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    Default Woking Basingstoke Canal Cleanup - Sunday 10th December 2017

    Hi folks,


    Is anyone free on Sunday 10th December 2017 to help pickup litter from the Woking section of the Basingstoke canal? This will be in association with the Basingstoke Canal Authority who will provide us with Grabbers and Tubs/Bin bags to put the rubbish in. All the rubbish collected will be disposed by them at the end of the day.

    The rough plan (to be confirmed) is to meet at Boundary Park by the slip way (GU21 5BT) approximately 10 am. Where we can park cars, unload and get a quick Health and Safety briefing before paddling on the canal. It is a very rewarding and enjoyable experience. We can include a pub stop if people want that.


    We did this a couple of years back and we got few people interested and managed to collect trailer full of rubbish in just a few hours. We even made the local press!


    Please let me know if you can help.

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    Count me in Maj

    Here's the blog of the last one: http://www.songofthepaddle.co.uk/for...Canal-Clean-Up


    Not only is it a worthwhile exercise, but its a good fun day out too.
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    We could also have a Festive Brew/Cake/Cook Up at the finish if folk fancied it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mal Grey View Post
    We could also have a Festive Brew/Cake/Cook Up at the finish if folk fancied it.
    Great idea Mal, i know the Horsell Common Preservation Society are doing some work on the common, i wonder if any of them would be interested in clearing the common adjacent to the canal...

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    I could be up for that.

    I don't think I'll get mountains of rubbish in my little boat but could act as a Lighter.

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    It'd be fine mate, we can always move bags into other canoes.
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    Would of happily joined in on this one - but unfortunately I'll be working that Sunday! (...and many words to that effect!)
    Keep yer paddles wet, and powder dry....

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    I am a possible for this pending permission for day release

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigyellowtractor View Post

    The do have some big lighter barges on the canal but it i think they belong to the national trust... i wonder if we can use them? You can always dump stuff in my canoe bigyellowtractor, its not a competition but i will aim to collect the most. The stuff people chuck in the canal though - outrageous!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmac View Post
    I am a possible for this pending permission for day release
    Hope you can make it.
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    Put me down for a good probable... just need to check surrounding shifts

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    As an added enticement, I am hoping to have a selection of demo Downcreek Paddles with me by then, which I shall bring along. So if anybody wishes to try them out, feel free to turn up.

    A canal clearance is a surprisingly good test of paddles, as you get to do a lot of close manoeuvring, as well as a test of speed in the race to recover the first bicycle, the greatest prize...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mal Grey View Post
    As an added enticement, I am hoping to have a selection of demo Downcreek Paddles with me by then, which I shall bring along. So if anybody wishes to try them out, feel free to turn up.

    A canal clearance is a surprisingly good test of paddles, as you get to do a lot of close maneuvering, as well as a test of speed in the race to recover the first bicycle, the greatest prize...
    Thats what MagiKelly said in my message to him about this cleanup. Apparently, there have been a many other clean ups up and down the country in association with SOTP which if fantastic to hear. It all adds you know

    Mal, I have also heard back from Fiona Shipp today (from the Basingstoke Canal Authority ) to confirm its all going ahead. Fiona will also bring a few helpers too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silverbeard View Post
    I have also heard back from Fiona Shipp today (from the Basingstoke Canal Authority ) to confirm its all going ahead. Fiona will also bring a few helpers too.
    https://www.facebook.com/basingstoke...08742059168176

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    I'll be there, and a festive Brew/Cake/Cook Up sounds a fine idea!
    Last edited by Fran; 2nd-December-2017 at 04:51 PM.
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    Just bumping this up and adding a list of folk:


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    Adrian
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    As Maj mentioned, all bin bags and litter picker type things provided. Gardening gloves or similar might be something to bring.
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    Just bumping this up and adding a list of folk:


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    As Maj mentioned, all bin bags and litter picker type things provided. Gardening gloves or similar might be something to bring.

