Trustee Meeting Update

Meeting: 24th May 2015

Chair: Ray Cassidy.

Quarter one has been relatively slow in regards to clubhouse being used, however, we are now entering a period where we have a number of functions. With the Olympics and Euro Championships we are in talks with the Management Team to see whether there is capacity to open the clubhouse up for these events.

For full minutes of the meeting please contact the Traf Committee or your Traf representative.

Peter Smith Retires from The Trafalgar Trust

It is with great sadness that Peter Smith has announced his retirement from the position of Secretary from the Trafalgar Trust.

TrafRowCentre-PSmith-10.08Peter (and his lovely wife Marian) have been pivotal to the success of the Trafalgar Trust ever since it’s foundation in 2001. Their talents were endless and dare I say legendary, from cleaning the pipes, serving beer to the annual tax returns, their loss to the Trust will leave a big hole to fill. From everyone involved in both Curlew RC and Globe RC as well as the Trust we would like to wish Peter and Marian all the very best and thank them for all their efforts to keep the Trust going over the past 14 years. A true East London rowing legend.

The Trafalgar Trust is a organisation run by volunteers, if you would like to get involved, please contact your club’s Trafalgar Rep.


Tall Ships comes to the Trafalgar

The club house will be open on the following days…

Friday 5th September – from 12noon until 10.30pm –

Fireworks Display – Maritime Greenwich

Date: 05 September 2014

Location: Maritime Greenwich

Time: 21:15 – 21:30

Sunday 7th September –  from 12noon until 5.30pm

River Festival: Royal Pageant

Date: 07 September 2014

Location: Maritime Greenwich

Time: 11:30 – 13:00

See Her Majesty The Queen’s row barge Gloriana with an escort of traditional rowing boats followed by races for the Trinity House 500 Challenge.

Monday 8th September – from 12noon until 5.30pm

River Festival: Puffers and Dunkirk ships

Date: 08 September 2014

Location: Maritime Greenwich to Royal Arsenal Woolwich

Time: 14:00 – 15:30

A parade of classic boats along the River Thames, starting in Maritime Greenwich at 2pm and finishing at 3.30pm at Royal Arsenal Woolwich.

Tuesday 9th September – from 12noon until 5.30pm

Parade of Sail

Date: 09 September 2014

Location: Maritime Greenwich, Royal Arsenal Woolwich and all along the River Thames

Time: 13:00 – 16:00

Watch all of the 50-plus Tall Ships that have come to Royal Greenwich for the Tall Ships Festival take to the Thames together in this dramatic finale to the event.

Reflections Art Exhibition

2014-06-10 14.11.30On two glorious weekends in June the Trafalgar Rowing Centre was transformed into a artist exhibition space.

With it’s beautiful riverside setting, light and airy atmosphere the “Traf” is an ideal space to show off local (or not so local artists work).

Carol and Steve have used the Traf for a number of years, they love the space, the setting and the versatility of the space…the newly decorated light grey walls, complete gallery style hanging system, coupled with the sky lights, creates a wonderful space to show off all types of art work.

About the artists:

Steve LOBB:


Was born in North London, raised in Surrey, but more recently has made South London his home. He was trained as an artist at Guildford School of Art by Len Stoppani, John Kashdan and Peter Startup and went on to study at the Royal Academy.

Steve’s art works are various in subject and material. He paints in oils and acrylics,

constructs in metal sheets and rod, plywood and cloth and his suGOS 2bjects are landscapes and the city. Because it suggests movement and instability he often uses the circle as his ground and – as a metaphor for Armageddon or The fairground as his stage.

He has exhibited in groups shows with the London Group at the Serpentine Gallery, Royal Academy and with the Greenwich Open Studios.

Carol KENNA:


Carol’s been taking pictures of Woolwich for the past forty years – that’s a lot of pictures – and a lot of changes. And of course, we’re still right in the middle of change – even before the riots this summer, there was all manner of stuff going on – a new DLR makes the place just a little less cut off, though the Crossrail project doesn’t look any closer. Beautiful old buildings are gone,  ugly old buildings are gone; even modern buildings like Peggy Middleton House are no more, we still await the completed results of the development.

General Gordon Square is a skateboard park and the Arsenal has become rather posh. There’s a rather odd giant TV screen and new Gos exhibitionpavements, but the market just about clings on and my favourite Chinese, appropriately named the Favourite Inn, still peeps shyly from behind the station.Carol loves the town with a passion – from Southern Electricity’s display window to the brass pistons that drove the Woolwich Ferry, from the working-class grandeur of the Co-Op Society’s several buildings to the garrison-feel of the town. She’s  been capturing this change and there’s an exhibition of her photographs just beginning at the Heritage Centre, documenting the change the town has seen over nearly half a century.


If you are interested in hosting an exhibition, please get in contact with us…

East End Plus Art Exhibition

This summer saw the opening of our exhibition titled “East End Plus” by the renowned artist Maria-Theresa Fernandes.

The work itself is an exploration of East London culture during the Olympic summer and her work encapsulates the positivity which London and indeed the whole of Britain was feeling in 2012.


There were also a number of larger installations which were inspired by her time in Florence as well as a number of smaller pieces. For those with an interest in rowing, there are a number of rowing/dock themed pieces on display.


A few reviews of the artists work…

“Admiring Teresa´s paintings we are touched by her pictorial sensitivity. Difficult task in light colours (volume and transparencies on a clear basis). Few do it due to the required dedication with pallet knife(no brush).It´s painting consecrated by the love to paint.” Radha Abramo(Renowned art critique)comments at Solo Exhibition Catalog at SESC Paulista in June 84

“Each piece seems to be autobiographical in someway. The fabric pieces are delicate and womanly, whimsical and free” – Art Michigan 1990



160th Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race

Oxford University claim the biggest win since 1973 to beat Cambridge University in the 160th Boat Race after problems hit the Light Blues early in the event.

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Curlew and Globe Rowing Club held a joint social to watch the boat race. With members from both sides helping with the catering…(there was so much cake)…A MASSIVE THANKS for those who baked (especially Bridget, Debbie, Craig, Grace, Katherine and many more. I do not think I have ever seen the newly redecorated Clubhouse so busy, the bar was jumping and the drinks flowing.

Both clubs entered into the spirit of the event, and it was decided that we should hold our own boat race or club races in the summer.

This was the second soc2014-04-06 18.01.04ial that the Trafalgar Committee has held this year. All proceeds from the food will be spent on new gym equipment and currently we have raised nearly £500 for the gym so far this year.

A great big thank you for all Members old and new who came down and supported the clubs. It was great to see many old faces (and new…Baby Gillbe was there) in the clubhouse.





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The end of summer saw a lot of activity, with the TRC gym being given a much needed face lift, as well the purchase of two new spin bikes to replace the old and broken ones. This is part of the TRC Management Committee commitment to renew and improve the gym equipment. What is next on the list?

A big thank you for all Curlew and Globe members who gave up their Sunday morning to repaint the gym! Please can we keep it nice and tidy from now on…