Trafford Rowing Club-Social Events

Trafford Rowing Club…. We’re a socialable bunch!!


Over the past 12 months, we social secs have been very busy little bees, plotting and devising enticing ways to encourage rowers off the water and away from the gym.


Over the last year-ish, here’s a brief snippet of what TRC have been up to:

May 2011 was of course the Trafford Annual Dinner, and a fine affair it was. It was held at the Chill Factore and we had a glitter/sparkle theme. Photos to follow soon, but out of our lycra…. us Trafford rowers, actually scrub up quite well!!!
Thanks to the previous socials secs, Ruth and Cassie, for arranging such a good night (a hard example to follow).


In July 2011, Trafford Rowers moseyed on down to Chorlton, to the Beech Road Festival. A fab day was had by all, as we enjoyed the sun (…shock..!!), lots of food, live music and a tipple or two (or three). Here’s to hoping the weather is as good this year…
We also headed off to our local friendly pub, The Little B, for a Pub ‘n’ Grub day. For those who attended, we had a lovely relaxing afternoon and a good Sunday roast (bonus)!


In August 2011, a number of TRC peeps trouped down to our local bowling green, at the invitation of our previous President, Derek Chandler, to test our bowling skills….. Needless to say, some were better than others!! 10 out of 10 for effort Trafford  J


August 2011 is never complete without our annual trip to the Altrincham Beer Festival, topped off with a good curry afterwards. The Beer Fest was on top form as usual, and we hope to head over again this year!!


September 2011 was a quiet social month.. mostly because the social secs were busy plotting…. Mwahaha!!!


A number of us tested our bowling skills again in October 2011, however this time at TenPin in Didsbury…. Chris Barton was our star bowler for the night (though correct us if we’re wrong), and put us all to shame with his Fred Flintstone twinkle toes and superb number of strikes- contenders required for next year all!!


On Bonfire Night, which conveniently fell on a Saturday last year, Trafford rowers attended the Ashton on Mersey Cricket Club for a bonfire and fireworks (they also had a very good chilli going too)!!! It was a great night, and the Cricket Club put on a really good show (with very dramatic accompanying music we might add…)! Afterwards, we headed off to Chorlton for more fireworks and bar socialness… perfect! A massive thanks to the Cricket Club for putting on a great show.


At the end of the month, we sampled the delights of the Christmas Markets and then went ice skating in Spinningfields (those who were brave enough did anyway…)! Some were most definitely better than others on the ice.. there were some spectacular falls.. and also some Olympic quality skating (though perhaps we are being slightly ambitious here). More practice required for next year….. practice makes perfect as they say J


To top the year off, the Christmas Row took place on 10th December at the Axe and Cleaver, who again put on excellent service and food for us. Over 40 of us rowed/sculled down, and there were nearly 60 of us there for enjoy the food. We all got into the Christmas spirit- helped along by the girls of course, who donned onesie Christmas outfits and sang (out of tune) Christmas carols on the row there and back (we really must learn some new carols for next year girls… there’s only so many times people want to hear Rudolph)!! We look forward to another good turnout for next year. A big thanks to the Axe and Cleaver for having us again and to Andy Lowe for helping to arrange the boating.


Overall… a really good year for Trafford Rowing Club, for both rowing and socials. As the new social secretariat, we can’t wait to see what 2012 has in store for the club (spoiler- the Annual Dinner is going to be faaaabulous)! Make sure you keep you eyes on the blackboard at the back of the boathouse, facebook (and possibly Twitter once we get the hang of it) and the Trafford group email for details of social event… you really don’t want to miss out this year 🙂


Love, The Social Secs


Jo and Ailbhe