Tynemouth Sailing Club are delighted today to hear that the application for a grand from Sport England has been granted. This is specifically targeted towards refurbishment of the clubhouse. Many of the members responded to an email survey & that response helped to determine the priority listing for the work to be done in the application: New heating , wiring, showers changing room benches and flooring and general club redecoration.
Quotes for the work so far received vary between £198k and £148k and we have made an application to the Sita trust for £60k with the club committing £29k.
In September we will arrange a meeting to further inform members and to consult on the detail of shower designs, decorative schemes etc.
The council has submitted an application for permission for a ramp at The Haven. The council are clear this does not offer a commitment to build the ramp at the Haven now or in the near future. There is no funding available to construct it and as reported the Coastal Communities Grant application, as far as funding a ramp, was not successful. The council are continuing the building process in principle as funding could become available at some time in the future. At this time the council is very clear that they have no funds and no start date to build a ramp.
The users of the Haven (sailing and rowing clubs and Red Seal) have met with the council over the issue of the ramp and will continue to do so. In particular the clubs are keen to deal with issues such as
The associated infrastructure to ensure the ramp use is appropriate for all users of the Haven
In the past a number of Club members have helped out by manning the rescue boat (which is used to ferry runners from South Shields) and by assisting in the galley or driving people from the drop off point to the sailing club. If anyone would like to help this year, please let us know.
If anyone wants to run the race for the charity, the Trust has a few places available, please contact John Griffith at jcmgriffith at hotmail.co.uk or Paul Cook for further information.
The club is sad to let members know of the recent death of Lorna Scammell.
Lorna was involved in the sailing club for many years and was made an Honorary Life Member at an AGM a couple of years ago in recognition of her significant contribution to the work and life of the club. Lorna held a number of positions including Sailing Secretary and her passion was ensuring that sailing was available to all.
We watched with awe and admiration as she took to ‘big boat’ sailing and her stories of single handed sailing as she went round the East Coast and further were impressive. In recent years we were amused and at times worried by her SEALORNA web stories but she clearly loved her life and worked hard to get the best out of it for herself and others. We will miss our friend and extend our condolences to her family.