Articles in the local Villager News magazine
[written by one of our volunteers].
Last month we announced the name of the new boat and the hope
that Pickle's Folly will be moored next to Dick's Folly before
the year is out.
Little did I think that when I put my first copy to Julie at
the Villager that it would turn into a regular commitment. A
commitment that has very much centred the end of each month for
me for the last two and a half years (April 2010).
With the arrival of the second boat the title of this piece
will need to change to reflect its coming into service. So it's
both a fitting time for the Project and as I have just taken
early retirement, timely for me to hand this task on to other
members of the Project to keep you updated.
It has been both a pleasure and a privilege to be writing
this column. Your feedback has been much appreciated as has the
help with the extra photos and information. Special thanks must
go to Maureen who diligently proof reads through my dyslexic
I'll close off by completing the A to Z tribute to the
Project and its volunteers and then do just what my last letter
A to Z of maintenance
Continuing unmasking the unsung champions who are the mainstay
of the Project and the A to Z of tasks that they do alongside
narrowboating terms. The complete list can be seen on this page.
A is for Anode (Sacrificial Anode). Fitted to
the hull under the waterline, this large piece of metal e.g.
magnesium, is designed to corrode due to electrolysis instead of
the hull. It has to be inspected every 2 years to see how much
has been eroded. Narrowboats normally have 2 or 3 each side of
I is for Inside - no, not the cabin, but the
term for the side of the canal next to the towpath, depending on
which way you are sailing.
J is for Josher boats, which belong to Fellows,
Morton & Clayton Ltd. who we regularly share locks with.
K is for Knitting for a Knackered Knarrowboat,
a great fundraising phrase.
N is for Narrowboat. Usually 6 feet 10 inches
wide and any length from 20 feet to 72 feet, these boats were
made to fit the locks on the canals. Traditionally, they are
wide enough (just) to fit in a lock of a 'narrow' canal, and two
can fit alongside each other in a 'wide' canal - such as the
Grand Union Canal.
Q is for Quiz Night. 2011 was our best
ever single event and all credit must be given to John
Blake for his organisational skills. The evening was also
U is for Uniform. The Project members currently
sport green polo shirts with the logo in yellow. We are on the
look out for sponsors for our next generation of shirts.
Y is for Youth. The Project originated out of
the South West Herts Youth and Community Service. We encourage
users from all age groups to get involved.
Z is for Zzzzzzz. This is what all our
volunteers and users do at the end of a great day out on Dick's
Note from the webmaster - I would like to thank Angi for all
the help she has been to the Project, and the website in
particular. Her regular contributions during my time maintaining
the website have been very welcome and I'll miss you. My best
wishes to you in your retirement, Pete