Bad weather and the coronavirus meant that both the Heads of the River races and the annual Oxford & Cambridge University Boat Race were cancelled, but Putney is still proud to be showcasing its rowing heritage with an ‘Oarsome’ display at Putney Station.

Whilst you are taking your daily exercise, why not have a walk past Putney station to see the cheerful oars on display which have been painted by local school children, artists and community groups.

Nicola Grant, Executive Director, Positively Putney said: “We were thinking about doing a community art project with boats but they were all coming back very expensive, and one day old rowing oars sprung to mind. You can source old oars cheaply and sometimes for free, and so the project began. At one stage we had 25 x 3 metre oars in our office and wondered how we were going to get them to all the different organisations. Imperial College Rowing Club informed us that when rowers display oars in tehri homes they normally have the blade and just a short amount of the handle, and they kindly offered to trim them for us in their warehouse.”

“After much sanding, and priming the oars were ready to be given to the various schools and groups for decorating. Schools included Granard Primary School, Hotham Primary School, St Mary’s CE Primary School, Hurlingham School, Putney High School as well as an adult outreach class from Putney School of Art and Design, patients from Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability, Putney Sea Scouts, Crewroom and the Putney Society.”

“We hope that the artwork is still looking good once we can all go out together and enjoy it. Thank you to all our talented artists.”

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