The Club has been busy for a few weeks on various fronts and this should continue into the New Year.

1. The new front stairs are in, the handrails and door surround should be finished in the next few days.
2. The new audio visual equipment has taken another step forward today with the equipment being tested. Final cabling to follow in the next couple of weeks.
3. Tom’s book is in print and the launch event is planned for 19:30hrs on Friday 11th December in the clubhouse. Tom will also be in the Tesco Greenock on 14th December and Port Glasgow on 15th December selling copies to the general public.
4. New range of Club active sportswear should be launched on Friday 11th December as well. A small stock will be available for inspection and sale on that night. Order taken that night should be ready pre-Christmas.
5. Decoration of the clubhouse for the Festive Season will take place on Thursday 10th December from 19:00hrs. All welcome to assist.
6. Festive Season opening hours have been posted, see previous article.
7. December Boat Club Session, Friday 18th December. Cracking night of acoustic music by members and friends in a very informal atmosphere.
8. Demolition works next door are nearing completion and discussions are underway with the new owners/developers to our mutual benefit.
9. Planning & organising for the 150th Anniversary events in June next year are well underway. Please remember to return the forms if you wish to participate in the events on the water and/or attend the ball on 18th June.
10. Discussions with the organisers of the Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea event on the weekend of 18th/19th June are underway to our mutual benefit

Adam A. Graham
Hon. Sec.

The Club bar will be open as follows over the Festive Period:

Monday 21st Dec – Closed as usual
Tuesday 22nd Dec – 20:00 – 23:00
Wednesday 23rd Dec – 20:00 – 23:00
Christmas Eve – 20:00 – 22:00
Christmas Day – CLOSED
Boxing Day – CLOSED
Sunday 27th Dec – 15.00 – 19.30
Monday 28th Dec – Closed as usual
Tuesday 29th Dec – 20:00 – 23:00
Wednesday 30th Dec – 20:00 – 23:00
Hogmanay – 20:00 – 02:00
New Year’s Day- CLOSED
Saturday 2nd Jan – 14.30 – 23.30
Sunday 3rd Jan – 15.00 – 19.30

Hogmanay at the Club

The Club will be open from 8pm on Hogmanay through until 2am on New Year’s Day.

As usual the festivities will be informal. Bring your own snacks & games. There will be music via the new Club PA system, as well as live music by Past VP Al Black and his band or wandering minstrels.

Look forward to seeing you all in the New Year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

For anyone looking for some light exercise on Sunday 3rd January we are planning a work party at 3pm to take down the Christmas decorations in the clubhouse. All welcome to take part.

The Club received a very kind donation of Audio Visual equipment from Grant Thornton UK LLP. This included an electrically operated screen, data projector, speakers etc. The installation of this equipment commenced on Saturday, the completion should be in the next few weeks.

This equipment will improve our presentation facilities and also allow us to show major TV events in the hall.

Adam Graham
Hon.Sec.

Tom has spent the last couple of years trawling various archives to compile a history of Rowing Clubs in Inverclyde stretching back to the 1850′s. This has also spawned information on Burgh Regattas as well as the merging of amateur and professional rowing in Scotland. The book has a foreword by Provost Robert Moran and contributions from multiple sources throughout the district and beyond. It is a social history of this area told from the perspective of a community who not only depended on the Clyde for work but also for recreation.

The book went into print today with an initial print run of 1000 copies. We should take delivery in the second week of December and plan to have an evening event to launch this and a range of new Club active sportswear on the evening of Friday 11th December. The book will be available to buy in the clubhouse following the launch event, but we also expect it will be stocked in various local commercial outlets.

Tom and the various parties who have contributed time and effort to getting the book to this stage have done so for free. All profits from the sale of the book will go directly to the Club’s development fund, intended to improve the sporting & changing facilities of the clubhouse. The cost of the book will be £9.99. If you need it posted there will be a £2.50 charge for this to UK addresses.

Anyone who has not already done so can register their interest in reserving a copy of the book by dropping me an email at secretary@rwsabc.com . Please title the email “Old Clyde Pullers”. We will then set aside a copy for you to collect and pay for from the clubhouse. We may even ask the author to sign the copies that are reserved.

Adam A. Graham
Honorary Secretary

The draw was made this evening by Past VP and Club Archivist Tom McKay.

The results are:

1st – Eric Park

2nd – Gordon McKenzie

3rd – James Crawford

Works started this morning to replace the entrance bridge from the Esplanade. Also remedial works to stabilise the floor just inside the front door and tie in the rear fire escape stair to the rear wall.

For a number of days during these works the access to the upper level of the clubhouse will be via the balcony stairs or rear fire escape stair.

AS A RESULT OF THESE WORKS THE UPPER LEVEL WILL NOT OPEN ON WEDNESDAY 18TH NOVEMBER. Although access will be by other routes, the upper level should be open on all other days during the works.

This project is part of an ongoing series of refurbishment works to the clubhouse ahead of our 150th Anniversary events next year. Some projects have already been started and/or completed;

• Redecoration of Members’ Lounge
• Drying out, resealing and redecoration of Ladies changing
• Redecoration of Gents changing
• Repainting of inside face of boat shed doors

Other works still to start include;

• Replacement of the boiler that heats the clubhouse
• Replacement of the hot water heater
• Installation of a data projector system c/w electrically operated screen and ceiling mounted speakers, that was donated to the Club.
• Internal refurbishment of areas on the upper level

Adam A. Graham
Hon. Sec.

As has been the tradition for some years, the Club will be having a bonfire & fireworks on the beach following the display in Battery Park.

This will give you all a chance for a warm drink in friendly company.

Anyone wishing to help build the Clubs Bonfire should meet at the Club about 2pm.

Adam Graham
Hon. Sec.

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