*Now Live* – New URC website, Facebook and Twitter Pages

In our ongoing efforts to drag UptonRC into the 21st century, today we launch the new website that now includes the vast majority of information available about Upton RC for both members and non-members. Highlights include:

  • Links (in the header for each page) to our new Facebook and Twitter pages. Please become members/follow and we will monitor how successful they are. These should both help with our club communications and allow dissemination of news (such as no-rowing notices) quickly.
  • A members only area (this requires a password and allows club documents to be downloaded, along with details regarding subscriptions, the club officials, club kit etc) and is the new location for the “Cool Heads” newsletter.
  • A link to the Environment Agency web page for Saxons Lode to check on the current river level (Follow: About>River Severn and then click on the EA logo)
  • A section about the history of of Upton RC and information on the town, the river etc
  • A google map link to the marina/boathouse
  • Links to British Rowing etc
  • A contact form for enquiries to the club

“Cool Heads” is included in the members area, which requires the password urc4members. When you have entered this the first time, typically your browser will remember it. This password should not be given to anyone other than club members.

There are some areas that still need content and will be added in due course, so please browse around and if anyone has any questions, feedback, spots any errors or would like anything else included then please let me know at comms@uptonrc.org.uk

Upton RC Annual Dinner

The Club held its annual end of season dinner at The Olde Anchor Inn, Upton-upon-Severn on Friday 15 November 2013.  40 members attended and were fed and watered extremely well by Claire and Graham Bunn. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves – particularly if the noise and general merriment was anything to go by!

Following the customary speeches by our Chairman, Dave Semple and the Club’s Captain, Steve Cox, the presentation of the cups took place by the President of the Club, Peter Barker, marking the end of a very successful year for the Club. These were awarded to the following:-

The Committee Cup (for best off-water contribution to the Club) went to Maurice Stanley for all his  hard work behind the scenes and for building, single-handed, our fabulous new catamaran coaching launch which, in the absence of a proper name, has affectionately has been christened either the “Pope mobile” or “The Floating Patio”!

The Captain’s Cup (for best on-water contribution to the Club) was presented to Ron Paterson for his coaching and advisory skills which resulted in our racing crews having such a successful year this year.

The Chairman’s Cup (for best men’s crew) went to Matt Chalmers for his achievements in making it to several finals both in single and double sculls.

The President’s Cup is normally presented to the most successful women’s crew, but as it had been such a positive year for the woman of the Club, it was decided that this should be awarded to three of our ladies – Jo Hammett and Linda Scott for their great success and triumphs in their double scull and also to Anne Stevens for her brilliant achievements in her single scull.

The Secretary’s Cup (cox of the year) was presented to Peter Barker by his “Girls”.  Peter has been coxing his crew of girls who only completed their Learn to Row earlier this year but have now gone across to sculling under Peter’s guidance and are doing very well.

And finally, Ian Mackie was very pleased to surrender the Calamity Cup so that it could be awarded to Dan Herbert for his altercation with a narrow boat!

Here’s to another successful year!