Vote for a name for a new boat

Released on July 26, 2019

The council needs your help –  Vale of White Horse District Council has been offered the chance to name a new boat belonging to Abingdon Rowing Club and it is inviting everyone to help choose one.

To vote for your favourite simply click  here

The council gave the club a capital grant of £3,809 towards rowing equipment and a new double scull racing boat, which now needs a name. 

The club suggested the new name might have some association with the Vale of the White Horse District Council as a reminder of the council’s support and also fitted in with other boat names at the club such as Aphrodite, Abingdon Town, Row Long, Pegasus, Athena, White Horse, Hermes and Dr Jenny.

Council officers and councillors came up with a shortlist (sorry, Valey McValeface didn’t make the cut) for you to vote on. Simply click here to pick your favourite name. The one with the most votes will be the new boat’s name.

Cllr Helen Pighills, Vale of White Horse District Council cabinet member for community services and grants said: “Grants are a great example of the council supporting local organisations and we are pleased that the club offered us the chance to share the naming with us.

“It would be nice to walk along the river in Abingdon and see the boat named by local residents, so I hope lots of people will vote.” 

Nicky Simpson, Abingdon Rowing Club Captain, added: “Abingdon Rowing Club is a small local club with members of all ages and levels and we heavily rely on funding such as the support we have received from Vale of White Horse District Council to enable us to develop the club.  This new boat will help support our growing junior squad who are looking to progress with their rowing careers and this donation will go a long way to help make this happen, the club is sincerely grateful for the help we have received.”

For more information about grants please visit our website

Voting is now open please click here  – it ends at midday on Friday 9 August and we will announce the new name shortly afterwards.