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For all members of Warwick Boat Club. Est. 1861
Edition 6 summer 2021
From your club captain What a delight it is to see the Club being used enthusiastically by all sections, in generally enjoyable weather conditions… And to welcome so many new members, who we hope are settling in and realising what a great decision they’ve made to join… Well done to the Marketing Group for putting together an effective recruitment campaign, and well done to all our coaches for rising to the ‘free coaching’ offer challenge and getting our new members fully involved… We seem to have survived the worst effects of the pandemic – although can’t take our eyes off that particular ball. I suspect your General Committee will still require certain restrictions, and, of course, we don’t know what the impact of broader relaxation will be. It has cost us, of course,
but we are strong enough to have ridden out that challenge. However, there has been activity in other areas which I should report on, as far as possible. Firstly - the drive dispute with our neighbours… a mediation day took place, as instructed by the High Court, on 24 June. Despite spending a full day with a mutually agreed mediator, we were unable to reach a conclusion, so the dispute is not yet settled. However, we are still working on the development of a proposal, which we hope to be able to finalise and submit shortly. Our team – which consists of President Ray McGuire, Vice Presidents John Edwards and James Alty, and Tennis Captain, Mike Parton, plus myself, are examining options. The matter is still ‘sub judice’,
so I cannot reveal any more substantial details, but suffice to say that any proposal will be approved by the General Committee before submission. Secondly – development plans. We are nearing completion of the financial feasibility study we commissioned a couple of months ago. An initial interim report showed that members have a number of reservations, which the Development Team is examining in an attempt to either reduce costs, suggest phasing of the component parts of the masterplan or reverting to a much smaller project.
In this edition: CLUB....................................1 BOWLS............................. 2-3 TENNIS..................................3-7 ROWING....................................8 SQUASH & RACKETBALL.....9 SUSTAINABILITY................10 HUGH’S PHOTOS...............11 SNIPPETS...........................12 proposal to put to an EGM later this year. Nothing will happen until members have voted on the options. Mike Rigby. Club Captain email@example.com
Geoff Prince – our Development Group Chair, is planning a series of discussion sessions with members in the near future, and the General Committee is considering the wording of a
Willis stars in quality exhibition of tennis on finals day
he finals of the club tournament were held on Saturday 3 July 2021, the 2020 tournament having been cancelled during the pandemic. At one stage it appeared that the weather would be the winner as thunderstorms and heavy showers repeatedly passed by. But nothing could stop the enthusiasm of the crowd and competitors, many of whom played on in torrential rain. Wimbledon hero Marcus Willis treated everyone to some great tennis on his way to winning both men’s singles and mixed doubles titles, with rising star Jess Bramley. In the singles finalist Cameron Malik made sure Marcus had to fight hard, but in the end was unable to break his big, leftie serves. A single break in each set proving enough to bring Marcus the title and specially engraved Enoksen watch. Club Contacts: T 01926 492 043 W www.warwickboatclub.co.uk E firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations to unseeded Julia Martin who won a close fought encounter against No1 seed Victoria Moffett in the ladies singles. Two tie-breaks were enough for her win and the prized watch from our official timekeepers, Enoksen. Defending champions Kara Biggs and team captain Charlotte Littler retained their title against Jade and Jess in a game full of thrilling rallies- 6-3 6-3 this one The day’s longest and wettest match was in the mixed doubles handicap final. Eventually their two-point advantage proving just enough to enable Josh Davies and Warwickshire player of the year runner-up, Sam Wesley to edge out coach Richard Napier and Angela Truman in three sets. Nearly 160 players participated in this year’s competition, many of whom enjoyed free BBQ Editor: Graham Harrington Designed by Yvonne Harrington
food, courtesy of sponsor Enoksen Watches. Members will find special offers on the complete range of watches at www.enoksenwatches.com/wbc See page 4 for full results.
