Articles in the local Villager News magazine
[written by one of our volunteers].
Dick's Folly needs your lolly.
Dick's Folly is the community narrowbnoat based at Hunton Bridge
and run by the South West Herts Narrowboat Project [SWHNP]. In
the autumn of 2009 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.
What a busy last few weeks we have had.
February 6th saw the Dick's Folly crew serving tea and selling
raffle tickets at the second of Tim and Lesley Brooks Abbots
Langley Winter Acoustic Concerts [ALWAC] where 70 people
responded to the promise of, and were enthralled by the vocal
harmonies, tight scintillating, all women quartet, JigJaw, and
who in the second half teased, taxed and tested the dancing
skills of the audience who responded to their step and square
Less than a week later, February 11th was Quiz Night at The Nap
Community Centre in Kings Langley. The Dick's 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 it's 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 of St. Mary's Watford and St. James' Bushey, Guidepost
Trust at Henry Smith House, The Kings Langley Health Walkers,
the 1st Abbots Langley Scouts and the Book Trade Charity. The
articles in this paper and the Watford Observer added a family
celebrating a 60th birthday party and a couple of regular
quizzers. 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. Project leader for the quiz, John Blake
commented that following many compliments made about the
atmosphere, quiz master style and food, a repeat event is
currently being considered.
The Dick's Folly crew are standing by tea bags and towels ready
as we sail towards the third and last in the season of ALWAC
concerts on March 6th where folk duo Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer
will play a variety of instruments, including the Swedish
Myckelharpa, Scottish smallpipes, guitar, flute and accordion.
It starts at 3pm at the Abbots Langley Community Centre, Gallows
Hill Lane, Abbots Langley, WD5 0OP. Contact Tim Brookes on 01923
264536 for tickets £8.
Watch out for details of the next quiz and diary dates for this
summer carnivals where Little Dick's Folly will be on parade as
the crew continue their quest to get Dick's Folly back in the
The sets of photos show the enthusiasm of our supporters at
dancing to JigJaw at the
ALWAC concert and
attempting to be Clever Dicks as they ponder the answers.
Angi Naylor Project Volunteer