Beccles

Fun Rowing

Joint Convenors: Sally & Peter Norfolk and Gus Riley

No Rowing Planned for 2020

Message dated 25 August 2020
Many of you will be aware that we carried out a survey of members to ascertain what level of interest there might be in resuming rowing in 2020. We received a number of positive responses - and it was great to hear from you all!
Unfortunately, we are very disappointed to have to tell you that it just isn't possible this year. Gus, Peter and I met at TS Brave and went through all the possibilities to enable us to go ahead but the more we looked into it, the more difficult it was to keep us all safe and yet still have social fun. (If you want to see the points that were examined, please drop a note to tmob@sapo.pt)
Thank you for being in our Fun Rowing Group.....we hope for better luck next year.
We all miss being on the river.....keep safe and well.
And just to keep our regulars in the picture, Terry has had to drop out of the group for personal health reasons - but will be helping to keep the Group Page on the website up to date. This will include our planned schedule (see below - ready for when we return !!) - and some of the Group photos, to remind us all of what fun it was.
We look forward to seeing you all soon. Sally; Peter; and Gus

Our Normal Planned Schedule

The Annual Timetable. Please Note. This varies with the weather and amount of evening light.
• March & April – Friday forenoon - 10:00 to 12:00.
• May to August – Friday evening - 19:00 to 21:00.
• September & October – Friday forenoon - 10:00 to 12:00.
Weather We are not masochists and our rowing is totally dependent on weather conditions. Especially in March and October, please do not assume we will go each week! If it is dull, cold and/or windy - or all three! - we will NOT go out.
If in doubt, and to avoid a wasted journey, please check this website or call one of the convenors.
Venue: TS Brave, Sea Cadet Unit, Fen Lane, Beccles. (Opp Travis Perkins).
Cost: For each session, we each make a £3 contribution to the Sea Cadet funds.
Parking: Many rowers use the Car Park opposite Travis Perkins. Charges are applied between 8am and 6pm. The first 2 hours are free, then 70p per hour. A ticket must be displayed for any duration stay. The machines take all coins except coppers - no notes - and there is a card payment facility. So any Friday forenoon outing will cost you 70p extra.

Organisation & Membership

Numbers: We have 2 whalers (5 or 6 crew) available, plus a number of 2-man canoes - so we can have up to 12 rowers plus 8 other members in canoes, on the water at a time.
Our Boats: Have a look at the diagram of the Trinity 500 below; that's the boat we use - and it is the modern version of the traditional naval "whaler".
Just click on the diagram to enlarge it.
T500 Layout and Parts
Our "Whaler"
Applications: We are happy to receive applications from new members. Just use the "BIRD" to get in touch.
Attendance: All registered members are free to attend as often as they like. Come when you can; don't bother to let us know in advance; turn up 10 minutes early; and let's enjoy some time on the water.
Experience and Fitness: NO previous experience is required and NO great level of fitness is needed either - though you do need to be reasonably agile to climb down into the boats, using short ladders and then to maintain your balance on board.
We hope we can cope with anything, so long as YOU are able to give it a go; can count up to FOUR; and bring your sense of humour.
What do we get up to? See below for occasional reports and photos of our current activities.
We also retain some earlier photos; to see any picture as a full screen image, just click on it.

Safety

Our Rowing Group is not a dangerous activity, but please read the notes in the sidebar, so that you are aware of (A) the potential hazards that do exist, and (B) our plans to minimise them.
We need YOU to help US to keep EVERYONE safe.

LATEST NEWS FROM YOUR CONVENORS Most recent update? SEE ABOVE - 25 August 2020

Some photos are retained - just to show what the Group is like when we CAN enjoy ourselves!

End of Summer Rowing
A friendly celebration!
MOIST
What a lovely day to go rowing

PS Remember, you just need to "click" on a photo to see it full size, and then you can use the Left and Right arrow heads to step through the "Gallery"!

Outney Meadow 1 Outney Meadow 2 Outney Meadow 3
Ready for the "OFF" No, we don't race All is calm

AND here are some photographic reminders of the Summer 2019 season. Many thanks to our "Happy Snappers!"

26 July from Convenor Sally

The pictures below were taken by Ed and John. Many thanks for keeping us supplied with such great reminders of some splendid evenings on the river.

Crew in the Setting Sun Leaving the Pump House
Breaktime at the Pump House A Glorious Sunset
Canoe in the trees Family gathering All is Calm
Capturing the Crocodile! Family Spectators Landing the Crocodile!

22 April - from Convenor Gus

Michelle was kind enough to share the photograph below, A lovely start to the Easter weekend.

Easter Bonnets - before the start
The Easter Parade
Leaving the cut Even the canoe got an outing Sandy
A great day out And the canoe came too Sandy's Retreat

Click on a picture below to see it full-size with more details.

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Improvers Spanish iPad Users
Italian Conversation 1 Italian Conversation 2
Italian for improvers Jazz Appreciation
Latin Lunch Club
Madrigal Singing SATB Madrigal Singing SSA
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Recorder Playing Saving Young Trees
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Short Tennis Singing for Fun
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Theatre and Cinema Visits Walking 1
Walking 2 Walking 3
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