Community rowing group boosted by £500 donation

Holly Anstee, newly-elected chairman, receives a cheque for �500 from Steve Ellerby, commodore of River Aln Boat Club, with one of the Explorer Scouts who served refreshments.
Holly Anstee, newly-elected chairman, receives a cheque for �500 from Steve Ellerby, commodore of River Aln Boat Club, with one of the Explorer Scouts who served refreshments.

A new community rowing venture in a north Northumberland village is off to a great start after the club’s inaugural meeting.

As reported in the Gazette earlier this month, the Alnmouth Bay Community Rowing Association held its first gathering recently.

Featured on the the June 2 edition of BBC One’s Countryfile, the new craze for coastal rowing has seen communities come together to build and row traditional-style wooden boats for recreation and competition.

And the meeting was a great success – it was very well-attended and almost all those at the meeting signed up as founder members, including representatives from the Foxton Small Business Club, the St Ayles Rowing Club in Fifeshire, and the Coble and Keelboat Society.

The new association was also given a major boost to its fund-raising efforts as the commodore of the River Aln Boat Club, Steve Ellaby presented the newly-elected chairman of the association, Holly Anstee, with a cheque for £500.

The very generous donation from the River Aln Boat Club has enabled the new rowing association to place an order for a St Ayles skiff kit.

This is the type of rowing boat developed by the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association for community ventures of this kind.

Work should begin soon on construction with the aim of launching the new boat on the River Aln next May. For more information, contact Simon Rippon on 01665 577385.