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Great to see so many of you at the lake and start of season BBQ.  And the sun shone!  See you on Wednesday evenings!  Arrive at 18:30 to be on the water at 19:00.



Our Club is 30!.......well, nearly.

2017 marks the 30th anniversary of the formation of Thameswey Canoe Club, which I'm sure you'll agree is something to celebrate.

So, the social committee are on the look out for any budding event co-ordinators, entertainers, or general handy people to help organise a spectacular party to celebrate.  Further details will be announced (when we know them!), but it is guaranteed to be a jampacked family time of fun, frolics, paddling and of course, plenty of socialising.

Please contact the social committee if you're interested in helping organise what will be a memorable weekend for Thameswey.

Did you know that the Boogie, the Cha Cha Slide, the Macarena and YMCA are all dances based on paddling strokes or actions?  A useful demonstration of these rhythmic training activities will be a special part of our 30th anniversary celebrations.  The informative 'gyrations to music' will be held at the disco session of our celebration weekend.

Performance Tights Issue!

All the top disco tracks have been mixed for you by DJ Mo (Mo was a mobile jockey for 7 years). 

The music has been professionally mixed and recorded onto CDs. Mo’s Music Machine will play the CDs continuously. So that’s six hours and 40 minutes of the very best disco! Will you still be dancin’?! 

As the music is pre-mixed track changes cannot be made and no requests can be played.  Sorry. 

There are approximately 110 disco tracks, so you will love many and probably cringe at a few. There are old tracks and new, something for everyone! 

The track list has been amended since the original publication and now has no tracks by Neil Diamond. This is due to a performance tights issue (I believe Neil ordered a size too small).

The final list of artists lined up for the night, and their party hits can be accessed right here. An updated track list is available here.

Events and News Calendar:

Thameswey Canoe Club has Clubmark status.  This is a nationally recognised award issued by Sport England.

From the Clubmark website:- 
  • Clubmark is the Sport England mark of high quality junior sports clubs.
  • Clubmark is the stamp of approval to which all sports clubs aspire.
  • Clubmark represents high quality, safety, fair and focussed support for young people.
  • As a single, national standard, Clubmark gives sports clubs of all types structure and direction.
  • Clubmark is endorsed by all the main sporting, youth and education agencies involved in the delivery of sporting opportunity for young people.
  • Clubmark stands for:

            ACTIVE ...            getting the best out of young people
            ACCESSIBLE...   giving everyone a sporting chance
            ACCREDITED...   the Sport England mark of                                                        high 

To learn more about Clubmark, please visit www.clubmark.org.uk
To see the TCC certificate please click here
This award demonstrates and recognises the good work that is being undertaken by all the committee members, coaches and volunteers associated with Thameswey Canoe Club - a true Team Effort!


Our Club Handbook has been refreshed and updated.  It will provide you with all the information you need about Thameswey CC.  Follow this link to see and/or download the Handbook.


Check out all the latest information about the Club Challenge on the dedicated page (click here).  Or contact Yvonne Rees.
Yvonne can be contacted on 07500 861240 or
Members!  Have You Got Club Kit At Home?

Any equipment borrowed should be signed out in the loans book, this is kept in the club house. On return it needs to be signed back in! All boats have an individual identity number inside their cockpit / canoe that needs to be noted in the loans book too. It would be helpful if everyone could please follow procedure.

Please check the kayaking / canoeing kit, that you have at home, to make sure you are not hanging onto any club kit.
Currently the Club is missing:
  • Boat straps
  • Bibs
  • Buoyancy aids
  • Helmets
  • Spray decks
If you find some Club gear please let Alex Lyons know and return them to the Club store at the lake.

Thameswey CC Membership for 2017
We have started our waiting list again after a big, new intake for 2017.  

If you would like to join Thameswey please apply to join our waiting list by contacting our Membership Secretary via the email contact below.   

The Membership Secretary thamesweymembership@gmail.com

Interested in learning freestyle/playboating skills?

Play boating is a fun and exciting way of developing your moving water skills. Fun in its own right but also useful river running skills to know how to surf waves and get out of that stopper you get stuck in.

Q1 - Would you be interested in some training sessions with a specialist coach at a play spot if we set this up - 1. over the next year 2. in perhaps a couple of years

Q2 - If we had a few specialist play boats (e.g a much lighter carbon boat) would you be interested in 1. participating in some try out/training sessions at the lake or 2.developing competition paddling

Contact Nick Cartwright


The Thameswey Anthem

Sung to the tune of 'The Wheels on the Bus', Thameswey youth have a new anthem and warm-up song.

At great expense your committee have commissioned a local poet and author to create this anthem just for our club!

To sing the song everyone grabs a paddle then stands in a big circle facing towards the middle.  Then we just sing and follow the actions in the song (being careful not to bash each other by leaving enough space between each person).

Everyone stands in a circle facing the middle and holds a paddle

The Thameswey Anthem

Our Thameswey Club’s the best in town
Best in town, Best in town
Our Thameswey Club is best in town
Paddles go round.

Val leads our games but we don’t know why
Don’t know why, don’t know why
Val leads the games, we don’t know why
Paddles go high

We practice strokes to make us deft
Make us deft, make us deft
We practice strokes to make us deft
And paddles go to the left

When winter comes we paddle at night
Paddle at night, paddle at night
In wintertime we paddle at night
Paddles go to the right

Our lake’s the best place to go
Place to go, place to go
Our lake’s the best place to go
Hold your paddles way down low

We raise a mug and drain the dregs
Drain the dregs, drain the dregs
We raise another and drain the dregs
Our paddles go through our legs

Our Thameswey Club’s the best in town
Best in town, Best in town
Our Thameswey Club is best in town
Paddles go round.