All4One Autumn 2021

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All 4 One

For all members of Warwick Boat Club. Est. 1861

Edition 7 Autumn 2021

six years on....

In this edition: CLUB....................................1

thanks for everything, Mike! Six years… can you believe it? I couldn’t, until I started counting off the years since I became Club Captain on my fingers… I started in January 2016, and, as some may have heard, have decided that the Club needs new energy in the post. So, I will be standing down at the AGM at the end of this year. It has been an entertaining few years, with a number of interesting challenges… we had to re-write the Club’s Articles and Memorandum of Association, following the challenges raised by some members about governance… we had to nurse the Club through the COVID-19 lockdown, and manage staff furloughs and grant support… we had to work out what was the fair way to keep revenues flowing, yet recognise that tough times meant some members weren’t able to pay their membership fees… we had some employment issues… we had some catering issues… we had to respond to more rigorous Health and Safety and Food Safety inspections… we

wanted to improve the impression our grounds made on people arriving at our Banbury Road entrance… and we had to ease our way through the relationship with our neighbour who happens to own the land we use to access our Club car park… and that includes handling the legal process he initiated in an attempt to limit the use we make of that right of way… All while trying to run the Club as best we could, and cope with the myriad matters which make up Club administration… And, as a reference back to my very first General Committee meeting agenda shows, we also had to try produce solutions to the development challenges facing the Club… It all started when 3 of our lady members invited me to inspect the ladies’ changing rooms, and stated something must be done to improve them. It’s taken 6 years, and we’re still not there yet… Which is why we have issued the recent development survey, with particular reference to

what members might feel able to financially support. It will be important for my successor and the new general committee to have clear date on possibilities, so I urge all eligible members to complete the survey - please. There will still be a whole series of discussion and consultation meetings over the next month to discuss and explain options, and – as has always been the case – nothing will be actioned until we have taken a formal vote at an EGM later this year – on a date to be finalised, but probably during November. And as to my successor – well, let’s just say for the moment that I believe it is time for the Club to break with tradition, make history and select a female Captain…

TENNIS..................................2-5 BOWLS............................. 6-7 ROWING................................8-9 SQUASH & RACKETBALL................ 10-11 WARWICK IN BLOOM.. 12-13 CATERED EVENTS........ 14-15 SNIPPETS...........................16 running our great Club – either as committee members, or as working group co-optees, or as occasional volunteers. Without them, I’d have probably gone after 6 days. Many thanks to all. They know who they are. Mike Rigby. Club Captain

However, through it all, I have never stopped feeling it has been a pleasure and a privilege to have been Captain of Warwick Boat Club, and to have worked with a fantastic range of individuals who have at various times and in various roles, accepted responsibility for

Disability tennis update


he second disability tennis session, for students of Evergreen School, is now underway thanks to the generosity of Boat Club members and The King Henry VIII Fund. Pictured are Big Ball winners from Friday 24 September, awarded to the student who contributes the most each week. Our thanks to Warwick Sports for donating the big ball for the new second session. Pictured presenting the balls are Wendy Boast and Kate Pittel (in plastervery brave - Ed.) The sessions take place on Fridays from 10.30 until 11.30 and from 11.30 until 12.30, in term time. Anyone who can spare an hour or two to join our volunteers would be most welcome. Please contact Steve McCoy on No experience or particular skills are needed.

Club Contacts: T 01926 492 043 W E

Editor: Graham Harrington Designed by Yvonne Harrington

court circular Junior performance tennis During the summer season, our junior performance players were in action in individual and team competitions. The following players are part of our performance programme at Warwick Boat Club which involves school term performance squads, school holiday performance camps and individual coaching with Cameron Malik. WBC Junior Teams: 14U Girls:

18U Boys:

Warwickshire Division 1 - Runners Up Solihull Arden - 10-2 Win Four Oaks - 12-0 Win Edgbaston Priory - 6-6 (Lost Shootout) Players: Holly Jaques, Georgie Nicha-Seager, Marina Webb, Ellie Buttimore, Annabel Waters & Anna Barnes

Warwickshire Division 1 - Winners Leamington A - 8-4 Win Leamington B - 8-4 Win University of Warwick - 12-0 Win Players: Alex Rintoul, Ben Barnes, Rowan Butler & Giuseppe Lapetina

14U Boys: Warwickshire Division 1 - 3rd

Marina Webb - Age 13, Won her first title David Lloyd Coventry LTA Grade 4 14U, Consolation Finalist - Warwickshire County Championships LTA Grade 3 14U Singles

