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£300raised of £8,000 target by 12 supporters

    Weʼve raised £300 to help fund improvements to the fence and changing rooms following the recent spate of thefts and vandalism damage at Huntingdon Canoe Club

    Huntingdon, United Kingdom
    Funded on Saturday, 1st December 2018

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    Huntingdon Canoe Club is a friendly club, accomodating most levels of paddler.
    The club is based in Hinchingbrooke Country Park. It has been in existence for over 40 years and is affiliated to British Canoeing. We recently achieved the Sport England Quality Mark (formerly Clubmark) status. The club is run by a small group of loyal volunteers, we are inclusive and we support local community groups and members from Huntingdon / Cambridgeshire and surrounding areas.

    Following a recent spate of thefts and damage at the club we are raising £10,000 to help fund replacement of the club’s changing rooms and to secure the compound by replacing its fence.

    We have had several break ins where boats are lifted over the fence and left floating on the lake, stolen or sunk, each time we have endeavoured to increase security, first we got long wires, chains and padlocks, then we got a second container and moved most of our boats in there, then after more damage we reinforced the fence in several places where it had been vandalised, after a further theft all we have moved all the boats to a friendly farmers shed .

    Recently there was a further serious vandalism but what is the most heartbreaking is that they have smashed up our changing room with bricks, and to do that they had to rip the safety mesh off the windows and must have brought the bricks from somewhere else.

    Now we feel we will struggle to attract new members, the kids at the club are endangered from the broken glass & detritus in the grass, we are supposed to be running taster sessions but those people may be put off by the poor state of our premises. It will be difficult to change in dark boarded up changing rooms.

    We looked into a grant from Sport England but unfortunately after much deliberation they advised they were unable to fund our facilities because there was no running water or power onsite.

    Overall we are looking to buy something like green palisade fencing to renew the fence and gate around the club and get a new changing room made of something resilient like an old metal container with metal shutters to go over the windows

    I plead that the local community can come together to assist us.

    If you are inspired to try paddling you can support us by coming for a taster session or becoming a member, find us on facebook



    • Sophie Walton (nee Hughes)15 days ago
      Sophie Walton (nee Hughes)

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      15 days ago
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    • Sophie Walton (nee Hughes)21 days ago
      Sophie Walton (nee Hughes)

      Sophie Walton (nee Hughes)

      21 days ago

      With a grant from Mick George we have been able to afford to re do the roof of the building, protecting it from further rain ingress and rotting / mould over the winter, this fund will be closed in a week or so and used to fund replacements for the vandalised and broken doors, and maybe a part of the windows, thanks to everyone who has donated, I think £8k was a bit of a stretch but over the moon with the funds we have received from our paddlers and community. Thanks again

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    • Sophie Walton (nee Hughes)7 months ago
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      7 months ago
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      We have recently been featured in our local paper the Hunts Post!

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    Page last updated on: 12/2/2018 1:34 PM



    • Paul brear

      Paul brear

      Nov 28, 2018


    • Linda Walker

      Linda Walker

      Nov 27, 2018

      Very worthwhile cause - the Canoe Club has been part our lives for a long time.


    • Eryl Foulkes

      Eryl Foulkes

      May 23, 2018

      Good luck & lovely to meet HCC paddlers on the Deben on Sunday.


    • Anonymous


      May 13, 2018

      hope this helps towards your target keep up the good work x


    • Anonymous


      Mar 2, 2018

      Hope this helps to get more people involved - a great sport.


    • Anonymous


      Feb 26, 2018

      I hope you manage to secure your site. Had many enjoyable adventures with HCC through the 80's and 90's and long may it give safe and organised canoeing to people of Huntingdonshire and beyond.

    • Les Wood

      Les Wood

      Feb 23, 2018

      Good luck with the Fundraising :)


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    Sophie Walton (nee Hughes)

    Sophie Walton (nee Hughes)

    Huntingdon, United Kingdom

    I am chair of Huntingdon Canoe Club and a Level 2 Kayak and Canoe coach, I learned to paddle with HCC and have paddled with the club for seven years, I became a coach with support from the club five years ago and my aim is to help inspire new paddlers at the club.

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