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14th Richmond Open for Bookings (at last)

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Please use the “Login/Register” tab to get a user password, I will let you know details on the (protected) booking page access in the response.

Sorry this has take a while, but our boats have been laid up for the winter, but available now (Jubilant will be on the water in approx 10 days)

The Richmond Bridge Pontoon has only recently returned, and is still being finished, so access a little limited but possible.

Bookings may take a few days as I have to get all our instructors back on the lists , and available.

Bamber Gascoigne – Gone Home

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it is with greatest sadness that I have to pass on the news that our Centre President and friend Bamber passed away on the 8th February
Bamber was a great supporter of the 14th, always with a cheery word to us while we were out on the river with groups of young people, and we all appreciated his wonderful light hearted speeches at our annual Christmas breakfast reunion.  he is a great loss to the Richmond River Shore.

our thoughts are with Bamber’s wife Christina .

Bamber at the Launch of our boat Brynhild in 2013

Turk’s Pontoon returns to Richmond

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The Famous (and old) pontoon at Richmond riverfront has returned.

The pontoon was built in the 1950s for the Festival of Britain so is in the order of 70years old. The pontoon has been at Turk’s boatyards in Chatham for the last few months, and been refurbished and modified to better serve the floating barge/restaurant. The barge will return to Richmond sometime this year.

The pontoon is still being commissioned, and needs some finishing work and also needs the Brow refitting to allow access to the shore. We hope we can start using the pontoon for our boating activities sometime in the Spring.

Refurbished Turk’s Pontoon at Richmond Riverfront
The Pontoon prior to refurbishment

Covid cancelled Christmas Breakfast

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Dear All,

I am very sorry, but the trends in COVID infections, and the general scientific advice indicated that the risks were too great to hold an event close to Christmas. I consulted with Robin our Group Secretary and Vic and we all agreed.

We are made and sent out the decision on the 16th December to minimise any costs to the Group, and also gives  a chance for the word to spread.  I do feel this is a postponement not a cancellation, we will  celebrate our 100 years history. So I am looking for a date in February to  try again. 

Hopefully some of you celebrated the 100th year of the 14th with a breakfast at home, if you have any pictures and we will put them on our website as I did last year,

We are very sorry for all of you looking forward to meeting up with people not seen for such a long time, but I will be in touch with a new date as soon as practical.

14th Richmond Scout Boating Centre Open for Bookings!

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As from the beginning of August, we are again taking bookings for evening outings on our boats.

Please use the bookings page (under Centre Calendar) and the password for bookings “Viking14” The booking system is still experimental, so please check you get a response with a Subject “New Booking” and contents similar to this :- Your reservation for: 9 August 2021 6:00 pm – 9 August 2021 9:00 pm is processing now! We will send confirmation by email.

I am also starting to do Scout Permit assessments , though this can only be for full Scout members (on Compass) and not occasional helpers.

Here’s hoping to a good remainder of the boating season.

all the Best

Trevor Hall : Centre Manager

Maintenance work on the Boats

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Hercules sunk

Over the last few weekends I have been repairing damage done to Robin Arundel during the rescue of Hercules in the New Year Hercules sunk a second time, and I damaged the prop and mounting when we ran over a lose mooring line.

RA Whale Pump

Neale also been down to give me a hand by fixing the manual Whale Pump which got debris jammed inside. This pump is tricky to remove and service, but Neale has made things easier by re-tapping the holes so he pump can be dismounted in the future. Neale also helped replace all the other pump piping in the boat, as these hoses had become brittle with age

Robin Arundel jury rig fix

I have finally got round to re-epoxying the damaged prop thrust mounting in the hull , currently jammed into place with blocks of wood. Till now it had been too cold for the epoxy to cure properly

Main Salvage pump hose
Replacement Main Salvage pump hose

Almost a Calamity on the moorings

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On Tuesday the 22nd, Someone reported one of our boats in trouble on the moorings, Mark Edwards and one of his boys popped over the river in Robin Arundel, and found Hercules (our Home Counties Gig) awash, and seriously straining the mooring chains. The river was running at over 200cumecs … pretty fast. Mark part bailed the boat and patched a leak in the centreboard casing

Rather Sad Hercules being bailed with Robin Arundel’s salvage pump – water coming in faster than out at times!

I went down Wednesday morning before high water, and between us, finished bailing the boat, properly fixed the cover and returned to the moorings.

We were Socially distanced by taking two boats, Robin Arundel and Robin Rescue.

All a bit exciting given the river conditions, but all safe and sound again.

This shows the great spirit of cooperation and help on our bit of the river. – Thanks Mark and team.

all the best


P.S. I made a toddler’s day on the river front by sitting in the boat arch still in all my (red) waterproofs and black boating boots. With my new beard, the little boy mistook me for Santa…as he walked by ……I dutifully said “Merry Christmas Ho Ho Ho!” …. Mark played the part of the Christmas elf 😉

14th Christmas Breakfast at your own home

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Although my last rather depressing post indicated that I could not run the Christmas Breakfast this year, which would have destroyed an almost 90 year continuous run, the Group even met during the second world war, and also while still building the old HQ.

But… my wife had a brilliant idea, everyone could have a 14th style breakfast fry-up at home, photo the results and send them to me. I could the create an on-line collage/gallery to show the Breakfast still took place.

I plan to go down to the HQ and raise the flag on the day (photo will be provided) and you will be glad that my annual report would have been strangely empty this year… so nothing missed there! So please join in and have your own 14th Richmond Christmas Breakfast at home on the Sunday before Christmas. 9:30-10am start and don’t forget your irons.

Send me a picture on

And for reference the menu is below (with translation)… though feel free to add your own twist or interpretation.

All the best Trevor

  • Leaky  coracle with port light – Grapefruit or melon with red cherry
  • Salty thwarts – bacon
  • Stranded jellyfish – fried egg
  • Torpedoes  – sausages
  • Barnacles – mushrooms
  • Duck boards – fried bread
  • Fenders with grease – roll with butter
  • Cods eyes  (covered) – mince pies
  • Bilgewater – tea
  • Anti-fouling – coffee (with/without..rum) 

No Christmas Breakfast this year

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Sadly there is no way we can run the Christmas Breakfast reunion this year – first time in almost 90 years 🙁
This would have been the 89th Breakfast, and the beginning of the 14th Richmond Centenary year.
Hopefully we can make up for this in 2021.

I wish all our supporters a Wonderful Christmas and All the best for 2021

Scout Water weekend 2020-cancelled (tentative 2021 dates)

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Dear River Racers & Supporters,


Firstly, thank you for bearing with us in these difficult times. As you know we had hoped to be able to hold our Water Weekend in September but it is with great sadness that, due to Government Restrictions, we have decided that this will no longer be possible.

Whilst there has been some easing of the current lockdown situation, the safety of the Scouts and Leaders is our priority and we cannot operate safely under the necessary Government Covid 19 guidelines and restrictions that are in place. Mass participation events to include sporting events such as ours are still not permitted, with only groups of six people to be together outside at any time. This may ease further over the coming weeks but a number of our campers may still not be able to participate for health reasons.

I have been in touch with TYM and have provisionally booked for next year 11th, 12th & 13th June please let me know if this fits with your programme.

If it is your wish, we will of course refund your deposits in full or keep them until next year it’s up to you.

Vic Griffiths