Newsletter, October 15th 2023

Pie’n’Peas Evening in support of the RNLI

Back in late 2019, the club made a financial donation to the RNLI. In February 2020 we received an email from Bryan Hughes, a local RNLI fundraiser, thanking us for this money and offering to come and give a talk about this organisation.
Great we thought, let’s have a Fish and Chip supper in aid of the RNLI, make it an evening event and we could also ask club member Keith Peek to come and present something about his recent Alaska adventure.
So we booked it for 19 March 2020. Then COVID hit us and everything shut down!
Finally, it all happened on Thursday 12 October 2023. Many thanks to John Lewis, for the Pie’n’Peas idea and organising everything, his wife Alex for helping in the kitchen, speakers Bryan Hughes and Keith Peek for presenting and to the 40 Deva members and friends who supported the event.
We also wish to acknowledge the support and generosity of Andy Lees from GoKayaking (NW) in Runcorn for providing the raffle prizes of a £75 G-K shop voucher, Dry Robe and Sweatshirt.
We raised a fantastic total of £395 on the evening which with a donation from club funds we are increasing to £500 which will be donated, via Bryan, to the RNLI.

Are you willing to support the RNLI by being a fundraiser?

We’ve been asked by Bryan Hughes, a local RNLI volunteer, if any of our members might be interested in joining or supporting the RNLI’s fundraising branch in Chester?
No firm commitment is needed, just a few hours every now and again. There may be some who are interested in joining their committee.
Keith Brocklehurst

Lakes Week-end Trip November 17-19th

Fancy an autumn weekend break in good company and paddling?
There are still some places left for our Lake District weekend. If you have not been before, the accommodation is warm and comfortable and there will be a variety of trips out to cater for every ability from beginner to experienced paddler in either sea kayak, canoe, or whitewater kayak. As this is a club trip members can also borrow club boats and equipment.
The price for the weekend, including breakfast, evening meal on Saturday and packed lunches for Saturday and Sunday is £70.


To Judith Lathean, Ray McCann, David Draper and Bill Neary who have qualified as British Canoeing Paddlesport Leaders. The practice and training they put in preparation for the qualification, sometimes in craft they were not used to paddling, paid off and all passed the assessment weekend. Well done!

Paddler Magazine

In case you are not already aware, we had an article printed in Paddler Magazine about the club’s welfare policy and the fund raising we did earlier this year for MIND. Thanks to Judith Lathean and Mat Sefton for their initiative for highlighting this and developing our policy.

It can be read online here