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River clean up

SBC Paddlers in Normanton on Soar have completed a river clean up this weekend to take part in the Surfers Against Sewage Autumn Beach Clean- Summit to Sea.Armed with 28 litter pickers, 17 paddler members and 11 prospective members ( in groups of 6) ranging from 10-70 years of age jumped into canoes and kayaks supported by British Canoeing and Rushcliffe Borough CouncilAfter several hours over two days, the team covered 26km of the River Soar collecting eight sacks of rubbish plus a bike frame, styling head, flipper and foot pump from Zouch to the Eleven Arches including the junction with the canal at Loughborough. SBC paddlers have worryingly noticed the progressive build up of plastic bags caught up and shredded into the trees and bushes on the riverbanks and became increasingly concerned for the impact on the river wildlife. Members put a focus on these ‘plastic trees’ and dedicated time to freeing the plastic and removing the litter to support the nesting wildlife.At the beginning of lockdown, as a Club, we noticed a big increase in the plastic and rubbish left on the river banks and in the river. One positive from this clean up is that the quantity of rubbish collected this weekend is half the amount compared to the 17 bags collected on the same stretch last year!It was a very interesting weekend, and we will be continually working on the river to make sure it stays safe, beautiful, and free of pollutants and plastics!A massive thank you to all 28 members who got involved this weekend! We couldn’t have achieved it without you! #ClearAccessClearWaters#surfersagainstsewage

Laura Brookes

Paddling at SBC (Update May 12, 2020

Dear All,
I hope you are all well.
Please find attached the new guidelines for paddling at SBC, from Wednesday 13th May. The opportunities at the moment are very limited. Any questions or observations please feel free to contact me.
There can be no organised club canoeing as it stands. Therefore those of you who do not have full individual British Canoeing Membership, would not be licensed or insured to be on the water.
For those of you with membership but no boat or kit, SBC Paddlers will allow you to identify a boat for your sole use. So please temporarily make it identifiable as being used by yourself. Please do not touch any other boats.
You may also borrow a paddle and a BA, which you may take home, until the end of restrictions.
Thank you

SBC Paddlers Guidelines for paddling at the Soar Boat Club.

You should not paddle or attend The Soar Boat Club, if you are showing coronavirus symptoms, or if you or any of your household are self-isolating.

Paddling Conditions

  • Only paddle with members of your household or with one other appropriate person.
  • Only British Canoeing members- to satisfy insurance and licence requirements.
  • Only use own kit and boats. No sharing.
  • For those who are full BC members and do not have their own kit, you will be allowed to use club kit and one club boat. Please put some form of identification on the boat, so that boat is solely used by you. You may borrow a paddle and BA for the duration of the restrictions.
  • Take evidence of BC membership
  • Maintain social distancing of 2m if fellow paddler is not a family member.
  • Paddle within your capabilities. Only competent and experienced paddlers should be on the water independently. You are responsible for your own safety.
  • Sensitivity to the environment. Nature has started to reclaim habitats. Avoid disturbing nesting birds.

    Use of SBC Conditions

  • Travel to club in separate vehicles if paddling with some body from a separate household.
  • Park vehicles at least 2m apart.
  • Do not use the clubhouse or facilities.
  • Where possible avoid skin-contact with surfaces you may come into contact with, e.g. handrails, gates. If possible wear gloves.

    General advice

    • Stagger paddling if more than one pair/household arrive at the club. 1


• If carrying boats stay same end, wear gloves.
• No sharing food or drink.
• When meeting up, avoid handshakes etc
• Avoid resting or congregating on busy sections of towpaths, locks etc.
• Respect and socially distance other water users, especially boat residents. • Bring cleansing gel, wipes or soap and water.

For further information:

Please act responsibly and follow the above guidelines, remember you are a member of a club affiliated to British Canoeing and a representative of SBC Paddlers and the Soar Boat Club. So responsible paddling and social distancing at all times.

Oh and enjoy it!!

