August 2021

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.

Mark