2019/2020 Membership!

Hey All,

We hope that you have been enjoying your time out on the river with the nice wether that we have been having recently!

It has come to that time of year again that all members need to renew their membership, if you are yet to do this please see our membership page for info on how to do it!

The CSCC Committee


Pool session update

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Hi everyone, hope you’re not too busy in the lead up to the Christmas period and are still managing to get on the water!

The dates for our spring 2019 pools sessions have been released and are available for booking, more information can be found on the courses section of our website found here.

The pool sessions are a great way for paddlers to practice vital skills such as how to capsize and maybe even how to roll in a warm controlled environment.

If you have any questions about this that you can not find answers to on the page do not hesitate to send our pool session coordinator an email on [email protected]


Christmas Paddle!

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The Christmas paddle is of course weather dependent, and a decision will take place on the day, and choice of craft to go out. However that doesn’t stop us having a good evening in the club house. If any one want to bring an instrument to help the carol singing along please do.


Pool session updates

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We hope all that attended the river trips that have been run enjoyed them and are looking forward to the next ones!

An update on the pool sessions. There remains plenty of places on the pool sessions, particularly the 14 and under session next week and the one starting on the 27th November 2018.

Short Code Session 1 Date Start Time End Time Places Remaining
U14A 30-Oct-18 19:30 20:15 5
U14B 30-Oct-18 20:15 21:00 8
2A 06-Nov-18 19:30 20:15 2
2B 06-Nov-18 20:15 21:00 0
3A 27-Nov-18 19:30 20:15 8
3B 27-Nov-18 20:15 21:00 2

The pool session courses are run as a block of 3 sessions, over 3 consecutive weeks with coaching tailored towards individuals needs whether that be building confidence when falling out of a kayak or progressing all the way to learning to roll the kayak back up using the paddle.

The pool sessions are held at Stonar School Melksham. On each evening there are 2 courses, commencing 19:30 and 20:15 hrs respectively. There are 8 places available in each time slot. Each course (3 sessions) will cost £20 for club members (or £7 for an individual session where offered) and £30 for non-members (or £11 for an individual session where offered).

Prior to booking your place, please first read the notes below (particularly with respect to eligibility), then fill out the  pool sessions booking form linked here (If you can be flexible please identify a first and second choice of time slot) and send it along with a cheque made payable to “CSCC”, to the address on the form.

  1. Priority for course enrolment will be given to CSCC members, non-members will be considered as follows: Course 1 – after 25-Sep-18; Course 2 and One Off 14 and Under Only Session – after 9-Oct-18; Course 3 – after 6-Nov-18.
  2. Places cannot be reserved; receipt of monies by the pool session coordinator secures a place on a course where available.
  3. The club is unable to refund fees if you cannot attend. If the session is re-sold, a 75% refund will be provided with 25% retained to cover administration charges.
  4. In the first instance, it will only be possible to book one course per person for the winter term. If places remain they will be opened up to all, even those who have already attended a course.
  5. Please indicate First, Second, Third in the appropriate boxes in case your preferred session cannot be provided.
  6. Each block of 3 consecutive sessions costs £20 per person for CSCC members, £30 for non CSCC members. Once the block of sessions has started any spare places can be booked individually for £7 per session for CSCC members or £11 for non CSCC members. The additional cost to non-members includes a temporary membership charge covering the pool sessions only.

The pool at Stonar School Melksham, SN12 8NT is accessed around the back of the school – up the main drive, bear right around the school buildings, just past the all-weather pitch.


Spuds & Sparklers and our Upcoming working party

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We hope everyone has had a good Summer season and is looking forward to the Winter Paddling season whether they are going to be running white water rivers or going our for some refreshing early morning paddles! We have a couple of event announcements that can be seen below.

The 2018 Spuds and Sparklers evening is on the 3rd November.
This is a great event, bring the family and any friends too.

Watch the Monkton Park firework display reflected in the river from our veranda

With a real bonfire to toast marshmallows on.

Booking is essential please, I have to order the spuds – This can be done by contacting us on [email protected]


Alongside our announcement of spuds and sparklers comes us getting a new storage container to store kayaks in, this will make room for our newly purchased kayaks.

At the next working party we will be needing to prepare the land that the container is going to be situated on. Please see the below image for details about the working party.

Thank you to all the hard work put in by all of our volunteers and committee members and we look forward to seeing some of you at our upcoming events.


Our first Winter/Autumn Social!

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On Friday 12th at October 6pm CSCC are having a Social evening in line with our policy of keeping up events throughout the winter months.
Join us for a bit with a bit of crafty fun (very easy) a scrummy fish meal and a good chat and catch up.