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    Simon in maj's red boat

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    Fran,

    I have heard through the grapevine that you know a thing or two about health and safety?
    I am thinking of organising a charity Coracle race on this stretch of canal (Stews original idea) and would be be interested to know what you think so may pick your brain if that is ok?

    Maj

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    I will be there.

    Will the gates be open so we can just pull in ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigyellowtractor View Post
    I will be there.

    Will the gates be open so we can just pull in ?

    Col
    Fiona will be there as early as she can be to open the gate. If its not open, hang around a bit and it will be!


    Gate is at the bend in Boundary Road; https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/...8!4d-0.5485752
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    I'm in, dependent on the outcome of the car's MoT on Thurs

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    Lunchwise, definitely planning a canal side brew-up, quick cook of bacon sarnies or similar.
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    Well, boys and girls, the weather looks lovely for Sunday :-)

    The meeting time of 10:00 is that "Ready to go" or "I've still got half an hour of faffing to do" ??

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    It'll be fine

    Think its 10 for 10.30 start. Maj?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mal Grey View Post
    It'll be fine

    Think its 10 for 10.30 start. Maj?
    Just sent Fiona an email regarding sunday and will update you as i have more information. I have invited former cllr Lion Anne Roberts for the presss photo at the end. Anne will write a an article for the local press. Mal, i assumed you were bringing your camera

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    Fiona confirms she will be at the gate soon after 10, with the intention of a 10.30 start. I suggest aiming at 10.10/10.15. The forecast is for "improving"* and it doesn't matter if we start a little late.


    The camera won't be used much if its raining, but can at least grab a photo at the end!


    *Don't mention the weather its improving FROM....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mal Grey View Post
    The camera won't be used much if its raining, but can at least grab a photo at the end!
    I have a waterproof "happy snappy" job; if I take hundreds of photos, with a bit of luck two or three might be OK

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigyellowtractor View Post
    I have a waterproof "happy snappy" job; if I take hundreds of photos, with a bit of luck two or three might be OK
    Cool.

    I have one too, the irony being its rubbish in low light, i.e. when its raining, and the lens gets covered in droplets/mist...

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    Just added my name to the list


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    Quote Originally Posted by komba53 View Post
    Just added my name to the list


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    The worst of the rain has moved forwards so we may miss that. The wind, though looks very strong. We may wish to consider more tandem pairings to help as picking litter in a 50mph gust, whilst paddling one handed, will be interesting solo...
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    I offer myself as a tandem partner. I can provide a tandem boat ( Mega Outlander 16) or use your (potential tandem partner's) boat.
    Any takers? As Mal says - letter picking is more efficient when tandem - one can maneuver towards the litter whilst the other picks it.

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    I suggest we just decide who goes with who on the day rather than try and pair everybody up now. Tandem does allow the bow paddler to get closer into stuff too, solo tends to allow easier manoeuvering.
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    Okay Mal. Only issue is, we will have to leave some canoes at the put in if we do that no?

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    OK then Tractor. We might fit in the umpteen strokes whilst collecting rubbish and trying paddles if you would like

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmac View Post
    Okay Mal. Only issue is, we will have to leave some canoes at the put in if we do that no?
    Yes we would, but I don't see that as a problem as long as a lock is brought.

    I'm still hoping to solo, but if folk want to pair up in advance, go for it!
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    I've never paddled tandem but am happy to have a go if someone needs help with their barge.

    My "ickle" boat has so little freeboard I don't expect the wind will be a huge problem; unless it starts whipping up breaking waves of course :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigyellowtractor View Post
    I've never paddled tandem but am happy to have a go if someone needs help with their barge.

    My "ickle" boat has so little freeboard I don't expect the wind will be a huge problem; unless it starts whipping up breaking waves of course :-)
    I prefer to solo paddle tbh. It's really good training homing in on a beer bottle. Will see on the day.
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    I've missed a chunk of comments! lol

    I'm happy paddling solo, gives more room for rubbish and keeps me warm hopefully!

