As I write, the river has returned to more normal levels, but our Junior Rowing Camp in Banyoles, Spain is suffering from very English conditions! Surely the sun will turn up soon to herald the new regatta season.

The first major regatta in prospect is Wallingford on 5th May where our Senior Men’s Coxless four and our Senior Women’s Lightweight Double will be able to benchmark the fruits of their winter training against potential Henley opposition. Exciting times.

The head season was very busy. The Senior Men’s Coxless Four was the fastest small boat at the Head of the Trent. Chris Callow rowing in a Star/Peterborough/Leicester/Upper Thames composite was the fastest quad and 20th overall at the Vets Head (a slightly different crew, including Mr Callow had already won Masters A/B/C Coxless Quads at the Head of the Trent). Also at the Vets Head, the Masters D Eight finished 3rd and the Masters E Eight 9th in their respective categories. Our Junior Squad produced very respectable results at both the Schools’ Head and the Scullery. Finally, there were wins across the board at Bedford Eights and Fours Head, Peterborough Head and at the Star Winter Head.

All too often I seem to have to write about the death of a Vice President and this bulletin is no exception. One of the Club’s longest standing Vice Presidents, Joyce Dixon, died in February of this year. I was very grateful to the large numbers of members who kindly attended her funeral. It would have meant a lot to her.

The Club’s 5-year strategic plan was finalized in the New Year and presented to members during February. A summary of the main features can be found on the website. In part fulfillment of the plan’s commitment to the community, the Club has adopted the Tibbs Dementia Trust as its sponsored charity. We hope to complete a major fundraising event later in the year. Also in relation to our commitment to the community, the Club is in preliminary discussions with British Rowing on an initiative to introduce rowing to young persons in our neighbourhood. This is undoubtedly a challenging prospect, but one that we hope will be beneficial for the Club and the young persons living nearby.

The renovations of the Clubhouse continue. I am most grateful to Ivan Higgins and Katrina Payne for leading this project to maintain and enhance our facility. You will soon notice substantial changes to the Clubroom, where urgent replacement of the electric wiring will necessitate changes to fabric of the ceiling.

Lastly, Lyn Parsons is leading a project to establish a Club Archive. Please contact him if you have any material for inclusion or if you would like to assist him in this important work.

Enjoy the regatta season and if you are looking for a good day out, think about coming to the Annual Henley Picnic.


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