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New Building Brainstorming

The New Building Subcommittee met again on Friday, for a really productive session where we started to sculpt the wishlist from the committee into a list of achievable requirements that can eventually be turned into a set of plans.  Minutes and typed-up list to follow - watch this space!

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Increased booking slots

It's really important that we continue to use the booking slots at the Club.  Please don't "just turn up" - we'd like to continue to remain open and paddling, and selfish behaviour jeopardises that.  We've increased the number of slots to help ease congestion, but if you can't get a slot at the time you want - please choose another time!

There are now 4 spaces per 15-minute slot on Wednesdays between 5pm & 6pm and Sundays between 9am & 10am.  This should make it easier to find someone to paddle with, as well as helping find extra space.  If this is successful, we'll roll it out more widely.  As always, in case of problems please let me know!

New building - requirements request

Plans for the new building are currently being considered - and we need your input.  The committee has prepared a wishlist for what they want to see, and this is now fixed - please don't request things that are outside the wishlist - and we're working to turn that into some concrete designs.  At this stage, we're looking for general requirements - for instance, "all changing areas should be disabled-friendly" - and not too detailed (not, for instance, "all doors should be 825mm wide for wheelchairs").  As discussed at the meeting, we're following a design process which will be transparent, robust and will lead to plans which fulfill the wishlist, and this is an important step to get right.

Bryn is chairing the working group, so please send your requirements to him before Friday and he'll bring it up at the meeting. 

Exciting times!

New building news!

After much anticipation, the Club Committee has agreed a wishlist for what they want to see in the new building, which is the first step in bringing it into use as a new and fabulous Club asset!  A number of Club members with professional experience in construction and project management have been tasked with making this happen, and they met for the first time last night.  We had a really productive meeting (minutes to follow), and agreed a process and structure to take things forward.  We'll be consulting with everyone in the Club to make sure a wide range of views are represented, and once we've got things nailed down we'll draw up some plans and share those also.  This is our Club, and our building - your Club and your building - so we're keen to get everyone involved.  More news soon!

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Invasive Species Survey

If you're stuck in a boring meeting, British Canoeing would really appreciate you filling out this survey helping understand the spread of invasive species: https://leeds.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/paddlers-activities-and-invasive-non-native-species-3


Dear Club Members

Dear Club Members,

It is with deep regret that I have to inform you that I have made the decision to step down as Chairman of the club.  I have given this a great deal of consideration and though I have very much enjoyed serving as Chairman and contributing to the development of the club, the responsibility has become too great with my health issues and balancing work and family commitments.  It has been a pleasure to serve you in this role and to get to know many of you.  I will still be paddling regularly so will remain a supportive member of the club. John Simmonds has stepped up from Vice Chairman and I know he will do a fine job as Chairman.

Thank you for your support over the last few years.

Brian Williams

Wednesday Morning Paddles

Mike Lambourne, one of our coaches, organises morning paddles from the club for those members who are not yet competent to paddle without help and some guidance. The group will, of course, be limited to 6 people total. If you would like to join his group please contact Mike on  07949 184250  to let him know you are interested

Summer Newsletter - Out Now!

I'm particularly proud of our contributors for this newsletter, who have put together some absolutely cracking articles which are bubbling over with positivity and interest, despite the lack of recent paddling!  Please take the time to read it and, if you enjoyed it, drop them an email.

Keep an eye on the website - things are starting to happen and there's going to be a lot going on!