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    Mal, just put this out on twitter to see if we get any more takers. The rain seems to dying off by 10 am and there may even be some sunshine!

    I will bring a couple of tarps and rope we we can build a shelter perhaps - like the time when I almost got hyperthermia Adrian0 when we went for a new years paddle on the ... Basingstoke Canal!

    Mal, are you still planning on bringing the paddles for testing? I fully understand if you dont

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    No rain perhaps but more of a worry is the 43mph gusts...

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    Quote Originally Posted by silverbeard View Post
    Mal, are you still planning on bringing the paddles for testing? I fully understand if you dont
    As long as you promise not to burn 'em!
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    The forecast wind is very worrying... Windguru is showing gusts to F9???

    Met Office seem a little more realistic at F5, gusting F8...

    With the forecast wind direction from SW/W, I would suggest that's the direction we try paddling in and then at least we have a chance of being blown home, rather than stranded at Brooklands!

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    Sadly my permission has been withdrawn so I cannot attend

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    Simon has dropped out too because of the weather.

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    The weather isn't looking quite so rough now... But your tarp is going to be invaluable over lunchtime. Have you got some good strong pegs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdrianO View Post
    The weather isn't looking quite so rough now... But your tarp is going to be invaluable over lunchtime. Have you got some good strong pegs?
    I do for normal weather conditions but not sure about 50 mph gusts. Will bring plenty of rope. I know a good sheltered spot where we can setup

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    I've got some 8" steel rock pegs, will bring them along.

    Edit: Got my tarp, guy lines, ridge line and pegs out - they're all in one bag
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    I'm wussing out because of the weather I'm afraid. have fun & be safe

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    Well a bit of a soggy night, but the boat is on the roof now, the car is packed and I'm up - see you all shortly!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdrianO View Post
    Well a bit of a soggy night, but the boat is on the roof now, the car is packed and I'm up - see you all shortly!
    It's slashing it down here, the boat is not loaded and none of my gear is ready......

    (I only live half an hour from the meeting point)

    See you all in a few hours.

    Might take a holesaw and put a couple of drains in the bottom of the boat; think there'll be more water from above than below !!!!

    My wife says "You all must be fcuking mad !!!" and she never swears !!!!!!

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    The weather is looking much improved - no silly gusts and the rain stops before 12 and makes way for snow??? lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigyellowtractor View Post
    It's slashing it down here, the boat is not loaded and none of my gear is ready......

    (I only live half an hour from the meeting point)

    See you all in a few hours.

    Might take a holesaw and put a couple of drains in the bottom of the boat; think there'll be more water from above than below !!!!

    My wife says "You all must be fcuking mad !!!" and she never swears !!!!!!

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    Its snowing here, so not only nasty on the canal and canal bank but on the roads as well, so I'm not coming. Sorry, not known as a wimp, but this is just needless risk.

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    Not been able to get my act together so will not be attending.

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    Well, we got away with it, rain wasn't too heavy, snow held off till lunchtime, then just a few flakes, and most importantly the wind never arrived.

    Completely see why a few didn't want to risk the journey, having seen snow photos from as close as 10 miles away.

    We managed to clear from the put-in to the first lock west, a couple of miles. We also managed to confuse the pub with a plethora of hot drinks orders.


    Job well done.

    Thanks to Maj for the idea and organising, to Fiona & co for getting the pickers/bags/buckets, opening the gate, and taking away the rubbish, and to everybody who was mad enough to turn up on a grim December day to bob up and down in a steadily-filling floating bathtub and pick litter. Especially Adrian who drove from Poole...


    And yes, we achieved the holy grail, the grand slam of canal clearing; a traffic cone, a bicycle and a shopping trolley....
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    A surprisingly enjoyable day !!!

    It did rain really quite a bit and some big flakes of snow too. No wind though :-)


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    A lovely paddle and great to be able to remove so much rubbish from the canal too!

    Great to meet some new faces and revisit some familiar ones too

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