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John thanked for rowing club role

By Beth Perry 24th January 2018

John thanked for rowing club role
John Cuthill beside the rowing club plaque.

A STALWART of Newquay Rowing Club has been thanked for his “instrumental” role in helping the club to thrive and expand.

John Cuthill recently stepped down as the chairman of Newquay Rowing Club after more than 24 years in the role.
During his time as chairman John worked hard to secure valuable contacts within sporting organisations, the military and charity groups which allowed him to arrange a number of exclusive visits from high ranking military officers, Olympic champions and other important guests – putting Newquay Rowing Club in the spotlight.

These contacts also helped John in his mission to find a better place to store Newquay’s heritage gigs – the oldest in the world.

Originally kept in a tunnel at the harbour, the damp conditions meant mould was damaging the gigs.

John and his wife Jenny worked tirelessly to apply for funding and grants whilst “lifelong friend”John Bawden managed the project which allowed the rowing club to build a new facility to store the gigs. It was this hard work which inspired the members of Newquay Rowing Club to dedicate the new community space and function room, built on top of the new gig storage, to John.

Appropriately naming the new room ‘The Chairman’s Room’ in John’s honour and unveiling a plaque to mark his work, more than 130 people witnessed the unveiling at the club’s annual Christmas carol concert. John said: “It was the last thing I expected, it was a big surprise when they unveiled it. The new sign above the door shows John Bawden’s wonderful craftsmanship which is fitting given his role in managing the development of the new extension.”

As well as the plaque, John has accepted the role of president of the rowing club after Ron Eglinton stepped down. Ron explained: “John has done more than anybody could have done for this club.

“I believe the club now has the best facilities in England and it is because of John.

“I don’t know how we managed before him – I have great admiration for all he has achieved and for doing it as a first class gentleman. When he announced he was stepping down as chairman we knew he had to stay as a senior officer in the club after all of his work so the role of the president is, very rightly, now his.”

Dr Christine Hunter has taken over the role of chairman, Phil Trebilcock remains secretary and John has now taken up his role of president.

By Beth Perry 24th January 2018

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