Club News

  Upcoming Events

Next paddle event –

Following government directives regarding Coronavirus, Witham Lesiure Centre has CLOSED. This means club Monday night pool sessions are now suspended indefinitely.
Further the Club Committee have now decided to cancel Club paddles until at least April 30th. This means ‘Friday Night Paddles’ will NOT start on April 3rd as planned and the ‘Club Paddle’ days set aside in the events calendar for April will not take place.

The committee will re-evaluate the situation at the end of April and advise all club members accordingly. We hope all members stay well and safe and hopefully we’ll see you all back out on the water again soon. 

See the forum pages for more details.


Unfortunately, with the good weather coming everyone is itching to get on the water, but this is a “want” and not a necessity, and we must all do our part. All trips are cancelled until further notice, but this doesn’t mean to say we can’t do anything. Check your kit, make sure it is sea worthy and in date. Restock your first aid kit, tighten any loose nuts and bolts on your boat, check for leaks in rubber seals, oil zippers and if you have been a bit lazy wash your kit and reproof it. Keep an eye on the forum and social media for when the isolation period is over, and if you’re feeling really bored look at some of the navigation questions on the forum, if nothing else it will jog your memory.

submitted by webmaster 040420


Subject: Black Water Tour 2020 – CANCELLED

Dear BCC Members,

Unfortunately due to the Coronavirus outbreak and the associated 
logistical problems we have been informed by the organisers that this 
year’s Blackwater tour has been cancelled. This may be a 
disappointment to those of you who have booked a place but I’m sure 
you all understand the reasons behind it. Hopefully a successful tour 
can be run again next year.

Kind regards,
Club Secretary


Mike Secretary 200320


Dear Bramston Canoe Club members, Following the latest government recommendations regarding Coronavirus, the club Committee have been discussing the situation and how to proceed with regards to club activities at this time.

We are currently planning on NO CHANGE to the status of our club activities. For the moment Witham Leisure Centre remains open and our pool sessions will still take place as usual on Monday evenings. All club paddles will also go ahead as planned.

Of course as a club we want all our members to stay safe and it is therefore at the discretion of each individual member to decide as to whether or not they wish to attend a pool session or club paddle. We do advise that club members follow government advice regarding prevention of communicating the illness to others such as hand washing and avoiding unnecessary physical contact (hand shaking, hugging etc) and that those in more the more vulnerable groups isolate themselves as much as they can etc.

Please rest assured that we are continuing to monitor the situation and if we need to make any changes to club activities we will communicate this to members immediately.

Club Committee 19/03/2020

As the warmer weather,erm, arrives and people start emerging from hibernation, I thought the following advice from the RYA (Royal Yatching Association) on BAs might be useful.  Whilst its aimed at Sailors its still relevant to us canoeists, kayakers and SUP paddlers

submitted by John H 01032020

Announcing the new:

Swimmer of the moment trophy


This is not a trophy of shame, it’s an award for trying and entertaining. You will still get a swim sticker to keep but the idea is to pass the trophy on when the next person swims hence “Swimmer of the Moment”.


The following has been lifted from an email asking for members help.

Good morning all,

I am hoping that you might be able to help push this Blog round key clubs for me? We are currently trying to influence the Agriculture Bill, opportunities like this are very rare and time is of the essence!

The Blog piece we posted yesterday should explain all – and provides a template letter.

Priority is clubs/paddlers within the constituencies of MP’s on the ‘Scrutiny Committee’. We only have a week or two for this to have any impact.

Second we need to encourage all clubs to write to their MP asking them to support for the Gareth Thomas MP Amendment. This is to be tabled on the 10th, but still we need to be garnering MP support now.

I appreciate you are all very, very busy and bombarded with BC comms at present, but if you can spare a few mins to fire this blog off to key club / provider contacts, that would be great. I have put this on Facebook, as has BC, so any sharing or forwarding (thanks for your help on this Greg), would be greatly appreciated.

https://www . britishcanoeing . org . uk/news/2020/blog-view-from-the-riverbank-a-call-to-action  

The more noise we can create about this the better!!!!

