After staying static for an impressive seven years, HRC annual subscriptions are to go up by £1 a week to £20 a month from January. Members voted unanimously in favour of the increase at the AGM.
Out-going Chair, Kevin Oates, said the extra money will be ring-fenced for the intended extension and expansion of club facilities, hopefully including a gym and a members' area.
Kevin explained that it had proved impossible to re-develop the existing clubhouse in the wake of last year's Storm Desmond. He pointed out there is room, however, to build on the side of the existing boathouse at some stage in the future.
The extra cash will be key to this development, and even with the increase, the cost of club membership remains very competitive in relation to other clubs in the region.
Members who pay by standing order are asked to ensure they increase the amount from January onwards.