If the weather is good then a short paddle first to work up an appetite.

This is an RNLI event we are signed up or it so really want it to be well attended.
Link to the RNLI https://rnli.org/fish-supper

Price of £6 is to include a contribution to the RNLI.
Although we are only a river club, many of us use our coastal waters, it is a very worthy charity, so feel free to contribute any more pennies to our collection.

Usual plea for numbers to the event for catering purposes.

Contact Meryl (07929971447)or Julie or post on FB and [email protected]


What’s coming up at the club in August and committee meeting minutes

Working party this Thursday 2nd August.

6:30pm until dark.

Jobs include…

1. Grass cutting

2. Mens and Womens toilet block and changing rooms need cleaning

3. General compound clear up

4. Kayak seal slip needs tidying up – and made usable

5. List will be added to on the night.

Gentle reminder to be careful with fires in club grounds this heat wave.

Camping weekend – 3-5th August

Please contact 01249 656170 / 07929 971447 if you are interested in attending.

Tails of the river bank – Thursday 23rd August

A paddle to find different pictures of tails that are floating in the river and identify them. Can dress up as tales of riverbank characters?

Members should be ready to go from 6PM at the club if you want to participate.

Committee meeting Minutes

Linked below are June’s committee meeting minutes. If you have any questions or queries relating to it please use the contact form linked here

June Minutes

As always we hope you have a great time on the water this month and that you can attend some of our upcoming events that are happening.

Thank you for making our club so great.

CSCC Committee



July to December club events list now out!

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Paddle proposed dates for 2018

Saturday July 7th 5pm – Wombles of Chippenham – dress up paddle as wombles (optional) and collect rubbish from the river. A clear up paddle! Followed by a BBQ Bring your own food to cook on our BBQ.

Sunday 15th July 3pm -Teddy Bear’s picnic – paddle and a picnic on the water.

Thurs 19th July 6pm – Paddle, Camera, Action – photography paddle, capture scenery , wildlife or action shots! Followed by fruity puddings!

Fri 3rd Aug to Sun 5th Aug Camping weekend at Club

Sat 4th Aug 2pmCanoe -Treasure Hunt- Evening meal

Sun 5th Aug 6amUp with the Lark – early morning paddle followed by a bacon butty.

Thursday 23rd Aug 6pmTails of the River bank – a paddle to find different pictures of tails that are floating in the river and identify them. Can dress up as tales of riverbank characters? Postponed until 11th September

Tuesday 11th Sept – Tails of the River Bank followed by AWARDS night – a paddle to find different pictures of tails that are floating in the river and identify them. Can dress up as tales of riverbank characters?

This will be followed by the awards evening – if you have been on a course (even if a non-member) we encourage you to attend as you will be awarded a certificate and where applicable the relevant star award form.

Friday 21st Sept 6pm – Chinese evening – Make paper lanterns to float on river or on jetty & paddle , Chinese dress and a Chinese buffet!

Friday 19th October– What you were wearing when the boat went down! – anything goes fancy dress paddle followed by fish and chip supper.

Saturday 3rd Nov? (TBC)-Spuds & Sparklers

Fri 23rd Nov 7pmKnots & Nibbles –  bring nibbles to share and learn some useful knots for securing boats etc.

Friday 14th Dec 6pm – Christmas Night Paddle– with decorated craft , fancy dress, carols ..mulled wine, mince pies etc


CSCC are looking for a Dinghy Instructor

CSCC are looking for a Dinghy Instructor

RYA Senior Sailing Dinghy Instructor opportunity
Chippenham Sailing and Canoe Club are looking for an
RYA Senior Dinghy Instructor holding current certification.

Chippenham Sailing Canoeing Club is situated on a beautiful
section of the River Avon to the east of the town of Chippenham.
The club has club sailing dinghies and canoes, and offers sport for all.
The river can be challenging with cross winds and currents, but
offers a great deal of new experience.

The club is an accredited BCU Canoeing and Kayaking training centre
and would also like to offer RYA accredited sailing and RYA inland
Rescue boat courses to offer people the opportunity to learn new
sports, meet like minded people, and keep fit.

You will need to be an RYA Senior Dinghy Instructor and be willing to
develop club sailing to RYA Sailing training centre status, as official “RYA Principal”.

If you would like this ground floor opportunity to develop a new RYA sailing school
and bring more people into our sport, and, develop your skills set into canoeing
and kayaking, this is an ideal opportunity.

We will also consider an RYA Dinghy Sailing Instructor with several years experience,
who is close to gaining the RYA Senior Instructor status and would like a club to develop
this with as an RYA Principal, liaising with the RYA.

Please contact the club email address in the first instance.