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55th Anniversary  1964 - 2019


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This Site was last updated on 09-05-2019 .

NEWSFLASH.UPDATE...........New Events Added to our Events Page....We have a work party on Saturday 18th May meeting at 10am on the North Bank. Main job is to clear the area behind the cabin. Other jobs ,stimming, clear railway sleepers, cut bush overhanging roadway by compound, log cutting splitting. Any new members who want to get involved would be most welcome and gives you a chance to meet your fellow boaters. if you can come & help please can you let us know so that we can organise sufficient refreshments.... Reply to Thanks.....Two Engines for sale..Information on our For Sale Page.......Check out our website for further updates and new events....... Best wishes GFBC..........

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 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 certain Sunday afternoons throughout the year between 2.30pm and 4.30pm and the open and closed dates can be seen below. 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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Click here for Ramsgate Harbour Cam.


X X X X X X X CLOSED 24th March 2019 CLOSED 31st March 2019 CLOSED 7th April 2019 CLOSED 14th April 2019
CLOSED 21st April 2019 OPEN 28th April 2019 CLOSED 5th May 2019 OPEN 12th May 2019 CLOSED 19th May 2019 CLOSED 26th May 2019 OPEN 2nd June 2019 CLOSED 9th June 2019 CLOSED 16th June 2019 CLOSED 23rd June 2019 OPEN 30th June 2019 CLOSED 7th July 2019
OPEN 14th July 2019 CLOSED 21st July 2019 OPEN 28th July 2019 CLOSED 4th Aug 2019 OPEN 11th Aug 2019 CLOSED 18th Aug 2019 CLOSED 25th Aug 2019 OPEN 1st Sept 2019 CLOSED 8th Sept 2019 OPEN 15th Sept 2019 CLOSED 22nd Sept 2019 OPEN 29th Sept 2019
CLOSED 6th Oct 2019 OPEN 13th Oct 2019 CLOSED 20th Oct 2019 OPEN 27th Oct 2019 CLOSED 3rd Nov 2019 OPEN 10th Nov 2019 CLOSED 17th Nov 2019 OPEN 24th Nov 2019 CLOSED 1st Dec 2019 CLOSED 8th Dec 2019 CLOSED 15th Dec 2019 OPEN 22nd Dec 2019
CLOSED 29th Dec 2019 CLOSED 5th Jan 2020 CLOSED 12th Jan 2020 CLOSED 19th Jan 2020 OPEN 26th Jan 2020 CLOSED 2nd Feb 2020 CLOSED 9th Feb 2020 x x x x x

Table of Distances in Miles

Click here for Dover Tides
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

NAVIGATION WARNING. Navigation warnings will be listed here as and when received.

Notice 02 of 2019
Date: 11th January 2019
Sandwich Fairway Buoy is returned to station following out of season overhaul and fitting with new heavier ground tackle.
Position unchanged at 51 18.605 N 001 23.293 E
Signed: Robert Holden, Chairman of Commissioners.

Click here for Notice to Mariners.

Click here for 26th April 2018 map of the entrance to Sandwich.


Sandwich Bridge Contact Number for booking to open the bridge is now as follows
Tel No 01843 585624
Highway Marine now control the opening and closing from Monday to Friday during daylight hours.
They can be contacted on Channel 8 during these hours if you are running late for your booking.
On Weekends or in darkness hours the bridge will be controlled by the Dover company still at the same Tel No above.


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