Alcester - 10-2 Win Leamington - 2-10 Loss Kenilworth - 2-10 Loss Players: Thomas Dickinson, Rafe Hurley, Harry Waters, Oscar Jordan & Warwick Webb 16U Boys: Warwickshire Division 1 - 4th Solihull Arden - 0-12 Loss Blossomfield - 0-12 Loss Edgbaston Archery - 12-0 Win Kenilworth - 2-10 Loss Players: Will Barnes, Giuseppe Lapetina, Will Plyming, Oscar Jordan, Toby Hawkins, Dashiell Johal, Harry Waters & Thomas Dickinson

Individual Success:

Alex Rintoul - Age 17, Won two Titles Solihull Arden & Droitwich LTA Grade 4 18U Singles Semi-Final - Warwickshire County Championships LTA Grade 3 18U Singles & Doubles

Will Barnes - Age 15, Won his first Consolation Final - Charnwood LTA Grade 4 18U Singles Harrison Hart-Buck - Age 14, Won two Titles - Rugby Midlands Tour LTA Grade 4 16U Singles David Lloyd Coventry LTA Grade 4 14U Singles Kit Todd - Age 7, Won his first Title Northampton Midlands Tour LTA Mini Red Singles It was great to see so many junior players working hard on developing their game and competing more often. Best of luck to our junior players and teams in action during the winter season! Cameron Malik

Ellie Buttimore - Age 11, Won her first title - University of Warwick LTA Grade 4 12U Singles Ryan Stinton - Age 16 Won his first men’s Title - Leamington LTA Grade 4 Open Singles

U 16 Oscar Jordan, Dashiell Johal, Will Plyming, Giuseppe Lapetina

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Kit Todd

U 14 girls Anabel Waters, Ellie Buttimore, Marina Webb, Holly Jaques.jpg

U 14 Warwick Webb, Oscar Jordan Ellie Buttimore

Harrison Hart-Buck

Alex Rintoul

Ryan Stinton


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Seniors National Grasscourt successes


eld at The All England Club in August, the Boat Club was represented by Jenny Waggott, Jackie Robinson, Susie Rowe and Hugh Jacques. Jenny (2nd right) paired with Fran Maclellan to win the over-75s Doubles title. Hugh Jacques (2nd right) and partner Jim May managed a win in Championships over 35s doubles As well as wins for Jenny and Hugh, Jackie reached semi finals of the over-70 singles beating the 4th seed in the quarters. It’s great to see club members win at National level.

Men’s First Team win the league again!


hanks to all that played their part in the winning team... Jack Smith, Hugh Jaques, Dan Dean, Callum Bailey, Harry Lazell, Freddie Davies, Marcus Willis, Arran Trainor, Mason Recci, Pieter-Uys Barnard, Ryan Stinton, Andy Davidson, Luke Hammond, Gavin Henderson, Thomas Whitwell, Gez McVeigh, Connor Warnock-Horn and Captain Cameron Malik! Pictured, First team (right) versus WBC seconds

Social tennis


ollowing the lifting of lockdown restrictions in mid July, mix-ins organised by Gavin, Tennis Manager, are being enjoyed by many members. I have received many complimentary comments from members saying how great it is to be back and to be able to turn up and be guaranteed a good game. Group coaching on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings is being enjoyed by many members under the supervision of our 2 GB veteran players, Jackie and Jenny, and Gavin. The Ladies Monday tennis league is in full swing again. 9 ladies have joined this term for the first time, some sharing a space, so there are now 32 ladies playing every Monday morning and afternoon. There is still room for more if anyone is interested in joining in. Please contact Sue Hawkesford at if you would like more information. Trix Law



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Team talk The winter league season is well underway (is anyone else as depressed about this as I am?)

B team - division 1


2-2 draw in their first match. Second match this weekend

A team - division 1

C team - division 3

Joint top with a 4-0 win in their first match

3-1 loss in their opening match

B team - division 6

D team - division 7

Started off with a 3-1 win and have their 2nd match this weekend

4-0 win In their opening match


Yet to start

Top of division 3 with 2 wins from 2 so far



Both teams are in division 1 and started the season playing each other. The As took a 4-0 win

A team - division 1 2-2 draw in their first match. Second match this weekend

Vets A and B

JUNIORS Yet to commence

Ladies Over 65 county

Ladies Over 70 county

Fiona Singer (on left below) made her debut appearance and won 2/2 matches to secure a 3-1 win.

All 4 players are our very own boat club players! They won all 4 of their matches without conceding a rubber!

