Articles in the local Villager News magazine
[written by one of our volunteers].
Spring is here, for some that means snowdrops, for others
shorter nights, whilst for the boaters and for British Waterways
it means that most of the stoppages will have been completed,
and the canal network open to traffic. For the Project it means
getting the boat ready for the first bookings of 2012.
Fittingly, a birthday party for Tyler, who over the years has
spent many hours on board Dick's Folly, whilst his Mum Sarah,
acted as one of the qualified helmsmen. Congratulations and
"Happy Birthday" Tyler from all at the Project.
I must sing the praise of the weekly electronic Villager,
without which we would not have known of 'Major gas repairs
being carried out at Hunton Bridge over the next few weeks'.
Specifically there would be some closure to Old Mill Lane which,
of course, is the address of the Project. Although we do have a
letter box, it is fixed only to our blue plastic chain-link
gates. So easy to be missed out in any early warning mailing.
Thankfully, with a few clicks of the mouse, I was able to get in
tough with the contractors and get the Project and our lodgers
in the loop.
The last of this season's ALWAC conserts will take place on 11th
March 2012, when the stage will be filled and the hall will
resound with the massed fiddles of the aptly named Oxford Fiddle
Group - Abbots Langley Community Centre, 3pm. Tickets £8 from
Tim and Lesley Brookes 01923 264536.
The February concert featuring Pilgrim's Way [www.pilgrims-way.net]
was yet another star in the cap of ALWAC founder and organiser
Tim Brookes. Little did he know that between booking them last
summer and 12th February they would have been nominated for a
New Horizon Award in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. This event
took place early that same week, and there they were, "On't
Telli" singing atop their barge Spey, with the ice covered
Bridgewater Canal having been specially opened for them, on
route to the BBC Salford studio. The band were excited to hear
about the partnership link between Dick's Folly and ALWAC and
plan to put a link to us on their website.
This was on their Facebook page: "Really hope to see some of
you at one or other of them! And many thanks to all the lovely
people we met this weekend at the fabulous Abbots Langley Winter
Acoustic Concert series :-)"
Of the award, "They were robbed" ... by a young female who
dared and did win, by singing 'An Old Man Came Courting Me'.
Those of you who know my folk singing also know this is my
Dick's Folly's A to Z of tasks.
Continuing unmasking the unsung champions who are the mainstay
of the Project and the A to Z of tasks that they do: the growing
list can be seen on
Like P&O Ferries, the letters O and P are intrinsically linked.
O is for Ops Evening where anyone and everyone turns
up to do their bit to keep the base and the boat in good order,
and ready to go out. Martin is our base side maintenance
coordinator, paintbrush in one hand and screwdriver in the
P is for Pump Out which is a necessary part of 'Ops'
and it's where we find a sense of humour and a willingness to
take on the rough with the smooth comes in handy. Like getting
your wings in the RAF, on donning your rubber gloves you can
count yourself a fully fledged volunteer.
V is for volunteers, the life blood of the Project and
we salute them.
V is also for
Villager Magazine, where once a month we can share the
triumphs and trials of running Dick's Folly.
Project Volunteer & Chair