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Spring Autumn Clean
21 November 2021

Dear WKC,

What an incredible weekend it has been! 

On Saturday, we had our first major all club event in 18 months (ish) for the Club and River Clean-up. It was great to see so many members, parents and children getting involved and helping out. The club looks amazing and the river is certainly minus a bike, fence and bottle (or two). For more about the event, please see below.

If the Club and River Clean-up inspired you, don't forget you can also sign up to help on the next Pennywort Action Day on the 27th November! Information and sign-up in the "What's on..." section below.

Today we (finally) hosted our first Hare & Hounds race of the season. Well done to all who took part and we look forward to next week for a run through of the results. Please send any photos in to Teamapp gallery or our email!

It has been great to see so many join in the land based winter training throughout the week, whether that's swimming, circuits or paddle machines.  Details of the various sessions are available on TeamApp (documents section) and if you have any questions, ask your Group Lead. All the hard work over winter can make a real difference to your next season.

A gentle reminder to please look after our paddle machines and wipe them down after use. This also applies to gym equipment. Please use the sprays and towels provided.
As we are spending more time training indoors, we would like to request that ALL members are regularly taking a lateral flow test to ensure the safety of all users of the Waterside Centre. 

As always continue to pass anything onto us, no matter how small, to as early as possible so it does not miss the newsletter going out. We have recently set up a club wide Instagram account, please see the link to it below.

Enjoy the water!
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In this edition...


River & Club Clean-up Day 
Winter Circuits & Winter Training Programme 2021
WKC Paddler Safety Code
Sign Up! to TeamApp for news, photos and chat
What’s on? - Club Events and Calendar




A magical spell ✨of wonderful volunteers and coaches and PAAs , excited juniors on the bell boats and in Canadians, weather that was pretty ok,  couple of brilliant paddle boarders litter collecting , delicious  catering from our lovely Amanda and Annie- put it all together and and we had the perfect, best Wey River and  Club Clean day on Saturday 20th November 🌟

The club spirit was just amazing 💚. The compound was completely transformed by our magical amazing volunteers who strimmed, chopped , hacked , composted , moved boats , chucked away old paddles … and the most favourite moment was watching the swans use their new footbridge crafted from a plank of wood so they have access to their own mooring and levee area on the bank . Now that is “Clear Access Clear Waters” in action and environmental love !! The compound and boat sheds look beautiful. Thank you so much. 

Back on the river river and towpaths - wow! We had traffic cones , a mattress , rusty metal things, bikes, sleeping bags , tents, cans bottles and tons of plastic and a whole lot more- all retrieved by our juniors on bell boats and Canadians and our fleet of bank and tow path foragers who did a spectacular joint effort of clearing the river and tow path of rubbish - a super huge thanks to everyone it really was an amazing amount of litter that now isn’t in our river thanks to you all.

While all this was going on we also had a wonderful industrious group of volunteers weeding and cleaning up our car park area and club surrounding and sheds . Also there was a pre loved kit sale run by the wonderful Richard and Cat.

All in all - the club spirit was just lovely and that made our river and club clean so special ( oh and we got to use our new litter bags from British Canoeing promoting the “Clear Access Clear Waters campaign) - our River Clean will be added to their National Tracker of River Cleans with photos 🌟

We hope you enjoy the litter free river and our newly spruced up club ground and compounds and sheds - all the hard work was worth it 😊 

To keep it going we can still do our “One a Paddle “ each time we visit the club or river (picking up one piece of litter each time). 

Thank you !! All our litter grabbers  and  bags were provided by British Canoeing and all our rubbish is going to be collected  by the local Dapdune Lengthsman on Monday  - so a special mention to Chantelle Grundy and Mark Walker and Laura Curtis  at BC and National  Trust for their support too. 

Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers you’re amazing.



Choose a session that works for you - limited numbers in each group due to covid (first come first served)

5:30 Gym - Circuits (12 spaces)
6:00 Hall - All body workout (16 spaces)
6:15 Gym - Circuits (12 spaces)

Each session lasts about 40 minutes followed by a 20 min run...then stay for dinner and chat!

