The 2017 paddling season, is our Tenth Anniversary .
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First Paddle 23rd. April, 2017
What a glorious and busy day for the first paddle of our tenth anniversary season.
The weather was bright and sunny with Windermere looking calm and blue for the morning session.
The newer paddlers got involved in dressing and launching Artemis Phyllis and Mary at Low Wood and following a pre-paddle reminder about the paddling stroke, helm instructions and boat safety from John the two dragon boats had a busy morning session. The dragons were awoken by Barbara , there was a 'flowers on the water' ceremony and these and the regular paddling activities were being filmed.
What a fantastic start to the paddling seasn, we couldn't have asked for better weather. Thanks to Chris and John for helming and all paddlers for their enthusiastic involvement. Thank you also to Simon and Liam on the support boat.
More paddling in the afternoon with the wind picking up a little but still bright sunshine.
Preparing to Paddle day. 9th. April, 2017
Thanks to everyone who organised these preparations to paddle in our tenth season. Thank you Roz for helping train newer members and reminding us all of the regular paddling routines. Everyone helped with your 'hands on' with the boats.
Watch the pontoon being assembled by Chris, Steve and Nick.
'Down and Ready' day. 19th. March, 2017
Well! What a day that Roz planned and delivered for us. It will get our paddling season off to a great start and help newer members get into their paddling 'stride' quickly. Thanks to Roz for untangling the knot of what paddling is all about.
All the contributions from so many members just shows why being part of Paddlers for Life is so rewarding with everyone contributing with such generosity and a wide diversity of skills.
Our first event of 2017, Silverdale Coffee morning fundraiser.
Mags has done a great job yet again organising this fundraising event. Thanks to the efforts of many Paddlers for Life members and the generous efforts of Silverdale residents it was another successful event.
Due to the generosity of Silverdale residents purchasing from the many stalls, enjoying tombola and raffle games and refreshments a tremendous £1317-16p was raised for Paddlers for Life funds to enable cancer survivor dragon boat paddling to continue. A huge 'Thank you!' to everyone for baking, growing plants, collecting things for the stalls and donating to the refreshments, raffle and tombola..
Meet some of the members.
A timely opportunity!
A local photographer, Peter Bagnall, contacted me recently.
He found some video footage on his hard drive. Peter filmed a very early launch of a Paddlers for Life dragon boat on Windermere back in 2008 and edited a short film for a DVD to be used for fund raising. He has kindly provided a copy. David Robinson was a member at the time and narrated the commentary.
Here we are ready to celebrate our tenth season of paddling!
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