Lockdown update

Dear Paddler

Well, here we go again into lockdown.

We have this evening received confirmation from British Canoeing that all Canoe clubs will need to cease operating during lockdown, which matches with the Trustees decisions.

Therefore we will not be offering club sessions until lockdown ceases.  As normal the club trustees will be working steadily away to plan and prepare for the lifting of lockdown, depending on local restrictions.

We will hope to offer sessions again once we can.

We thank all paddlers for their patience and support during what has been a difficult year, and we hope to see you online at the AGM on the 19th of November.  The zoom link for this meeting is at the bottom of the email.

You may be wondering whether you can go paddling during this lockdown.  At the moment the situation is unclear as to the definition of outdoor exercise in the bill which was passed through parliament today.

British Canoeing have released the following statement today:

At this time, we are still awaiting clarification from the government as to whether they agree with our position that recreational paddling falls into the Bill’s definition of outdoor exercise. 
If this is the case, then paddling will be possible with some restrictions. If this is not the case, then recreational paddling will be suspended until these restrictions are lifted. 
We expect this to be clarified in the next 48 hours.
So until this is clarified we are encouraging all members to not paddle, to stay safe and to exercise in other ways.

Security of Equipment.

In my last email I let you know about some damage and losses that the club had suffered.  Unfortunately following an audit of equipment we have to report that a number of boats appear to have been removed from our compound during the last month.  Currently we have 8 boats that we are unable to account for:

5 Dagger GT 7.5s
1 Dagger GT 7.8
1 Venture Prospector 16 foot Canoe
1 Mad River Solo Canoe.

We are struggling to understand where the open canoes have gone, as we only counted them 10 days ago!

If you have any information on where any of these boats might have gone, or if you have borrowed one and not returned it then please let us know before we report the loss to the police and our insurers.

As ever we will try and keep you updated, but in the meantime please stay safe, keep well and plan some trips for next year.

Time: Nov 19, 2020 07:30 PM London
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