Bowls bulletin Bowled over by our successes
021 is proving to be a very positive year for Warwick Boat Club Bowls section. The section captain Peter
Boardman opened the green in mid-April with this years Warwickshire Ladies President Mary Wheildon cutting the ribbon to signal the start of the season. It was wonderful to come out of a winter long lock down and be playing and socialising again with old friends.
through to the Warwickshire final. We wish
are top of their Courier League division three
Jacqui, Chris and Mary every success when
and looking to be on course for promotion.
they play the final and also when they go on
We have also made our best start to date
to represent Warwickshire at the Nationals in
in the very competitive mixed KDL League
August. Inspired by this we have had a number
which is made up of 28 clubs across South
of other singles and pairs successes with Boat
Warwickshire. The Ladies Stratford Herald
Club bowlers getting into the latter stages of
League has only just got underway with early
the Warwickshire competitions and some who
wins for both our A and B teams.
still have the chance to progress further. This
We have to date had unprecedented successes in both men’s, ladies and mixed County and National competitions. The stand out came in May when one of our ladies triples won
includes our Ladies Top Club team who have
Our Big Bowls Weekend open day in May
reached the quarter finals so watch this space!
linked in with Bowls Club events across the country and proved to be an enjoyable event
We have also started well in all our leagues
as well as a good fundraiser, thank you to all
with the stand out to date being the men who
the other section members who came and had a go at the fun competitions we set up. The event also attracted a few new members to join the section adding to the good number of new members who have joined since the start of this season. This has kept our Coach busy on his regular Monday morning sessions and encouraged the captains to arrange a Wednesday evening club night to give new members some support and match practice. The Friday morning club mix-in also continues to attract a good turn out of members new and old. The green has been kept in excellent condition and those involved in its maintenance should be applauded, some longer serving members and visiting teams say it is bowling ‘better than ever.’ In the words of our Ladies County President, who’s presidential year also serves to raise the profile of our club, it is a case of ‘onwards and upwards’. There is a buzz around the whole club this year, it is a wonderful place to play bowls, socialise and have a drink. Thank you to all the staff who run the bar for promoting such a positive and friendly environment and to ‘The Family Caterers’ for the great job they do running the cafe. It is all appreciated more than ever after the difficulties we have all faced over the past year.
lot has happened at the Boat Club since we started playing tennis again in April.
I am happy to welcome over 100 new members to the tennis section and thank Carey, Laura and Susie for your hopefully successful induction into our club. I hope the club lives up to the expectations you had when you joined and you are happy members for many years to come. We have completed our annual competitions and held a fund raising day for our tennis program with disabled children and articles about these are contained in this newsletter. I was at the club on both Finals Day and the fundraising day and loved the smiles and laughter everywhere you looked. It is always a pleasure to come to the club and see the happy place it is, with tennis being played by all age groups at all levels, followed by a cup of coffee or a snack. Generally members seem to have emerged from the worst of the last 18 months with a positive attitude, our court usage is high and coaches have never been busier. We hope to see the last of the covid restrictions lifted shortly, and although there is a need to remain careful, the club can return to normal operation. With that in mind, I would like to ask any members with constructive ideas about how we could improve our club to give these to either me or other committee members and we will look into them. Enjoy the rest of the summer. Mike Parton email@example.com Tennis Captain
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court circular 2021 finals day results Men’s open singles Marcus Willis bt. Cameron Malik 6-3 6-4
Men’s handicap singles Will Barnes bt. Nick Wright 6-0 6-3
Ladies open singles Julia Martin bt. Victoria Moffett 7-6 7-6
Ladies handicap Singles Emma Pardoe bt. Lynda Lewis 6-0 6-0
Men’s open doubles Cameron Malik and Jack Smith bt. Marcus Willis and Ben Cleary 6-4 6-4
Men’s handicap doubles Ben Fish and Josh Bates bt. Martin Durrant and Josh White 6-3 6-4
Ladies open doubles Kara Biggs and Charlotte Littler bt. Jade Siriyatorn and Jess Bramley 6-3 6-3
Ladies handicap doubles Angela Truman and Maxine Browning bt. Alison Jinks and Sarah Fielding 6-4 6-2
Mixed open doubles Marcus Willis and Jess Bramley bt. Gerard McVeigh and Charlotte Littler 6-3 6-1
Mixed handicap doubles Josh Davies and Sam Wesley bt. Richard Napier and Angela Truman 4-6 6-2 6-2
Mike Parton, Marcus Willis
Charlotte Littler, Kara Biggs
Marcus Willis, Mike Parton, Jess Bramley
Mike Parton, Emma Pardoe
Ben Fish, Mike Rigby, Josh Bates
Official timekeeper & sponsor of the WBC tennis tournament
Cameron Malik, Mike Rigby, Jack Smith
Angela Truman, Maxine Browning
Thanks go to Steve Chidlow and Jane Robbins for all the photos of players and supporters. Despite the variable weather the matches were completed and an entertaining afternoon was had by all.
