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NEWHAVEN GIG ROWING CLUB - HELPING TO REGENERATE A COMMUNITY ONE STROKE AT A TIME


January 19th, 2017.



The Newhaven Gig Rowing Club is a group of local people who row a 32ft long wooden Cornish Gig called Amelie. A Gig is a long, narrow boat, crewed by one coxswain and six rowers using 13ft long oars. This new project based in Newhaven Marina started in June 2016. The club has since attracted much attention and interest, so far mainly from adults, but there is now a drive towards gaining more youth members.


The club already has over 220 members and has undertaken 65 rows in all weathers. It is an entirely charitable and self-funded, social benefit club and aims to grow and become a focus for using the River Ouse for more activities. It has already generated income for the local area by attracting people who would not otherwise visit Newhaven.

The club was set up by local businessman, Mark Beaumont, along with Graham Precey, the Head of Corporate Responsibility and Ethics for Legal and General, and Dr Nicola Tweedie, Principal Clinical Psychologist.

Recent developments include setting up a community shareholding scheme to bring ownership of the boat into the club and running team days for local businesses.


Future plans are to buy more boats, involve the sea cadets, increase membership and start similar clubs for other activities such as mountain biking, wellbeing, hiking and all sorts of adventures in the Ouse Valley. To do this, they have set up a project called Ouse Valley Adventures.

See a video on You Tube HERE.

Find out more at www.facebook.com/groups/279674732382297 or call Mark on 07776 140 727, or email him at mark@lanoguard.co.uk