Joint Convenors: Sally & Peter Norfolk and Gus Riley
Our Plans for 2020
|Message dated 17 March 2020|
|In accordance with best advice on coping with the Coronavirus, we have cancelled all Fun Rowing activities until further notice.|
|Watch this space for further news - but no change is likely for 3 months or so.|
|Meanwhile, do try to keep fit - even if stuck at home; there are lots of simple exercises you can do to keep the body Strong and Supple and maintain your Stamina. They will help you keep your Sanity, too!|
|We look forward to seeing you all soon. Sally; Peter; Gus and Terry|
|Our Annual Planned 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.|
|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.|
|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 28 May
Message dated 28 May From Convenor Sally
Yes, we are all still waiting; - my breath is getting ever more baited.
But just to keep the spirits up, here is a splendid photo from Michelle, who has managed to get out and about regularly.
Many thanks, Michelle.
Love to all, Sally & Peter & Gus
Good Morning everyone! What glorious weather!! We should all be out rowing!!! OKAY - that is enough EXCLAMATION MARKS!!!!
You may have noticed that the Government and the Broads Authority have now agreed that it is safe to go boating - but only if we adhere to the 2 mtr social-distancing rule. (I must say I think that should be an "anti-social distancing" rule - Editor)
It doesn't take a genius to work out that this would result in a crew of two in our boats - and that is not likely to be much fun for anyone!
Being positive - at least it is a step in the right direction, so we encourage you all to "watch this space" and keep fit for when we can really return. (See below for the info from Gus.)
Best wishes for a happy and healthy summer.
Keeping Fit for Rowing
Please click on this link (or use the one in the sidebar on the right):- Stay Healthy During Covid Lockdown
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AND just to keep the memories alive, we have retained some photos from the reports of last year's outings....
23 November Message from Convenor Sally...
On Friday 22 November, with two boats of keen and warmly dressed rowers, we set off and the rain fell. (See photo from Michelle, yesterday.) We got soaked but kept going in true hardy style, and then the sun shone, eventually drying us off. We watched a Cormorant and admired the seven cygnets, now almost white.
It was a good pull upstream against the tide then an easier gentle row back in good time to get to the Royal Oak for our group end of year celebration. We enjoyed hot chocolate and delicious pizza and a quiz organised by Gus. (Thanks again to Michelle for the photo of the meal in progress.)
Well done and a Happy Christmas to all Fun Rowers.
|A friendly celebration!|
|What a lovely day to go rowing|
18 September Message and photos from Convenor Peter ...
YES! It was a really lovely day out and I hope these photos bring back some memories for all those who joined the expedition to the foreign waters. The weather made it just about perfect!
See you all soon, Regards, Peter.
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"!
|Ready for the "OFF"||No, we don't race||All is calm|
16 September Message from Convenor Sally
We had a beautiful morning on Friday 13th for our outing to (and from!) Outney Meadow...it couldn’t have been better. Fourteen members came, some wearing black and white to echo the cattle(!).
We had 4 three seaters and 1 two seater Canadian canoes. We were given buoyancy aids and a paddle and off we went. The reflections and colours were lovely. Some canoes stopped and linked together to share a mid-morning snack, others found a place to get out....
The whole trip took 3 hours; a marvellous day out.
Cheers, Sally and Peter
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.
|Breaktime at the Pump House||A Glorious Sunset|
|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.
|The Easter Parade|
|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.