teachweb raft raceLast weekend intrepid supply teaching recruitment consultant (me) led an audacious teachweb team into battle at the annual Lewes to Newhaven Raft Race.

Since its launch in 1975, this event hosted by The Lewes and District Round Table has raised in excess of £500,000 for local good causes.

Courageous race participants are awarded prizes for “Fastest Time”, “Most Devious Means” and “Best Decorated”.

It has to be said teachweb’s entry into the race was a last minute decision. However undaunted by the challenge of building a raft in a day, I believe I demonstrated dogged determination in my efforts to source:

• Skipped wood.
• Scaffolding batons.
• Chemical barrels.

And it has to be said, a flair for design when constructing my fine vessel.

In fact, shiver me timbers… indeed there lurks an inner DT teacher within me!

Once the teachweb raft was declared sea faring and the battle began, my heroic team was tested to its limits.

My team fought to remain steadfast as throughout the route merciless onlookers pelted us with flour and eggs.

At times paddling the raft felt like paddling a bus. Also due to the constant onslaught of eggs and flour, at all times we had to keep our wits about us to avoid ending up in Davy Jones’ locker!”

Despite our best efforts, as well as the help of a passing speedboat that kindly gave our unwavering team a tow… we finished last.

Yet we were delighted to complete the race in one piece. Furthermore taking part was a superb excuse for us to get together and we certainly enjoyed our celebratory grog.

In fact I enjoyed the event so much I would like to form a teachweb team for next year’s race.


  • Are you a daring teacher?
  • Do you have the design and technology skills we need to construct a raft able to cut through the water with ease and speed?
  • More importantly do you have the cunning to help us to win the prize for the “most devious means”?

Then we would love to hear from you.

2015 will mark the 40th anniversary of the Lewes to Newhaven Raft Race. Please do get in touch if you would like to take part.

Contact us for more information.

Rick Smallwood, Founder teachweb supply teaching agency
Rick Smallwood, founder, teachweb

About the Author: Rick Smallwood is a former chemistry teacher and founder of leading London and the South East supply teaching agency teachweb. He has a proven track record of matching the right teachers to the right vacancy.

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