Articles in the local Villager News magazine
[written by one of our volunteers].
DICK'S FOLLY NEEDS YOUR LOLLY
`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.
Due to unforeseen circumstances we were not able to join in at
the Advent Fayre at Delrow in Aldenham, nor could we secure a
space at the increasingly popular Kings Langley Light Festival,
but we had plenty of successes to keep our spirits up.
We started this month off with the first of a series of concerts
which the Project will benefit from. In a little under two
months local residents Tim and Lesley Brookes planted a seed of
an idea and on Sunday 7th November launched the aptly named
Abbot's Langley Winter Acoustic Concerts. Working in partnership
with Dick's Folly the initiative aims to benefit the community
with a local event as well as boosting the funds towards the
boat's major refit. To a sell out audience the season commenced
with a canal theme entitled 'Where the Working Boats Went'
written and performed by 'Life and Times' [www.lifeandtimes.me.uk]
folk virtuosos Barry Goodman and Graeme Meek. Dressed for the
part they created a bargee's bouquet of song and banter,
bringing to life the history and everyday life of the people who
dug and worked the cut. With our display boards prominently
positioned and Little Dick's Folly sat atop the snooker table
proudly watching, the Dick's Folly volunteers diligently dealt
with serving tea and cakes to the hundred strong appreciative
press-ganging them to buying raffle tickets raising over £200
towards their target of £5,000. The first of our specially made
Dick's Folly cakes was won, along with a DF teddy and signed
copies of The Adventures of Pirate [more information from
Project members would like to record their appreciation of
Tim's, Lesley's and their friends' support and look forward to
working with them at the next ALWC which is on Sunday 6th
February 2011 at 14.30, featuring JIG JAW who combine the
percussion and passion of dance traditions with vocal harmonies
in a tight scintillating quartet of singing and dancing talent.
ALConcerts@gmail.com or call Tim and Lesley on 01923 264536.
Midway through the month we received a cheque from The Lions for
£200, part of the proceeds of the Abbots Langley Carnival. The
Project wishes to acknowledge and thank them for their generous
At the end of the month I collected another Dick's Folly cake.
Local Kings Langley resident John Monk has made this specially
for us to help raise funds. The cake decorated with Christmas
presents and Santa aboard, can be yours for £1 in a 1 in 100
chance. Contact us through The Villager or this link [firstname.lastname@example.org].
As 2010 draws to a close, can I thank everyone young and old,
far and wide who have encouraged and supported us in our quest
to get Dick's Folly back on the water and wish you all the
Season's greetings and a Happy New Year.
Angi Naylor Project Volunteer