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Spuds & Sparklers 2021

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Our popular Spuds & Sparklers event is back this year! See the poster below for more info on how to book on.

The normal Rotary club display isn’t happening this year, however we will still have a bonfire, sparklers & food.


A July update from the committee

We hope everyone has been getting down to the club in this warm weather, please find the below update from your committee covering the following things:

  • COVID-19
  • Using the club
  • Volunteering
  • Upcoming courses


We have carefully considered the current restrictions and it being clear that cases are rising rapidly once again. As a committee we discussed this at our most recent meeting last Monday, our decisions on what procedures/limitations would remain, and what could be lifted, depended on risk of transmission vs general safety and convenience; with the knowledge that the highest risk of transmission is still through aerosol spread in confined spaces. Please see the very simple, short and easy to remember list below:

1.      The changing rooms will remain generally unavailable for changing & showering purposes, although the toilets will of course continue to be open for use. Please continue with the thorough 20 second hand washing regime after using them. We view the changing rooms as the most likely place for the virus to spread. It is a minor inconvenience to continue to change from the back of a car with a towel robe, or to arrive dressed to paddle. This situation will be reassessed in the Autumn as the weather begins to deteriorate.

2.      Please continue with the sensible measures inside other enclosed spaces: Not entering the equipment sheds when there are other people inside; Consider wearing a mask before entering the club hut or better still wait until other people have vacated it. Be considerate of other people’s personal space.

3.      Please continue to use your track & trace QR codes with the app on your phone should you have it installed.

As of Monday (19th), it is no longer necessary to clean equipment with soapy water. Virus transmission is less effective through surface contact than it is through the air in confined spaces. Please put the equipment away securely and tidily though!!!

Using the club

This summer we’ve welcomed lots of new members to the club and so we thought it was worth reminding everyone of what we have all signed up for when we join.

We’re a community club so if we look after the site and the equipment it will make sure it can be enjoyed by everyone.

We try to keep rules simple to follow as we want people to concentrate on enjoying themselves on the water. They are:
if you open it, lock it up – this includes storage sheds, gates and the front access when youre not using it. Please double check just before you leave 

  • If you use it, put it away
  • Equipment is expensive to replace, so once it is gone it is gone. Please return all equipment to where you got, in the same condition you found it.
  • You are responsible for everyone in your group – if you have brought children or guests along with you then your are responsible for making sure their equipment is put away properly and anything they opened is locked up.
  • Do not share access codes with anyone other than your membership group, if someone asks you for the codes and you’re not sure on whether they are a member or not, please ask them to email [email protected]
  • If you spot something is broken then email [email protected]


We’re always looking for help – whether it’s cutting the grass, maintaining the equipment or welcoming new members. If you’d like to help out in any way, we’d love to chat to you. Speak to one of the coaches or someone from the committee, alternatively post a post on our facebook group and someone should point you in the right direction.

Upcoming events

We’ve arranged a number of events across the rest of the year. You’ll find the latest calendar here.

Upcoming courses

With so many new members our wonderful volunteering coaches wanted to run some extra courses for you over the coming weeks. They’ll teach you some extra paddling skills and how to be safe on the water.

Details about the courses:

  • Please find the course calendar here
  • All courses will be in the evening & will run approximately from 6pm through to 8pm including time to get on & off the water.
  • You should get about 1.5 hours on the water time.- Ideally participants would attend a full block of 3 sessions to get the most out of the course, however with it being the summer holidays in some cases that might not be possible.
  • Therefore each session for adults & over 12s will be £3 per person per session.- There are also some sessions for under 12s (& over 7s), these are sessions focusing on learning through fun & games, & are £2 per session.

How to book:

Drop us an email to [email protected] with your preferred dates. We will then send you a payment request which you should be able to pay by card.

Happy paddling!


Initial calendar of events for the year

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As mentioned in our Spring update from the committee, a group of volunteers have been working hard and planning some events for our members that include social camping weekends, introduction to white water trips, paddles on the Avon and more!

Our first event will be this Thursday (20th May) in the form of a knots and nibbles night, please bring some kit to go on the water with if you wish to, this will then be followed by the knots and nibbles part which you will need to bring some rope/cord and snacks for.

Following on from the knots & nibbles on Thursday, will be a local trip back from Kellaways, please let us know if you want to join in, preferably on the facebook post however if you do not have facebook please reply to this email.

For more information about the events we are intending on running this year please see the below PDF.

We look forward to seeing you down at the club.


A Spring update from the committee!

