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NEWSREEL......The menu & details for the Xmas Dinner at the Dog & Duck is below. Please put your names on the list that is in the Ferry Inn on the North Bank together with your meal choices....NAVIGATION...The entrance to the Stour chartlet has been updated..................................... .......... ..

Grove Ferry Boat Club was founded in 1964.You will find the clubhouse, dating from the early seventies, on the south bank of the River Great Stour, (the second largest river in Kent) It lies just below the Grove Ferry Bridge, some 8 miles east of Canterbury. The Bridge replaced the old ferry in 1963.

We are an active boat club with various events, water activities, organized cruises in company, boat exercises etc. and with barbecues and other activities at Red House Marsh. (Our picnic facility some 4.5 miles downstream)

The Ferry Inn on the North Bank is also open on Sunday afternoons throughout the year between 2.30pm and 4.30pm. (Except bank holiday weekends & Club Events) and all are welcome for tea, coffee and the odd cake, along with a little social banter!

The club has some 30 moorings on the north Bank and we have developed storage & facilities for dinghies, canoes etc. in our compound, and we now have easy launching facilities with the slipway on the north bank.

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Xmas Dinner at the Dog & Duck on Saturday 9th December 2017. Cost is £27 per head which includes gratuities.
Please put your name on the list in the Ferry Inn on the North Bank together with your meal choices

Table of Distances in Miles

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Fordwich Mill 5.1 Miles Plus 4 Hours 35 Mins Fixed Sluice
Stodmarsh 2.5 Miles Plus 3 Hours 45 Mins  
Grove Ferry 0.0 Miles Plus 3 Hours 15 Mins Bridge
Sarre Channel 3.2 Miles Plus 2 Hours 32 Mins (Not navigable)
Little Stour 3.3 Miles Plus 2 Hours 30 Mins River Junction*
Pluck's Gutter 3.4 Miles Plus 2 Hours 29 Mins Road Bridge
Red House Marsh 4.4 Miles Plus 2 Hours 16 Mins Club Picnic site
Minster Rail Bridge 6.8 Miles Plus 1 Hour 45 Mins  
Richborough Castle 8.7 Miles Plus 1 Hour 20 Mins Roman Fort
Sandwich Bridge 10.2 Miles Plus 1 Hour Swing Bridge
Stonar Cut 13.3 Miles Plus 28 mins (not navigable)
Pegwell Bay 14.2 Miles Plus 24 Mins Pepperness River mouth
Royal Harbour 17.0 Miles Plus 21 Mins Ramsgate

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Notice Number 06 - 2017,  14th June 2017
Major changes to estuary buoyage.

Mariners are advised that the old loop in the estuary is now abandoned and all buoys withdrawn.  The newly developing straight channel now replaces that old loop with an additional buoy at each end.  The new channel is approximately three cables in length allowing the buoys at each end to be clearly visible from one end to the other.
See new chart published on this site page ‘NAVIGATION INFO/Estuary Chartlet’
Signed Captain Colin Carr.  Harbour Master.

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Click here for 21st October 2017 map of the entrance to Sandwich.



Hi Everyone
I would like to thank everyone who turned out on Sunday 15/07/17 to help lay the road on the North Bank. Thanks to a good turnout, the road was laid in good time. If it weathers well through the winter, then the rest of the road can be completed.
Also a big thankyou to everyone who took part in the Dinghy Run to the Dog and Duck pub at Plucks Gutter on Sunday 6/08/17 which was my 1st activity as social secretary.
This was a huge success and 35 of us joined in the fun. We hope to do more of this, as it proved to be very popular
Now that the days are getting shorter and colder, I would like to arrange a few indoor social activities for members to get together.
We will be starting off by having a ‘Games Evening’ in the Ferry Inn on the north bank on Saturday 07/10/17 starting at 7pm
We will have numerous ‘good old fashioned’ games for people of all ages to join in, such as:-
Snakes and Ladders
Cards etc

If you would like to come along and join in, please could you just bring along a plate of finger food to share and your own drinks.Lets make the most of our club, make new friends and banish those winter blues.
I look forward to seeing you soon
Jacqui Robb

Sandwich Bridge Contact Number for opening is now as follows
Tel No 01843 585624


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