Sam Wesley, Mike Rigby, Josh Davies
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Special Guests Event boosts Disability Tennis Programme- Saturday 26 July The club’s successful disability tennis initiative received a great boost with the visit of GB Davies Cup stars Danny Sapsford and James Aukland. Members paid for coaching and to watch some entertaining exhibition tennis which raised some £1300 Our visitors were joined by Felix Gill, just back from Wimbledon qualifying, plus WBC coaches Marcus Willis and Cam Malik. The boys played some fantastic exhibition tennis, thrilling a big but socially distanced crowd.
The money raised will enable the club, in conjunction with Evergreen Special School, to offer a second hour of weekly tuition. This great scheme will benefit around 60 students all of whom have a mental or physical disability, during the 2021/22 school year. The programme is led by member, Steve McCoy. If you would like to volunteer to help please contact Steve on firstname.lastname@example.org The club’s Just Giving page is still open
should anyone be generous enough to make a contribution. Go to https:// www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/ warwickboatclubdisabilitytennis All funds go 100% to support the scheme.
Cards from the students thanking the volunteers
Team tennis After a year away from competitive tennis Warwick boat club have been enjoying an exciting summer of tennis with some great successes. 2021 marked the first year having both a men’s and women’s team in the national league with a second women’s team in the regional league. Both teams came across strong opposition and the men have managed to finish mid table securing national league tennis again next year. The women’s team struggled with injuries and long travel so we await the results of other matches before knowing if there will be 2 women’s team in the regionals next year or whether the first team can battle to stay in the national league. The women also qualified for the play offs in the national premier league for the first time coming up against very strong opposition and losing in the first round but beating a strong Scottish team in the consolation match. It’s also been fantastic seeing the juniors back on court with promising players for the future including road to Wimbledon finalist Hollie jaques. The seniors are also back in action in the national knockout league. It’s still early days in the competition but we are hopeful for some strong results. The Coventry and Warwickshire league has passed the halfway point with 5 men’s and 5 ladies teams playing every week. Both the men and women are fortunate enough to have 2 teams in the top division. Whilst the men are walking away with the title at this point (let’s hope I haven’t spoken too soon) the women are having a very close battle currently sitting in second spot 2 points behind the leaders.
There’s plenty of good tennis being played across all 10 teams with appearances from players of all ages. The boat club are very lucky to have so many players keen to play and represent the club. A big thanks to Jon isaacs for continuing to sponsor the team shirts which really make the players stand out in the Warwick boat club blue. Fingers crossed for the rest of the season and please come and support the teams when you can!