Click the link here to see the overview of the ALL CLUB Winter Training Programme and when the gym is free.

Reminder: WKC Paddler Safety Code

Safety of our members and of others is paramount.  Accordingly, the club has developed the Wey Paddler Safety Code to clearly articulate the restrictions that are be placed on members paddling in different conditions and at different times of the day.

It is important to note that every member must make their own dynamic assessment before each paddle considering elements such as the conditions, buoyancy requirements, planned route, paddling competency, safety equipment and appropriate clothing.  When necessary consult someone else.  Every individual will be paddling at their own risk and responsible for themselves.  

Though the Wey Navigation is normally a calm and safe waterway, conditions can change rapidly and the Guildford area is subject to flooding.  

When the river is in flood the National Trust indicates that the navigation is closed by placing a RED BOARD in the frame on the Clubhouse wall. The RED BOARD is controlled by the National Trust and no Club member may remove it or ignore it. Under most conditions this indicates that no crews are allowed to paddle.   

However, there are times when the river is in flood and the RED BOARD is displayed, but conditions are not bad enough to pose an unacceptable level of risk to experienced paddlers. The YELLOW BOARD procedures have been developed with the National Trust to allow paddling to take place under careful control of Club Coaches. The Club controls the YELLOW BOARDS. 

A river flow gauge is situated in the rear hallway, if flow is greater than 30 m/s, there must be NO PADDLING.  You can check before you travel to the club here 

If the system is abused the Club may lose this concession from the National Trust and, if we damage a boat whilst paddling in flood conditions, it is unlikely the Club insurance company will pay. 

Further winter paddling advice can be found on the British Canoeing website


& DASH HOUNDS for U14s

Race 1: 21st November* 
Race 2: 5th December* 
Race 3: 9th January* 
Race 4: 23rd January*
Race 5: 6th February*

Time trial format with slowest setting off first and group finish
Any type of kayak or canoe can enter
Hare & Hounds 10km, 2 portages
Dash Hounds (U14), 5km, no portages 

*Spare dates will be announced if we are unable to run event due to adverse weather or COVID

For more information and pre race registration click here

Get Involved!

Club night, or Saturday bacon butties would not be possible without our amazing volunteers.  We desperately need volunteers for Saturday kitchen, if you could help out, get in contact with
It is a great way to contribute back to the club, whilst getting to know more members (in a dry and warm setting!)

Massive shout out to some of volunteers from this week as well as those who regularly get involved by completing the washing up at the end of club night. 

You can volunteer to help with Thursday club night via Teamapp. Go to the event's section, find a Thursday Club Night event and click on the duty roster to see if the roles have been filled yet. Even if you can only do one club night a year, it still helps!

Keep up to date with the latest news, photos, events and chat!

TeamApp is for ALL members, adults and juniors and parents/carers of junior members



Step by Step - how to get TeamApp

  1. Download the free TeamApp on to your phone via If you don’t want to use a phone app, you can access it using a browser, but you won’t get the notifications when there are new messages
  2. Open the app and choose Log in or Sign Up, enter an email address and complete your registration.
  3. It's a good idea to set up a password. In Team App, from Settings (normally a cog in the top right corner in the main Memberships screen)
  4. "Find your Team / Club" choosing WeyKayakClub, and then go to Settings and Access Groups and choose Junior Beginners/Rovers etc etc.

You will now be able to see information under Galleries, Chat and News. Please join in the Chat groups so that you can get the latest updates on what's happening.

There is also a website version which updates dynamically with the app:

We hope you enjoy your TeamApp experience!

What's On....

As always lots going in and around the club in the next month or so - for all events visit our TeamApp Events section.

27th November
Pennywort Action Day 2 - more details below and sign-up link on image
28th November
Thames 10k winter k2 series @ Royal
5th December
Hare & Hounds (WKC) - the second of the 5 race series on home water
11th December
Wey Kayak Club Christmas Party - details to follow
16th December
Club Christmas Dinner - details to follow
2nd January
Frank Luzmore K2 race - details to follow
9th January
Hare & Hounds (WKC) - the third of the 5 race series on home water


Thames 10k Winter k2 Series
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