Come and look at our new home on Saturday morning!!!


Instead, Club Members are invited to come along to the new site at Lower Basildon to have a look. You are welcome at any time between 9am and 11am.

Directions – Access to the site is off the A329 between Pangbourne and Streatley. As you exit Lower Basildon in the direction of Streatley (or before you enter the village if coming the other way!!) is a turning to the left (right) called Hook End Lane. Opposite this junction are a set of double gates. This is how you should access the site. I will try to get the gates unlocked for Saturday morning if I can, but they are owned by a third party. If I cannot, just climb over them. You should then turn left and follow the track round and down into a field. Keep going straight across to the other side of the field, turn left at the hedge, and walk down towards the river. Please trust me – it is easier than it sounds.

If I can get the gates unlocked, there will be some parking available along the track to the right. If not, there is also parking across the A329 in Hook End Lane – but obviously take care crossing the road.

Planning application approved with conditions


GGBC’s planning application for a new boathouse has been granted!! Our thanks go out to Boathouse Sub-Committee for all their efforts over the last 8 months, to all Club members past and present who raised the money to fund our complex application, and to the WBC Planning Committee for listening to our case.

Now we have a site and a design for a permanent home, all we need to do is finance and build it. If you can help, or wish to get involved, please step forward and speak with a Club Committee member. There will be plenty to do, and a need for all kinds of skills.

In the meantime, we continue to row three times a week so please come along.

Many thanks



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