Articles in the local Villager News magazine
[written by one of our volunteers].
The Project held its AGM last month and I took over the rôle
So as I'm now at the helm I've set myself a course to steer
us toward completing the two outstanding tasks made possible as
a result of the Graham Picket bequest, namely the landing stage
and the new boat.
At the beginning of November our Landing Stage Commissioning
Crew headed up by Stephen had a very productive on-site meeting
with a firm who specialise in riverside banking work. The plans,
estimates and time-scales are now being worked on and we look
forward to being able to announce a start date for Spring 2012.
A few days later, on 16th November, the New Boat
Commissioning Crew of Peter L, Peter D, John B, and myself set
off from Base for the drive to Stourport on Severn to see two
boats that have been flexible designed. We were most impressed
and what we saw and learned was both practical and possible and
especially be easily able to cope with the needs of people who
have physical disabilities i.e. be wheelchair accessible. We are
looking forward to studying their plans, costing and
These two new sub-groups are made up of existing and
enthusiastic volunteers, some of whom you see at community
events or as crew on the boat. Some you never see, but were it
not for their efforts, neither would you see or be able to go on
Dicks Folly. Over the next couple of months I hope to unmask
those unsung champions, the mainstay of the Project and give an
A-Z of the tasks they do.
Near the beginning of the list is B, for Bookings, and it's
Janet who for many years has coordinated the diary and collected
the deposits, and who announced in a recent email that we
already have over 20 days bookings confirmed for next year.
At the other end of the alphabet we have W for the Webmaster,
also known as Pete D, who once a week deftly clicks his mouse
and uploads this and other articles to keep our website up to
Our Catering Crew skippered by Judith responded to another
call out to support the fund-raising activities at the ALWA
Concerts, where, on Remembrance Sunday over 60 people came to
listen to the barrack room ballads of Rudyard Kipling. The event
was made all the more poignant when later that evening the
moving story of the loss of his own son in 'Have You Seen My Son
Jack?' was shown on the television.
The raffle in aid of the
Project saw another DF Teddy sail off to a new home ...
... along with
some specially made Christmas Puddings.
Cake maker John Monk
has promised something special for the next two concerts which
Sunday February 12th ~ with Pilgrims Way
Sunday March 11th ~ with The Oxford Fiddle Group.
Both concerts start at 3pm. For tickets contact
or Tim and Lesley Brookes on 01923 264536.
May I take this opportunity to wish you the season's
greetings and thank you for your ongoing support. May I also
send my personal thanks for the numerous congratulations and
well wishes on my taking up the chair.
Project Volunteer & Chair