Sunday 17th May saw the launch of Rowhedge Coastal Rowing Club’s new rowing gig ‘Tyrant’ which was held on the river front in Rowhedge. There was a great show of community spirit with many villagers and local people turning out in support.
The gig was blessed with holy water by Father Richard Tillbrooke from Old Heath and also blessed with a traditional dousing of local beer by Father Patrick McEuene from Rowhedge with much cheer from the Rowhedge spectators.
The launch was rounded off with a hymn accompanied by the ‘Rowhedge Blowers’ brass band.
RCRC Chair, Rick Green commented: “It really has made everything worthwhile seeing this great community turn out today. It’s what RCRC is all about and why we originally formed the Club. We wanted to get the people out using the river and realise what a real privilege it is to be living by such a splendid waterway which is sometimes taken for granted and ignored. We should all be proud of ourselves… the Rowers, the Blowers, the Fathers and Supporters!”
RCRC was formed in 2012 by local residents, to encourage the use of the River Colne and to stimulate health and wellbeing within the community. They participate in local, leisurely rows up and down the river as well as races both local and further afield.
East Donyland Parish Council gave permission for the event to be held on the riverside green and have given great support for RCRC since the club’s formation three years ago.
The Club was granted a £12,000 donation by Essex County Council from their Community Initiatives Fund to enable them to purchase their new rowing gig.
The East Coast rowing gig is hand made locally in Brightlingsea by apprentices at ‘Harker’s Yard’, developed by the Pioneer Sailing Trust, which is a purpose built training facility for young people wishing to enter the marine industry.
The addition of the new gig would not have been possible without the funding from Essex County Council and County Councillor Roger Hirst, Cabinet Member for Customer Services, Libraries, Planning and the Environment said: “The Community Initiatives Fund is an excellent example of how Essex County Council is supporting communities to help themselves.
By increasing the opportunities for local residents, community groups and volunteers individually to shape their local facilities and undertake new ventures, we will see them make Essex an even better place to live and work than it is today.”
RCRC are always looking for new members, both novices and experienced rowers, so they would love to hear from you if you are interested in joining the club.
Please contact Rick Green tel; 01206 728329, email; firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.rowhedgecrc.co.uk for more information.