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Selwyn College Combined Colleges Boathouse Securing the Future for Rowing at Selwyn


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Summary A new Boathouse for Selwyn

Highlights:

Work on a new boathouse will take place during 2015/2016. Occupying the same site as the existing one, the new boathouse will be shared, as is currently the case, with Churchill and King’s Colleges and the Leys School. It will offer greatly improved facilities including a fitness room and workspace for repairs. A 100 year lease is being negotiated to secure the future for rowing at Selwyn.

• Selwyn College Boat Club was founded in 1882 and has one of the highest participation rates amongst all Cambridge Colleges • The overall purpose of this project is to provide the new generation of Selwyn students with a Boathouse fit for the twenty first century • The total cost of the project is £4,000,000, equally shared between the Leys School and King’s, Selwyn and Churchill Colleges • Selwyn’s contribution will therefore be £1M


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Introduction: rowing at Selwyn – a long and honourable tradition Selwyn College Boat Club, founded in 1882, has a long history of success in the Cambridge Lent and May bumps, mainly by coaching students that have not rowed before coming to Selwyn. Selwyn has one of the highest participation rates amongst all Cambridge Colleges. Many novices have gone on to represent the Selwyn First VIII in bumps or have trialled for one of the University Crews. Every year it welcomes more than 40 new members to the Boat Club, both undergraduate and postgraduate, male and female. The College was one of the first in Cambridge to go mixed, admitting women in 1976. As a result, we have a strong tradition of women rowers too.


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Selwyn College Boat Club has been home to some brilliant rowers over the years. Both the first Master and the Tutor of the College, the Hon. and Rev. Arthur Lyttelton and Rev. G. H. Sing, were former rowing men and both coached the crews of the young College. From the very start there was an enormous esprit de corps amongst College members and particularly in the Boat Club. Amongst the most successful rowers figure people like A. P. McEldowney (‘Mac’) and William George Ranald Mundell Laurie (Ran Laurie), who in 1933 started at Selwyn having rowed at school and with the Leander Club. As well as rowing for the SCBC 1st VIII, Ran rowed in the Blue Boat three times, and went on to win an Olympic Gold in the coxless pair for Great Britain in 1948. Another Olympic Gold medallist was Richard Budgett, who started rowing at Radley College. Richard won his gold in the coxed fours at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, and was Chief Medical Officer for the 2012 London Olympics.

Ran Laurie

Richard Budgett

Many alumni who rowed at Selwyn continue to help with the day to day training and equipment needs of the Boat Club via the activities of the Permanent Henley Fund, whose members are also supporting this appeal


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John Farr (SE 1951) with his namesake hoisted on the shoulders of Selwyn’s women rowers

Several recent members of the Boat Club have also been successful at both University and international level: 1976: Fiona Morrison was the first female Full Blue and won three gold medals at international regattas (1978)

2009: Helen Hodges coxed Goldie (CUBC reserve crew).

1999: Jenny Baker rowed in Blondie (CUWBC reserve crew) against Osiris (Oxford)

2012: Emma Copham rowed for the CUWBC Lightweights, and Ellie Wigham rowed for Blondie.

2000: Mark Snowball coxed Goldie (CUBC reserve crew). Mark was later selected to cox the Great Britain Under 23 IV at the Nations’ Cup in Copenhagen and won the gold medal in his event.

Even after leaving college Selwyn rowers have gone on to achieve elite performances: both Naomi Siddall and Charlotte Dalton have trialled for Great Britain and Charlotte now strokes the Thames Rowing Club first VIII.

2002: Graham Brook rowed in Granta (CULRC reserve crew) 2003: Emily Beach rowed in Blondie (CUWBC reserve crew) against Osiris (Oxford). 2005: Dyfan Howells coxed the CULRC blue boat, and Lisa Taylor rowed for Blondie.


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Why a new Boathouse?

Architect’s impression of the new Boathouse Although generations of oarsmen and women have endured the current boathouse, it is generally unloved and its passing unlikely to be much mourned. Structural problems and the relative short length of the lease prevented the required level of investment, leading to the current situation. Following successful negotiations with the City Council we now have the opportunity to address this.


