November 2013 update

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!

Bob Panrucker


Wanted: Sponsors

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

3 steps forward and 2 steps back!

Unfortunately, we have just heard that we have not been successful with our application for start-up funding from the National Lottery. A bit of a blow as it will cause a significant delay, however, we will call a club meeting shortly to discuss how we move forward to find the initial funding, so keep an eye on our website for notification of this meeting.

Lottery application submitted

Finally got our club Bank Account, well done Treasurer Tom; The Lottery request for start-up funding has now been sent off and, subject to any queries, we should hear if we have been successful within 30 days. The Crown & Mitre (last club night) is a fascinating venue to meet; a ‘must’ for boat building & boat history junkies, as well as the continuously changing selection of several ‘real’ ales. Tell Roger you are interested in boating on the Ouse and you’ll be entertained for hours!