Articles in the local Villager News magazine
[written by one of our volunteers].
After two years of people asking “How's the
fundraising going?” it’s been a joy to hear people say “We've
seen Dick's Folly in Cassio Woods” or “The boat went past us at
Tooveys Mill”. These two landmarks are generally the limit of a
half day trip whilst a day trip can, with luck and the locks
being with you, get you down to Rickmansworth and up to Apsley.
Whilst distance and time are two important elements, the strategic
location of winding holes are by far the more important factor
in order to turn the 73feet of Dicks Folly around.
With an overnight booking those limits can
and have been stretched, taking the boat further afield. Over the
last month this has been achieved on two separate weekends by
firstly the 25th Willesden Scouts and secondly the 9th Roxeth
Scouts. Both groups are old friends of the project and took the
opportunity for weekend camps afloat.
Alongside those bookings we have continued with our thank you
trips for people who have supported us. The second group of
Stopgap learners brought gifts of good weather and the window
boards that they have made for us from recycled material
collected from Watford Recycling and Arts Project (WRAP). These
will come in very useful as earlier this month the narrowboat
was hit by an angler's line and lead weights which were cast
from the far side of the canal.
Whilst the scouts were sailing by, Project volunteers stood in
brilliant sunshine in Abbots Langley High Street telling The
Tough Ten charity runners where to go! Acting as marshals was
our way of saying thank you for the £1,000 donation they gave us
Behind the scenes our committee is hard at work, we now have two
interlinked project groups up and running. One for the
rebuilding of the landing stage and the other working out the
“spec" for the new boat. These aspirations could not have been
achieved had it not been for the Graham Pickett Legacy. However
estimates indicate a shortfall of at least £10,000, Therefore
our fundraising programme must continue. We appreciate that the
economic situation is not rosy, but hope that like us you are
passionate about a project that sees itself as a community
resource and a vehicle (in all its senses) to encourage people
to experience our local waterways.
The second season of ALWAC (Abbots Langley Winter Acoustic
Concerts) commenced with sterling musicianship from the group
Angels, their unique combination of hurdy-gurdy, bagpipes and
piano accordion, got lots of feet tapping and a couple of the
audience up dancing in the aisle.
The next concert is Sunday November 13th entitled 'On The Road
To Mandalay' it celebrates the work of Rudyard Kipling. Starting
at 3pm tickets cost £8 contact ALConcerts@gmail.com or Tim &
Lesley Brookes 01923 264536.
Dates for your diary
February 12th 'Pilgrims Way'.
March 11th 'The Oxford Fiddle Group'.
Our thanks to one and all for your ongoing support and we look
forward to seeing you soon either on the boat or supporting us
at the ALWAC Concerts