The present Trustees are : Julian Bewick, John Clark, Rosemary Coates, Rowley Douglas, Jane Perry, Robert Quayle, Steve Williams. Our Independent Examiner of Accounts is George Savage. The Trustees are grateful for the interest he takes in this task. John Clark has been Chairman of the Trustees since the founding of the Trust in 1999. Robert Quayle has now taken on this role.
[pn] Thanks go, as always, to our many supporters, who gave nearly £11,000 last year, to which was added over £1,100 as tax reclaimed under the Gift Aid scheme, and £1800 income from long-term investments. Grants totalling nearly £9000 were made, to MCSBC and its members, as well as to children and students in other clubs.
If you would like to join those who support young people to benefit so much from rowing, please look on the Bluefriars website www.bluefriars.org.uk for details of the many routes open for giving - by standing order, direct via the internet, Give as Your Earn, etc.
Full accounts and the Trustees' Annual Report to the Charity Commission are available via the Editor.
[pn] If you would like to receive regular news of races entered by Monkton crews, you may like to join the list of people who receive regular news of entries via email. This service is really intended for crews, parents, supporters and coaches, but others may be interested. Send your email address to the editor via www.bluefriars.org.uk/contact.htm
[pn] Work on reburbishment of the Aqueduct carries on apace, and by next year we should be able to include a picture of the completed project. In the meantime, the aqueduct and boathouse area has been a scene of orgnised devastation. The old wooden oar shed has been partially demolished to enable access to the aqueduct abuttment, so all the equipment from there has had to be heaped inside the other boathouses, making boat movements more difficult than usual. The boathouse is being put to together again at the time of writing. Meanwhile, at canal level, the old bridge near the basin is being mended, so a temporary scaffolding bridge has been in place for the summer. The carrrying of boats from the river to boat trailers has been made even more difficult and time-consuming than ever!
[pn] A calendar featuring top international rowers has been produced for 2004, and is being sold in aid of the Rowing Foundation, a charity committed to 'putting young people on the water'. Amongst the rowers pictured are Steve Williams and Alex Partridge. If you would like a copy, look at www.thecalendarcrew.com, or send your order to The Calendar Crew, 23 Purfield Drive, Wargrave, Reading RG10 8AP. Cost £9.95 + £3.00 p&p (UK).
[pn] Barry Taylor, who was Boatman and coach to the Girls, left us in February, to take up a post as Boatman at St Paul's School. He was given a send-off at a lunch attended by by parents, coaches and some of the girls he had coached.
Mike Smith and Carl Purchase, both members of Bradford-on-Avon Rowing Club, have started as part-time Boatmen, under a job-sharing scheme. They both have wide experience in rowing. Carl is a former Captain of Wallingford RC, and is at present Captain of Bradford-on-Avon. Mike is also involved with running B-on-A, and is on the Committee of Coate Water Park Regatta. Both of them are still active on Veteran Rowing.
John Cameron was the post-Graduate GAP Year coach last season. He coached the girls crew after Barry had left, taking them to Henley.
Ben Lang has joined the staff, and will be coaching juniors this season. He rowed ay Durham University Boat Club 94-96: Competed in Freshmans and senior squads in various boats, Assisting with coaching of the Freshmen's squad in his second year. He has been a member of Avon County Rowing Club since 2001, and competed in their 1st eight in 2001/2002, more recently in coxless pairs.
Guy Troup is the GAP Year coach for 2003/4. He learnt his rowing at Warwick University
Jamie Jameson is i/c Rowing during the Director of Rowing inter-regnum, and Julian Bewick is helping out with some of the administration, as well as coaching. Peter Bossom and David Merricks continue with their coaching commitments.
[pn] Inspired by my father who rowed at Kings Canterbury and my eldest brother, captain of boats at St.Anne's College, Oxford, I decided to see what all the fuss was about, by going to Bristol Ariel R.C., in the Autumn of 1997. On my first sighting of an eight rowing past I knew that this was the sport for me. I rowed at Ariel up until February 1998 before jetting off to Zimbabwe on a gap-year project. In the Autumn of 1998 I headed up to Warwick University and joined the Boat Club immediately. I was fortunate to be joined by a bunch of other enthusiastic novice rowers and we formed a eight which raced at lots of events, winning our first pot at Worcester Regatta. The following year I served on the Boat Club executive as Novice Men's Co-ordinator, teaching the new bunch of novices how to row, and also rowed in the University's 2nd VIII. The highlight of the year was coming fourth in the final of Novice VIIIs at BUSA regatta, after a sprint to the line with Strathclyde University. Studying French & History meant that I was obliged to spend my third year of university in France and I duly departed for Grenoble, capital of the French Alps. The University rowing scene in France is much quieter than it is in the UK, but nevertheless I sculled on the Isere river every week, competed in a University Ergo tournament and took up cross-country ski-ing, aswell as snowboarding. On my return to Warwick I rowed in the 1st VIII, which came 85th at the Head, and reached the semi-finals of Championship Eights at BUSA Regatta. Since University I have rowed at the City of Bristol Rowing Club.