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]. In
the 2009-10 season the boat
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.
I thrive on all forms of travel, whether it be an amble on the
tow path with the Kings Langley Health Walks, or carefully
steering Dick's Folly along the Grand Union as it meanders
through the Grove Estate, or heading off on adventures in far
So by the time the February Villager hits the shops, myself and
fellow traveller, Maureen Marshall will have returned jubilant
with success and full of stories, having travelled from Los
Angeles by Amtrak to Seattle and then driven back to LA, the
1000 odd miles on Route 101; so this article is being prepared
mid month. Both the Quiz and the second ALWAC concert will be
taking place as I return and I will bring you up to date in the
next edition. I understand tickets are going well for both.
A few weeks ago I offered a chance for bear collectors to make
an offer for a Gunda bear still with ear tag. If I've learnt one
thing whilst fund raising it's what I've learnt about people I
thought I knew well. So I was both pleased to accept an offer
from friend Nicola as she informed me she has a Steif and ...
and went on to list the bears in her life! Will she name this
little fella Gunda Dick? [Gunda Din].
Fundraising comes in many guises.
Some groups raise money for their own project, whilst others
just raise money and distribute it to good causes. The Abbot's
Tough Ten is the latter and once a year the organisers put out a
call for volunteers to act as marshals for the event. As in most
communities, people are often wearing one or two, or three caps
at any one time. In the 'Tough Ten' case - High Vis Vest' were
de rigor for the day, and took precedence over people's other
loyalties. The event was a community happening in every sense. I
countered a number of Dick's Folly Project members and other
associated folk pointing the runners in the right direction and
doing their bit for the 'Tough Ten'.
The Tough Ten had its presentation evening on 22 January where
the Project was pleased to receive £1000 towards the refit. [For
picture and more information see our News
The Project continues to seek out organisations that will fund
raise for the refit of Dick's Folly: please contact us through
Angi Naylor Project Volunteer