AGM Mailing

All DST members should have received their invitation to this year’s AGM and Gathering in Tewkesbury by now. Most of the invitations went out by email but if you didn’t receive yours or you need a paper copy please contact David Evans.

Gathering 2011 details announced!

The 2011 Gathering will be held on 3rd-4th September with the AGM taking place at 3pm in St Mary’s Church at Deerhurst.

Planned events will include tours of Tewkesbury Abbey led by Neil Birdsall and Andrew Townsend and a visit to the John Moore Countryside Museum with its secret gardens.

In the evening there will be a champagne reception in the garden of Forthampton Court followed by a buffet dinner.

The full Itinerary for the weekend is now available.

Great Thames Rowers on the final straight!

We’ve added yet more atmospheric photographs of the Great Thames Row to the gallery courtesy of SPAB Scholar Lucy Stewart.  There’s a lovely image of the full crew of 7 – Lucy, Hugh, Simon, Harriet, Henry, Drew and Jan – at Windsor on Saturday.  We can also say that the team are making good progress down the Thames despite dropping the map in the water… twice…

New Great Thames Row photos available!

More photographs of SPAB scholars and friends messing about on the water have been uploaded to the gallery.  A big thanks to Kirstie Robbins for sending these in.

And more good news – the sum raised so far is now £1,455.  With two and a half days still to go we have decided to raise the bar (oar?) so we’re now aiming for £2,000. Thanks to everyone who has donated money to support the Dance Scholarship Trust so far.  If you haven’t yet made your pledge please visit justgiving.com today!

Great Thames Row Update

The rowers are making good progress down the Thames and we’re pleased to say that they’ve had time to take a few photographs of their endeavours.  These are now available in the Great Thames Row Gallery.  Well done team – keeping going!

The sponsorship money is flowing in too – the team have raised £1380 for far and are only £120 short of their target of £1500.  Can you help them to beat this?  Go to justgiving.com to make your pledge!

Final preparations for the Great Thames Row

Avast there!

Greetings to all the crew and dedicated supporters of the Stella who will be taking part in our week-long voyage down the Thames.  Many thanks to all of you who have helped to make this a reality!

We have now published the final itinerary – all details of pick-up and drop-off points, camping spots and watering holes are correct at time of going to press.  We have also included details of who is rowing when. There are still refinements to be made to this schedule, but it looks like we will be rowing at full capacity almost every day!

We start tomorrow morning (Tuesday), with a photo-shoot courtesy of John Lawrence, at Kelmscott Manor before 7am, and finish with a reception at Kelmscott House in Hammersmith on Bank Holiday Monday at around 4pm, to which you are all very cordially invited.  You can also follow our progress on Twitter using @greatthamesrow, or you can follow our live Twitter feed on the Dance Scholarship Trust website homepage.

We do have a number of lunch-dates and dinners arranged along the river throughout the week.  If you find that you are nearby at any point, do call us and we will integrate you into our programme!

We look forward to seeing you on board or at Hammersmith.

Best wishes, Hugh (SPAB Scholar 2009)

Please support the Great Thames Row!

Two years ago the Committee launched their yearly fundraising event with the Morris Meander – a walk carried out by two teams, setting off from Kelmscott Manor in Gloucestershire and Kelmscott House in London respectively. The teams walked nearly 70 miles each, following the route of William Morris along the Thames path, meeting in the middle after three days and a total of 132 miles.

This year, the committee are proposing to raise the stakes and the cash by rowing the full 132 miles between Kelmscott Manor and Kelmscott House in a traditional Thames ‘skiff’. The Great Thames Row will take the amateur rowers seven days, starting at Kelmscott Manor on Tuesday 24th May and finishing at Kelmscott House, London, on Bank Holiday Monday 30th May.

So please dig deep, hope that it doesn’t rain and sponsor us via JustGiving.com.  Please make your donations now!

A Christmas message from the Committee

The Committee thought it would be a good idea for a little brief Christmas message with our news from 2010 and events to look forward to in 2011.

Nigel Copsey shows DST members around York House

Nigel Copsey shows DST members around York House

As many of you will know this year’s Dance Scholarship Trust AGM was held at York House, Malton, Yorkshire on the 4th-5th September. A special mention goes to Nigel Copsey, who provided us with amazing support in helping us organise the event. The weekend was concluded by an educational walk from Castle Howard to the Mausoleum. Thanks again for everybody who came and helped to make this another great weekend. Hope to see you again at next year’s AGM…

…which will be on the 3rd-4th September 2011 where it is our intention to hold the AGM in Tewkesbury. We would appreciate it if there are any scholars who are local to the area, or have local knowledge, and would like to help us with tips, cakes and anything else contact Harriet asap.

The 2009 scholars are currently organising a fundraising event for the Dance Scholarship Trust during the 2nd Bank holiday in May (25th-30th). We would like to challenge the trustees to come and join us and row from London to Kelmscott. Details are being finalised, however it will be over 5 days and people are invited to come for a day, or more, and join us in the evening to give their support. Again if anyone is interested, please email us.

DST members explore Malton and its environs!

DST members explore Malton and its environs!

The 2008 scholars are organising a pub quiz for February/March 2011. We will keep you updated on where and when!

On a financial note, please remember that even a small regular donation means a lot for the Trust. The Trust was started and grows through the generous help from you and friends of the Trust.

There are many ways to contribute; either through DST Standing Order Form, PAYE schemes and one-off donations.  For those who’ve heard of Just Giving, the DST has a page set up for donations at http://www.justgiving.com/dst.

York House, Malton

York House, Malton

There will be a new website at the beginning of the New Year, which will report on the development of the up-coming events; and for those on Facebook there is also a Dance Scholarship Trust group. So please come and join us.

Many thanks for your support and the committee wishes everybody a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Harriet, David, Chloe, Kirstie, Jessica, Naomi, Hugh and Fergus