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Messing about on the River

Victoria talks to Samantha Ahern, Huntingdon Canoe Club Secretary, Kayaker and reluctant canoeist on our “Over to You” programme on Monday 5th July at 7pm.

Samantha is a #ShePaddles Club champion and actively works with the club and British Canoeing to make the club more inclusive and diverse.  Hear more about how Sam became involved in the club on our Listen Again facility on the website: https://www.hcrfm.co.uk/on-air/listen-again/

This week is the start of the month long “Plastic Free July” challenge members of the club organised one of their regular almost monthly litter picks on the river on 3rd July to do their bit to help reduce plastic waste.

The first event, in partnership with The Rivers Trust, took place on Alconbury Brook on Saturday, May 1st and in just half an hour the team had collected 36.3kg of rubbish and a whopping eight bin bags of litter.

Sophie Walton, a coach at Huntingdon Canoe Club, said: ““We felt as a club, we didn’t want to just paddle past litter and we have been doing these litter picks multiple times a year on Alconbury Brook. “We collected so many facemasks along the river, and the strangest item we found in the water was a car headset.

“Common items found were ripped or broken up carrier bags plus plastic bottles.  To find out more about the anti-littering project, visit: https://preventingplasticpollution.com/ 

The Huntingdon Canoe club is based in Hinchingbrooke Country Park and has been established since the 1970s.  The club was recently featured in the Hunts Post https://www.huntspost.co.uk/news/canoe-club-help-to-reduce-plastic-waste-7953516 and was the newspaper’s Club of the Week in May.

If you would like to find our more or join this community minded canoe group go to https://www.huntingdoncanoeclub.co.uk/

UPDATE

Victoria joined the club on their latest litter pick on Saturday 3rd July where she helped them to collect and remove 32kg of waste from the river.

  • 5.8kg of recyclables
  • 12.7kg of general waste
  • 13.5kg for the traffic cones

Well done Huntingdon Canoe Club!