Men’s 1st team Harry Lazell, Hugh Jaques, Cameron Malik, Jack Smith
Men’s 2nd team David Jordan, Rich Whitwell, Rob Pocknell, Andy Davidson, Alex Reynolds Ladies 1st team Charlotte Littler, Kara Biggs, Kate Forrester, Lucia Cassidy
More 1st team players Victoria Moffett, Eva Healy, Jess Bramley, Eve Whitwell
Enoksen Watches announced as Official Timekeeper to WBC Tennis
he club is delighted to appoint Enoksen Watches as Official Timekeeper and Sponsor of the Club Tennis Tournament, for at least three years. Founded by past first-team player Hans Enoksen, who many will remember, and with past tennis captain Paul Martin as COO, the link to the Boat Club is strong. Enoksen is also Official Timekeeper to two ATP Tournaments held in Sweden each year, the Stockholm Open and the Nordea Open, and has tennis pro Mikael Pernfors, golfer Paul Lawrie and Formula 1 / Le Mans driver Jan Magnussen as Ambassadors, amongst others. Their sponsorship of the club tournament will include prizes of uniquely designed and engraved Enoksen Dive tennis watches to the winners of the Men’s and Ladies’ singles events. For 2021 they will make a financial donation to finals day, meaning that all competitors in the tournament will receive free BBQ food. This is subject to confirmation following the recent government announcement extending final release from coronavirus restrictions. All WBC members will also benefit from a 15% discount on all Enoksen watches. Just visit www. enoksenwatches.com/WBC and use promo code WBC15 at checkout. A recent addition to the Enoksen range is the E05 Tour watch. The Nyström x Enoksen Tour E05/A is a special edition watch from the new ‘Tour’ range. It celebrates the iconic Joakim Nyström, who lifted the Swedish Open Men’s Singles Trophy in 1987. Further details are on their website or enquire at info@ enoksenwatches.com. Enoksen is a quality watch brand and the Warwick Boat Club is thrilled with our new partnership
Mixed team Jack Smith, Victoria Moffett, Cameron Malik, Eve Whitwell Holly Jaques (left), Marina Webb (right) juniors Men’s 3rd team Henry Jinman, Connor Warnock Horn, Alex Reynolds, Alex Rintoul All4ONE
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talking oarsome The rowing section is growing again
he section has run its first Learn to Row course since the pandemic first emerged and it was a great success. Kicking off in mid-May and lasting for 4 weeks, the course gave those new to our sport the chance to learn how to scull (that’s a blade in each hand!), sweep row (one larger blade per person) and use a rowing machine effectively. A warm welcome to the graduates as they have now joined the club as members and getting out on the water to hone their newfound skills. Another Learn to Row course is pencilled in for later this summer with dates to be confirmed. We have also welcomed quite a few rowing section members to swell our numbers yet further, some of whom have moved to the area for post grad courses or to begin their careers after university. There have been several rowing socials (albeit limited to no more than 30 people!) to bring our squads together and introduce newer members to the wider section.
Rowing regattas have resumed Whilst our beautiful stretch of river is a pleasure to row on for any reason, many of our members do have winning races in mind when they take to the water. Crews from Warwick Boat club headed to Peterborough City Rowing Club Spring Regatta on the 5th and 6th of June and then the British Rowing Masters Championships in Nottingham on the 12th of June.
competition was very high, so all our crews who entered and finished mid-field could feel satisfied with their efforts. Hats off however to Masters category D double scull crew of Andre Delahaye and Paul Gosling who won their final by a clear margin!
The Peterborough City Rowing Club Spring Regatta was bathed in sunshine and provided great conditions for our crews on their first return to racing since the pandemic began. It wasn’t just Warwick who jumped at the opportunity to race, so as the race entries got oversubscribed, it was our Masters squad that got in early and got the most out of the event. Racing in multi-age group events with handicaps where appropriate meant a fair racing ground for all! No wins to report, but a great achievement to be out there and competing for the first time in over a year. Conditions at the exposed 6-lane regatta lake at Holme Pierrepoint, where the British Rowing Masters Championships are held, are normally very windy. Thankfully, this year the sun shone all day, and the rowers had only a light headwind down the 1k course to contend with. As you would expect at a national-level championship, the standard of
Looking ahead in 2021 At the time of writing, our rowers are into their final week of preparations for Burton Regatta and are putting together entries in for Henley Town & Visitors, Stourport and more. Here’s hoping for a bumper haul of medals and pots coming home to Warwick. The women’s squad took several boats to the Trent in Nottingham for a morning of training – hard work (hopefully!) wins prizes! The prestigious Henley Royal Regatta has been moved to later in the year than normal (it will now take place from the 11th to the 15th of August, and we know that plenty of rowers are hoping to attend in a social capacity! Beyond the regatta season we very much hope to see the return of head racing and a busy calendar of events to take us into the Autumn.
