Rammey Marsh Cruising Club is situated on the River Lee approximately 4 Hours cruising time heading north from the Hertford Union Junction, and is found as the River Lea leaves the industrial outskirts of London and meets the tranquil countryside of Essex & Hertfordshire at the Historical town of Waltham Abbey.
The Club House has a licensed bar and is open on Saturday Evening and Sunday Lunchtime, when guests are always welcome. We are an active club and try to arrange social events once or twice a month. We are also active members of the ALCC, AWCC, and IWA.
The Club has an active social calendar, which includes guest speaker nights, social nights, dinner and dances and club cruises, which are all used to generate funds to support the club and its charitable events.
HISTORY OF THE CLUB
In late 1968/early 1969 four friends who worked at STC (later to become ITT) in Southgate informally rented some land from British Waterways Board, via the working lock-keeper at Rammey Marsh lock to moor their boats on. The boats were all home built and not over large, but even so, they were spread out along the length of what is now RMCC’s moorings with three just above the lock and one down by the pipe bridge at the lower end of the island. The reason they were so spread out was that the land was covered in trees and these were the only usable areas. During 1969, Barney Humphris made enquiries to BWB about the Moorings at Rammey Marsh. They were willing to let the site develop but wanted someone to be the organiser of the boat owners and a single point of contact. Barney agreed to do so and so the club came into existence.
As time progressed they were joined by other boat owners looking for moorings and by 1971 had moved to the point where Rammey Marsh Cruising Club elected its first Commodore (T.E. Preston) at the AGM held in the Old English Gentleman pub. At first they held social events in the scout hut but it soon became apparent that a clubhouse was needed for the infant club and in 1974/75 the dog kennel and security hut from the Eastern Electricity Board warehouse in Lea Road was donated on the understanding that the members moved it themselves. A base was laid in preparation for the building and the huts were dismantled and carried to the river bank, where they were loaded onto ‘Salim’ (the scouts boat which is still moored at the club) and transported down the river to be assembled at its current site, where it was officially opened by the mayor of Enfield in 1975.
The club continued to expand and when the opportunity came to rent the land at the bottom of the island from Thames Water, the new moorings opened in 1987, complete with a band from the local Army Cadets and an opening ceremony from the Mayor again. Over the coming years the Club maintained its links with the Mayor, taking part in the annual Mayors walk to raise money for local charities. Club members in those days built their own jetties to fit their boats and that was to continue into the mid 90’s when the linear moorings were started using materials supplied by British Waterways. They took Club members almost ten years to complete. Prior to that, facilities had been gradually improved at the club, with the provision of an Elsan disposal point, electricity and water along the moorings and an extension to the existing clubhouse building allowing for a larger kitchen, bar and a shower. All of this work was carried out by club members.The lower end moorings had been returned to Thames Water when a decline in members meant that the club could not afford to continue to rent it. When it was placed on the open market for sale, a few years later, the decision was made to purchase the land for the club. This was a huge gamble at the time, leaving the club treasurer juggling the funds to pay the bills until we started to earn an income from it. Since that purchase, the club has gone from strength to strength, with the income from the owned land boosting the club funds by a healthy amount each year, allowing further works and improvements to be carried out.