Articles in the local Villager News magazine
[written by one of our volunteers].
By the time you read this the clock will have gone back,
bringing with it later evenings and hopefully, warmer weather.
The boat has been out on three weekends in March with groups
from Western District London Area Sea Scouts and the 20th
Southgate Scouts enjoying living and working together. The
Falcon Explorer Scouts have booked a whole week over the Easter
Break and I look forward to hearing how far they went and how
many locks they had to negotiate.
Harry came along to assist me in putting up the ALWAC posters,
and in so doing introduced me to his new class teacher who until
then had not heard of Dick's Folly, nor of Harry's part in the
Project. Needless to say she was impressed and gave Harry a
challenge which he duly rose to.
week later he gave a talk to his class informing them that the
boat was called Dick's Folly and was 73 feet long; that he had
slept on it at the Canal Festival; that he had been in Abbots,
Ricky and Croxley Revels Carnival Parades pulling Little Dick's
Folly and that he was famous, having been mentioned on a number
of occasions in The Villager. Not a bad achievement for a soon
to be 8 year old. He came home proud as a peacock and announced
that his class mates had applauded him. Well done Harry, from
all of us.
Harry, along with other Project members are now in training
for the 2012 carnival parades and of course, the Rickmansworth
Canal Festival, where there will be a chance for people to come
on board and see all the improvements.
The dates are:
Saturday 12th May - Rickmansworth Carnival Parade
Saturday and Sunday 19th and 20th May - Rickmansworth Canal
Dick's Folly 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
B is for British Waterways who since 1963 have
managed the canal network throughout the country and who in
April 2012 will metamorphose their stewardship into the charity
Canal and River Trust.
C is for Canal Experience Training who sponsor
the Project's website. Do take a look at what they have to
www.canalexperience.co.uk [link opens in a new window/tab].
F is for Fundraising. Every charity depends on
the goodwill and financial support of the local community.
Without a named Fundraiser each and every one of the Dick's
Folly Volunteers plays their part from shaking collecting tins
to grant form filling. With slogans such as "Dick's Folly needs
your £o££y" we have managed to keep the Project afloat! The
Graham Pickett bequest has put the boat back in the water and
will allow us to repair the landing stage. The money is also
committed to the Project purchasing a new boat, but will still
leave us £10,000 short of the full cost. This makes us 'asset
rich but remaining cash poor'.
S is for Stern Tube Greaser. The last job to do
when we bring the boat back in from a trip is to give this a
turn which, as it's name implies, pushes waterproof grease in to
packing material around the propeller shaft tube preventing
water from getting into the engine space bilge.
T is for the Tiller Pin securing the tiller to
the swan neck. Dick's Folly has a choice of a plain one, or one
in the shape of a frog.
T is also for Tony the Tillerpin and his wife Eve.
Tony's metalwork skills are clearly stated in his nickname. The
pair have been very supportive of the Project and donated the
items for our bric-a-brac stall at Ricky Canal Festival 2011.
www.piratestorm.over-blog.com/# [opens in a new window/tab]
to see the wonderful eagle he created for Jan of the narrowboat
The Crimson Pirate.
Project Volunteer & Chair