squash & Racketball With the re-commencement of squash from 17th May 2021, we have been busy encouraging members to get back on court. In terms of current activity:
Squash and Racketball Leagues These are now back up and running so if you want to participate, please contact Andy Campbell (squash) or Jonathan Partridge (racketball). It is a great way to meet new members and to help facilitate regular play. Each league runs over one month and usually consists of four matches.
Coaching For those of you who joined during the promotion period, please ensure that you have taken up your free coaching sessions with Ali Jafari on either a Tuesday or Friday evening. The Saturday group coaching sessions (5pm to 7pm) is also back-up and running and open to all members irrespective of standard.
Women’s Squash Week This is an event promoted by England Squash and runs from the 19th to 26th September. We will be looking to run some events, so if you are interested in participating, please contact either Alison Insley or Graeme Mascall.
World Championships Squash is not always the best at marketing itself. The World Championships are being held in Chicago from 14th to 22nd July. For those interested in viewing, go to SquashTV at www.psaworldtour.com, where for a small subscription charge you can get either a day, month or annual ‘pass’ enabling you to watch all events on the men’s and women’s PSA tour.
Warwickshire Squash have yet to advise if the main winter season will recommence in mid September 2021. However, they are encouraging ‘friendly’ matches against other clubs in close proximity. WBC have been ‘grouped’ with Leamington, Stratford & Kenilworth. Should you wish to get involved in team squash then please contact either Ali Jafari or Graeme Mascall.
COVID We appreciate that not everyone is yet comfortable being in an enclosed warm court in close proximity to one’s opponent. If you have concerns about getting back on court or want to stay involved in other ways pending a return to court, please contact Graeme Mascall who will be happy to discuss.
Graeme Mascall Squash Captain email@example.com
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Environmental sustainability at WBC
t’s wonderful to be back outdoors at the club, participating in our sports and meeting old and new friends in the sunshine (and, let’s face it, the rain). And, it’s been a great opportunity to see how the grounds have developed and take a look at the flourishing biodiversity planting and landscaping initiatives that have taken place over the last two years. Acting further on the advice given by the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust in 2019, the club continues its environmental and sustainability agenda, committing to install bird and bat boxes in the trees behind the tennis courts and boat house; and to construct an otter holt by the river, when the time is right for both the club and otters (who have been spotted upriver), being mindful of development plans for a new boat house. Our aspiration is to install the bird and bat boxes in the coming weeks, to support late nesting while our trees continue to mature; they will be partially funded from the proceeds of our tennis ball recycling initiative. Alongside these two exciting projects, one of our members has kindly donated two attractively-disguised water butts, which will enable easier access to sustainably sourced water for our gardeners to use on the beds and lawns nearest the club house. Looking ahead to future initiatives, the club is keen to support its own ‘managed wild’ area in the grounds, expected to be in a section along the river bank. Although ‘no mow May’ has long gone for this year, the aspiration is to create a mixed area of longer and shorter grass to encourage a diversity of insects and flowers whilst creating another visually interesting area of the garden for members to walk through and enjoy.
