The other half of the group went kayaking with kevin.
After about 2hrs on the water we all stopped for lunch. After lunch everyone swapped around so those who went kayaking in the morning went open boating in the afternoon and those who went open boating in the morning went kayaking in the afternoon.
During September 2017 we held our annual Go canoeing event for new members which included 2 pool sessions and a day on reservoir.
The first two weeks were spent in the swimming pool learning the basics of canoeing. The new members developed their skills at turning the boat, going sideways, going forwards and backwards. During the last pol session they also practiced their capsize drill.
We rounded the day off with tea and cakes in the cafe and everyone was awarded a British Canoeing Paddlestart award. Everyone said they had a great day and they have all been on other club trips sense then.
Photos By Julia Barclay & article by Adrian Barclay
There was certainly a big interest in canoeing at the Purley Canoe Club stall at this event, from those who were recalling how they were paddling many years ago to the large number of young families who wanted to give it a try. In fact at the end we were turning people away. In total 36 people were signed up and we cleared all the club leaflets we had printed, some of those going to people who did not paddle. The feedback from the participants was that they enjoyed their paddle and that they would like to do it again.
If you are interested in having a go at canoeing why not come along to one of our pool sessions, or even our kids pool sessions which are designed for young people. Alternatively you could bring your whole family out in a canoe / open boat on our next Club trip on the Wey Navigation which is suitable for families in open canoes. Please visit our Diary for more information about our events.
We had a great day down at Purley Festival. We gave out lots of leaflets and hopefully it will encourage new members to join the club.
We borrowed the ergo paddling machine from British Canoeing which went down well.
Can I say a big Thank You to Sam, Phil, Mike, Joel, Sam & Abi for all their help on the stall today.
About 24 current PCC members and 6 previous members joined PCC for our anniversary weekend at the Hop farm camp site in kent on the river Medway . During the weekend we organised two river trips. On Saturday we paddled up stream to Oak Weir Lock,
Here is Sam’s video of the weekend including her experience of going down the canoe shoots on the Medway.
On Saturday evening we had a Barbecue followed by the Club’s AGM where our president Noel Humphrey was awarded a 25 long service award from British Canoeing for all his services to the sport including setting up Purley Canoe Club in 1991.
On Sunday we paddled down stream to Yalding and Teapot Island which involved paddling down the canoe shoot at Sluice weir. On Sunday we also held a Come and Try it” sessions, trying out various boats, .
This is what our club President and founder, Noel Humphrey said about the weekend:-
“I am sure you all agree that the 25th Anniversary weekend was a great success. This was probably the biggest event in terms of numbers that we have ever organised and would not happen without the contribution of many people.”
Photos by Phil Newson, Adrian Barclay, Gary Staples, Sarah Humphrey, Julia Barclay and Video by Samantha Boyd
Club certificates were presented to all members who had paddled more than 25 Miles (Bronze), 50 Miles (Silver) or 75 Miles (Gold) during 2015. In addition BCU Annual Touring Awards were presented to any club members who had paddled over 100miles (Bronze) during 2015. These included Lauren Staples, Sam Kenny, Adrian & Julia Barclay, Phil Newson & Phil Milman.
The Adult Touring Trophy was presented to Gary Staples who paddled the most miles on Club trips over the year (158.50 miles). He said he had been trying for years to get this award and finally he did it!!!. The Junior Touring Trophy was presented to Harrison Mattin who paddled 24 miles with the club during 2015.
Alan Goodman was presented with a BCU Silver Annual Touring Award for paddling 442 miles during 2015. Marion Quemby was presented with a BCU Gold Annual Touring Award for paddling 1012.50 miles during 2015 and in addition she was awarded a BCU Bronze Strand Touring award for paddling over 1,000 miles.
The Club achieved 2nd place in the Inter Club Touring Award for achieving 3897.80 miles/ points during 2015, with 50 paddlers. Hampton Canoe Club came 1st with a total of 10871 miles/points with 24 paddlers.
Purley Canoe Club celebrated its achievement of the Clubmark Award on the 30th January 2013 with a party at the Purley Social Club.
The award reflects the safe and successful running of the Club which they have been working towards for the last few years and it is awarded by Canoe England. Councillor Donald Speakman and Lynn Barker, Canoe England Paddlesport Development Officer, were among the many guests.
The evening was opened with a speech by the Club Chairman, Gary Staples, who thanked members for their hard work in obtaining the award. Councillor Speakman presented the award certificate to the Club Chairman. Councillor Speakman said ‘Good health, exercise and paddling are to be recommended to all ages’ and that it was good to see people joining in the Club with a good mix of members. Lynn Barker from Canoe England said that the award is not easily obtained, only 160 Clubs nationally have achieved it, and such a small Club had worked hard to reach the standard.
Guests enjoyed slideshows of some of the Club’s many canoe trips. There was also the opportunity to try out your fitness on an ergonomic paddling machine and to view some of the Club’s kayaks and equipment. The evening was rounded off with a celebratory cake made especially for the evening.
The Club will now be working hard to maintain this accreditation. If you would like to try canoeing and see if it is the sport for you, then please contact the Club for more details about our activities or to book into one of our sessions which are advertised in our diary of events.