Articles in the local Villager News magazine
[written by one of our volunteers].
Apologies for missing my deadline last month: a family
emergency 'up north' took precedence.
Did you see Little Dick's Folly in the Olympics, acting as a
jump in the equestrian cross country? Well, I for one thought it
was, but as more horses leapt over the barge, it was clear to
read the name 'Suepurr'. Whether LDF or Suepurr it was great to
see our heritage represented in the design of the course. Dick's
Folly did go down to London in June, acting as the support
vessel for the sponsored canoe marathon from our base at Hunton
Bridge to Camden, undertaken by Dave Cooper whose efforts have
raised funds for the Project and The Pirates Club at Camden
The New Boat
The plans for the new boat are now well advanced as is the
actual construction. In June Starline Marine, the company that
refitted Dick's Folly, sent the following message to the
committee: "The shell of the boat is complete and the priming
and blacking are almost finished. The lining materials, windows
and other items are on site ready to be fitted." It is hoped
the boat will be in service towards the end of 2012.
Having two boats means in effect, we have a fleet and with a
fleet comes the responsibility of names which not only link to
the Project but reflect the origin of the individual boat. Our
choice of names will come as no surprise.
Pickle's Folly is named in memory of Graham Pickett, whose
bequest has made this boat possible. She is 60 feet long and is
designed to accommodate a wheelchair user. The rear deck is
large enough to accommodate a wheelchair and the hydraulic lift
will carry anyone with mobility difficulties into the cabin. The
dinette beyond the galley can seat five with space for a
wheelchair at the side. The first sleeping cabin is flexible
enough to provide bunks for one to four. With one bunk, there is
sufficient space for a wheelchair, which can access the wetroom
shower and toilet next door. Four fixed berths are in the next
cabin, followed by a second wetroom shower and toilet. The
forward saloon can seat six around a removable table which can
be converted into 2 / 4 berths if required. The galley is
equipped with a four burner stove with grill and oven, an
electric fridge and hot and cold running water. [See
this page for a plan and
A to Z of maintenance to complete.
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
A is for Albert's Two, the working boater's
term for the two Cassiobury Park locks numbers 75 and 76, which
Dick's Folly volunteers regularly open and close.
E is for Engine; a special marine one drives
Dick's Folly along the canal.
F is for Fender, which we lost on our first
trip out after the refurbishment in 2011, and cost £80 to
G is for Graham Pickett. The Project
became the main beneficiary of this local man's estate, which,
as well as paying for the refurbishment of Dick's Folly, will
allow the Project to lay down a new boat.
H has to be for Harry who has acted as our
mascot in the carnival parades and assisted in putting up
posters for the ALWAC concerts.
H is also for Hunton Bridge. Our base is found
[by road] on Old Mill Lane, and [by canal] we are at the bottom
of the river race at Hunton Bridge lock.
M is for Maintenance, whether technical or
general cleaning and polishing. All these tasks are undertaken
X is for (E)Xtra Crew, the third volunteer
accompanying the two qualified helms persons.