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MCC tried to provide a canoeing session every Friday evening throughout the year at either Hall Cross swimming pool or Hatfield Water Park, term time only.
September MCC went to Anglesey for a weekend of sea kayaking and camping.
October and then again in May saw MCC staying at the Ennerdale Scout’s Centre in Cumbria with 58th Doncaster scouts. Ennerdale scouts appear to love our group and we have the weekends booked into the distant future. Open boats known as Canadian canoes are used for the Lake District trips.
Canoeing took place on the following lakes Buttermere; Crummock; Derwent; and Ennerdale plus a little river called the Dubbs that links Buttermere to Crummock Water. The weather on the first weekend was wild, the Dubbs was in flood and there were mini tornadoes. So swimming for some whilst others practiced rescuing swimmers a great time was had by all.
It is possibly worth mentioning the Ennerdale Scout centre was built in 2006 with facilities for disabled visitors, McAuley is the only group to bring disabled individuals to the centre.
In June MCC took delivery of seven new Canadian canoes, all of them sixteen feet in length with three seats. We also have had a bespoke seat manufactured for our disabled paddlers. A further three seats will now be made after successful trials by Thomas of the first seat. The new kit is thanks to a grant from the Lottery.
Beginning of July was the main Anglesey residential for seventy pupils a multi-activity outdoor pursuits week. Anglesey Outdoors had removed all disabled facilities but adapted one of its showers and toilets for our group.
Beginning of the summer holidays saw MCC heading to the Shetland Islands sea kayaking and wild camping. Of note this year the group managed to kayak around Muckle Flugga and Out Stack the furthest north in the UK you can go. Anja and Jade both in year nine may well be two of the youngest ever to have kayaked around these.
Did I mention we saw a few whales? We were kayaking to Uyea at the southern end of Unst when we saw them. I not sure where the whales were going?
Unst some allege is Treasure Island Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson creation.
Robert’s dad Thomas built the lighthouse on Muckkle Flugga. Not on his own you understand he had help.
Check out the two maps T.I. and Unst.
I read somewhere that the original T.I. map when sent with the manuscript to publisher was ‘lost’ and Robert’s dad knocked up a quick copy. Robert was less than happy with the finished product well how could he be the north east corner of Unst is missing.
Whilst on the topic of lost, my spade was lost overboard when left in the care of others on Uyea so MCC expeditions is now onto its’ fourth spade. Not used for digging for treasure but ready should the need arise or X mark the spot.
MCC plans to repeat the above trips and visits this school year.
Interested and a McAuley pupil come along to a canoeing session see important information for times and the venue.