Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Boat club launches appeal

GORING Gap Boat Club has launched an appeal to raise £350,000 for a new boathouse.

GORING Gap Boat Club has launched an appeal to raise £350,000 for a new boathouse.

Olympic rower Zac Purchase attended the launch at Goring village hall and gave a speech to guests.

The 27-year-old answered questions about his career and showed off the silver medal he won in the lightweight double sculls at London 2012 and the gold he won at the Beijing Games in 2008. He also auctioned a toy dog.

The club, which organises the annual Goring and Streatley Regatta, has not had a permanent home since it was founded 25 years ago. It was originally based at the Thames Bank Nursing Home in Thames Road, Goring, which has since been converted into flats.

For the past eight years, the club’s headquarters have been on the Hardwick Estate in Whitchurch.

It now wants to move to a site in Lower Basildon and will submit a planning application to West Berkshire Council by the end of May.

Spokeswoman Ros Crowder said: “We’ve always wanted to have our own place and it looks as though it might finally be possible.”

This year’s regatta will take place on Saturday, July 20.

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