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Thread Topic: CANOE CLUB
Topic Originator: Mike Laughton
Post Date June 30, 2017 @ 9:52 AM

Mike Laughton
June 30, 2017 @ 9:52 AM Reply  |  Email  |  Print  |  Top

Does anyone else remember a Canoe Club that flourished in Stamford during the mid-1950s?
It was based in a big wooden workshop situated on the banks of the Millstream at the Town Bridge end of Bath Row.
The club members built their own canoes in the workshop then paddled them on the River Welland.
I believe well-known local photographer Charlie Kemp was a driving force behind the club along with Robin Cobbold.
I may be wrong but I think the club started as a spin-off from the local Boy Scout Association.
I know that local anglers were not too pleased with a bunch of canoeists paddling up and down their fishing grounds but there is always conflict between fishing and boating communities where they want to use the same stretch of river.

Peter Leatherbarrow
July 6, 2017 @ 7:51 AM Reply  |  Email  |  Print  |  Top

I remember  Robin Cobbold because he was a member of Stamford Boat Club (SBC) that used to race sailing boats on the Gibbonns gravel pit at Langtoft. Robin owned a Dragon sailing boat and my great friend at the time, Chris Britain, who lived with his parents in Deeping St Nicholas at Harrow Farm, used to crew for him in the weekend races. Chris's father was a farmer and he owned a red wooden Enterprise which he kept at Langtoft, where my dad kept his Enterprise, a blue one named Peter Piper with the sail number E 4892. That model of yacht was manufactured by a joinery firm named Jarret in Whittlesea, Peterborough. Some of the other members surnames of SBC included Marshall, Armitage, Stan Whittingham (who was a senior figure at A. Monk and Co. of Barn Hill), Britain, Leatherbarrow, Cobbold.

Later on in 1971 some members of our student body at Stamford Tech, under Mr Gerald Ford, borrowed some kayak moulds (poss from Stamford School?) and made a few  fibreglass canoes which we used on the Welland. I recall tipping one over and getting a good few mouthfuls of Welland river water near Bodecia's crossing point.

Joe Wilcox
August 11, 2017 @ 8:00 AM Reply  |  Email  |  Print  |  Top

I remember being slightly involved in an embryo canoe club around 1956-7. It was in a walled area between Water Street and the river; had been disused and still rather derelict. There were plans to make improvements but I must have left Stamford before anything happened. I spent some time canoeing with John Dale and Tony Dutton amongst others. I am still in touch with John but unfortunately not Tony.