[OSS Oxon] OSS Swim the Thames #22 Monday 9th April

Sefryn Penrose sefryn at gmail.com
Tue Apr 3 22:40:53 BST 2012

Allo allo ice men and ice maidens of the Isis (for we still have not
reverted fully to the Thames according to the 1st edition OS, and snow is

This Easter Monday finds us afloat from Sandford Lock to Radley boat house,
downriver a distance of 2.65km (thanks Neil). On our left, Nuneham
Courteney, erstwhile home of the Earls Harcourt, the first of whom moved
the village out of the way in order to better landscape the estate. Now
occupied by the Global Retreat Centre, what oneness we shall feel with the
world when we slip out of the water at the boathouses opposite. This little
stretch was a favourite of Charles Dodson (Lewis Carroll), and he got wet
here regularly with the young prototype Alice. The boathouses themselves
belong to the boys of Radley College. Alumni of that fine establishment
include the great historian Christopher Hibbert, the indefatiguable
campaigning lawyer, Clive Stafford-Smith, England's test cricket captain,
Andrew Strauss, and who could forget Richard Gibson, best known for his
exceptional performance in the complex role of Herr Flick in TV's 'Allo

So, wet bobs (Radley slang doncha know), get ye to *Radley Station carpark
at 11.00am *on Easter *Monday* *9th April.


There will be a bit of shallying I am afraid due to access issues so pay
attention (I shall say zis only once): the boathouse is about 1km from the
station - we will walk there and get changed into rubbers and pack all dry
gear into a couple of cars (there isn't room for more). We will then
*walk*up to Sandford Lock - 2.5km - and swim down. On getting out,
change into
dry gear at the boathouse and walk back to Radley for a resurrecting lunch
at the Bowyer Arms.

Toodle pip until then,

*Jeremimi & Seffyvette and the Fanny La Fins of the Isis

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