Category Archives: General Club News

Club Spring Clean

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…

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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.

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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!

Anne-Lise Christmas

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Canoe coaching session

Dan took a group of 6 Hamptoneers on a canoe coaching session in preparation for this summers Wye River trip.

Here are a few pictures from Saturday morning (23.04.2016)

canoe1Barnet and Tony in jousting mode!

canoe2Dan leads the way behind the sailing club

canoe4Len and Jill in green canoe with Barnet and Maxine behind, and Dan in the distance.
canoe5Dan paddles past Maxine with Jill in the background

canoe6Barnet and Maxine paddle the lightweight Wenonah canoe.
canoe7Dan giving instruction to Len and Jill
canoe8Peter practises his gunwale walking.
canoe10Getting back in after capsize.
canoe9Peter back on board!

Annual membership renewals

Your annual membership fees are now payable. You will have received an email reminder from Sarah Potter so please check your emails if you have not already done so for details on how to pay them. If you have already paid – Thank You.

Fees for 2016

Adult                    £56
Spouse/Partner £30
Junior                   £30
Family                  £86

(Deduct £2 from the above if you are a BCU member.)

Pre-pay                £95  (or £3 per outing)

Rack fee               £45                    

Newsletter only  £10

New Years Day 2016

Some pictures from the New Years Day outing on the Wey Navigation. See Facebook for lots more pictures and videos.

Group New HawAndrew, Peter, Norma, Dave, Jenny, Anne-Lise, Val, Mark, Tamra, Christine

Dan Peter Coxes weirDan and Peter try out the new canoe going down Coxes weir

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 Now, where did I put that bailer?

Boxing Day Paddle to Isleworth

Mark_SeaKayakMark Lewis in his sea kayak downstream of Richmond Lock

Richmond_BarrierBelow the Richmond lock canoe portage.

Just 4 Hamptoneers headed downstream from the club to the London Apprentice pub at Isleworth for the traditional Boxing Day paddle. Full trip report coming soon…

Saturday Paddlers

There was a good turnout on a sunny morning for a Saturday paddle up to the Walton Bridge café.SatGroupMark, Dave, Maxine, Robert, Anne-Lise, Geoff, Tamra, Jenny and Amanda

SatGroup2Jenny, Anne-Lise and Mark in the foreground heading upstream