Thank You

River Clean-up

Hi All,
British Canoeing will once again be supporting Surfers Against Sewage on The Big Spring Beach Clean: Summit to Sea between 6-14 April. It’s the UK’s biggest beach clean event and this year, mountain cleans are included for the first time, alongside beach, river and city locations.
As waterways pollution starts inland it is important that inland waterways are covered too, to prevent pollution ending up in the ocean. Paddlers do a great job improving the health of our waterways by collecting litter from places others cannot reach.
SBC Paddlers will be carry out a clean-up of our local paddling water, on Sunday 7th April.
Our intention is to get out on the water and collect as much rubbish as is safely possible between Eleven Arches and Zouch. It is family event andchildren are encouraged to take part.
Following the collection, we will hopefully have a drink and meal in the clubhouse.
Please give me some ideas of numbers as I will have to organise gloves and litter pickers etc.

Regards Shane

Paddling Fees 2019

There are two options, firstly to pay a one off fee at the beginning of the year for all sessions based at the club. This is generally the cheaper option and saves the hassle of paying each time you paddle. Secondly to pay as you paddle.

Option 1 (pre-pay):

Boat owners (who are using that boat):         Adult  £20

Junior £10

Non-Boat Owners:                                          Adults  £43

Juniors £20

Please note that those who own their own boat, but use a club boat, are required to pay the appropriate fee for the use of the club boat. So that would either be the one off fee for that day or may be more economical to pay as a non-boat owner.  For instance if you own your own canoe, but are likely to take a club kayak out at least six times it may be worth paying as a non boat owner.

Cheques for advance fees should be made payable to Soar Boating Club, and sent to Paul Sharpe at The Soar Boating Club Normanton on Soar, LE12 5HB.

Option 2 (pay as you paddle):

Members:                                                       Adult    £4

Juniors £1

Visitors:                                                           Adults   £5

Juniors £2

Boat Storage: 

£24 per boat made payable to Soar Boating Club.  These can also be sent to Paul.

Trips and Weekends:

Day and weekend trips will generally be charged in line with the above fees, but may set on an individual basis. In all cases there will be a £3 per boat charge for transportation on the trailer.

We try and keep costs as low as possible. All fees are designed to cover costs which include maintenance, replacement of kit, boats and the trailers, together with the purchase of new boats and kit and our fees to Canoe England.

River Trent with Trent & Mersey Canal Loop

River Trent with Trent & Mersey Canal Loop

Date:          Saturday 19th May, Temperature 22 degrees.

Distance:  10.6 miles.

This paddle route was first scouted by our intrepid explorers Paul and Shane back in February when the required dress of the day was snow suits! This was the trial group paddle!

As with all these paddles the devil is in the detail, parking was organised at The Canal Farm Shop in Great Heywood and this gave us direct access to the canal.  A short paddle on the canal and portage brought us onto the River Trent by Essex Bridge.

This is a Grade 1 listed bridge, built around1550 and became the main packhorse route across the river in this area!

So, the six of us then headed up the River Sow to see if we could get a closer look at Shugborough Hall, hard work against the current for about a mile, but easier and quicker on the return journey to the River Trent.

There followed a leisurely paddle for a further six miles on the meandering river taking in the wild life that included heron, kingfisher and buzzards along with a multitude of ducklings, goslings and cygnets.

Our lunch break was in the field where we were to portage back to the canal, a nice lunch even though the locals took a liking to Perry’s sandwiches!

Time to set off for the return journey with just over 4 miles to go on the Trent & Mersey Canal.  Passing open fields and only a few narrow boats as most were tied up watching the royal wedding, two locks paddled through and back to the car park at the Canal Farm Shop.

Kit packed away, trailer loaded, and then off to the cafe for well deserved coffee, and the delightful Victoria Sponge baked for the  occasion by Rob’s wife was consumed with gusto.  A one-hour trip back to base and the trailer parked ready for its next adventure.

Many thanks to Paul Sharpe for organising, Perry Chester, Shane Morgan, Rob Lackey, Jon Jarkuilisz for making it a great trip. Of course, we all thank Mrs Lackey for the fabulous Victoria sponge!

Report written by Graeme Young