Eastern Region Heads Up - March 2021


March 2021.

From the "Admiral"

I have decided to retire from my position as Regional Coordinator and as Club Vice-Chairman with effect from the AGM in October 2021. After three years in office, I feel it is time for a younger generation to run the affairs of the Region. My team and I are all in our mid-80s and we all agree that it is time for a change.

The question of the Vice Chairmanship is a matter for the main committee of the Broom Owners Club but the position of Regional Coordinator should be filled by a member of the region. If anybody is interested in taking up this role, please let me know. In order to ensure a smooth changeover, it would be preferable for the appointment of my successor to be sooner rather than later so that they may be included in the planning for 2022.

I should like to thank you all for the opportunity to serve you as your Regional Coordinator; Mary and I have enjoyed the experience immensely and we have had the opportunity to meet a large number of very interesting people and to forge new friendships.

Best Wishes to You All



The Good News!

The government's roadmap for unlocking the nation has pencilled in the date of 12 April 2021 as the date when overnight stays in self catering accommodation is permissible. This means that staying overnight on your boat will be possible from that date, subject, of course, to the government confirming this date in light of the then-existing situation with the Covid pandemic. We are still awaiting the update from the Broads Authority, who have not issued any further guidance; the guidelines currently on the Authority website is in respect of the national lockdown announced on the 6 January 2021 which currently remain in force.

Last Saturday Monthly Coffee Mornings.

The next Zoom Coffee morning will be at 10:30 on 27 March 2021.

For the time being, we shall continue with Zoom coffee mornings as we have done over the past few months. We have been in touch with East Hills who are now operating more as a restaurant than a bistro and they do not seem to be particularly keen to host the club for its coffee mornings. We are, therefore, actively seeking a new venue – if any member has any bright ideas then please let us know. In an ideal world it will be nearer to Norwich than to Lowestoft; it does not necessarily have to be fronting onto the Broads or indeed to any water at all. Suggestions by email please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Broads Authority

Following the January coffee morning, a number of members wrote to the Broads Authority on the question of refund of tolls bearing in mind that members with boats on the Broads have been paying tolls to the Broads Authority but yet have been unable to use their boats for 8 out of the 12-month toll period. We understand that these members have all received a reply in much the same vein pointing out the problems the Authority face and effectively ignoring the issue. Some members feel, however, that there is something inherently unreasonable about a situation where you pay for 12 months service and yet only receive 4. Against this, we do enjoy a very well maintained cruising facility on the Norfolk Broads and the Broads Authority has also been struggling over the past 12 months to maintain standards on the Broads while at the same time facing a reduction in income.

Boat Jumble.

In line with the government's roadmap to unlocking Britain the organisers of the Norfolk Boat Jumble are pleased to announce that this event will go ahead on the 6 June 2021 at Norfolk Showground.


The club propose that we should acknowledge the significant contribution made by the National Health Service by offering staff a day out on our boats – preferably in sheltered waters!. As we all know, the NHS staff have been under considerable pressure and strain and the feeling is that a day "messing about on the river" would make a welcome change and a welcome break, and for many members of NHS staff would be something entirely different. Graham Eames (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) as undertaken to coordinate this. Please watch this space.

Dates for your Diary----Proposed 2021 Program

Event                                         Dates

Shakedown Cruise                        30 Apr to 4 May 2021

Whitby                                             4 July to 30 July 2021

Walton Backwaters/Thames 5 to 28 August 2021 Estuary

Beccles                                              28-31 August 2021

Southwold Dash                    19 to 20 September


Laying Up Lunch                           31 October 2021

Icicle Cruise                                     3 to 9 December 2021

Christmas Dinner                           5 December 2021

As ever, we have to add the caveat that the above events are dependent upon Covid regulations at the time.

Shakedown Cruise.

The proposal here is that we meet at the Chet moorings, and then weather permitting, make passage across Braydon Water through Yarmouth Harbour to the marina at the Royal Norfolk & Suffolk Yacht Club in Lowestoft. We would then have an overnight stay or two and then return via Mudford lock. If you are interested in attending this, please contact Peter Ward on (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


Regulations permitting, the intention is to assemble in Lowestoft – RNSYC Marina – and await suitable weather for the journey northward. The outline journey is Lowestoft to Wells, to Grimsby, to Scarborough and thence to Whitby. The plan is to stay in Whitby for a week or 10 days for a proper holiday and then either slowly make our way back to Lowestoft or do a little exploration further north first. As ever with passages such as this, everything depends on the weather. By mid-July, most of the attractions in Whitby should be open. If you are interested please contact Robert Middleton (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or David Evans (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Walton Backwaters

ANNASTAR & FOXLEY LADY went South last year and spent much of their time sitting on the mud. Both crews agreed it was a most restful holiday; it was reminiscent of cruising in the 1950s. To sit on the mud in Twizzell Creek or to anchor around the back of Captains Island was a true delight, so much so that we are planning to go back this year. While what we have in mind is not really appropriate for a large cruise, if one or two other members wish to join us, we can offer you a cruise that is really different. If you are at all interested, please email David Evans This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and we will include you in our planning sessions.



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