Archive for November, 2011

Avon on a windy day

Bit of a last minute decision, Nick, Richard and Clive went for a paddle today. We had thought of doing the Teme but given the levels on Sunday we thought better of a bump and a scrape.

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Another Teme Report

Another sunny morning greeted us at Knightwick weir on Sunday ready for our paddle on the Teme. Logistics of ferrying were quickly sorted out, everyone changed and piled into cars, and so myself, Clive, Paul, Jules, John, Tim, Richard, Claire and Laura, Emma, Andy and Dom all clambered down the muddy bank at Ham bridge and got on the water.

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Christmas Party attendance

The Christmas party date is set for 28 January 2012 at Pershore Football Club. So we can get a clear idea of numbers please complete the form.

Thanks in advance.

No Happy Feet but Sweet Cheeks & Head Cam

Laura and I arrived just before 9.00am at the meeting point. We did the usual car ferry and  after an early and chilly start we all got on the water just before 10.00m all wrapped up warm. Well most off us were!!  

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Club Canoes for Sale

Hi we are selling 2 of our current club canoes. They will be 2 that we have selected with the most wear although they are still in very reasonable condition for the price.
We have one 16 foot and one 14 foot canoe to sell.  They are being offered at £275 to club members and as we have had a bit of interest then you need to email Paul Craven by 7th December 2011 stating which boat you are interested in. Paul will hold a draw on Thursday night following the close date at the pool to announce the lucky winners.

There are a few terms and conditions:

  1. If you have not paid this years membership then you are not eligible to enter the draw.
  2. You will have one week after the draw to pay the money in full and take the boat away.

Contact Paul   quartermaster

The money will be put towards buying 2 more new canoes with slightly different characteristics.

Teme – Todays paddle

A brief report as I am hoping someone will write a report to explain ‘No Happy Feet, Sweet Cheeks & a Head Cam’.

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Teme, Ham Bridge to Knightwick

RIVER TRIP CHANGE – Sunday 27 November we will be paddling the River Teme, from Ham Bridge (between Martley and Clifton upon Teme) to Knightwick. We will meet at Knightwick Weir Car Park at 9am, sort out the ferry and then drive to Ham Bridge (link to map of paddle).

A text will be sent out, please let Clive know by 8pm Saturday 26 Nov if you are coming so we know who to expect.

WWSR Course was fun in November

At the begining of November I went to North Wales to do my WWSR (White Water Safety) course, the venue for this was the River Dee (link to UK rivers guide book)on both days. Mile End Mill all day Saturday and the Sunday we paddled from above Serpents Tail down to Mile End Mill.

The course (link to BCU course details) was run by Ian Dallaway, who is the RCO (Regional Coaching Officer) for the West Midlands.

Saturday was spent at Mile End Mill where we spent nearly all day in the river practicing and learning various rescue skills. Sunday we started above Town Falls and paddled down to Mile End Mill. On the way we did lots more rescue practice but this time involving kayaks as well as time in the river.

The course was really interesting and we covered some new techniques as well as practice other a lot, a most enjoyable weekend.


Cheltenham Canoes – Update

Bit of an update. I spoke to Reading Canoes, part of the same group, on Saturday and they said that Cheltenham Canoes lease had run out and they were about to sign a lease on new premises. The guy said it should not be more than another week or two.

Piddle Brook & Olly the Otter

Sunday 20 November a few of us went for a morning paddle, Adam, Richard W, Caroline, Liz W, Emma W, Sophie W, Mat R & myself. The plan was to paddle up to Wyre Weir, play around and then head back. But as with the best plans they change. As we paddled up the Avon we noticed that Wyre Piddle brook was quite clear, so off we went up the brook. Narrow and overgrown with 2 low bridges, it made for some interesting paddling. Those in their open boats found they were collecting lots of leaves and twigs as we went.

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