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.
was a postscript and you may not have taken it in, well the
truth is we are all still trying to take it in. Yes we have been
given the money to complete the refurbishment of Dick's Folly.
No, as yet, we cannot elaborate on the details but will as soon
as we can. Yes our plan is to launch the boat back officially
into service at the Rickmansworth Canal Festival 21st
and 22nd May
owe a massive thank you to the boatyard Starline who over the
last year very generously stored Dick's Folly and undertook the
work as and when our fundraising efforts were successful; who,
in one phone call, moved from this casual idling position to
full steam ahead, and with only two months to go, set out to
complete the work in time for the Canal Festival.
No, it is
not an easy job and you will understand why transport firms now
brand themselves 'logistics' as James, one of our Trustees, became a
master of the art! This has required a crane lift from the yard
onto a flat back lorry, the journey back to Hertfordshire, and a
lift back at Croxley Marina, having moved a few boats around to
create a space and then into the canal.
take place only a few days before the canal festival giving us
just two days to put all our equipment back into new storage
areas, familiarise ourselves with the new layout, test out the
work on the engine. The time frame being so short we will not go
up to our base but head off down the canal to Ricky.
still and always will have plenty of opportunities for
volunteers, whether you fancy becoming crew or have skills that
help keep the boat maintained and ready for the next booking, or
enjoy fundraising and the all important backroom admin jobs. Our
well established once a week gathering to clean and prepare the
boat is also a chance to meet with other volunteers, and
familiarise yourself with the range of tasks. Volunteers are
rewarded with amongst other things the monthly BBQ .
for Little Dicks Folly as he joins in the Ricky Carnival at the
start of Ricky Week on May 14th and plays his part in
the re-launch the following weekend.
for all you support and good wishes over the last year and we
look forward to having you aboard soon.
We will be taking bookings from 6th June. To make a booking,
With All Good Wishes,
Angi Naylor Project Volunteer