March 23rd 2013 was a big day in the history of FMPGC with the official opening of the club’s new Boathouse. A huge turnout of members, friends, local dignitaries and residents came along to help in the celebrations.
Sarah Newton MP, along with the oldest and youngest rowers of the club did the honours whilst the Chairman, Simon Thompson, thanked the many people and organisations who had been involved in the funding and construction of the new building.
These included Sport England for the money which made the project possible; CSA architects who designed the structure; Nicholas Trefusis for permission to build on his land; the local Parish Council for their support; Blake Construction for actually doing the work, British Rowing and Sita Cornwall Trust for help towards further equipment and future boat projects; past and current committee members for their time and effort in handling the necessary application processes.
A boathouse for FMPGC was, for many years, just a pipe-dream and it has taken the past 2-3 years to make the dream a reality. Now, in it’s 9th year of existence, the club can finally house it’s 4 gigs in a safe, dry and welcoming environment and will benefit from attracting more people into the sport.
Following the official opening, Nankersey Male Voice Choir entertained at the champagne reception and food was served on the beach. Unfortunately the sea was too rough to allow any gigracing but, now that the boathouse is operational, the club looks forward to being able to put on an official regatta at some point in the not too distant future.
Photo (by Tim Wood): Sarah Newton is helped by Milly Devery (one of the club’s youngest rowers) and Angus Nicolson (the oldest) to officially open the new boathouse.