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Photos & reminiscences

Robert Fukton holding the pennant (1970 Fairbairn Cup Highest Third Boat) with the Clare Novices' Regatta winners' trophy and Canon looking on benificently.You can find pictures and reminiscences of past boat club characters (notably Canon Duckworth) and events both here and on the History section of the site. But we need more, so please send your contributions (reminiscences, anecdotes, photographs) to the Boat Club  Alumni Webmaster, Robert Fulton.

The alumni webmaster is the laddie holding the pennant (1970 Fairbairn Cup Highest Third Boat) with the Clare Novices’ Regatta winners’ trophy and Canon looking on benificently.

Historical photos reproduced by kind permission of Eden Lilley/ Stearns and others.

New Blazers and other CCBC regalia

New blazers etc. should be available for collection by end January 2011.
(More distant mail or courier deliveries can be arranged)

Flushed with success at the new run of cloth for blazers, scarves and caps, Trevor Cave is now branching out with other relevant items.

Firstly, for those who would prefer ties in the bolder colours used by the Boat Club in earlier times (as opposed to those available from the College, which are matched to the official College colours and those of Sir Winston),  Clothier can again provide a suitable pink with an adequate brown.  He also informs me that there is such a thing as a ladies bow tie.  It is a longer and floppier thing than a man’s bow and complements a blouse.  Some cloth is 25″ wide, some “36” , depending on supplier, and could therefore offer scope for ladies neckscarves / headscarves.

From one minimum length of cloth we can make as many as:

48 ties OR 48 bow ties OR 48 ladies bows OR 48 cummerbunds OR about 20 cravats OR about 20 ladies neckscarves / headscarves  or any suitable combination to use the cloth.

Ties / bows and cummerbunds will cost about £18 each, cravats up to £45, possible less with plain backing, as will ladies neck or head scarves (tbc).

We need therefore about £900 worth of orders to commit to the run of cloth but which should last longer than the initial quorum.  Please email AND to indicate interest and when we are near quorate we can ask you to send deposits to Clothier.

We are also exploring the viability of a special run of racing kit in vintage colours for non-resident members to wear in the Head of the Cam next May.  The basic design would be much the same as the CCBC 50th Anniversary racing kit but in original Canon Duckworth pink and brown, as opposed to the recent paler pink and black, plus the original crest.  The price will be the same as the current design but we need to order at least 10 of a given size and style.

Another possibility instead of a blazer for the ladies would be to make a shift dress with little jacket top.  The brown ribbon could go around the collar and sleeves of the jacket and in a hoop (or two?) just under the bustline of the dress.  Good for Henley? The cost might be about £250 but that would be a reasonable price for a garment of this quality.

What would also be useful is if members would keep an eye out when shopping to spot any mass produced clothes in a colour like ours.  It may be that if it is a close enough match, we could trace and grab the end of run cloth and preserve material for another decade or so.  That is how Canon Duckworth started the original blazers and scarves in such a distinctive colour.

I note again that Clothier has sold out of the 1980-ish hooped singlets but is willing to have more made at £10 each in batches of at least 10 of a size.

We intend to have all these on ChuShop as well.



Read Trevor Cave’s reflections on the 2010 Shovellers’ Dinner for more on memories and history, fundraising auction, getting involved, new blazers and scarves, and communication with non-resident CCBC members.

Call to oars, and occasional rudder lines – or – return of the Wiggle Wiggle

Calling all CCBC Old Lags!!  If you still row or you’d like to try again, come and join us for the Head of the Cam on May Bank Holiday weekend or the Regatta during Alumni weekend in late September.  If you’d just like to join in social events and cheer for the current crews, please contact the College Alumni Relations Office:

Trevor Cave (U71) writes:

“Knowing that the old lags care really does encourage the crews considerably and enhances the feeling of heritage in this relatively young college.  As Roddy Galbraith, my stroke in 1st Fairbairn 73 put it, “Churchill does not have alumni like American Universities, we are members of the college no longer in residence”.  I am keen, too, to trace a few active club or higher level coxes.

Permit me some brief, selective and relevant autobiography.  Having coxed at Churchill 71-4, at Weybridge in ’75, and then not at all for 26 years, I resumed coxing following the great 40th Anniversary Bumps Supper in 2001.   Since then I have coxed mainly Novice to Senior 3 crews at Sons of the Thames in Hammersmith but also some CUBC Veterans at Crabtree.  I coxed the 2005 Town Bumps with XPress and have won assorted trophies including on the Tideway.  I have coxed several internationals too, including the G B Adaptive mixed IV who later won the World Championship.   I am, nevertheless, basically a regular, club-level cox and have no pretensions to genius although I was quite chuffed to be helping CUBC coxes with safe navigation on the Championship Course recently.

