Articles in the local Villager News magazine
[written by one of our volunteers].
`Dicks Folly` is the community narrowboat based at Hunton Bridge
and run by the SWHNP South West Herts Narrowboat Project. This
year it had to be taken out of service following a number of
major problems. Here’s the latest update of the fundraising
activities by the crew and `users` of the boat.
Do you remember having your name called out at assembly and the
anxious walk up to the front to find you were not in trouble but
actually receiving a certificate or prize? Well, I've now had
the pleasure of being the announcer and the bearer of gifts for
the two youngsters who won our carnival fundraising game
'Where's Dick?' - each of them winning a teddy bear sporting DF
colours. One declared that he had never won anything before, as
he proudly tucked the DF teddy under his arm.
August saw us draw the winning name for the Saracens Family
Ticket. This was a very lucky prize for the Project having
originally been donated for the Summer Raffle, and then
re-donated by the winner [thanks Dad]. This time we decided £2
per go, and a maximum of 100 tickets.
phone number informed us that our winner lived in Kings Langley.
As I dialled it, I reflected on my own anxiety at being called
to the front in assembly and the very fine line between cold
calling someone whilst jogging their memory as to where and when
they put their hand in their pockets to help Dick's Folly.
Having satisfied herself that I was a genuine caller, she
divulged that Rugby was a family interest. I turned up on a very
wet afternoon a couple of days later to hand over the prize.
Whilst Pat Guest remained cool, it was wonderful watching the
reaction of her dyed in the wool welsh rugby supporting husband
as he realised the tickets were for matches at Wembley.
The tables were turned on me at the Kings Langley Carnival
presentation on Monday 27th September, when I was called forward
to receive a cheque on behalf of the Project for £300. This was
one of a number of awards given by the Watford & Langley Rotary
Club from the proceeds of the Kings Langley Carnival. A big
thank you from the Project to all the Rotarians for their hard
work in organising the carnival and for making us one of the
Dick's invitation to write captions for our photos proves how
hard it is to retain definition when changing from colour to
black and white. In fact the young'un Harry seems to have got
lost in his green shirt on the green grass, so here's the
In preparation for advent and Christmas fayres, we need a supply
of scarves and woolly hats in our green or red colours. Can you
knit a scarf 18 by 2 inches long or a hat to fit a small teddy?
Will you be involved in one of those fayres? Would you be
willing to have a section of your stall given over to a 1 in 100
chance to win a DF teddy? If your answer is 'yes' please contact
us via The Villager.
If you're in Apsley on 12th September look out for the Apsley
Festival where Jan will be folk singing and selling her book,
The Adventures of Pirate, the latest one, Pirate Goes to a
Festival, features Dick's Folly and Little Dick's Folly.
Next month, have your diary to hand for lots of dates.