The team finished the season in style against Shropshire, indoors at the Shrewsbury Club, with a 3-1 win. Once again they made full use of the 4 hours allocated for the match. Chris Clewer and Fiona Singer polished off their first opponents (Jane Hatton and Julia Turner) with a slick 6-4, 6-1 win as Fiona volleyed away happily after Chris’s penetrating drives. They had finished their match as Alison Kerr and Caroline Rhodes started on the first set tie-break! After over two hours of tennis they too came out victorious against Jane Williams and Gill Snodgrass, 7-6, 6-1. Some of the rallies lasted as long as a normal game with amazing defence shown by all.

They managed to play and win all 4 matches 4-0 and were lucky they did not have to travel far.

Chris and Fiona continued their winning ways beating Jane and Gill 6-1, 2-6, 1-0. Sadly, they didn’t quite manage a clean sheet. I ran out of steam after about three and a half hours and the opposition took advantage of this, beating us 2-6, 7-6, 1-0. Huge congratulations to Fiona, capturing two rubbers on her debut.

Hertfordshire (Home). Jenny Waggott and Jackie Robinson, Susie Rowe and Liz Graham. Won 4-0 both beating their Ist pair in Championship tiebreak. Oxfordshire (Away). Jenny Waggott and Susie Rowe, Jackie Robinson and Liz Sutherland, Won 4-0 Leicestershire (Away). Jackie Robinson and Susie Rowe, Liz Sutherland and Anna Potts. Won 4-0. The second pair won both matches in a championship tiebreak Shropshire (Home). Jenny Waggott and Jackie Robinson, Susie Rowe and Anna Potts won 4-0 Sadly the team will only be in Division 2 next season, if the LTA decides to use the groupings from 2019.

Men’s seniors tennis


he WBC Seniors played in the over 70s and over 75s National Tournament recently. In the over 70s division WBC were defeated in the second round by the Hallamshire Club - boasting several International players! Playing for WBC were Ken Jones, Niels Peterson, Mike Adams and Roger Davies. The over 75s team were also defeated in the second round by the previous winners from Harpenden. WBC players were Roger Davies, Tony Baker, Mike Adams and David Mason. This will likely be the last year that WBC will be entering a team in both of these tournaments as the Club does not appear to have enough players in the respective age groups. Over the past few years WBC has had reasonable success in these Tournaments winning through to represent WBC in Austria, Germany sand Spain for the European finals. However age does not stand still and it is hoped the LTA can organise an over 80s Tournament for 2022. If any WBC player would like to consider themselves for the over 70s or over 75s teams for 2022 would they please contact David Mason.

WBC were well represented in the over 75s Warwickshire County side with players Tony Baker, Roger Davies and David Mason (Captain) all from WBC and Simon Ballard (Leamington TC) and Derek Bradshaw(Streetly TC) making up the successful team. The photo was the successful team playing against Staffordshire away. (Roger Davies was unable to play) We were successful winning the division, beating Staffordshire 3-1, Hereford & Worcester 3-1 and Lancashire 3-1. Unfortunately The Isle of Man, Nottinghamshire and Cheshire County Teams withdrew from the competition due to Covid, leaving just four counties to play this year’s competition. David Mason

Charlotte Littler

From left to right: David Mason, Derek Bradshaw, Mike Adams, Simon Ballard, Tony Baker


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Bowls bulletin National Final spot awaits Boat Club Trio


Warwick Boat Club team skipped by Mary Wheildon have qualified for the National Triples Finals at Leamington in August. Mary Wheildon along with Chris Hurst and Jacqui Ashley had previously won three rounds before they played the quarter and semi-final on Sat 22nd May at Leamington Bowls Club. In the quarter final they beat a strong Lillington triple 24:16 skipped by Jenny Corn. To reach the final they defeated one of the strongest teams in the competition from Grange, Rugby of Heather Mills, Brenda Beere and Janet Miller. The Boat Club trio were one shot down with one end to play but held their nerve to take 3 shots and secure their place in the County Finals. Their achievement also means they will represent Warwickshire at the National Championships in August. This is a fitting honour for Mary who is County President of Warwickshire Ladies.

Warwick Boat Club Bowls Section invite anyone interested in taking up the sport to drop into the club, opposite St. Nicholas Park Car Park, on Sunday 30th May anytime between 11am and 5pm. The have a go and fun competitions are part of the National Big Bowls Weekend.

