Calling all punters!

It’s nearly Summer! Who wants to go punting?

Goring Gap Boat Club has 2 punts (and a dinghy) at the Swan at Streatley that are available for members to use between End April and October.

Ros getting punted about. Note sensibly clutching paddles.

Who can use the punts?

At least one member of the punting party per boat must be a member of Goring Gap Boat Club for insurance purposes. You don’t have to be a full members – social members can take the punts out (social membership is £30 per year). Each punt can hold 5 people max (dinghy 3).

Where are they?

The Punts are locked up behind the Swan hotel in Goring. Go past the hotel reception and continue to the car park at the back of the hotel. In the far right hand corner cross a patch of grass next to a small outbuilding and the boats are on your right, either in the cut or on the bank.

How do I book?

A booking system operates by either writing in the log book in the locked cabinet or phoning Geoff Horne on 01491 873117. You can just turn up but if you do you must check that the book is not showing a reservation for the same day/time. If it is busy you cannot take a punt out.

Using the punts

A locked cabinet (combination code is available from Geoff or in the club handbook) holds paddles, (always take at least 2 paddles out with you even if intending to punt – the river is too deep for the Quant or pole as most people know it) in the middle if going upstream, bailers, buoyancy aids, log-book and keys to the punts. Ensure the key to the punts are returned to the cabinet and the punts and area are left in a tidy condition. Report any damages to Geoff by phone and write in the log book. The punter might want to be barefoot (for grip) and wearing shorts (to avoid wet trousers!).

Safety

You are punting at your own risk. Please read and comply with the safety and practical instructions in the cabinet/punts and on the GGBC website and in the club handbook. Non swimmers (unable to swim 50m clothed) and all children under 18 should wear a buoyancy aid. Only very experienced punters should go anywhere near the weir.

Happy Punting!

Phase 1 Appeal Success

We are delighted that our fundraising appeal raised enough to start the new boathouse. Thank you to all our donors and to everyone involved in our  fundraising events.

We were lucky to get matched funding for the ‘Buy a Brick’ scheme of £10,000 from the Gatehampton Trust. We also received some stunningly generous donations from several people outside the club.

Unfortunately construction costs rose since we first got planning permission. We raised £34,000 in the appeal and with  more expected from  upcoming events, we are confident that we can pay for phase 1. We will start once we get confirmation of our grants from Sport England and the Greenham Common Trust.

We need to start phase 2 of the building project as soon as possible after we build the boathouse shell, so we must continue fundraising.

Here is a list of our future events:

  • Barn Dance on 20 May in Goring Village Hall, contact Tanya Morris.
  • Sponsored Row on 3 June from Oxford to Reading, contact Nick Josephy.
  • Goring & Streatley Regatta 22 July, contact Brian Barnes.
  • Wine tasting on 30 September in Pangbourne Working Men’s Club, contact Tim Armstrong.

We hope that you are as excited as we are to have reached this milestone in the club’s history! We look forward to seeing the construction of the boathouse start shortly.

Barn Dance (in a hall)

Help raise funds for the new boathouse by joining us at a barn dance in Goring Village Hall on Saturday 20th May.

The band Six Feet of Snow will be raising the roof and there will be a cash bar to keep people hydrated! The dance will run from 7:30 to 11pm.

Tickets are £10 on the door and can be ordered in advance from Tanya Morris.

Boat Race event at the Catherine Wheel in Goring

Finish of 2007 Oxford-Cambridge boat race

The Oxford v Cambridge Boat Race takes place this Sunday afternoon 2nd April and the Catherine Wheel pub in Goring will be showing the event on the big screen with fun events in the barn and a sweepstake. Come and watch with other GGBC members from 4pm. In the evening there will be live music in the pub.