GGBC Annual General Meeting

The AGM is this week on Thursday 28th at 7-45pm at Goring Social Club, and will include the following –

1/. How the boathouse planning application has developed over the last 12 months, and its current status

2/. The current membership figures and breakdown

3/. A quick review of rowing activity over the last 12 months, including L-2-R courses and squad rowing

4/. A brief review of the Regatta

5/. Confirmation of our current fleet, any acquisitions and disposals over the last year, and any procurement or maintenance priorities

6/. A summary of fundraising activity in 2013 and plans for 2014

Please come along to the Social Club at  1 High St, Goring, Reading, Oxfordshire RG8 9BA

Beken prints

What are they you may ask?

Beken started their photography in 1888 when Alfred Edward Beken (1855-1915) came to Cowes & opened a pharmacy. It was his son Frank (1880-1970) who was so impressed by the classic yachts sailing off Cowes that he started the Beken Marine Photography Archive. In 1914 the ‘West’ collection of glass plates dating back to 1880 was purchased to add to his growing collection of negatives. By the 1930’s Frank’s son Keith (1914-2007) was busy photographing afloat and in 1970 Keith’s son Kenneth (b.1951) joined the Company. Each generation has earned the title “Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society” and the Company has held three Royal Warrants for excellence. More recently in 2001 staff colleague Peter Mumford became actively employed photographing afloat adding to the modern digital colour library.

Up to 1970 the photographs were signed Beken & Son by hand in white ink. From 1970 when colour photography came to the fore, until the darkrooms closed in 2008, all photographs were signed Beken of Cowes again by hand with white ink.

The Swan at Streatley has 16 A1 framed monochrome yachting prints available for sale at £125.00 each. 10% of any sale will be donated to the GGBC’s boathouse appeal!

For more info and reference images please refer to