About Your Club

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.

History of Grove Ferry Railway Station

Grove Ferry station opened on 13 April 1846,the rural station was built to serve the village of Upstreet and the ferry crossing of the Great Stour until 1966, when a bridge was built. The nearby "Grove Ferry Inn" owned the rights to the ferry and farmed 17 acres (6.9 ha) of lavender, creating a popular day trip destination up until the Second World War; this is now part of the Grove Ferry Picnic Area. The public level crossing and goods sidings leading to the ferry were operated from a small signal box. The station was renamed Grove Ferry & Upstreet in September 1954. Goods traffic ceased on 30 April 1960. The railway between Ashford and Minster was electrified on 9 October 1961. A concrete footbridge was built at the station in preparation for this change. The signal box closed on 14 March 1964, and the level crossing was converted to automatic half barriers on 3 January 1966. The station closed the same day, shortly before the introduction of a bus service over the new Grove Ferry Bridge, which would have undermined the low patronage.

Please note: Due to Covid 19 , the Ferry Inn will not be open for teas, coffees or your usual banter.

Meet the Club Committee

Gareth Johns

Members Representative

It’s an honour to be able to serve my fellow club members in this role.

Samantha Johns

Club Secretary

We got our Viking 20 in 2021 and I really enjoy evening trips down to see the seals.

Wally Wanstall

Past Commodore

Wally served as Commodore from 2004 until 2007 and has also held the position of Works Co-ordinator.

Alan Gittings

Past Commodore

Alan was our Commodore from 1998-2004, 2007-2010 & 2012-2015.Alan can be seen on the river in his 30' Seamaster 'Turramurra'.

Nigel Futter

Committee Member

Nigel is now in his 3rd year on the committee. Nigel & Marylins Fairline 21 "Blue Water" is berthed on the North Banks moorings.

Steve Dennis

Past Commodore

Steve was our Vice Commodore and he has also been our Commodore and Members Representative in the past. Steve & Mary's Seamaster 23 "Jaspen"

Tony Farrow

Vice Commodore

Tony is has recently joined the committee as a member.

David Burford

Compound Manager

David is in to his 10th year on the Committee and 8th year as Compound manager. David's cruiser "Uncle Peter" is kept on the clubs moorings.

Dave Duckworth

Works Co-ordinator

Dave Duckworth has recently been appointed as the new works co-ordinator.

Jacqui Robb

The Social Secretary

Jacqui is now into her 5th year as our Social Secretary. Jacqui and Terry own Pisco Sour which is moored on our club moorings and Cloud Nine

Peter Downs


Peter is the club's treasurer and has been for 23 years now. A fishing enthusiast with a Seahog which is an ideal boat to enjoy his hobby.

Sheila Howard

Membership Secretary

Sheila is into her 7th year as our Membership Secretary and has been a great supporter of the club and has hosted many of our social events.

Tony Jewiss

The Rear Commodore

Tony is in to his first year as our Rear Commodore. Tonys boat Peggy Sue a 23ft Seamaster is moored on our clubs moorings.

Terry Robb

The Commodore

Terry has recently taken over as the club Commodore. Terry & Jacqui's boat Pisco Sour is moored on our Clubs moorings

Colin Brazier

Past Commodore

Colin was our Commodore until 2021 and has been a member with the club for over 20 years.

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