SSRC has been getting involved with the local community ..

From Spring into Summer the community of Swanage kicks into action with festivals and events and as part of our charter to help the local community, we've been supporting where we can.

The Fish Festival took place over the weekend, 10 to 11 June. Many SSRC members were involved with helping to set-up and run the event. Our famous 'Ukuladies' volunteered to run the Pimm's Bar and surprisingly didn't drink too much whilst on duty!  We also loaned our club facilities to the organisers, in particular our toilet facilities, which have disabled access.

Groups have used our Gig shed and facilities for a variety of community and fundraising events -  a plant sale was held on the 16 June with all proceeds going to the Greengage project (horticultural therapy for local people) supported by the Dorset Wildlife Trust and we've also been the venue for a local cake sale in aid of the RNLI. Last but not least, the gig shed was turned into a Barn Dance for Swanage Sailing Club on Saturday 17 June, with music from Maiden Oak .....it's a busy place!

Our open rowing sessions have also been busy on Tuesdays and Saturdays; we've been offering gig rowing tasters to lots of new people and some sessions have had up to 8 people wanting a taster. We couldn't run these without our volunteer coxes or member rowers giving up their time to offer these sessions, so, it's a big thanks to you guys too!

This weekend sees the Pirate Festival return for another year, after great success in 2016. SSRC have been asked by Swanage Pier Trust to help out with two boats to assist in the treasure chest recovery and skirmish the redcoats on Sunday morning, 2 July, 11am to 1pm (timings approx,  after all it is Pirates!)  Arrrrrr me hearties!

Picture from 2016. Photo credit to Pirate Festival

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