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In this issue: Key Fob Issue, Blazer Sales, the Bar Opens, Club Supper, Building Moves, the Wycombe and District Sports Awards and GB Trials.

Key Fob Issue

We will be running the last two key fob issue sessions on Tuesday (25th Nov) 1830 - 2000 and Saturday (29th Nov) 1000 - 1345 at the club. Having a key fob for accessing the building is compulsory for members.

  • Security is important - there has already been a sizeable theft from the changing rooms and we must not allow people to tailgate through the doors and doors must not be propped open 
  • We also need everyone who attends the club to check in one of the two footfall counters as we have to prove to Sport England that we actually use the place. This works off your key fob: the footfall counters are the ones with MRC logos on them, not the door controls: there is one in the foyer and one outside by the hose. 
  • Over the coming months more and more people will use the club and some of them have no right to be in some areas of the building. Do not let people through.

After these sessions your opportunity to get a fob will be very limited - Peter Hunt can issue them if you catch him at the club.

You can ask a friend to pick a fob up for you at these sessions but they must sign for you and pay the deposit. 


Collier and Robinson are coming to the club this Thursday 6-7pm to take measurements for blazers. In addition to club blazers they are also happy to produce club waistcoats, cravats and rowing caps. They are happy to discuss personal requirements and take the necessary measurements to produce your order. Any questions speak to Malcolm (

Bar Opens

The bar is now operational and open to members and guests. Opening Times are:

Tuesday  20.00 - 22.00
Thursday 20.00 - 22.00
Friday     20.00 - 22.30
Sunday 12.00 - 14.00

Outside these times members with a key fob can still access the room as a crew lounge. 

Some of the memorabilia is now up, but there is much more decoration still to do. In related bar news:

  • We are investigating options for the kitchen including letting a contractor run it as a publicly accessible cafe;
  • When the other clubs formally join, their members will also be using the bar;
  • We will be releasing a "MWSH Social" membership cateogry which will be open to the public and allow public access to the bar on much the same basis as MRC members; and
  • The bar is available to hire for events.

A lot of this is still being finalised and will be announced formally in the coming months but we wanted to let you know how keen we are that the bar becomes a local facility (and profit making for the club, obviously!)

Club Supper

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At the club supper (photos) we were delighted to welcome Helen Glover to give the main address. Helen spoke about dealing with pressure, particularly before her Olympic final (and also about whether her coach cheats at Bananagrams). She was welcomed by Sir George Cox who introduced the history of British success and failure at Olympic Rowing regattas to put Helen's acheivement in context. The opening address had been from our president, Sir Steve Redgrave, who focussed particuarly on the progress made by the club and the work of the volunteers to get us to the stage we are at.



On the prizes, three were awarded:

  • The Lehmann Trophy (for the most outstanding crew of the year) was awarded to the Junior Girls quadruple sculls crew of Molly Harding, Erica Holmes, Rosalind Wilson and Heidi Long. The girls won the Championship quadruple sculls at the National Schools Regatta in May, then won their quarter- and semi-final races in the Diamond Jubilee Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta, eventually losing to a very good Gloucester crew in the final. All four girls were selected individually to represent GB at the Coupe and Junior Worlds. Then, at the British Championships in October, Rosalind and Heidi won the “C” final in the women’s double sculls, making them the under-19 British champions.
  • The Sharpe Trophy (awarded to a woman who has made an outstanding contribution to the club) was awarded to: Jacqui Jones, who has given considerable time and energy to revitalising the fitness training at all level of the club over the past year.
  • The Coombes Trophy (awarded to a man who has made an outstanding contribution to the club) was awarded to Russ Haley, who who has recently “retired” after 10 years’ loyal and dedicated service coaching the senior women’s squad.

Jonathan Walne echoed the sentiment that Sir Steve Redgrave had also took the opportunity of commending the committee. Jonathan said that he had deliberately not awarded the Sharpe and Coombes to any of the team involved in the rebuild as he wanted to recognise the ongoing life of the club, but asked for volunteers who might be able to organise some show of appreciation to those involved.


We will be completing the move out of Computer House over the last weekend of November, and will be asking for volunteers to help with this. More information to follow shortly.

Wycombe District Sports Awards

The Wycombe District Sports Awards took place at Court Garden last Thursday, with Katherine Grainger, Sarah Winckless and Gail Emms (badminton) presenting the awards. Two club members won awards: Bret King for Performance Coach of the Year, and David Plaskitt for Volunteer of the Year. Hearty congratulations to both for these well-deserved accolades.

GB Trials

The national press were focussing on Katherine Grainger's return to GB trials, but also present at Boston was Heidi Long, competing in her first adult trials. Heidi came 34th overall (4th in the U20s, 16th in U23s). Meanwhile Jordan Beecher was at the para-rowing trials: he won the men's LTA singles trials and has now been invited to train full time with the GBRT Para-rowers at Caversham - congratulations to him! Congratulations also to Ella Willot who has been coaching Jordan since he joined MRC.


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