RNLI Sponsored Row and Gig Race 2015

Thanks to everyone who came down to Maldon Hythe Quay on Sunday 4th January to support the sponsored row. It was an early start with the race starting at 11.00 and we had a cold but very calm day. The conditions were so good that we finished the race in 25 minutes – the first ladies’ multiple team back! We were second in the fancy dress and won the trophy for the boat raising the most sponsor money. This is virtually all down to our RNLI 200 Club. We raised over £3,200 so thank you to all our members!

Where does Santa go after Christmas? ON HOLIDAY!

Where does Santa go after Christmas? ON HOLIDAY!

Just a bit faster than rowing

Just a bit faster than rowing

With the West Mersea Lifeboat Crew

With the West Mersea Lifeboat Crew

Row4AReason Round Island Race 2014

The sun managed to shine for the Row4AReason event – Pirates of the Blackwater fun weekend over 12-14th September. We rowed out in style in our pirate outfits! It was choppy in places, but we still managed a respectable 55 minutes to row the course around Northey Island.

Our fundraising efforts through the running of the annual Oars and Paws Fun Dog Show in June meant we raised the most money by a single boat – £720.

More information can be seen on our Charities’ page – Row4AReason

Final hydration intake

Final hydration intake

Ready to row

Ready to row

 

Last few strokes

Last few strokes


Oars and Paws Fun Dog Show 2014

Thank you to everyone who came to the dog show on Saturday 14th June.

Well the rain held off and although it was fairly cloudy, it was warm and the event was hailed a success!Through the support we had from everyone who came along and took part, watched and helped we thought we had raised over £600 but it is now £720 for Row4AReason. Thank you everyone!

There were over 60 dogs including unusual breeds, cross breeds and many colours amounting to 149 entries across the classes.

The Best in Show was Gus, a Springer X Cocker Spaniel, owned by Sarah Green.

Gus, Best in Show

Gus, Best in Show

 

Reserve was Louie, a Greek Akbash, owned by Chris and Tony Saberi.

Reserve, Louie

Reserve, Louie

The winner of the Heybridge Parish Council Best PartnershipTrophy was Stella Botham with her two rescue dogs and a friend’s dog who entered every class!

Best Partnership and Heybridge Parish Council Trophy winner

Heybridge Parish Council Best Partnership Trophy winner

Here are a few more pictures from the show:

The Agility Stakes Winners

The Agility Stakes Winners

 

Show on the Go

Show on the Go

 

Ralph

Ralph

 

 

 


 

 

Below is Jolly, the Guide Dog we helped raise funds for last year. It was lovely to have her make an appearance at our show!

Jolly

Jolly

Row 4a Reason

Thank you to everyone who came down to the Basin on Saturday 7th September for Row 4a Reason.

This year’s theme was Heybridge Basin Pirates of the Blackwater. The race was the usual course around Northey Island and in aid of the following charities being supported by Row 4a Reason: Guide Dogs for the Blind, Bipolar UK and Life Education.

We had a good row despite some tricky weather and very strong winds on the far side of Northey making progress through the water very slow and challenging. However, we made it!

We enjoyed having the excuse to dust off our pirate outfits we wore when we took part in the Great River Race on the Thames in 2009. Here are a few pictures from that race, which bring back memories of a terrific day messing about on the river, all done in the best possible taste as ever!

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge

Almost done!

Almost done!

 

Pirates of The Thames

Pirates of The Thames

Dog Show Saturday 29th June

Thank you to everyone who helped make our 10th Oars and Paws Fun Dog Show a barking success!

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We enjoyed a fantastic afternoon with fabulous weather and a terrific turnout. We had about 78 dogs entering across the nine classes and in excess of 200 people.

We are very pleased and proud to announce that you helped us raise almost £1000 for Row4AReason.

Best in Show went to Lisa Styles and Alfie, Reserve Best in Show went to Jan Clark and Sam.
Other awards went to the Dodds family and Bella for the Best Child Handler and the Mills family and Monty for the Heybridge Parish Council Best Partnership cup.

The Guide Dogs for the Blind were there and we had alternative grooming in the intermission!

Our thanks go to everyone who helped with the show and to everyone who came along. Thanks also to Marie Swan for donating a new tunnel for the agility.

You can see more pictures from the show on our Dog Show 2013 post

Dog Show 2013

OUR 10TH ANNIVERSARY!

We began with humble ambition back in 2003 just to have a little bit of fun with our dogs and our friends and their dogs and maybe raise a little for charity. Each year the show has grown and become an annual village event, always the following weekend of the Blackwater Show.

Whilst it is still essentially a village show, people come from neighbouring villages and towns having heard about it through seeing our posters in the village, local shops and vets, word of mouth and by having a flyer thrust in their hands by us when we see them walking with their dog(s)!!

The Oars and Paws Dog Show supports Row 4a Reason each year and to date we have raised in the region of £6000.

Here are some photos from this year’s show, 2013 including alternative grooming!

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Here are a few pictures from last year’s show:

Maldon Little Ship Club Race Christmas 2012

On a blustery Saturday 29th December we took to the water at Maldon Hythe Quay to compete in this rowing race for the RNLI. As usual we dressed with elegance and poise, all in the best possible taste!

From the competitive aspect, there was something different about this year…. for the first time in many years we didn’t win the trophy for the boat raising the most money! Last year we threw down the gauntlet and challenged other boats to try to raise more money than us and the South Woodham Ferrers Coastguard did just that!!! They raised £3,000 and we raised £2,570. The total raised for the RNLI was £8,200 – about £5,000 more than last year!

We were the first Ladies’ multiple boat and we won third prize in the fancy dress.

Before the race

Getting ready for business

Pulling for the RNLI

Peter Stilts and Friends

Maldon Little Ships Christmas Race

Working 9 to 5???

Midday SATURDAY 29TH DECEMBER 2012 AT THE HYTHE, MALDON.

This is the annual rowing race for the RNLI and we will be there in all our outrageous glory, but all done in the best possible taste! We look forward to seeing as many people as possible and hope that you come along to cheer the teams on.

The picture above is one of our outfits inspired by Dolly Parton in 2007.

ROW4AREASON Round Island Race 2012

Saturday 1st September and we took part in the Round Northey Island rowing race for ROW4AREASON. As is our custom we made a spectacle of ourselves. We chose to continue the theme from our fantastic summer of sporting achievements in the Olympics and Paralympics by honouring Bradley Wiggins. We couldn’t let his fantastic win of Le Tour de France go unnoticed so thought that our race should be Le Tour de Northey.

Here are a few photos of the event. The money we raised at our Oars and Paws Fun Dog Show in June was donated to this race. Thanks to everyone who helped us to raise just over £600.


2012 Dog Show

This year’s fun dog show took place on Saturday 30th June in Daisy Meadow, Heybridge Basin. We had a great day with the sun shining on us. It was good to see some familiar faces from previous shows and also to see some new dogs with their handlers. We hope those who came enjoyed what is becoming a popular annual village event!

Of the eight classes, we had a total of 126 entries. The most popular being the canine with the most appealing eyes, followed by the dog the judges would most like to take home.

We should like to thank those who generously gave a donation including the Parish Council who also donated a trophy again this year.

Thank you to everyone who supported our village fun dog show and helped us raise just over £600 for Row4AReason.

Next year’s Oars and Paws Fun Dog Show will be our 10th and we are hoping to make it our best yet and with your support we are sure we can!