South West Herts Narrowboat Project

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Fundraising is important for the Project.

Without the generosity of our sponsors in the past, it would have been impossible to bring the Project to where it is now. We have been able to secure grants and support in the past but the refit work during 2010 would have taken much longer had the late Graham Pickett not been so generous and thoughtful towards the Project.

Fundraising is always required and now we plan to run two boats and complete major work at the base, it continues to be a focus for the Project. The fundraising team has worked hard and below are some of the events organised to raise support for the Project.

Dick's Folly logo bullett. 28 January 2012 - Once again we are very grateful to the committee of the Tough Ten [10km race] for granting the Project money as a result of last year's race. We have received a cheque for £250 from the race committee which will be used to fund the new Crewsaver life jackets which the Project has purchased. A big thank you to Angi, Martin, Janet, Lesley and others who turned up on the race day. It was a fantastic day and the weather made the day extra special. This year's race is planned for Sunday 7th October, and volunteers are wanted for setting up the course, marshalling, manning water stations, etc. This year is the 30th anniversary of the race and many surprises are planned to mark the event. Each year the race is enthusiastically supported by ex-England and Watford football manager Graham Taylor who spends the whole day with us and presents the prizes at the end of the race. There is nothing to stop you bringing the children along as it is a great community event.

Dick's Folly logo bullett. 6 March 2011 - Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer appeared at the third and last of the Abbots Langley Winter Acoustic Concert. They performed their usual mixture of traditional and self-penned songs with an amazing array of instruments. Visit their website.

Dick's Folly logo bullett. 11 February 2011 - Quiz Night at the NAP Community Centre in Kings Langley. The Dicks Folly Crew could not have guessed that this fund-raising Quiz would have added over £1,000 to their target £50,000 for the refit of the boat. The event was a sell out with 25 teams representing community groups and supporters who have used the boat over itís 20+ years history all vying for the title `Clever Dicks`. The teams were made up from many of the groups who have used Dick's Folly in the past, including  Abbots Langley Winter Concerts, the Bell Ringers at St. Mary's Watford and St. James' Bushey, The Guide Post Trust at Henry Smith House, The Kings Langley Health Walkers, the 1st Abbots Langley Scouts and the Book Trade Charity. The honours went to local Kings Langley team  `The Untouchables` who will be taking a trip out on a narrowboat as part of their prize. Organiser John Blake commented that following many compliments made about the atmosphere, quiz master style and food, a repeat event is currently being considered. View photos taken during the event. The event has been reported by the Watford Observer newspaper.

Dick's Folly logo bullett. 6 February 2011 - JIGJAW appeared at the Abbots Langley Winter Acoustic Concert held at Abbots Langley Community Centre, Gallows Hill Lane, Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire, WD5 0AP [see their website]. Pictures of the event are shown on this page. Jig Jaw combined the percussion and passion of dance traditions with vocal harmonies in a tight scintillating quartet of singing and dancing talent. Jigjaw's music is developed from traditional dance melodies, so to showcase this connection we followed the concert with a barn-dance for which the accompanying music was provided solely by their voices.

Dick's Folly logo bullett. 22 January 2011 - John Blake, one of the fundraising committee for the Project, attended John Blake receiving the cheque on behalf of the Project. Photo courtesy of HOSS Photography, Abbots Langley.a presentation at Breakspeare School in Abbots Langley and received a cheque for £1,000 from the Abbots Langley Tough Ten Committee [photo is courtesy of HOSS Photography, Abbots Langley]. For those not familiar with the Tough Ten, it is an annual charity 10 kilometre run which takes place around the vicinity of Abbots Langley. We are extremely grateful to the committee for this donation which will be used to refit Dick's Folly. Can we encourage you to support the Tough Ten this year which will be on Sunday 2 October. It's a great day out with great community spirit and supported by ex-England and Watford manager Graham Taylor. See the article in the Watford Observer newspaper [it will open in a new window/tab - just close it to return to this page].

Dick's Folly logo bullett. 7 November 2010 - Where the Working Boats Went concert at Abbots Langley Community Centre, presented by Life and Times raised over £200 which will go towards the refit costs of Dick's Folly. Our thanks go to Graeme and Barry [Life and Times duo] and Tim and Lesley Brookes for organising the concert. Use this link to an article in the Watford Observer newspaper [it opens in a new window/tab].

Dick's Folly logo bullett. September 2010 - Watford and Langleys Rotary Club presented cheques from money raised at Kings Langley Carnival. Thousands of pounds raised from last years annual Kings Langley Carnival have been donated to a number of local causes and charities. The Project received the second highest amount. For more details see this article in the Watford Observer. Below, Angi Naylor [third from the left], receives the cheque on behalf of the Project.

Dick's Folly logo bullett. Walking for Health, is a national campaign to encourage people to walk for one hour aHealth Walkers logo week. Led by trained volunteers there are two very popular groups in Kings Langley and Abbots Langley. These groups have been very supportive towards our Dick's Folly fundraising campaign. In 2009, the local leaders had a trip on Dick's Folly to Casiobury and back. You can check out the latest dates either in The Villager, or by going to the Countryside Management website.

Dick's Folly logo bullett. Stopgap, a year long specialist programme run by HCS for young people in Hertfordshire aged 16 - 25 with asperger's syndrome or social and communication difficulties, have painted spoons and keyfobs with a Dick's Folly theme and given them to the Project to help with fundraising. These were on sale at the Rickmansworth Festival [2010] and raised over £30: thank you Stopgap!

Acknowledgements of past support.

South West Herts Narrowboat Project acknowledges the support and contributions of the following:

The National Lottery - Awards for All
The Community Champions Fund
Herts Community Foundation
Three Rivers Leisure
David Marsden & Matthew Arnold & Baldwin LLP
National Community Boats Association
Myers Clark Chartered Accountants
Metropolitan Police Service
North Watford Rotary Club
The Production Team Ltd.
Shell Better Britain Campaign
Jason Kay & Denham Yacht Station
Ron Hodgson & Herts Young Mariners Base.

Please help if you can. Contact our Fundraising Co-ordinator  for more details.

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