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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

Call to Oars – 34 Challenge

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At the beginning of May, The Jubilant Crew, bored of being away from the water for so long devised a team challenge, and made over £2000 for the NSPCC charity.

34 is the length in kilometers of the Great River Race which the Jubilant Crew have trained for and raced in every year since the boat was built

You can read more in the Richmond and Twickenham Times article

This was the Challenge sent out to all

The Crew of The Royal Shallop Jubilant is asking ALL rowers in the UK to join us in a fundraiser for the NSPCC by completing
The “34” Challenge

Individuals, households and virtual crews are invited to complete The “34” Challenge, representing the 34km of the annual Great River Race. Then donate via our JustGiving page- and post achievements on our dedicated facebook page

  • a call to oars –

Updated Operations manual

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The Centre operations manual update is now done for 2020 (it was done earlier but I had no way to re-publish) it can be found under the “Important Document” link in the header menu


Update 22 March – 14th Richmond SBC – Coronavirus (Covid-19)

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Hi all – this is the previous post – from March sent by email repeated
I had the HQ cleaned on the morning of Sat 21st , so all bins empty and surfaces and floor clean for when we need the centre again.
Today I  went out on the river on Robin Arundel helped by my eldest son, and we bailed all the 14th boats , cleaned Fan Maker and put her on the Scout moorings with the cover and hoops back on (one hoop missing and cover may need adjusting later)So all tucked away for the duration…

MarkE (and maybe others interested) :  I also bailed RG’s orange boat and did a quick run around the other local boats. All Ok (although one cutter – not ours- is only bow tied on the trot -I did not get to sort this as ran out of time) Also speaking (or shouting across the pontoon ) to Mark B.. the PLA/Richmond lock keeper have been (verbally) advising river users that if the virus impacts the Richmond Lock employees they -may- longer be able to operate the curtain, so in this case the river will run out as per the Draw Off.  – There has been no official warning from the PLA, and I hope we will get proper alert of any problems.
Will keep everyone informed, and if anyone fancies doing the boat checks (as a couple of hours out of home confinement – and is safe operating Robin A or Robin R, let me know) 
Again:…. please let me know if anyone visiting the HQ , I am  trying to schedule any visits to prevent person-person contact. 
All the best Trevor

Hello New Website!

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This is a prototype site with the new Scout branding and hopefully with more dynamic content