Poole Harbour Canoe Club is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation -  Registration # 1152531

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Poole Harbour Canoe Club was founded in 1956/57 by a few friends who shared a love of paddling. The first premises using an old chicken shed were erected in 1962. During the 80's the Club hut was to be found opposite "Fisherman's Dock" on Poole Quay, now replaced by the Marina. Since 1990 PHCC has been located at Lake Pier adjacent to the Marine Base at Hamworthy.

Syd Wheeler, one of our much missed founding members, was still an active member at the age of 76.  He is fondly remembered for his indomitable spirit and thought nothing of surfing the wake of ferries coming into Poole.   Syd organised the first slalom competitions on the River Stour at Longham using canvas canoes and also led the way for surf canoeing amongst club members.  He was also a keen sea kayaker and many of the current members enjoy the same coastal scenery.   A stone seat overlooking his favourite surf spot in Kimmeridge Bay was erected by the Club to his memory.


Today PHCC has over 400 members who participate in most disciplines of paddle sport.  

These newspaper articles and photos record the club from 1957 to 1969. They start with the initial adverts in the Echo promoting the formation of a Poole canoe club to rival the recently formed Wareham club.

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Club History - in Clippings

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Mr Eric Marsh who collected the material was the man behind the formation of the club and its first secretary. The public meeting in June 1957 to formally set up the club was attended by 27 people and resulted in a committee made up of

           

General secretary, Eric A. Marsh

Meets secretary, Syd G. Wheeler

Treasurer, P. Marples

Committee, David Astin, R. Brooke, Ron.W. Hill,

Miss Prim Upton, Mrs Mary Ford Other names mentioned in the articles are John Brown, Mike Tapping, Freddie Ford, Angela Kelly, Geoff Jackson, Monty Clark, Walter Moc, G.Lloyd, P.Turney, J.D.Astin and J.Barfoot.

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