Pathfinder Update

THIS THURSDAY 23rd FEBRUARY POOL SESSION. Please support this as attendance was very low for the last one and we lost a lot of money on it!! There is only one more pool session after this one.

FIRST AID COURSE (two day rec course) at Riverside Centre Oxford March 18/19 Sat /Sun. This has been organised by  by  Louise Royle  especially for club members and as such is heavily subsidised by the club. It is only £65 for the two day course..going rate is at least twice that!! It is a requirement that coaches renew this every three years but it is open to anyone in the club. The deadline for payment is next Saturday Feb25th. If insufficient numbers it will be cancelled. CONTACT LOUISE DIRECT.

As you know there is a tremendous amount of work going on behind the scenes to do everything we can to get our new site up and running by the start of the season. As soon as we can get the interminable legal paperwork signed by the authorities, we will be in a position to start the physical work.

The other issue is funds. We have got some awards from Christ`s Hospital Abingdon Charity Fund (£4600) ,River Legacy Foundation (£5000),Waitrose (£249), Aviva (£500) which we have added to the money we have saved/raised already. We also have a number of other grant applications in at present. We are still however well short of the money we need.


If you know of any local firm, or perhaps your employer, who would be willing to sponsor, we have a number of items of the build , that require sponsorship for a sum. or perhaps they would be willing to donate building /construction materials. We can provide a list of what is needed on request. Likewise if you hear of any grants for which we may be eligible. Gordon , Paula and Tom have been doing a brilliant job of looking into all grant possibilities and putting in applications for those that we are eligible for.

Additionally we have plans for a couple of fund raising events… Easter Monday Bucket Collection Day at GO Outdoors for which we need some volunteers to help (let me know) and a Duck Race in June.

When we have a clearer plan as to how the site will be developed we will have news of starting monday nights and other day trips. We hope to start back on the river at the end of April.


A few changes were made at last November`s KCC AGM.

EVERY Pathfinder member will need to download the membership form from here and bring it along or send it to me when we start on the river. This year EVERY new or rejoining member needs to pay £5 annual membership fee and then each attendance is £5 as usual (i.e first time you come it will be £10)

When a Pathfinder reaches 18 they are entitled to one year`s free membership of the KCC Adult section in addition to coming along and helping with Pathfinder Monday Sessions. For this they must complete the on line kcc adult application (see below).

Parents, if you wish, are very welcome to join the KCC adult section (£45 per year) as a paddling member, or as a non paddling supporter at a concessionary rate (£20 per year) Both of these give voting rights at the AGM . Please note this on line form is only for those wishing to join the adult section. PY Youth Section membership is, as above the same as in previous years, by downloading, completing and bringing along the paper form.

Phew!! MAYBE we can actually get some paddling done as a break from all this  admin, we can hope. Have spent more hours going to meetings in the last months than doing any paddling!!

February Update

The committee has decided that it would be a good idea to circulate minutes of each of the monthly meetings. For those of you who are new to the club these meetings take place on the first Wednesday of the month. Right now they are taking place in the Fox in Steventon at around 2000. I encourage you all to come along and meet other members.

As is the way of  recent times the site and hut situation started the meeting. The hut committee is plugging away at this issue. We are expecting our planning conditions to be discharged very soon which will be excellent. The other thing that is taking a lot more time to get organised is the lease. As you may be able to appreciate this is a complex process which is taking more time than strictly ideal. The current state of play is that our solicitor has reviewed documents and  said that we do need to get an easement to formally access the site. The council has agreed with this and they will start to put pen to paper on the lease at the same time as our solicitor draws up an easement. So we are still moving on that front but it is taking it’s time.

The other thing that should be mentioned is funding. There has been an awful lot of work happening with several grant application in and we have had some success with David Surman landing a whopping £4.6K from Christ’s Hospital of Abingdon. If you have any great ideas on how to get more please do get in touch. We are in the process of registering for gift aid so if you are a taxpayer then we can some claim money back on donations, for example to the Hut fund. We are also in the process of registering ourselves on Just Giving which means if you want to sponsor us then this will enable you to do this.

The next pool session is on 9th Feb. These are great for paddlers of all levels and even if you have never even thought about rolling then this is still a great opportunity to brush up on your boat handling skills. Details here:

  • Iain Walters is organising a trip to the Lakes this weekend.
  • Kate Wilson is organising a trip to mid-wales on the 24,25 and26 March. Details to be confirmed but this will probably be in or around the Teifi.
  • Alan is running a trip over the easter weekend in North wales. He has booked accommodation for Thursday 13th and Friday 14th April. So we would be paddling Friday and Saturday. Plenty of room can sleep up to 29 people.
  • There is a Italy trip going on from 13th-21th May. This is a trip for experienced paddles. Iain is organising this on Facebook.
  • Fred is running his Slovenia trip 20th – 27th May. This is much more chilled out and if you are interested then please get in touch with Fred at next month’s meeting.
  • Looking ahead, There are the annual trips to the Dart. Tony is going to look into booking this for 13-15 Oct. This is no small job and we all appreciate Tony organising this trip. More info at the next monthly meeting.
  • Fred is running his Scotland trip in October half term. This is a brilliant trip for boaters looking to push themselves a bit.

There are a bunch of trips happening at this time of the year:Clearly there will be more things going on and the best way to keep abreast of things is to come to the monthly meeting. The next one will be 1st March in the Fox, Steventon.

Finally, please renew your membership for 2017. There is information on Join Us

Thanks all, See you at the next meeting