SCAFFOLDING, a toilet system, a car seat and 50 bags of rubbish were pulled from the Thames in Oxford thanks to the efforts of a local rowing club

Falcon Rowing Club members scoured the waterway near their Meadow Lane boathouse earlier this month pulling the assorted items, which also included two bikes, a metal bed frame and a pair of shopping trolleys, when they scoured the area by kayak and canoe.

Kayak captain Nick Barnett said: "We were pretty shocked by what came out. 25 of the bags were recyclable and the other 25 general rubbish."

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He explained the group, which has around 450 members, had decided to take part in OxClean's efforts to get as many groups in the city involved in the national Spring Clean 2019 event.

Mr Barnett said: "We have so many members we thought it would be a good thing to get involved with.

"What was nice is we had volunteers from all the different age groups we teach come along."

The club, which is one of the oldest rowing clubs in Oxford, is commemorating its 150th anniversary by building a new ‘super’ club – where members can socialise off-water, get changed, work out in different gym-style rooms and store around 300 types of boat.

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On the club's website it explains: "Throughout Falcon’s history the club has never had its own Club House.

"As part of our 150th anniversary the goal is to have plans and funding in place to be able to build one, so we have somewhere to train and socialise off-water and support our wider community activities."

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