Posts by: Trevor

Great River Race 2023

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The 14th Richmond Scout Boating Centre had four boats in this year’s GRR, Jubilant, Gordon Hall, Fan Maker and Naiad. All boats completed the race successfully and all crews (seemed 🙂 to enjoy themselves, the weather was perfect with overcast sun, not too hot, and river conditions pretty good.

Jubilant with a new invigorated Crew completed the course in the fasted time ever for Jubilant in 2h 47 minutes,

Gordon Hall (Thames Watermans Cutter) for the Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers with Simon in charge,completed in 2h 11m was 7th fastest overall, and first in three classes (Thames Watermans Cutter, Riparian Borough and City Challenge)

Fan Maker (Skerry) crewed by our associated club the Bench Blisters completed the races in a great time of 3h 1m

Naiad (Skerry) was crewed by our long term friends and sponsors AREEN and completed the course in 3h 21 mins, pretty good for a first time GRR crew. The Areen Crew are raising money for CRASH – Construction Industry’s Charity Charity! Please Donate on Just Giving here

GoodGym runners – paint Arch Doors(again!)

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Liz and her team from the Richmond GoodGym Again volunteered to paint our boatarch doors with Teak Oil. This took two sessions, one on Saturday 29th July to “flat off” the doors with sanding blocks and put a first coat, then a return trip on the following Monday. We are very grateful for the teams help in keeping the boat arch doors in pristine condition.

Jubilant Crew Outing

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The “refreshed” Jubilant crew have been out training on the river, a recent trip was captured by Ruth Wadey (photographer – known for regular BBC Weather “Weather Watcher” pictures ) , she has kindly let us use these images .

Remembrance Sunday 12th November 2022

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A quiet reflection time on the members of hte 14th Richmond Sea Scouts who lost their lives in the war, Especially for me, for my Uncle Gordon Hall who was a Scout Leader in the Group.

Trevor Hall Centre Manager

In Memory of our President Bamber Gascoigne

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A proposal has been made to make a permanent memorial to Bamber on the river by refurbishing the set of river steps near his home , and naming them Bamber’s Steps in honour of all his promotion and support for users of the Thames. please donate if you can on

Bzamber’s Steps (c) Mark Edwards

Gone Home – David Isaac.

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We were all deeply saddened but the sudden passing of our friend David Isaac.
David was the Group Scout Leader of Kew Scouts, and a huge supporter and user of the activities in our boating centre . He would never hesitate to help with our fund raising or activity events.

We have lost a great friend and enthusiastic Scout. He will be sorely missed

more details on the District Web site

Robin Arundel fully functional again

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Robin Arundel and Robin Rescue

After quite a bit of repair work and cleaning Robin Arundel our work boat is Up and running again. She has a new starter motor, and we are gradually cleaning/sanding and resealing the seat slats.

On Saturday 17th April , we took her up through Teddington lock and towed back a couple of Skerrys for Skerrys4Schools and a Scout Home Counties gig for repair. The Work boat behaved herself well.

Seating slats - If anyone wants to volunteer to do the next batch... just let me know, we are about half way through the job

Gone Home :- Geoffrey Hall – member and former chairman of the 14th

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I am sad to have to report that my father Geoffrey Hall died peacefully in his sleep on Boxing day, he was ninety years old. He had been suffering from a bad infection, and was not really recovering.

Geoffrey was a Scout in the 14th Richmond Sea Scouts during the war years, his three other brothers were in the services ( Gordon, Peter and Kenneth). My father was always a strong supporter of the 14th , and eventually became Group Chairman for a number of years. He continued to support the Group as it transitioned from a Scout Group to the Boating Centre, and attended almost all the Christmas breakfast reunions right up to a few years ago when he became too frail, but he still was always asking about how things were going in the group.

Trevor Hall – Manager of the 14th Richmond Scout Boating Centre

The 89th Christmas Breakfast from around the country

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The guests at the 89th Christmas breakfast had to stay at home and make their own breakfast this year, here are some of the glorious results.

Virtually The 89th Christmas Breakfast

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As mentioned in my last post, I intended to keep the tradition going albeit with a smaller guest list…. in this case only my household ….So we packed everything up and got down to the HQ early(ish) today, the Sunday before Christmas… And followed all the HQ Covid rules 🙂

Our Special guest this year was Prancer, with Santa’s kind permission. Breakfast went off well, not many speeches, and a small matter of five and a half dozen eggs in the raffle.

During the morning I received a number of photos from 14th Richmond members and supporters, showing their own personal Christmas Breakfast.