Thank you so much for your help! #StrongerTogether


Post AGM – The AGM took place at Marconi Sailing Club. The post AGM paddle was abandoned due to Storm Dennis, however an exercise in Tidal navigation took place in stead which was well received. We were given an insight into Barry’s mind to see how he works everything out.  The new committee has been formed, with Cheryl – Ann taking the lead as Chair person, and Andie B becoming the new Vice Chair.  Standing down from the Committee is John H. The Minutes and outcome of the meeting will be published shortly. The new committee is published on the Contacts page.

submitted by John Webmaster 180220


Ok, are we all set for the AGM this coming Sunday (16th)? You should all have received a copy of the AGM for you to print out and bring along with you.Weather wise not looking too good, needn’t pack the suntan lotion.  There is a planned paddle after the AGM but the weather is telling us a different story. The tides for Osea are Low Tide 11:13 0.6m and High Tide 17:34 4.3m. So even if you don’t brave the water, the estuary should look quite spectacular. Bring your cameras.

Local WindGuru Website shows it to be a tad windy. Maybe not for the faint hearted.  As a fall back,  a spot of navigation training will take place for those interested. Don’t forget to bring you own cup and sandwiches. The meeting will start at 10am prompt. Please do not arrive before 09:30 as you won’t get in! Note, once you have left the site you will not be able to get back in as the site will be locked. Make sure you take all of your belongings with you.

submitted by John H Vice Chairman 15022020 

Ok this trip is for April but you need to book your place now. Blackwater Tour – once a year trip. This is a great paddle to do as we only have access once a year to this part of the river. It’s not too challenging and you will be taken care of by our club group. We stop about half way for a picnic / lunch at Blue Mills Wickham Bishops. Normally off the water at Langford by 15:00/16:00. You must book your place to attend this trip. Contact Mike, our Secretary as soon as possible. If you’re in need of boats or other kit the club and members can help you. Any question just ask.

submitted by Barry Events Co Ordinator 12022020

First Aid Course – the First Aid course,specifically for waterborne activities was very well attended. Well done for those who have refreshed their knowledge and a very well done to those who have never attended one of these courses before. It means that we, as a club and as individuals can enjoy the great outdoors knowing that someone has our back in the event of accident and be prepared to step in and save a life. We are very fortunate in that most of our members are first aid trained. As a further note it is a requirement for a lot of British Canoeing training, coaching and self development programmes.

Liz is off to Anglesey – good luck to Liz who will be completing her BC Sea kayak leader course.

submitted by Vice Chair 12022020


January for me (vice Chair), means hibernation, time for DIY repairs to house and boats, for others, its full on get out there and paddle.  The Calendar is fast filling up for the year with some of the major trips now well into the planning stage. Get your name down sooner than later if you are interested, last minute add ons can be difficult to accommodate. 
For those who need their First Aid updating there is a course in the first week of February, get your name down for a refresher. As a club we do very well with trained first aiders,in that the majority of serious paddlers hold first aid tickets. Nice to know if you’re in trouble out on the green and crinkly stuff. The AGM is set for February which includes a paddle afterwards. Full details to be sent out soon. If you want anything discussed at the AGM please let a member of the committee know in advance or email Mike, our secretary for inclusion. It is in your own interest to turn up for the AGM, even if you are not paddling. It’s your club, your input is needed and welcomed. See you on the water.

submitted by John H Vice Chair 270120


We’re back for another year of paddling and exploring our inland waterways, white water rivers and coastal shores. As you can see the calendar is already filling up with trips to whet your appetite. The year has kicked off with burn off the excess Christmas pudding paddle on the R. Stour (an epic 15k) with some impromtu trips in between. As usual keep your eyes on the forum and other social media.

Look forward to seeing you on the water.

John Vice Chairman.

For Next Year and Beyond

Beginning of the year there will be lots of training announced, White water, Sea, Surf and Touring and  Scotland 2020. A week of sea kayaking on the west coast with plenty of wild camping!

Isle of Man 2021 A week on this beautiful island, perhaps even paddling the open crossing there! This proposed trip has caught the attention of a lot of BCC kayakers. So if interested, like the Scottish trip taking place later on this year,  make sure you practice your sea kayaking skills and rescue skills well in advance.

More info on all trips can be found on the Trips Forum page and EVENTS calendar. Extra trips are always added throughout the year.

Trip suggestions always gratefully accepted

Submitted by Barry Events coordinator

  Training and Training trips.

Our Monday night pool sessions are always full of training opportunities, use them.


Training trips will be published as and when. Normally when the weather is warmer. Keep an eye out on the Training forum and Events Calendar.