2010 Scholars get on their bike to fundraise!

Brad Jones, Mandy Lorenz and Andrew Faulkner would like to thank everyone who supported them on their sponsored cycle ride through the Cotwolds on the 22nd and 23rd of Septemebr. For those who’ve yet to sponsor them and would like to find out about their adventure, please visit their justgiving website page:


Cycling Weekend Info

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!