Expect a turnout of 250+ as the river conditions and weather all look good.
1) Tess and Brian ar at Edmundscote field (weir downstream of the club) from around 7am , setting stuff up. GDBA arrive later to help with checking people in etc.
2) Car shuttles occur from around 7.45 am onwards till 9:45 am (latest return time), to get people on the water by 10am latest. The following are down to help with running the start and shuttles to Stratford and back (people only)... Brian, Tess, Becky, Dawn, Janet, Roger. All welcome!!!
3) Helping on one of the weirs (and a fallen tree), directing, throw lines, etc. The following are the LATEST times are when you need to be AT the weir, ideally with the weir set-up. Bring warm clothes, your usual safety gear (throw lines preferred if you have them), food for yourself. The people organising the weir have a list of extra stuff to bring (or consider), like first aid kits, shelters, etc, depending upon the conditions..
a) Warwick Castle Weir - 9:00 am to 11:30 am, Richard Knight running the weir, assisted by paddlers Dave Walley, Steve Woodward, Simon (PMC Van Man! ), Mark Nichols, with Jo, Dave, Ross and Franky walking in via the Warwick Castle main entrance (this has been agreed with Warwick castle admin). If any other helpers want to walk in the main entrance, please ring Warwick Castle (01926 495421)!
b) Barford Weir - 10:00 am to 1:30 pm, Simon Crighton running the weir, with Paul Anderson and Kathleen Gallagher. Ideally have one person paddle to the weir with a boat, for safety cover, the others by foot through Chris and John Inglis’s side gate and garden.
c) Barford Tree - 10:30 am to 2:00 pm, John Spooner running portaging around the fallen ‘tree’ that is blocking the river downstream of Barford, with Neil Roberts assisting.
d) Hampton Lucy Weir - 11:30 am to 3:00 pm. Tess Lukehurst running the weir, with PK, Sam and Nicola assisting. Foot access from Hampton Lucy village centre, on the village side of the first (of two) river bridges, left along the public footpath. Follow the permissive way straight on between the house and the river till you reach the weir.
e) Alveston Weir - 12:00 pm to 5:30 pm. Brian Nicholson running the weir, with Andy Powell paddling up from Stratford to help with the running of the weir. No easy foot access.
4) Sweep boating - All day! Dennis and Becky
5) Help at the end with checking people in. We don’t have anyone from RLSCC assigned to this, this year. If you are free and want to assist GDBA with this you would be most welcome. If possible have roof racks to help shuttle boats back to Leam.
If more details are required, contact either the person running the weir, or Brian Nicholson or Tess Lukehurst, or phone Brian on 07747 403 691 (mobile), 0121 627 3222 (work), 01789 841 240 (home).
Thanks everyone for all those who have volunteered and I hope we all have a great day
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