Community Narrowboat Project – Hunton Bridge – Wednesday afternoon 16th October 2013

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Young people from Bushey Meads School, Peter Lincoln Chair SWH Narrowboat project, Jo Connell, Peter Ruffles and me

This afternoon Princess Anne was to open a new Wharf and name a new narrowboat at South West Herts Youth and Community Narrowboat Project in Hunton Bridge, but heavy rain and mist grounded her helicopter. Taking HRH place, Mrs Jo Connell Deputy Lieutenant of Hertfordshire did the honours. Peter Ruffles Vice Chairman of HCC and myself were introduced to a group of youngsters from Bushey Meads School, the trustees, committee members, volunteers and the funders of the project and those responsible for constructing the wharf and the boat.  The new boat was named Pickle’s Folly, and will join the project’s 12-berth community boat Dick’s Folly and be available to youth and community groups for use on the Grand Union Canal. The two boats together can carry 22 people for day or part day, weekends or week-long expeditions.  The project regularly runs more than 100 days trips per year. Pickle’s Folly is equipped with a wheelchair lift and specially designed accommodation. The building of the new narrowboat, for use by families or groups with a disabled member, and the rebuilding of the wharf to make it more accessible, were funded by a bequest from the late Graham Picket with additional funding from the Cemex Community Fund. The South West Herts Narrowboat Project is a charity staffed and run solely by volunteers. Dick’s Folly and Pickle’s Folly are available to all youth and community groups in return for a fee to cover running costs. For bookings, groups should contact Janet White on 01923 224411.

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Jo Connell naming the boat ‘Pickle’s Folly’

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