After a year of planning and research we are finally ready to launch our club. If you are interested, come to one of our 2 ‘Launch evenings’ to be held at the Crown and Mitre PH, Ferry Street, Kings Lynn, PE30 1LJ. Monday April 7th and Thursday April 10th at 7:00pm . We now have the funds, skills and logistics in place to build and get our first boat on the water this year. So if you have or want boat building or boat rowing skills, why don’t you come along and find out why there are now 80 St Ayles skiffs in build in the UK and 50 more worldwide. If you cannot make either of these dates but want to know more, just use the contact/join us tab above.
Thanks to a couple of generous donations, several of our members were in the woods last week, cutting and planking Larch, sufficient to meet the needs of both the Baden Powell planking http://www.floatourboat.co.uk/Home.html and our Hogs, Keels, Stems, Gunwales & (possibly) Oars etc. Thanks also to http://norfolkmillsonwheels.co.uk
While we wait to hear if our applications for funding are successful, our Membership Secretary Pete, has been busy keeping his hand in with the techniques used in Clinker Ply boat building. Launched on 31st December on Great Massingham pond to applause, fireworks (thanks Clive) and a bottle of ‘Everyday-value Lemonade’, “Annie” made her début.
Well done Pete, she is beautiful.
Kings Lynn Borough Council
… have been very supportive and have paid for professional to help us with our funding applications. These are currently being processed by the various bodies we have applied to .
… are also very keen to help us on our feet and I quote from a letter of support for our applications they wrote: ”….the river and quayside areas of Kings Lynn will enjoy wider recreational use than before, bringing many people to the location and creating more use of nearby facilities. The whole project will improve many people’s quality of life. And importantly, it will build and grow a strong and successful club with a sustainable future”
The Discovery Centre
… see the opportunities that could be on offer for the youth of Kings Lynn: “therefore we would like to state our full support for this project and if successful look forward to taking part in this fantastic opportunity”
The Rotary Club
… I gave a presentation to the Rotary Club Kings Lynn last night who were very interested in our proposals and asked many questions.
The CRABs (Coastal Rowing Association Blakeney)
… we have maintained contact with this club (who are now building their second St Ayles skiff). They have offered to bring their boat to Lynn to show people ‘the real thing’; I have been putting them off until I know we will ‘float’ – sorry about the pun. I am told there is a group in Wells building a couple too but I have no further information.
The Ouse Amateur Sailing Club
… have been very helpful and offered us meeting rooms and use of their Saddlebow water to practice.
The Crown and Mitre
… has offered to be the venue for our club nights (when we start them again), go there anyway, great beer!
A good promotional video that gives you an idea of what we are trying to achieve at the Kings Lynn waterfront. By Katya Bacica, with credit to Dave Calder (CaledonianMercuryBiz) and Alec Jordan
A recent meeting with some Kings Lynn councillors has resulted in a very real offer of help to get our funding. Watch this space.
Some of us will be at Holkham on Sunday (to see Hoi Larntan), so why not join us and see why this sport is catching on so fast.
Our committee met last night and agreed to continue to apply for funding from other bodies but to also seek sponsorship. We are well aware that until the first build starts, there is little to show prospective sponsors beyond display boards and local news coverage. Therefore we have decided that we will start the project with the funds for just 1 boat, confident that when we start the ‘doors open’ build on South Quay, the interest we gather will prove a great attraction. So we are seeking £5,000 to enable us to start. This will purchase the kit and materials for 1 boat plus the rental, insurance and ancillary overheads we need for the workshop. If you are interested in boat-building and rowing activities in Kings Lynn or wish to discuss commercial sponsorship opportunities, use the Contact/Join us tab or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.