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Goals

With the construction of the new boathouse we would like to achieve the following objectives: • Help maintain the popularity of the Boat Club and lay the foundation for a new cycle of success for the years to come

• Build a safe and pleasant environment for the new generation of students, offering them the facilities to compete at the same level as their peers in other colleges • Attract the best rowers to our College, in order to enhance Selwyn’s performances in the May and Lent Bumps


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The new Boathouse Work on the new boathouse is intended to start later in 2015. Occupying the same site as the existing one, the new boathouse will be shared, as is currently the case, with Churchill, King’s and the Leys School. A 100 year lease has been negotiated to secure the future for rowing at Selwyn.

The first floor The first floor is designed to offer a light and spacious environment with modern fitness equipment, new showers, kitchen and balcony.

The project involves a brand new, two storey building, with modern facilities including a fitness room and a workspace for equipment repairs and maintenance.


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The ground floor The ground floor will be the heart of the new boathouse, where Selwyn’s boats will be stored and repaired. The open plan environment will allow Selwyn students to continue to interact with other colleges’ students, share knowledge and experience and learn from one another.


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Budget The overall cost of the project will be £4,000,000. Selwyn College’s contribution will be 25% of the total, which amounts to £1,000,000. The money will be spent as detailed in the table and graphs below:

Demolitions and Preliminary Works 290,000 External Works and Services

350,000

Boathouse Construction

1,800,000

Furniture and Equipment

130,000

Professional Fees

420,000

Design and Contingency

320,000

Sub-total

3,310,000

VAT @ 20%

690,000

Total Development Cost

4,000,000


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How you can help Many hundreds of Selwyn Alumni have passed through the Boat Club over the past 50 years. Some only rowed for a term, others have never stopped. Whatever your level of involvement, we hope that all Selwyn boaties will contribute something to this much needed Boathouse.

Donations can be spread over several years and all gifts made by UK taxpayers will qualify for Gift Aid and can be made tax efficiently. Please use the form overleaf for your donation or you can use our online facilities at https://www.selwynalumni.com/ While we hope that this new Boathouse will outlive many of our Alumni, it won’t last forever. So if you would like to help a generation of Selwyn oarsmen and women, as yet unborn, do consider making some provision in your will. Please click on the banner below to find out more, or contact the Development Office.

Please help us to offer the new generation of rowers the same amazing experience that you enjoyed If you would like any further information about the Selwyn Boathouse Appeal please contact Giovanni Zappia by email gz251@cam.ac.uk or by telephone 01223 767845


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Thank You!


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I would  like  Selwyn  College  to  treat  as  Gift  Aid  donations  all  qualifying  gifts  of  money  made  today,  in  the  past  4  years  and   in  the  future,  unless  I  notify  you  otherwise.   Signature………………………………………………………………. Date…………………. I would like my donation to support the following area:

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Other (please specify*)…………………………………………………………………………………………… I wish to give in the following way: I wish to make a regular donation by Direct Debit (if you tick this box, please complete the form on the reverse) Please debit my credit card ...................... / ........................ / ........................ / ........................ with the sum of £ ……… † Visa/Mastercard/Visa Delta/Electron/Switch/UK Maestro/JCB (please delete as appropriate) Card valid from ………………………… Expiry date ……………………….Switch issue number ………………………… I enclose a cheque, payable to Selwyn College, for £ ……………………….. I intend to give through my company’s Give As You Earn / Matched Giving scheme (please delete as appropriate) Name of company …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. I wish to make a gift of ................. number of shares in the following company ……………………………………………… Please contact me with details of how this can be done. I would like to receive details of how to name the College as a beneficiary in my Will I would like information about how to give to the University The names of donors are acknowledged in the Annual Report. Please tick here if you wish your gift to remain anonymous. * If you would like any information, or have any questions, about the area of College life that you would like to support, Please contact the Development Office. † We are unfortunately unable to accept single CAF donations by card. Gifts made by CAF voucher or CAF standing order are welcome.


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The Direct Debit Guarantee • This Guarantee is offered by all Banks and Building Societies that take part in the Direct Debit Scheme. The efficiency and security of the Scheme is monitored and protected by your own Bank or Building Society. • If the amounts to be paid or the payment dates change Selwyn College will notify you 10 working days in advance of your account being debited or as otherwise agreed. • If an error is made by Selwyn College or your Bank or Building Society, you are guaranteed a full and immediate refund from your branch of the amount paid • You can cancel a Direct Debit at any time by writing to your Bank or Building Society. Please also send a copy of your letter to us.

Selwyn College, Cambridge is a Registered Charity; Inland Revenue Number 1137517


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