Parish News March April 2016

Shaldon Regatta (1817)

We’ve had our “programme meeting” and everything is set for Regatta 2016. All the favourite events will be there as usual, plus, we will be trialling Beach Netball this year on the Thursday morning. We have a packed programme as it is, but we like to get as many different people involved in Regatta as possible, which is why we add new events when we can. So if you haven’t taken part in Regatta before and you play Netball, come and have a go.

We have committed to spend several thousands of pounds on refurbishing our 6 Otter sailing dinghies and our 8 Regatta rowing dinghies. Both are free to use by anyone wanting to take part in Regatta races, and the Regatta dinghies are used for 8 weeks of the summer for the Junior Rowing Experience. They lead a hard life, and we are grateful to Shaldon Marine, run by James Crawford (07521047986),for giving us a reasonable price to restore them.

We have also purchased professional quality “crash mats” for the pillow Regatta blue....which will replace the sometimes less than healthy looking old mattresses.

Two of our committee are organising a boat flotilla for the arrival of the “Jolie Brise,” a 22m-56’ gaff rigged pilot cutter built in 1913. She is one of the most famous tall ships in the world and she is visiting the Teign on May 22nd. If you’ve got a boat, look out for information nearer the date and come and cheer her in.

We are organising a Fund Raising Row on behalf of the Sea Scouts who need money to fit out their kitchen in their new headquarters at the Ness. The “Brixham Row”, which was so successful in helping us to raise money for our store, is to be repeated by popular demand. The event will take place on Saturday June 25th or if the weather is bad Saturday July 9th. All Seine boats, Gigs and coastal boats are welcome, as are duty boats and following boats.  More details nearer the date or contact Keith Stoyle 01626872637.

Tickets for the” 200 years of Shaldon Regatta” celebration parties in 2017 will be on sale at  this year’s Regatta, on Fri 26th  Aug and Sat. 27th Aug at the committee stand at 6pm. First come ....there will be 3 great nights of entertainment in the Victoria Hall, none costing more than £15pp. Details will be on a flyer in a future Parish news, or..............................Follow our website for all information.

Ray Edworthy.