Articles in the local Villager News magazine
[written by one of our volunteers].
They say a picture paints a thousand words, well I hope you
agree that both last month's and this month's photos of the
Dicks Folly 'Thank You' trips certainly paint pictures of
excitement, enjoyment and most of all fun.
This month we have welcomed abroad The Knitters and Cake
Makers whose creative efforts helped raise funds over the last 2
years. These two groups brought with them a feast of finger
food, all of which was shared, and nothing of which was returned
Along with our human passengers there were a trio of
stowaway Teddies sporting their project coloured scarves for the
camera! They are in training for 'looking cute' and encouraging
people to buy a raffle ticket in our forthcoming fundraising
events. John, our cake maker, is already busy preparing
Christmas Puddings to add to the prizes.
As we set off south towards Cassiobury, a whistle was joined
by some humming and finally words were recalled as we all joined
"When the weather is fine then you know it's a sign
For messing about on the river.
If you take my advice there's nothing so nice
As messing about on the river."
In fact the weather was perfect and we were treated to some
spectacular scenery made even better by the dappled autumn
sunshine pushed its way through the tree lined banks, and
casting mirror like reflections on the water. And as everyone
learned to steer and work the locks much messing about was done!
this page for our guests' version of this trip in an
extract of The Delrow Digest.
Two days later the first our Stopgap learners 'Thank You'
trips took place, again with glorious weather and great company.
George was the first to have a steer and from them on became our
look out hailing us to watch out for overhanging trees and low
bridges. He went on to flex his muscles and pull the boat's bow
around as we did our turn round at the Iron Bridge Lock.
This month the boat has been booked out on 11 occasions,
which is proof indeed that Dicks Folly is serving the community.
As well as day trips, HMS Wildfire had another weekend jaunt
sailing down passed Rickmansworth. The same weekend was the
Apsley Lock Fun Day. I received a text requesting my presence to
act as ballast on Pirate as he took part in the Tug of War.
Owner Janul was also singing and selling her books The
Adventures of Pirate at the event. Singer . It was great to see
the crowds enjoying themselves and being parted from their money
for a good cause. [www.theadventuresofpirate.com]
We hope to see you soon either on the boat or supporting us
at the ALWAC Concerts The dates of which are Sunday October 6th,
'Angels'. Sunday November 13th 'On The Road To Mandalay'.
February 12th 'Pilgrims Way'. March 11th 'The Oxford Fiddle
Group'. All starting at 3pm. For Tickets contact
ALConcerts@gmail.com or Tim & Lesley Brookes 01923 264536.
Our thanks to one and all for your ongoing support.
Angi Naylor Project Volunteer