With only 5 days notice, 5 people signed-up for a trip down the River Mole from Brockham to Fetcham, which Dan organised.
While Paul and myself (Maxine) waited in the rain at the starting point for Dan, Len and Mark, who were dropping a car at the finishing point before joining them, I did wonder if everyone else had a better long term weather forecast than her and had made the better choice of sleeping in on a bank holiday. Happily, the rain stopped before we got on the river, it was a really good trip, and it was just about hot by the end of the trip….. read Maxine’s trip report here.
On Saturday 30 April, ‘willing’ Hamptoneers joined me at the club house for the annual spring clean. I’d like to think that the promise of biscuits wasn’t the deciding factor for them, but they were chocolate biscuits, and they were from M&S…
I arrived at the club half an hour before the official kick off as I figured that this way I might capture some unsuspecting paddlers. Sure enough, Tamra, Maxine and Len were signed up having just come off the water. We were soon joined by other members so set to work armed with enough detergent to clean an entire small village. After a productive three hours of teamwork and banter, we made a big impact on the clubhouse. Users of the facilities will hopefully have noticed the substantially cleaner and shinier facilities, including a newly painted men’s changing room.
There is only so much you can write about a spring clean before you lose your audience, so I will keep it short and say thank you to the following:
- Richard – for attacking the spiders with Henry the hoover. Apologies to our more sensitive readers – I should really have written ‘for rescuing spiders’. But we all know that was never going to happen. I mean, they were huge. Like cat-size huge…
- Tony – for painting the men’s changing rooms. Half naked.
- Bea – for painting the men’s changing rooms. And coping with a half naked Tony.
- Tamra, Amanda, Maxine & Len – for setting up what looked like a car boot sale outside the club, and then meticulously sorting through everything before allowing it back in. They were ruthless!
A group of 6 Hamptoneers paddled the 14+ miles from the Bells Of Ouzeley pub in Old Windsor down the Thames back to the club. It was a cool day but the rain showers stopped once we were on the water so we all enjoyed a quick journey on the fast flowing waters, bar one swimmer and an exciting get-in at Chertsey lock.
Check back soon for the full trip report….
The picture above is of Andy Garbett at Sunbury weir who was not with the trip group but part of the main Saturday paddlers from the club who we saw briefly at the Walton bridge cafe. Note the very high water level spilling over the portage. You can always check the water level at Sunbury lock by hovering over the News menu and selecting ‘River levels at Sunbury lock’, it was 2.9 metres when the photo was taken. The typical range is 2.3m to 3.2m.
Dan led a small group on the River Mole.
Phil, Dan, jenny and Tony took the two canadian canoes for a trip on the Mole. See the pictures here
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A group of Hamptoneers went for a sunny paddle on the tidal Thames in early March. Read Andy’s account of the trip here. ***
Some pictures taken by Peter Loy early this morning – see lots more on the clubs Facebook group page
The main events for the coming year are now all listed in the calendar on the Trips and Events page.
Wild water below Sunbury Weir
Frosty morning at Bell Hill
(Pictures by Peter Loy – see lots more on Facebook)
A hardy band of Hamptoneers took to the frozen waters of the Basingstoke canal last Saturday (16.01.2016) paddling from Mytchett to Ash Lock and back.
Just three Hamptoneers went on a last minute trip on the Basingstoke canal last Sunday to find some placid water!
Anne-Lise and Dan (Peter Loy behind the camera)