Community Boat Under Threat

Hillingdon Narrowboats Association provides affordable boating for schools, voluntary organizations, community groups, nursing homes and clubs. They are based near Uxbridge, (north west of London) and also hold NCBA-accredited training courses.

They have recently been fundraising to save ‘Spirit’, their accessible boat. She is now under imminent threat and needs help to save her.

Hillingdon Narrowboats Association operates several community canal boats on the Grand Union Canal, for use by local residents and community groups of all ages, at a cost they can afford.  Imagine a lazy day or evening cruising with friends or family, along the Grand Union Canal to the beautiful village of Denham. Your journey could pass through the leafier side of Uxbridge and the interesting woods and lakes of the Colne Valley. Among boaters that I know “Denham Deep” is kind of famous for being a particularly deep lock, and less famous is the lovely Fran’s tearoom and gardens alongside, if you need to stop for a break.

Passengers enjoy a cruise and the fun of helping to operate 72ft-long narrowboats. There are opportunities to learn about boating skills, canal heritage and wildlife.

A boat trip could be a few hours, a day or two, or weeks at a time, depending on your needs. All of the boats come with a steerer. They can even train you to operate a narrowboat to the highest standard, with their NCBA-accredited training courses and instructors.

If you want to help to save ‘Spirit’, simply send an e-mail to boats with the subject line “SOS” and copy & paste this text into the body of the e-mail:

“I object to the sale of NB ‘Spirit of Stockley’ and want this accessible resource to stay in the borough of Hillingdon, in the care of Hillingdon Narrowboats Association.”
Every electronic “signature” they collect will help to save Spirit and keep her in the community.

Do you have a community boating story?

We are keen to promote the community boating projects of all our members and to raise the profile of community boating to keep it alive.  Do get in touch if you have a story to tell.


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