Opening Of Sussex Gig Shed This Weekend

The Sussex gig shed on Bryher

The Tresco and Bryher Rowing Club hope to officially open their recently refurbished Sussex gig shed tomorrow.

Their first attempt earlier this year was postponed due to severe weather

The club took over the lease of the Sussex gig shed in 2010 after launching their new gig, the ‘Alfie Jenkins’, as their existing gig shed on Tresco is only large enough to accommodate three gigs.

The Sussex gig shed has since been used to temporarily accommodate the ‘Emperor’ and ‘Men-A-Vaur’ gigs but it’s not long enough to accommodate the Alfie Jenkins, therefore an extension was required.

The Isles Of Scilly Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty grants panel awarded £4,500 to enhance the building and the Local Acton Group also supported the project. Representatives from both organisations are set to attend tomorrow’s get together at 11.30am.

Club Chairman Alasdair Moore says the refurbishment of the building has made a big difference to the club as it allows them to take better care of their gigs.

There’s now sufficient space to store all of the gigs and room to allow routine maintenance to take place.

The club have also incorporated interpretation boards covering the history of gigs and gig racing on Scilly, especially referencing the ‘Czar’, Tresco & Bryher Rowing Club’s flagship gig built in 1879, which will provide an added attraction for visitors.

Alasdair says the work to the shed has been sympathetic and has enhanced the appearance of the historic building.

The shed was built to house the Sussex gig which is now kept on St Agnes.