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!
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)
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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 courses page has been updated with dates for 1* BCU courses this spring.
The main events for the coming year are now all listed in the calendar on the Trips and Events page.
(Pictures by Peter Loy – see lots more on Facebook)
Some pictures from the New Years Day outing on the Wey Navigation. See Facebook for lots more pictures and videos.
Now, where did I put that bailer?
8 Hamptoneers paddled the tranquil waters of the Basingstoke canal from the Barley Mow pub near Fleet to the end of the canal at the Greywell tunnel. Read Jill’s full trip report here with pictures now added