Articles in the local Villager News magazine
[written by one of our volunteers].
It's Community Pay Back Time. That's right now
that Dick's Folly is back in the water it's time for the Project to pay the
community back for all its support and what better way to do it
than offer complimentary canal trip. Support has come, and
continues to come in many guises, including practical help, such
as washing up, sitting in the rain at carnival stalls, general
fundraising, publicity, winter concerts, marching and singing
but most of all your enthusiasm and encouragement for us to
Bank Holiday Sunday evening found the
first 10 very special guests gathering on the landing stage, as
Martin, Judith and I did the final preparation followed by the
safety briefing and kitting the youngsters Jessica and Harry out
in life jackets, then all aboard and off we sailed.
Our passenger list included supporters
from the carnival parades and organisers from the ALWAC series
of concerts. Whilst some eagerly lapped up the opportunities to
steer and work the locks, others could not be drawn out of the
cabin, and were content with the experience of watching hi-definition panoramic moving pictures out of our new large
windows whilst listening to the sounds of the boat cutting
through the water. We will sending sending out more invites in
the coming weeks as we work through a very long list of names.
You will also be aware that the project members have been
sitting on some wonderful news and last Wednesday were able to
announce that the Project has become the main beneficiary in the
will of the late Graham Pickett to the sum of £200,000. The
money has covered the cost of putting Dick's Folly back in the
water and is committed to repairing our landing stage and
£100,000 towards laying down a new boat. Fund-raising as a major
activity will continue as we now find ourselves 'asset rich but
cash poor' and needing to maintain not one but two boats.
Fittingly the announcement was made by the executors of the
will, as they and members of the local press enjoyed a trip on
Dick's Folly. At the same time the project was extremely happy
to be able to assist The Villager's very own Julie Barton in
fulfilling a dream to have a trip on a narrow boat.
The bookings diary is building up and
so is our experience with the newly refurbished boat. We have
said welcome aboard to two more birthday parties, and welcome
back to more old friends from Myers Clark and The Retreat, and
the word is definitely out in the village as we were recommended
to local firm Comserve for an afternoon company get together.
A few people have approached me and
said they don't belong to a group but would still like to go out
on the boat I hope by the next article to have an answer to
Dates for your diary
The Project is already in training for this
year's Abbots Langley Tough Ten on Sunday 2nd
October, watch out for us completing some more 'community
pay back' in our fluorescent jackets as we act as marshals for
this fantastic local charity event.
One week later the Project are proud to
announce that they will be providing the refreshments and raffle
for the Second Series of Abbots Langley Winter Acoustics
Concerts on Sunday 9th October. The line up,
once again being masterminded by Tim Brookes, is aimed to bring
the best of live music to a village hall near you. The Villager
is carrying the ALWAC flyer so get the dates in your diary.
Our thanks to one and all for your ongoing
Angi Naylor Project Volunteer