WWBA President’s Gala Day WBC Life Member & WWBA President for 2020 & 2021 Mary E. Wheildon hosted her President’s Gala Day on August 5th, an unprecedented event for Warwick Boat Club. 36 lady bowlers gathered at coffee time before enjoying a fun Gala of 5 ends’. 4 sessions had been planned but towards the end of the third the rain gods had their way causing an abandonment of the fourth challenge A lovely cooked lunch was provided by ‘thefamilycaterers’ which was followed along with prize giving, the weather hadn’t spoiled anyone’s enjoyment and Mary’s Meals fund raising total had risen to £6,570.75 feeding 413.3 children in school for a whole year. Special thanks go to the WBC ladies team who worked so hard receiving the guests to the car park, setting out the green, laying the tables, decorating the tables and room with spectacular flowers followed by excellent waitress service – looking exceptionally smart in their WBC strip and aprons! 6


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Warwick Town Triples triumph for the Boat Club


he experienced Boat Club triple of Mary Wheildon, Peter Boardman and Di Harvey were taken to an extra end in a very closely contested semi-final before coming out on top in the final to take the prestigious trophy presented to them by the Mayor of Warwick Councillor Richard Edgington.

Mayor presenting the trophy to Diane Harvey, Mary Wheildon (skip) and Peter Boardman

The morning semi-finals saw a repeat of the 2019 semi won on that occasion on the final end by Martin and Sandra Dean playing with Cosette Lawton. This time David and Chris Hurst playing with Jacqui Ashley were able to turn the tables establishing a commanding lead which proved too much to claw back despite a late rally from the 2019 winners. The other semi-final was extremely tightly fought with another Boat Club team of Jeremy Ashley, Di Wood and Celia Bellamy taking an early lead before being pegged back in a very even game. The eventual champions managed a three on the extra end to go through to the afternoon final.

Runners up Chris Hurst, David Hurst (Skip) and Jacqui Ashley

After some rain during the morning games the weather brightened up and a good crowd, including many of the clubs new and older members, were able to enjoy an entertaining final played in a great atmosphere. There was only a couple of shots in it

with three ends to play but a strong finish from Wheildon, Boardman and Harvey ensured that they came out on top. It was a great result for the experienced triple who were worthy and well received winners at the end of an excellent day for Warwick Boat Club.


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talking oarsome A successful regatta season concludes


he rowing regatta season got into full swing over the summer and Warwick Boat Club was represented nearly every weekend. There were plenty of successes to celebrate, including a brilliant 7 wins at Stourport Regatta. There were also successes at Gloucester, Burton-on-Trent and Worcester for Warwick crews, marking an excellent summer of racing.

A Warwick v Warwick final at Stourport

Warwick Men’s 4+ win at Worcester

The summer months also saw some of Warwick’s novice rowers and recent Learn to Row course graduates competing for the very first time, with success for two coxed quads at an invite only Stourport Novice Regatta. A big ‘well done’ to everyone who trained, raced and won after a lot of interrupted training and uncertainty earlier in the year.

Men’s Masters 8+ winning at Stourport

Warwick cheerleading at Worcester 8


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The Rowing Taster Day


he rowing section held a taster day on Saturday the 18th of September to give people interested in the sport the chance to try it before committing to a full Learn to Row course. Thanks to the tireless work of our Captain of Boats Tanya Podinovskaia and a lot of volunteers (doing everything from admin to coxing, coaching and cake making!) our rowing taster day was a great success. 20 people came along and enjoyed coached erg sessions, rowing on the water and a lot of home baked cake! The feedback afterwards was excellent and a fantastic £500 was raised for the club.

Kate Parkinson & Gillian Mara win at Worcester

Looking ahead to winter…


s we write this the first head races are coming up thick and fast, and the ever-darker evenings mean that the rowing machine will soon replace many of our water sessions. The rowing section is looking forward to its first annual dinner since 2019, an excellent opportunity to celebrate a successful summer of racing and get to know our many newer members. Who will win the coveted Victor Ludorum and Coach of the Year awards? Will the Silly Committee have returned after a year’s hiatus to expose embarrassing events that rowers would rather were forgotten? All will be revealed on the 9th of October…


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squash & Racketball Squash in Stockholm!


ctober sees the departure of member, Jack Parkin, who is off to live and work in Stockholm, Sweden. We have been reliably informed that he has already done research as to potential squash clubs and a WBC Tour looks a certainty once Jack has settled in. Following an evening to see him off. we wish him well on his new adventure.

Women’s Squash Week


ember Alison Insley ran four events over Women’s Squash Week that ran from 19th to 26th September to try and encourage more females into the sport. Darren of The Family Caterers provided some well earnt refreshments for what was a fantastic set of events.



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World Squash Day


his year brings up the 20th anniversary of this global event. As in previous years we will be opening up our courts to all members and the public to give the sport a try. The event is on 9th October 2021 between 12:30 and 3pm. All you need to bring is a pair of non-marking trainers.