We hope that everyone has been getting out on the water when its not been raining, snowing or hailing as it has been recently (or braving the weather)! We’ve been busy behind the scenes getting ready for another slightly unconventional year, in this update you will find a few of the things that we are currently working on and us asking for your thoughts on what we can improve!

  • Kit checks – Annually we have to do checks on all of our equipment, these have now been done in the gap between opening the club to members, and folks wanting to use club kit last month.
  • Increased storage – we are looking at expanding both club and private storage for Kayaks, Canoes & SUP’s
  • The club calendar for the year – We’re busy drafting up a calendar for the year of club organised events. These are set to include a couple of the most popular items from the membership form which was a BBQ and Camping weekend.
  • Wild swimming – We’re investigating the possibility of this being officially supported as an activity down at the club. If anyone knows of any good contacts for this or wants to help get it up and running please reach out via our contact page.
  • Whilst this isn’t anything that will change your experience down at the club, we have launched an Instagram account (@chippenhamscc) so that when you’re away from the water you can keep up to date with what other members are doing on the water!

What do you want to see out of your club?

Following on from the question on your membership form (if you’re a member) please let us know if there is anything else you want to see from us! The 3 items top came up a lot were: wild swimming, a BBQ Social and a camping weekend so we hope to bring you more info around these soon.

There was also some demand for Trips, however these are a bit more difficult to organise with the club at the moment due to the current social distancing rules. If any members want to organise anything among them selves before we’re able to run any club trips, please put a post up on the Facebook group and I’m sure people will want to come along.

If we haven’t mentioned an item that you suggested please don’t think that it has been ignored, we’ve just called out the top 3 items. We value the feedback that we get from our members and encourage you to give as much as possible as to how we can improve our club, equally if you have an idea that you are passionate about please get in reach out to us to help organise it or put a post on the Facebook group.

For those getting this email or reading this on our website that aren’t members, if you’re on the edge about getting a taster session or renewing your membership please get in touch, we’ll happily take you out on the water for a taster session or show you round the club before you commit to anything.


We have had a lot of questions surrounding courses, we are not currently in a position to give out any concrete updates surrounding this, however we have had some discussions around offering shorter 3/4 week courses around June/July time. Stay tuned for more updates! Please let us know what type of courses you would like, whether its SUP, kayak or canoe and what you want to learn!

If any of our members have any relevant British Canoeing Coaching qualifications or think they have enough experience to do one, please do reach out to us. All of our coaches, like our committee and other volunteers around the club, do so in their spare time so it helps if we have a bigger pool to give everyone a break.

Apologies if we mentioned about getting in contact a few times, we are keen to make our club as good as can be and to suit all of our members needs.

We look forward to seeing you out on the water!


Christmas Paddle 2019

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Tuesday 17th December 2019

It’s Christmas Paddle Time!

6 pm at the club to organise craft and get decorating. The more lights the better. Youngsters to be supervised by an adult.

Followed by mince pies, mulled wine and carol signing. Song sheets will be provide.

Please note, paddling is dependent on river conditions and will be assessed on the night. If we can’t paddle we will go straight to the mulled wine and mince pies.

If you are intending to paddle, please wear warm clothes as it will be cold on the water and even colder if you fall in!

Book your place on Facebook, by phone/text on 07929 971447 or to [email protected]


Spuds and Sparklers 2019

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Saturday 2nd November 2019 from 6pm

Returning again for another night of fun and food. Watch the Monkton Park display reflecting in the Avon from the club veranda.

Mulled cider and apple drink.

Toast marshmallows on the bonfire, loads of sparklers to play with (adult supervision for smalls ones please).

Baked spuds with yummy choices of fillings including veggie. (ask for any dietary requirements). Apple crumble pudding.

Please book your place as the catering depends on known numbers attending.

Contact Meryl or Julie  via 07929971447, the contact page on the website or via our Facebook page.


A Fishy Affair

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Tuesday 8th October 2019 – 7pm

The Fishy Affair returns again this year, prompted by the RNLI annual fundraising appeal.

Last year was good fun so let’s make this year a brilliant one and raise lots of money.


Awards Evening – 10th September 2019 – 18:00

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This years’ awards evening will have a short session on the water with all the new equipment available to play on. Information on what the grants awards will be displayed and hopefully the representertives of the various bodies will attend.

The evening will begin promptly as the nights are darkening earlier so those wishing to paddle should be prompt. 

Certificate presentation for all those who have taken part in courses, plus some extra fun awards. 

Watch FB for any further information.

Come along and have a great evening,
Thank you,  Meryl ( Events / Social Organiser)