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Oars and Paws Fun Dog Show 2021


Best in Show 2021 Truffle

Best in Show 2021 Truffle

Our fun dog show finally happened on Saturday 18th September! We thought long and hard about whether to run the show this year due to the uncertainty of COVID restrictions. We decided to go ahead but on a much scaled down event promoting to just Heybridge Basin residents and their families.

We had a fabulous day with very warm sunshine and a manageable number of entrants and spectators and we raised a very respectable £460 for Clarks Farm Greyhound Re-homing centre, a local charity in Little Totham. We shall be visiting them next month to present them with the money and also have the chance to see some of the dogs.

We hope to run  the show next year, so hold the date for Saturday 17th September 2022!

RNLI 200 Club June Draws

2012 round island 036 - Copy

June draw results at £50 each went to number 67 Ralph Hobden, number 147 Debbie Kiddier, number 162 Geoffrey Clark and another of Geoffrey’s other numbers 111!! Double whammy or what. We’ve asked him to tell us how he is going to treat his wife. Thank you all again so much for your continued and valued support.

2nd Quarter Big Oars Draws were drawn on Wednesday 30th June and the results were as follows:

1st Prize £250 to No. 87 Lew Schnurr who very generously donated it to the RNLI – thank you so much Lew!

2nd Prize £100 to No. 125 Doug Milsted

3rd Prize £76 to No. 50 David Moule

Congratulations everyone and thank you for your continued support.

May draw results were £50 each to number 199 Samantha Martin, number 194 Colin Trowles, number 114 Rob Bryson and number 70 Peter Ellis. Peter Ellis has put his £50 back into the RNLI pot, saying that they need the money more than him.  

Thank you Peter, and thank to you all for your continued support.

Photo is from September 2012 at the Round Northey Island row. Our theme was le Tour de France, inspired by Sir Bradley Wiggins and renamed le Tour de Northey!

RNLI 200 Club Cheque Presentation


On Saturday 24th April we had a cheque presentation from us to the Maldon Branch of the RNLI in respect of last year’s total funds raised through our 200 Club which amounted to £5,020.

If you head to our Facebook page you will be able to see a much appreciated article published about the presentation in INYOURAREA.COM

Lovely to see so many people on lock side supporting this. It was an honour to have the West Mersea Lifeboat crew attend for what was their first PR function of the year! We also drew the weekly draws for April and the results are as follows, with each winning £50

No. 151 Janice and John Frost

No. 157 Jacqueline Yorston

No. 101 Steven Wood

No. 121 Lew Schnurr

Congratulations everyone and thanks for your continued support.

RNLI 200 Club Rejoin and Thank you

Please click on the link below to view our Thank You poster for everyone who has helped us achieve the grand total of £5000 to be donated to the RNLI for last year’s fundraising efforts through the 200 Club.

200 2020 Rejoin letter

We have now reached 200 members, which is fantastic news. This means we will be able to raise more funds for the RNLI and also pay out the maximum benefit to our members – a win win situation that we have been striving for since 2012!

Thanks again to one and all for your support. If you have missed out on becoming a member, that’s a shame, but keep looking on our Facebook page to see if any numbers become available.

The Oars and Paws Fun Dog Show 2020 update


Some of you may have been wondering what has happened to our fun dog show this year and it probably won’t come as a surprise to realise that due to the current madness in the world caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, this year’s show has very sadly had to be cancelled.

We’re extremely disappointed to not go ahead, but it just wouldn’t have been practicable or safe for all those concerned in the running of it and for those to attend. It would also have been irresponsible of us to expect everyone, in whatever capacity, to support us at this time.

It is our intention, conditions being favourable and safe, to hold the show next September 2021. We shall keep you updated in good time throughout the coming months and hopefully see you then!

In the meantime, stay safe and fingers crossed that the madness subsides and we can resume a life which somehow reflects what we have enjoyed previously!

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Maldon Little Ship Sponsored Row December 2019


Rule Britannia, Britannia Waives the Rules….

We had a fantastic day on Saturday 28th December at the annual sponsored row for the RNLI organised by John Rodgers of the Maldon Little Ship Club (

It wasn’t too cold and very calm water. It was great to see the event so well attended and supported. This year the BBC sent a camera man and reporter and there was a very brief mention on Look East. As usual, we made a loud and colourful entrance! This year’s theme was Britannia and her take on BREXIT!!!

We are extremely proud to have retained the Panther Trophy for the most money raised by a single boat, virtually all thanks to the supporters of the 200 Club we run, raising funds for the Maldon branch of the RNLI. This year we raised over £4,500.

We were the first multiple ladies rowing boat home and third in the fancy dress.

Thank you everyone, again and a Happy New Year to you from Annette, Brenda, Chrys, Jill and Marion