There are many benefits to doing this! It will encourage spring and summer flowers (colour!) and nectar production (bees, butterflies, moths!) plus over time, it will provide habitat for species that traditionally kept lawn discourages. Increasing species diversity enables more carbon to be sequestered in the soil. Longer grass is more resistant to drought and will reduce water use; and less mowing will save time and lower our carbon footprint. Did you know? The log piles behind the tennis practice wall provide great invertebrate homes and the compost areas and leaf piles make good habitat as well as providing compost… More to follow… If members have any ideas on what more the club or individual sections could be doing on sustainability, we’re keen to hear you from reducing water consumption to increasing our recycling, every little thing we can do adds up. Perhaps you have some examples to share from workplaces, other clubs or what you’re doing at home. Esther Kinnersley
The clubhouse in 1985
The way we were! A selction of old photos of Warwick Boat Club, courtesy of Hugh Jones
Hard tennis courts - 1992
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Zen Tec Spa is visiting WBC
Recycling tennis balls
lease continue to recycle your tennis balls if they are still in a clean condition, without a damaged nap or that aren’t threadbare. Please use the Recycaball bin in the hallway.
aroline operates a fully functioning therapy space in a vehicle. She has been offering this service for 7 years delivering treatments to clubs, local fayres and private homes in the area. She offers a unique, tailor made therapy experience in the interior of the Spa. She has 20 years experience and a wealth of specialist qualifications. She is also NHS affiliated and trained in injury relief, muscle repair and maintenance.This is suitable for all sections and all ages. Her massage can be of any depth /strength required. Sports or aromatherapy.
Recycaball is a non profit making company. They repressurise the better balls for selling and also give away loads of the others to charity. They raised nearly £10,000 in the last financial year for a variety of charities. You can see the list on their web site. The money we get for the balls goes to local charities or towards the Club’s sustainability projects. Thank you- it is worthwhile.
To book 1/2 hour £35 or 1 hour £65 contact Carey McClean our Club co-ordinator.
ach Sunday at the club at 10 am Steph offers 75 minutes of Hatha Yoga. This is designed for all levels of experience and is available to all sections. Hatha yoga focusses on a weekly stretch, strength work and improves co-ordination. Options are given to all levels and help is always at hand. The aim is for participants to feel refreshed, energised and calm. In good weather you are outside on the grass by the club marquee. In poor weather in a squash court. The cost is £8 a session. (If possible bring a mat and wear suitable clothing) To book contact Carey McClean our Club coordinator. firstname.lastname@example.org
King Henry VIII fund supports WBC Disability Tennis
ost members are aware of the disability tennis scheme, called iPlay30, which we run for Evergreen School students. The success of the
venture persuaded the club to want to expand the scheme to a second hour per week. A big thank you to the trustees of KHVIII fund for their generous donation that, along with other fund-raising, has enabled the expansion to happen.
NEW WINES on offer
ome of you may have noticed new wines on offer from the bar but in case you haven’t, here are some details. The wine selection has not changed for a few years and we thought that it needed to be brought up to date with new and interesting grape varieties as well as some seasonal wines which will be offered by the glass and bottle. New white wines are a Chilean Viognier which is lovely and lean with white peach notes, and a Picpoul de Pinet, from Baron de Badassiere which is a firm favourite in many of our hospitality accounts. We have had to change the New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc from Moko Black to Southern Dawn. This is because New Zealand has had a very small 2021 harvest which has put
immediate pressure on stocks of the 2020 vintage. Consequently, most New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs are either out of stock or on allocation and we have therefore implemented this change as Southern Dawn is currently more readily available to us. There is a delicious new rose from Provence and we have changed the Merlot from a Chilean one to a French one and introduced an easy-drinking fruit-forward Malbec. In common with many other industries the wine trade is currently facing significant challenges, most of which are from increased paperwork as a result of Brexit. Many shipments are seriously delayed causing more out of stocks than I have known in 30 years in the trade. There are thousands of fabulous wines coming
from all corners of the globe, so if your favourite tipple is not available then branch out and try something new, you might just love it! Lindsay Poole
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