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

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!

Changes to Saturday Morning Rowing

Competitive Rowing/Coaching (08:30) – In order to continue the development of the club in competition, this will now be organised by Ron Paterson and be by invitation for settled/planned crews with a view to racing in future events. These crews will have priority over boats and equipment.

Saturday Club Rowing (08:30) – due to the popularity of the Saturday morning rowing session, an additional club rowing session will be now be held, but be separate from the Competitive Rowing activities. This will also be held at 08:30 but will require those wishing to attend to email Mike at by Thursday evening each (as before).

If members have any feedback on this change then please email

Club Dinner – Friday 15th November 2013

This year, the annual club dinner will be held at the Anchor Inn, Upton. The numbers are limited to 50, (with partners being welcome to attend) and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Further details will follow, but if you wish to book then contact Pauline at

Winter Mini-Heads

The schedule for this year’s mini-heads has now been released. The course will be as last year with the Start at the Kings Head, rowing to “The White House” and back. Start line time is 10:45.

Those not in fixed crews but who would like to take part should meet at the Boathouse at 10:00 where scratch crews will be formed.

Please put the following Sunday’s in your diaries:

  • Oct 27th
  • Nov 24th
  • Dec 15th
  • Jan12th
  • Feb 23rd
  • March16th

2013/2014 URC Subscriptions

Upton Rowing Club’s AGM, held on Tuesday, 1st October 2013, approved the membership subscription rates for the forthcoming year as follows:

Adult:*           £250 full membership.  £225 discounted rate if payment made before 12th November, 2013.

*If joining the Club after completing this year’s ‘Learn to Row’ Course, Stages 1 & 2, the subscription is £175.00 – may be paid by 10 monthly instalments of £17.50.  Instalments should be completed by the next Club Year End – 31.8.14.

Student:        £80 or £30 per term.

Junior:           £80 or £30 per term.

Cox/coach:    £25

Affiliate:         £35

Social:           £35

Racking:        £50 per seat.  Boats must be privately insured.

Please see Membership and Racking Agreement forms attached.

Payment should be by cheque, made payable to ‘Upton Rowing Club’, or by online banking to:

Sort Code: 40-45-05
A/c No: 21072552
A/c Name: Upton Rowing Club.
Please quote your name as the reference.

Subscriptions may also be paid by three post-dated cheques dated 1st Oct, 1st Nov & 1st Dec, at the full rate – 2 x £83.33; 1 x £83.34, to be received by 12th October.

Please send renewals, together with an updated Membership form and/or Racking Agreement, cheque or confirmation of online payment to: –

Pauline Mason, 2 Ham View, Upton-upon-Severn, Worcs. WR8 0QE

Alternatively, email completed forms and confirmation of payment to  or leave cheques and forms in the white mail box in the boathouse. Early renewal would be appreciated.