Chairman’s Log November 2023

Since the March newsletter members have enjoyed another 4 events, these being:

Five boats and 14 crew took part in the Thames Cruise on 10th to 13th July.

Our first mooring was at Windsor where we enjoyed an early evening meal at Cote by the Eton Bridge, then on to Cookham Lock where we gathered together for a BBQ. We moored at Hurley Lock on the 3rd day where we all sat together on the Island for a “bring a dish supper” and on the afternoon of the 4th day we were joined by a “shore party” of five who were booked in to The Olde Bell. We enjoyed the, now familiar, games on the Island and the event finished with a supper in The Olde Bell. There was no heatwave this year but the weather was more sunny than rainy.

It was good to see that the white willow tree that we planted at Hurley Lock Island at the end of 2022 in memory of Russell Doig was flourishing.

Tickets were made available for an open air production of Shakespear’s Romeo and Juliet at Hatchlands Park on Sunday 30th July. Tony and Irene availed themselves of this opportunity and were joined by two friends. It had been raining during the day beforehand but the rain held off for the performance and their picnic.

Seven boats and 22 crew took part in the Norfolk Broads Autumn Cruise 12th – 19th September 2023. This was the 4th time that our club has cruised the Broads, this time on the Northern Broads. For this event Mark and Jackie put together a very attractive package which included boat hire and evening meals on 3 of the 7 nights as well as fuel, insurance and car parking. On some evenings when no meals were organised we joined together for al fresco suppers for which the crews provided the food. The arrangements for the event were meticulously put together by Mark and Jackie including a recce of the mooring places and restaurants well beforehand. They also managed to pack into their car the BBQ, a gazebo and tables.

Twenty nine Members and friends went on the Autumn Getaway to Cardiff on 24th to 26th October and by all accounts this was another very successful short break organised by Mark and Jackie.

Here is a note sent to Mark and Jackie by one “happy customer” thanking them for organising the trip:-

Just a note to thank you again for organising the trip to Cardiff.

We thought the tours were excellent – full of interest and spectacle and greatly enhanced by the really good Tour Guides.

All of the group meals were very good and thoroughly enjoyed along with the great TSCC company.

Diva was an excellent driver who made all of the travelling very comfortable.

It is always nice when expectations are exceeded and such was the case here – you both did a fantastic job in choosing where we stayed and what we saw – THANK YOU.

Our original programme for 2023 included a guided tour of Clandon Park. However, they were only offering tours for parties of less than 10 and so we decided not to go ahead with this as a club event.

For the remainder of 2023 we are looking forward to the Annual Dinner at the Drift Golf Club, East Horsley and the Christmas event at 1st Hinchley Wood Scout and Guide Hut.

Planning for the programme for 2024 is well advanced` by your committee and the flyer has been circulated for the Spring Getaway four-day (three-night) break in the Cotswolds at Warner’s Studley Castle Country Hotel Friday 3rd – Monday 6th May. If you wish to participate please let Jackie know and pay the £10 deposit if you haven’t already done so.

We have continued to support the 1st Stanwell Scout Group this year including funds for their participation in the Essex Jamboree in 2024 and for the purchase of pioneering poles, the money for the poles having been donated by our members in memory of Jesse English who passed away earlier this year.

We also made grants to three young people to help with their fundraising to go to the 25th World Scout Jamboree in South Korea in August. The actual event was in the news because of extremely heavy rainfall which forced many of the youngsters to be moved from the camp to other accommodation. However, the organisers ensured that their contingents were able to enjoy alternative activities and the general feedback from participants seems to be that despite the weather a great experience was had by all.

We are hoping that we shall hear more from one or more of these three young people at our AGM.