To learn the Cam anew for my ”Sons” of the Thames women’s crew in the Cambridge Head to Head (H2H) in 2004, I inveigled an outing with CCBC women early in Lent Term.  This led to my coxing CCBC women’s first boat, W1, in the Head of the Cam in May 2004.  Vince Clay, their regular and fine cox, sportingly stood aside for me for a couple of days.  This was, of course, very nostalgic for me but absolutely a racing performance by a current and experienced cox.   With almost no practice, I messed up Grassy Corner but otherwise we went reasonably well and indeed quickly.   I showed other coxes how to dress properly too, in blazer and white bags!

To train for my next H2H, I subbed into the CCBC training camp before Lent Term 05.  I filled otherwise empty coxing or coaching slots for some 6 trips.  I also learned some useful tips on coaching a higher status crew from the excellent M1 cox that year, Cecily Barber.

I have been made very welcome at CCBC and, I am told, such visits can be valuable.  I think this is due overwhelmingly to factors common to active, experienced, club coxes.   As most people only spend 4 years at college, typical college coxes have roughly two years experience, predominantly on the Cam and with lower status crews.  Whilst the likes of Cec, Vince and those from rowing schools achieve a lot more, most college coxes can never offer a crew the benefit of 5 or 6 years of learning, in crews of many different types, on several different rivers.   I like to emphasise too the Winston heritage and that of college heroes like Duckworth.   The Captains tell me it makes a difference.  Even if CCBC crews are not always the quickest or most stylish on the river, nor clearly from the oldest club, they will always be among the greatest because of whom we all commemorate.

I also subbed in M2 to train for the Fairbairn 05, in which I coxed the Cambridge Xpress crew, including Chris Lloyd the deputy boatman using a wooden shell named “Mountbatten of Burma”.  I expect the Canon would be pleased. This year, 2009, I coxed a “Shovellers” W crew for Sue Brown, current CCBC president and multiple world gold medallist in the Head of the Cam.  On the way down the Long Reach, the Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane of the BBMF flew over us at about 100ft – quite an omen.  We won our class.

Of course it would not be helpful for alumni to interrupt regular training too much.  I shall not do a Head again for CCBC, at least for a decade or two, nor the alumni regatta if another can. I enjoyed that in 02.  ( I rather fancy doing the 100th Fairbairn in 2028 though.  I’ll only be 76.)   I do urge any regular active coxes, however, to sub occasionally with present crews.  It is appreciated enormously by the whole club and is tremendous fun.   I don’t deserve all of it.  I do not know if present club rowers would sub in usefully, we have not tried it yet to my knowledge.

To assist co-ordination, please contact the Alumni Officer, James Adamcheski-Halson in the first instance.  He will pass all contacts to both myself and Graham Thomas (U61).   Graham is acting as the overall Old Lag / Pinkslosher Captain and will lead the organisation of social events – e.g.  Bumps Suppers.   We do not aim to turn these events into sponsorship conferences; the Friends can handle that separately.   I have tried the role of squad manager and am trying to find many more potential rowers and coxes for the alumni regatta each September with, I regret, almost no success.  Currently I have a very patchy list, with several from 65-71 and a smattering of others.   Can anyone find us more?  A pipedream is to boat at least one crew of regular rowers, who might even train for an outing or two, and another of nostalgic old lags trying again on the day, despite hangovers from the Association Dinner.   I do not seek to create a Churchill Alumni BC, like some other colleges.   I believe rowers should move on from college and support their local clubs.  I will also vector current, serious, coxes to the present captains to see if useful outings can be arranged.

As a footnote, thanks to Chris Lloyd, who subbed at 4, I had one Olympian outing with Giessen-Offenbach from Germany.  We entered the Veterans Head of River in 04, borrowing M2’s Canon Duckworth by kind permission of CCBC.  The Tideway conditions that day were so dreadful that 8 boats sank, one broke in two and over 30 aborted the race.  We began to flood at the start but just made shore nearby.  The cox who let us jump the long queue to land turned out to be Janet Cansick (G72) and we did no damage.   (Does anyone know her still?  College has lost touch.) .   Perhaps the Canon was watching……

I rather feel he still does and I encourage to present CCBC crews to act as if he haunts his boat.”