The committee met on Monday 8th August to consider routine business and progress of the fire situation. Our thanks to the Compleat Angler for the meeting room. They noted with thanks the great efforts put in by club members to clear up the club and the support from the community, not least in the financial collections. This post summarises some of the structure now in place and responds to questions about the need for fundraising given our insurance.
Following a fire at the Clubhouse in the early hours of Wednesday, the job of clearing up and getting back on an even keel started in earnest last night. Club Chairman, Peter Hunt, praised the efforts of the local fire brigade who, at their peak, had fifty five team members tackling the blaze and rescuing as much of the contents as was safe to do. “Through their efforts much of the club equipment and memorabilia has been salvaged including the memorial to those members who made the ultimate sacrifice during World Wars One and Two”.
Fire and Building Fund.
The loss adjusters were at the club for thee days and we are clearing up and removing fire damaged items. We will be arranging gym facilities and temporary racking and rowing resumed on 5th August. The club expects to return to competition at Maidenhead regatta later this month and all squads aim to enter crews.
In the coming three months the club will prepare for the Head season by arranging boat allocations, temporary facilities and launching provision. We believe that we can run a full competitive programme with support and understanding from members and the community.
Over the next few years the club will need to secure its premises and rebuild, and the committee hope and believe that in three years time, this fire will be seen as a new beginning, rather than the setback it appears today.
Please contact us if you have any questions. All press enquiries should be directed to Ed Phillips or Mike Parsons. A formal press statement will be issued tomorrow and communications to members to will continue over the next few days.
The committee will be meeting again on Monday.
Our thanks to those who have offered support - we will respond to you all shortly. In the interim, please do Contact Us.
The club has a very successful weekend at the British Championships in Nottingham. The action started with the junior events on Friday and rolled on until Sunday afternoon with 18 crews competing in total.
The President's Fund was established to encourage members of the club with ambition to represent their country. 2011 is the 20th anniversary year of its foundation and in that period the Fund has been able to help a significant number of young members to achieve their ambition.