Posts by: Trevor

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.

Francis Spencer RIP

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Sad news, one of the great characters on our stretch of the river (Horse Reach) has passed.

Francis Spencer owned and ran Hammertons Ferry which crosses the river at Marble Hill Park.

Francis was a great friend of the 14th Richmond Boating Centre and would always give us a cheery wave as we navigated Jubilant or other boats past the ferry, perfectly understanding that we had novice crews and therefore with limited manoeuvrability. Francis also was game to offer his experience when moving or towing boats down river.

He will be missed by us all.

Picture from Instagram page.

Moorings Maintenance 2020

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Trevor on a submerged Trevor Island

I was worried that we could not inspect the moorings again this year, in 2019 the river flow did not drop much below 150cumecs, and the level even during the draw off remained high, this year we had similar conditions, however on the last weekend of the draw off, the flow rate finally dropped marginally below 100cumecs. The river level dropped significantly, but still about a foot of water over our moorings.

I thought… Good enough!… and with Colin’s help checked out the chains and put four new ground anchors into the river bed and laid about 30m of new chain, and untangled one of the pendulum risers.

Trevor putting in new Ground anchors on Scout moorings

Was very pleased to have done this, although it was pretty chilly wading in the river in November and the riverbed is very tough (old concretions of mussel shells) to screw the ground anchors in.

Colin and I rechecked the moorings the following weekend, at high tide, and everything seems to be in the right place, and solid. So good for another few years. We still have a couple of new mooring buoy risers to put into place, and have ropes looping the ground chains ready to fit when I get a new supply of chain.

Overall a satisfying job, and thank you to Colin for the support and the photos.

Remembrance Day-

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While doing my weekly HQ and moorings check, I decided to have a mini Remembrance Day event on my own.

Remembrance Day 8th November 2020 -14th Richmond HQ

Remembering …. my Uncle, Gordon Hall, who was an aircraft navigator and died in Italy aged 19. He was one of four boys, with Peter (spitfire pilot) Kenneth (Army logistics) and Geoff (my father) .
Gordon was also a Leader in the 14th Richmond Sea Scouts, the training centre I am now proud to run, his name is on the wooden plaque in the HQ..
We have a Thames Watermans Cutter named after him.

Gordon Hall

Another Report- so quickly

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Hi All,

We had another visit from a great team from the Good Gym who completed sanding (flatting) the Boat Arch doors, and applying a second coat of teak oil. So now looking as good as new and ready for the winter. I cannot thank them enough, I have been wanting to get this done for over 6 months now 🙂

On another note, the rules for activities under government advice for COVID-19 are continually being adjusted. Our latest Risk Assesments (registered wit he Scouts) are on our Important Documents page.

Finally the annual Richmond Lock “Draw Off” will be

be Monday 9th November to Friday 27th November (see PLA notice)

I will need some help inspecting and maybe re-laying the Scout mooring chains assuming the river does not flood again.