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February News



Firstly, another date for your diary.  The Secretary has already asked you to save the date of 28th March for the 2020 Royals Dinner.  Please add to that 15th July for the Royals AGM.  A long way off but important for decisions about the club's future so all members will be urged to attend.  


December and the New Year has brought a very welcome influx of new adult rowing members, in order of appearance:


Laura Gamble, Susan Kinnear, Will Meakin, Luke Roberts, Nicki Clews, Norah Frazer-Cox, Andrew Dennis, Amy Markham, Gaynor Downie, Paul Molyneux & Beth Thompson.




26 January  Northwich Autumn Head (rearranged from November);

12 crews entered, 5 wins:

Op.8+ (AM) C: Abi Sanders, S: Will Meakin, Jordan Simons, Tom Rushton, Chris Sim, Kevin Dudley, Matt Chan, Joe Rowlands, B: Jack Hayes

Op.8+ (PM) C: Sarah Armstrong, S: Matt Roe, Peter Dean, Harry McGarva, Áron Várbíró, Howard Websdell, Sam Heyes-Burke, Rhys Coffey, B: Ryan Carney

WMasE/F.8+ Susan Batchelor, Zosia Archibald, Lucy Morris, Rowena Siddorn, Pam Hamill, Andrea Townson, Elaine Arnot, Claire Hardy, Cox Freya Morris

WJ16.4x Eliza Harris, Teigan Foster, Mica Hird, Lucy Thompson

WJ16.2x Mica Hird, Lucy Thompson


Well done to all the above and their coaches for representing Royals so ably.


If you have any news to share contributions are always welcome.

Adam Wilson,  royalstreasurer@gmail.com

March News

At this time of year whilst we all wait for the chance to get on the water the gym is busy and this Wednesday the 6pm to 7pm slot saw the usual masters ladies and novices hard at work under the eye of our Captain, Chloe Sheward.


The novice ladies kindly agreed to do the 100 Club draw and the photo below shows the winning number being drawn by Cezara Arsenie, watched over by (from L to R) Hannah Williams, Anya Coleman and Johanna Mallett.  Thank you ladies and may the evening weather be kinder in a few weeks time when you will be able to down handles and pick up an oar instead.



1st £100 No12 Peter English   2nd £30  No22 Chloe Sheward

3rd  £20  No14 Peter Jarvis    


Charity Status Agreed

On Tuesday the Committee meeting was delighted with the headline news that on 20th February 2020 we received notice from the Charity Commission stating "We are satisfied that ROYAL CHESTER ROWING CLUB is a charity and it has been entered into the Register for Charities with the Registered Charity Number 1188080."  This is a milestone event for the club that puts us on the right footing for a secure future and that gives impetus to our efforts to promote proposals for development and to raise the funding required.  This means the Annual General Meeting scheduled for 15th July 2020 will not be different in its nature but it will be the first to be held under our new constitiution as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation so do try to attend.


Royals Winter Ball and dinner on 28th March

Do not forget the other key date coming up which is the Royals Winter Ball and dinner on 28th March at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. To reserve tickets, or to donate prizes for the raffle, please contact Tom Rushton at rcrcmenscaptain@gmail.com or in person.  Payment of £40 per ticket to sort code 60-40-08 account number 32963033 reference "WB surname".   As well as the usual raffle there will be an auction of a special boxed set of Royals blazer buttons that were owned by the late Gwyn Evans.  They have been generously donated by his widow Janet in his memory and with the wish that the proceeds of the sale be donated to the club.


Adult members signed up during February were Cezara Arsenie and Beth Thompson who are both graduates of our Learn to Row courses.  Welcome aboard.


February was not a good month for rowing on the water as entries were made for 6 events but the outcome was a clean sweep that all 6 were cancelled due to weather conditions! Two indoor rowing competitions were entered, the English Indoor Rowing Championships at Manchester and the World Indoor Rowing Championships at Paris where your Treasurer came 3rd and 5th respectively in his category.  Not a great result but a challenge for next year for more members to give indoor competitions a go and so avoid the uncertainty of winter rowing!?


If you have any news to share contributions are always welcome.


Adam Wilson,  royalstreasurer@gmail.com

Training draw-March