Warwickshire County Closed Event


arwickshire’s finest squash players will be battling it out in the closed county championships. The event is being held at Leamington Tennis and Squash Club on 23rd / 24th October. Categories up to O65’s will be contested. Closing date for entries is 17th October. For further information, please contact Graeme Mascall.

Warwickshire Winter Squash Leagues


he main winter season commences in October with the men’s team playing away at Edgbaston Priory and the ladies starting their campaign away at Knowle. Matches are played on a Monday evening (Men’s) and Wednesday (Ladies) evenings from 7:30pm, support is always welcome.

Coaching & Juniors

Graeme Mascall Squash Captain


unior sessions are now running on a Saturday morning from 8:30am too 11am with Alison Insley. A more informal session is also being run on a Saturday afternoon from 3pm to 4pm by Jonathan Peak. Whilst numbers are restricted, if you are interested in registering, please contact either Alison Insley or Graeme Mascall.


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WBC wins Warwick In Bloom Congratulations to David Howells and his team for winning the Gold Prize in the Commercial Gardens category. Paul Hinton collected the award. David Howells also won best garden, and Margot Rawden won best community garden. Also pictured is mMary from the bowling section who won an award for her hanging basket. You can see the winning entry in the video links: on the club website under Home Page News. Video compiled by Simon Horan; entry to the competition and photography organised by Hilary Mayman. Well done everyone!



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Social events supported by The Family Caterers The club is happy for members to hire the clubhouse for their special occasions. The Family Caterers, led by Daren Campbell, have receive high praise at recent events that include the club Fashion Show, a wake, a wedding, the ’Old Boys Supper’, new members buffet and a Warwickshire Vision Charity do. Further details from Carey McClean, our club co-ordinator on

Warwickshire Vision Awards and Drinks Reception attended by The Lord Lieutenant, Tim Cox, and the Mayor Music supplied by ‘Away with the Fairies’



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Fashion Show CABI FASHION Personal styling came to the club with an autumn winter collection. 50 ladies ate a scrumptious lunch whilst feasting their eyes on clothes modelled by fellow club members. A glorious day to experience another side to our club. Proceeds will be used for little added extras for all members’ benefit.

Hannah Thomas’ wedding P.S. Do try the café’s new grazing platters now available for lighter bites

The Family Caterers


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n an early-morning row from the club Steve Siddaway was surprised to meet this

charming little fellow. Could there be more about to arrive?

Saturday 16th October 7.30pm to Midnight

Tickets £16 each available online only, via clubspark. Germanic dress encouraged! Price includes music from the ever-popular Oliver Sean Band, and a Bavarian hot dog (veggie option available). Entry into the beer boot competition is £12 per team of six.

Enoksen update Commonwealth Games Members will have noticed the green banner on tennis court 1, which shows a large watch face with a unique “tennisscoring 15-30-40” bezel. This diver watch with its smart white and green colours is part of the Enoksen Watch Company’s tennis range. Hans Enoksen, a former WBC member and club tennis champion, founded the company in 2017. Because of our special relationship with Hans, and the company’s prestigious Timekeeper status at ATP tennis tournaments in Båstad and Stockholm, we agreed that Enoksen should be the WBC official timekeeper. We are the first tennis club to have this status which provides WBC members with an exclusive and generous discount on Enoksen products, and excitingly includes the creation of a limited edition WBC commemorative timepiece, purchases of which will benefit the club directly. We hope many members will take advantage of our relationship with Enoksen – watch this space for a pre-Christmas announcement!

Warwick District Council is celebrating just under “1 Year to Go” to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. They want to hear from people about their connections to the Commonwealth. Whether it’s a short story, a personal experience, or a link to a local community, they are aiming to find a local link to all 54 Commonwealth countries.

Your connection does not need to be sports related. It could be work-related, or you might have been involved in a charitable or community project in the Commonwealth, maybe your family and friends that live in the Commonwealth will provide you with an interesting story to tell? Written submissions can be bullet points, stories, quotes or facts and figures, but must be a maximum of 500 words.

Video submissions must be no longer than 2 minutes. Photos and illustrations can also be included in the form. If you’d like to submit an entry go to and search for Commonwealth Connections.

2021 Christmas party


his Black Tie function will be held in the Ballroom at the Warwick Court House in Jury Street, 8.00 pm on Saturday 18th December. Tickets will include a three course meal. The Oliver Sean Band has been booked for the after dinner party. Ticket numbers are restricted to 100 so members are encouraged to book early. Tickets will be on sale via ClubSpark nearer the time. Reserve the date!



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