Closure of clubhouse
The committee have come to the decision that, in the interest of Health and Safety and to follow Government guidelines, the clubhouse area should be classed as off limits for the time being. This decision has not been taken lightly and we ask that all members co-operate. We do not encourage people to visit the club and that, instead, our members should follow Government guidelines.
For and on behalf of the committee.
Due to the current restrictions we are obviously not able to put on any social events for the time being.
The Easter cruise to Burnham and the Fitting Out on 18 April will need to be cancelled. The Retro Bingo Night on 16 May is likely to be cancelled but we will wait and see. The meat raffle will be drawn at the first available opportunity.
We will wait and see what happens with events from June onwards but in the meantime if anyone has any ideas for on-line social activity, please let us know (keep it clean!). How about an on-line quiz? Or videos of yourselves telling jokes? Let's use this site to keep in touch and lift our spirits.
Hope to see you all soon!
The (not so social) Social Committee (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Due to the limitations set out by the government this week, we won’t be able to do any boat lifts and work parties will also be cancelled. It’s obviously a great shame as it would have been a time when everyone could have got a lot achieved with this time. However, as we are no longer allowed to have gatherings of more than two people this cannot happen.
This also means that committee and trustee meetings will not take place, Any normal business will have to be done by email and phone calls.
If anything urgent should arise this will be dealt with accordingly.
If anyone has any suggestions or problems that need addressing, please let us know.
Keep safe everyone.
John Riches, Commodore
Calling all concrete lighter box owners!
Please label your box and make sure that Trevor Zobel (who now oversees lighters) knows that you own it by Easter at the latest. Trevor is conducting an audit of boxes and will be clearing unclaimed and derelict boxes to replace them with proper built ones so that more members can enjoy the facility and to neaten up the entrance to our club.
IWA Talk on River Medway, 23 Jan 2020
Kent & East Sussex Branch
Invite you to an open meeting on River Medway
David Payne and Jason Adams from the Environment Agency will be giving an illustrated talk on the EA’s work on the River Medway, and all are welcome to attend whether IWA members or not.
AGM Postponed to 9 Feb 2020
Due to the unavoidably late preparation of the papers, according to the club rules, the AGM has been postponed to Sunday 9th February 2020. Not everyone reads the website or Facebook page so please pass the word around!
Mike Wilkin's funeral will be on Thursday 7th November at 3pm at The Thames View Crematorium and Cemetery, Gravesend Road, Shorne, Gravesend, DA12 3JH
No flowers (except from the family) but Donations to the R.N.L.I welcome.
No More Bonfire
Calling All Members: Big Tidy Up, 21+22 September 2019
For and on behalf of Stuart Coward, Mark Coppins, Martin Barnes and Cynthia Povey.
A very big thank you to everyone who took part in making the 6th July a very successful work party, helped by the fine weather and the bar being open.
Open Letter on behalf of Mark Coppins as Crane, Land Berth, Dry Dock & Slip Manager and Cynthia Povey as Work Party Coordinator, 29 April 2019
The crane is now back in action thanks to Martin Barnes, Mark Coppins, Chris Botten and Jim Parker, Commodore.
Recruitment for crane drivers and banksmen is underway.
Work Party Announcement:
Clear-up ongoing in boat park when skip arrives. In the meantime:
1. Painting of crane cab.2. Assembly of metal shed for crane materials.
3. Refurbishment of dry dock 1 & 2 ladders.
Work underway but anyone able to assist please contact Mark Coppins on 07920 509593 or email@example.com or Cynthia Povey on 020 8464 9341.
Border Force presentation, Thurs 21 Feb 7.30pm
Alan Prime from Border Force will be telling us what they do and how we can help.
IWA talk about RNLI Thurs 24 Jan, 7.30pm.
"It's not all at sea". Colin Brown will talk about the modern RNLI
Dick Holness talk, Thurs 17 Jan 7.30pm
Dick is co-author of East Coast Pilot, soon to be in 5th edition. He visited SYC recently to see the river up to Allington for updating the book.
Please clear up after your dog, especially if it fouls the lighters or pontoons.
Clubhouse closure Fri/Sat 5/6 Nov
The Commodore advises that the clubhouse will be closed all day Friday and Saturday in preparation for the Laying Up Supper. The bar will not be open on Friday. Members may enter through the back door until 1pm on Satuirday if they wish to use the galley to make tea etc.
Don't waste water!
Please don't leave your hose running when not in use. When washing your boat you must fit a "gun" on the end to control the flow. Visitors may fill tanks but not hose down their boats.
Where has all our stuff gone?
Peter Spratt has been updating our asset list but a lot of stuff seems to have gone missing. Of course it could just be misplaced or disposed of if worn out or broken, but this needs to be recorded. If you have club equipment or know what happened to it could you please inform Peter or Bob Pettet our treasurer.
Message from Cynthia Povey, Working Party Coordinator
Work parties for 2018
Dry Dock: Painting, Cleaning out, Concreting Project Manager: Roger Stevens
Pontoons: Repairs, Floats, Pile Cleaning and Painting Project Manager: Neal Martin
Electric Repairs: Project Manager: Tony Sherbourne
Tidy Land berths: Project Manager: Ken Lawrence
Crane: Sub-committee required
Mud Clearing: To be arranged
I have been asked by the Commodore, Jim Parker, to liaise as Work Party Coordinator for another year.
Since taking over this roll in 2016 some members have been flagged up as not having attended any work parties. YOUR club exists only due to the help of members.
I hope, therefore, that you will be on board to take an active roll with the projects shown above for the current year - even to make a hot drink for the workers if you feel poor health leaves you unable to take part physically.
YOUR CLUB NEEDS YOU!
I look forward to seeing you.
Message from the Mooring Master
The pontoons are now full so if any members are considering changing their boat for a larger one please note that it is unlikely that you'll then be able to continue to moor on the pontoons at SYC until somebody else leaves. You will probably have to moor on the mud berths instead. Please check with me before making your purchase. The 2018 Mooring plan is now in the Members' Secure Area and on the clubhouse noticeboard.
It is essential that all members' visitors in the clubhouse or anywhere on site are signed into the register in the clubhouse please. It is every member's responsibility to keep the whole site secure.
Message from Concrete Lighter Manager
I would like to produce a register of all owners who have a box on the concrete lighters so please either let me know by my Facebook page or complete a Contact Form from this website menu showing your contact details, approximately where your box is and what it looks like eg wood/plastic/steel, condition, colour. ALSO please put a label on it with the name of your boat. Thank you. Jacki Beardsmore. Concrete Lighter Manager.
The working party in February 2017 to renovate the 3rd dry dock was well attended. Thank you. Other members had done some of the work the previous week and others have continued the work since. Special thanks to Roger Stevens for managing this project from which we'll all benefit, and to John Downie for all the days spent welding. The end has now been cut off and valves will be fitted in November followed by concreting the base. We're nearly there.
If you do not want your photo to appear in this website please contact Tony Lavelle. Thank you
Gate keys are available from Bob Pettett or Mick Pavoux. If you need one please send a contact form from this website, showing some dates you'll be at the club.
The dry docks' calendar is available in the Members' Secure Area. See instructions for how to use the dry dock.
Cynthia Povey co-ordinates work parties. She will notify members with the dates via Facebook and this website, please give her your full support. Thank you.
Do you have a boat or trailer on the land berth boat park? Please weed and tidy your plot. Thank you