Articles in the local Villager News magazine
[written by one of our volunteers].
Dick's Folly is the community narrowboat based at Hunton Bridge
and run by the South West Herts Narrowboat Project [SWHNP]. It
had to be taken out of service in 2010 following a number of
major problems. Here's the latest update of the fundraising
activities by the crew and 'users' of the boat.
The work has commenced.
Early in December one of the trustees paid a visit to
Starline Marine in Worcestershire and has posted some
photographs showing the work in progress on our
web pages. At this stage of the work
the photos are an invaluable tool to illustrate to our sponsor
that we are spending the money wisely. Much of the work being
done now will never be seen by our users, as it will soon be
covered by the fixtures and fittings. Re-fitting a narrowboat is
a bit like making a ship in a bottle: everything has to be
pre-made and then 'flat packed' to slide through the 4 feet
maximum front door space.
Starline's work plan is in line with the Projects fundraising
achievements, our time frame for getting Dick's Folly back in
the water depends on the speed at which the funds come in.
Dick's Folly decorated cake no. 2
Within two weeks of announcing our second Dick's Folly 1 in 100
cake I had collected the said £100 as well as receiving a few
more £s as donations. The winner was Kings Langley resident Pete
McDonnell who was thrilled to win it and impressed that it was
made by a man!
Our cake maker John Monk was also busy making a Diamond Wedding
Anniversary cake for my parents, and I have passed on to him
salutations from 'Up North' to the taste of said cake. John has
agreed to assist us in our February fundraising events and
Dick's Folly cakes no 3 and no 4 are now being prepared and
Project members look forward to seeing you on:-
Sunday 6th February 2011 at 2.30pm
The second of the Project's joint ventures with Tim and Lesley
Brooks ALWAC Abbots Langley Winter Accoustic Concert. Dick's
Folly crew will be serving refreshments as well as running the
raffle. This time featuring JigJaw who combine the percussion
and passion of dance traditions with vocal harmonies in a tight
scintillating quartet of singing and dancing talent. Enquiries
or call Tim and Lesley on 01923 264536.
Friday 11th February 2011 at 7pm
Are you really a clever dick? Then prove it - get together a
team of 6 and come along to The Nap Community Centre in Kings
Langley for a fun food and fundraising quiz evening at £10 per
head. There will be eight rounds including general knowledge,
sport, beat the intro, pictures, two marathon rounds and a
couple of mystery rounds. The venue is fully accessible. Ticket
enquiries to email@example.com
or 0778630 78613.
[See our Forthcoming Events page for
more details of both events - Webmaster]
On behalf of the Project can I wish you a Happy New Year and
thank you for your continuing support.
Angi Naylor Project Volunteer