Getting ready for getting the club back on the water Evan ran the leaders training day on Saturday and John Connelly managed to get some photos for us to see.
We are pleased to announce that Dorset Disabled Canoing Unit (DDCU) have very kindly agreed for SCC to use their site to launch our boats from their centre, and so we are able to resume our Thursday night paddles from 6th May. Please arrive to be on the water for 6:30pm. Please note that there are no changing rooms or toilet facilities available.
DDCU/Sea Cadet site,Phoebe Rugby Club Car Park
We had hoped to restart activities as soon as Covid Restrictions allowed. However, due to the planned withdrawal of Brockenhurst College from the Hengistbury Head Outdoor Education Centre all club activities have been curtailed. None of the clubs and groups who are based at the centre are currently allowed to continue their activities and have been asked to vacate the site by the college by the 4th June.
Until agreement from the council or a new lease holder is in place to allow activities to recommence from Hengistbury Head we are unable to provide training or taster sessions. The club is trying to find a temporary venue but this is proving difficult due to the lack of suitable facilities and equipment storage.
Once the club are in a position to offer activities, we will let you know. If you cannot wait and would like to start paddling, we can only recommend trying one of the other canoe clubs in the Bournemouth and Poole area. These are:
Poole Harbour Canoe Club based at Hamworthy http://www.pooleharbourcanoeclub.uk/
DUCKS Canoe Club based at Longham lakes https://duckscanoeclub.com/location-and-contact/
Dear All, It is with regret that I am having to share the following information. Brockenhurst College; who run the centre, have informed all the clubs who use the centre that they will be closing its operation of the Hengistbury Head Outdoor Education Centre (HHOEC) permanently.
The College have advised all clubs and users of the centre that they are required to vacate the premises by Friday 4th June 2021. Unfortunately the College will not be allowing access to the centre except for clubs to remove equipment. This means that the expected return to club activities from the centre from the end of March will not be able to happen. A HHOEC users group set up by the Adult Sailors Club which involves all the clubs including Southbourne Canoe Club, have contacted the BCP Council with a view to secure continued use of the centre. In the meantime the SCC committee are looking at a number of options including boat storage. We are also exploring ways to enable the club to return to paddling outside of the Centre in line with Covid-19 guideline dates. The committee will send out further updates as soon as more information is available.
Following the PM’s announcement that the country will enter a second period of lockdown on 5th November, the guidelines for outdoor sporting activities have been amended. From 5th November we are now only able to exercise outdoors with up to 1 other person who is not a member of your household. In addition, Hengistbury Head activities centre will be completely closed and we will be unable to access the site. For these reasons all Southbourne Canoe Club activities will be suspended until the end of the lockdown period and the guidance permits group activities again. Thank you for your support in obeying these rules to keep us all safe at this difficult time.
The club is a lot of fun.
~ Richard Kitchener
We meet every Thursday Evening from May to August
Training sessions and social relaxed paddles around the Harbour and rivers Stour and Avon
Southbourne Canoe Club
Hengistbury Head Outdoor Education Centre