Thames Region Lockdown Cruise

The Log for Day I of the virtual Lockdown Cruise is now on line and available to view. Just go into Thames Region, Events and catch up with whats been happening. 


The Log should have been up from Sunday, of course, but due to technical reasons beyond both my ability and comprehension, I was unable to upload it. Thankfully, our resident White Knight and webmaster came riding to the rescue, and John Oldham, with the greatest of patience, resolved all problems and uploaded our Log for all to share. Thank you John, without your expertise it would not have happened.


The Thames Region invite all members to join in their Lockdown cruise, from 10th May to 14th June, as they cruise the beautiful River Thames from a starting point at Chiswick Quay Marina all the way up the Thames to the delightful Georgian town of Abingdon on Thames, where we will arrive on14 June, and celebrate our achievement with a PARTY!
You are all welcome, and you can join the cruise at any stage. Here’s what you do. 
The cruise is split into 6 stages, each stage representing one day of actual cruising between various start and end points. If you have a photo about something on that days cruising area (say the tidal Thames up to the day one halt of Hampton Court/Molsey Lock) email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  You’ll need to identify the photo and which day’s cruise it is intended for, and it will need to be sent before that days cruise is ended (see the cruise schedule below). All entries will then be displayed on the Thames Region events area of the BOC website from the date shown on the schedule, the final entries for day six being shown there on 14 June, at which time you are welcome to join in a Zoom party hosted by the cruise coordinator - but you have to supply your own grub and booze!
 It doesn’t have to be a photo. You could make a recommendation for a good pub lunch stop on the way, or provide information on the facilities, pubs etc on that stretch, or a good mooring. Or you might want to share an experience (keep it short) of that stretch - you get the idea, I'm sure. The item can be from any time, any year, and if you’ve never cruised the Thames you can still join in! You might have some memory you’d like to share about that stretch, or it might be somewhere you’d like to cruise, and you have a photo from someone else to use. Send it along, with the stretch and day identified in your mail, and you’ll be joining in the famous (or should it be infamous?) Thames Region Lockdown Cruise. We’ll make you very welcome. Its going to be fun and simple and with a zoom party at the end! What’s more to enjoy?
Here is the Schedule 
Day 1 CQM to Hampton Court. (10/5) 
Day 2. Hampton to Staines, The Swan.(17/5)
Day 3. Staines to Cookham (24/5)
Day 4. Cookham to Sonning (31/5)
Day 5. Sonning to Cleeve (7/6)
Day 6 Cleeve to Abingdon on Thames. Zoom party (14/6)

Sweeping Statements Spring Edition

The latest edition of the Club magazine, Sweeping Statements, is now out, and should have landed on your doormat by now. It was touch and go getting the printed version out, and in the end the MD of Bloomfield Print, Paul Lowe, personally took the bulk copies to the post office to post. Our layout specialist at Bloomfield, Paul Mumford, must have begun to get tiered of my many phone calls and amendments, as we couldn't do our normal sit down together to get the layout just so, but he put in a sterling effort and I think the end result justified this, so I'd just like to pass on my thanks to both Pauls for their efforts on behalf of the Club in these difficult times. Enjoy the read.

I'm now going to ask John Oldham to put the latest issue on the website, so you'll be able to download a copy should you wish, and of course print off any extras you may require, although I'd urge you to think of the environment before you do so. In the meantime, now that you have more time on your hands, how about writing up that article you always wanted to send in to the magazine. Although you have plenty of time, there's no time like the present, so when you've finished, please sent it, and high resolution photos, to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and anyway before the final cut-off date of 31 October. Take care, stay safe. David

BOC enters the Zoom age!

Broom Owners enter the Zoom Age

Following my recent posting on the Web Site I can report that the Broom Owners Club have joined many other organisations during these unusual times by embracing Zoom videoconferencing technology. On Saturday morning the committee held their first virtual meeting, which, despite some early technical problems and a steep learning curve, reached a satisfactory conclusion. There had been an initial exchange of views on the committee section of the forum before finalising the decision at the meeting. A draft copy of the minutes will, as usual, be posted on the web site in due course.

...the new-style committee meeting?

A Virtual Regional meeting

Following the Eastern region's successful monthly programme of coffee mornings last year, this year looked as though it would be a series of cancellations. However, the members of this region decided otherwise, and suggested that they should try a virtual event, again using Zoom. This did mean that everybody had to bring their own coffee, of course. I joined them towards the end and found the attendees enjoying the event and were in favour of holding another one.

Unfortunately for our workload, this means that the rest of the regional coordinators and representatives will have to get organised and see what we can set up. At least most of us will have time to do this. So, if members of other regions would like to try something similar, then get on to your coordinator/representative and get them organised. Their contact details are all on the inside front cover of  Sweeping Statements, and on the 'Contacts' page of the  web-site!                                                                                                                     Peter Bentley, Chairman

A messsage from the Chairman

A message from the Chairman

Broom Owners Club and Coronavirus

I hope that you are all taking the instructions appropriate to your age and have managed to avoid being infected. If you, or any members of your family, have been struck down then I hope you, or they, eventually make a full recovery and our thoughts are with you. Unfortunately, the age demographic of the club puts many of us in the higher risk categories, so please follow the guidance. At the same time, the membership is a diverse group and there will be some in key industries, not just the medical profession, important as they are at this time, who we should be thankful for.  

So, many of us will be confined indoors, except for the recommended exercise periods or essential shopping trips. For most of us our boats are moored in marinas and somebody from their staff will be responsible for carrying out regular safety checks. However, others may not be so lucky and if you are concerned then please don’t hesitate to post something on the forum, there may be someone who can help, you never know.

The Club during 'lockdown'

Unfortunately the various events that were being planned have either had to be cancelled or postponed and, depending on the programme for lifting the lockdown, others may join them. Your committee is monitoring the situation and will do its best to salvage as many as possible. To this end we have been busy exploring the opportunities that modern technology presents. Therefore, the committee meeting, due in late April,, will go ahead with a lot of preparation and preliminary ‘discussions' being carried out on the committee section of the forum. After some investigations we have opted to use Zoom for the final decision making, if it is good enough for HMGs cabinet, then it is good enough for us. The photograph shows your Chairman during one of test sessions.

Meanwhile, if anybody is struggling to fill their time and has run out of potential cruising plans to prepare or maintenance projects to consider, then what about putting your fingers to the keyboard? David Haugh is always pleased to receive articles for Sweeping Statements and this is an ideal opportunity for all you budding journalists, who have hidden behind the excuse of a lack of time in the past. At the same time, you could submit these articles, or other literary masterpieces, as entries for the Martin Broom Memorial Trophy. Frank Hawkins and his team of judges would be only too pleased to receive them for consideration and you might receive some recognition for your work. Finally, let's not forget the quiz prepared by John Oldham which will test your knowledge of the web site and the history of the BOC and Broom boats. Thank you John.

However you pass the time, I look forward to meeting as many as possible when we return to normality and the committee will do its best to ensure that, if nothing else, we can enjoy the AGM weekend in Portsmouth.

Peter Bentley

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