Rowing returned to Ebchester for the first time in 40 years with the generous help of Hexham Rowing Club, who provided two boats and lots of expertise. Villagers tried their hand at rowing on the River Derwent, bringing back an activity which was at one time the social focus of the village.
For almost 100 years until the 1970s Ebchester Amateur Rowing Club hosted regattas on the River Derwent at regular intervals. Nowadays the river is used mainly for kayaking and canoeing.
The Ebchester Boathouse Development Partnership plans to replace the existing boathouse and to provide new facilities to help more people enjoy water sport on the river. The idea of the Open Day, in September, was to entice more people to row on the Derwent.
The chairman, Iain Knox, said: ”Rowing is an amazing part of Ebchester’s heritage and bringing it back is great; it would be such a shame for us to lose it completely again. It is an ideal stretch of water for beginners and we want to use it more.’’
Catherine Bockett said: ”Hexham Rowing Club is very keen to bring new rowers in on an ongoing basis, and runs regular Learn to Row courses. The stretch of the Derwent River at Ebchester might well be a good training ground for novices.’’
Ebchester Boathouse and the adjacent Westwood are owned by the National Trust. The Partnership is grateful to the Trust for supporting the project and helping to organise the event.
More information can be found on the Boathouse page and
the Ebchester Boathouse Development Partnership page
If you have any information about Ebchester Amateur Rowing Club or the boathouse; or if you would like to be kept informed please use our Contact page
On Tuesday 29th September, Ebchester WI hosted its annual group meeting at Ebchester Community Centre.
Our Chairman, Leonie Ducker, gave a warm welcome to chairmen, secretaries and members of Castleside, Consett, Edmundbyers, Lanchester and Satley Women’s Institutes.
Reports from each Institute were read and accepted.
The guest speaker for the evening was Louise Gidney who creates replica costumes of peasants. These costumes are often worn at medieval enactments at various historic settings around the region.
Sue Gibson, our Secretary, together with committee members Carole Edwards and Pat Storey modelled outfits portraying the working population from Roman times through to 1066. The garments were very warm and versatile but were a little itchy. The demonstration was very entertaining as well as educational.
The subject for the competition this year was a jar of homemade Raspberry Jam. The winner was Flora from Edmundbyers WI. The judge was Joyce Hutchinson, a retired Domestic Science teacher and long-standing member of Ebchester WI, who said ‘’the jam had a very good set’’.
During the Raffle draw which followed most groups were fortunate enough to take a share of the seven prizes. Guests then tucked into a pooled supper which was provided by Ebchester members.
Once replete, members were entertained by ‘Best of Fettle’, who created a ‘nice and easy’ atmosphere with local stories and songs from Tyneside. Everyone joined in the singing and a number of members acted out The Lambton Worm. The bold Sir John (Carole Edwards) won through and slayed the Worm.
The very exciting evening came to a finale with a rendition of ‘The Queen’.
30th September 2015
Well, despite some last-minute nerves about the level of interest, the show went on, and what a show it was! 19 acts, ranging in age from 8 up to 175, showed us what they were made of – we had singers, bands, dancers, gymnasts, comics, cornet players and a poet, all taking their chance to shine and demonstrating great courage in standing up before a large but very receptive audience
We were fortunate to have the perfect compère in Alex Collier, who did a great job keeping everyone interested, informed and entertained right to the end of the show
Ebchester Drumming Group took a chance to showcase their talents too, and will be delighted to receive new members any time!
Our esteemed judging panel used a very detailed method of scoring each of the acts, with the final results as follows:
8-14 age group:
1st prize: Jamie Park, age 8 (comic)
2nd prize: Katie Coleman and Ellen Henderson , age 11 (gymnasts)
15+ age group:
1st prize: Bboy Mowshun, age 17 (beat boxer and break dancer)
2nd prize: The Mesmer Twins, age 61 and 175 (magicians?)
Hannah Forster, age 8
Well done to all, not just the winners but all those who participated in making it such an entertaining evening; and many thanks to all those who didn’t appear on stage, but made it happen – you were great!