Buy a Brick of the New Boat House

Your opportunity to leave a personalised legacy on the new Goring Gap Boat House.

Goring Gap Boat Club is poised to start building its own boathouse, finally providing a much-anticipated permanent home for one of the largest recreational boating clubs in the Thames Valley.

We need to raise an additional £30,000 to close our funding gap and allow building works to begin within the next few months. We have already secured the majority of the funding required, but we need your help to reach our final target!

We are launching a “buy a brick” campaign, offering all members of the club & community the opportunity to contribute to this exciting project. Although the boathouse itself will not be made of bricks, your donation will be permanently acknowledged with a personalised inscription on our funding wall in the new Boathouse.
We hope you will love this idea as much as we do; not only is it your opportunity to leave a lasting legacy within your club’s new home, but you will be helping to provide vital funds to finally launch this long-anticipated project! We would love as many members as possible to be represented on our donor’s wall.

How to buy your brick

1. Choose your brick:
We are offering 3 different “sizes” of brick, each of which will be recognised with a commensurately sized inscription:

  • Bronze – £100
  • Silver – £250
  • Gold – £500

You can buy as many bricks as you would like!

2. Send your donation:
Donations can be made directly to the Club’s bank account:
Account name:   Goring Gap Boat Club
Sort Code:      30-13-42
Account Number: 12354968
Please use your name as a reference.

3. Let us know:
Please email with details of your donation, including:

  • The name(s) you would like added to the donor’s wall, up to a maximum of 40 characters.
  • Whether we can claim gift aid on your donation.

Your donation can be made anonymously if you would prefer

4. Spread the word:
Please feel free to pass this on to anyone who might want to take advantage of this opportunity

Urgent Fundraising Appeal

We are close to building a new boathouse between Lower Basildon and Goring. This has taken several years and huge effort from a few dedicated members.

Unfortunately setbacks delayed the project for over a year and construction costs increased. We raised the £245,000 required, but we now need an extra £30,000 to build the first phase of the boathouse. We cannot start building unless we have the money to pay for it.

We have to raise £30,000 fast or grants of £140,000 will expire.

We are in a critical position. Please help by donating to the club fund.

There will be a boathouse briefing on Thursday 23 February at 8pm  at the Goring Social Club. We will provide an update, show the model and plans of the boathouse and answer any  questions. This meeting is open to anyone interested in the boathouse,  not only club members.

Club sessions on this weekend

River conditions have improved considerably. Although it will be cold, and maybe even snowy, this weekend, we expect the club sessions will go ahead.

There will be more debris than normal in the water, brought down by the strong stream, so please take good care, especially if you are rowing outside the club sessions.

Boathouse – latest news

We hope that a start will be made early in 2017 on the road junction to enable access to the site. This is the first step towards the building of the boathouse and will hopefully be complete by the end of February. This will enable access to the site and the commencement of the building work.

We have enough funds, from the club account, grants and fundraising activities, to enable construction of the building but not to complete the building or to carry out the necessary excavations before we can use the site. This will need a further £40 to £50,000.

We need to make a real effort to raise more funds if we are to be in a position to complete the building and make it and the site usable. Fortunately, we have the opportunity to generate matched funding which means that for every £1 we raise ourselves this will be matched so that we can get £2 for each £1.

If every club member could help to generate £100 for the boathouse we could easily raise over £10,000 which would then be doubled to £20,000. Think what we could achieve if every member raised £1,000 (over £100,000 if maths is not your strong point!)

A meeting has been arranged for Thursday 26 January to explore fundraising activities and make plans for this year. We welcome input and offers of support from anyone – club members, friends or family. Do come along to the Going Social club at 7.30pm on 26 January and help us achieve our ambition of the boathouse.

We are also keen to hear from any club members who have relevant skills to offer, such as anyone with a construction background/experience, or anyone with project management skills, or with relevant legal qualifications  – as would anyone with a digger, or access to cheap building materials, or with a tractor and trailer, or landscaping experience.

Ros Crowder

Joint Club Chairwoman