When it’s part of a community boating project! When you think of England’s canals and rivers you may think of family holidays and day trips, hen nights or stag weekends, romantic breaks or a corporate booze cruise on a restaurant boat. However, you may be surprised to know that you’re probably never far from a community boating project. There are over 100 member organisations under the NCBA umbrella.
Here are four different ways to get the community boating.
The Floating Classroom Beauchamp is operated by the charity Beauchamp Lodge Settlement. Since 1938 they have been working with local communities to provide opportunities for learning and leisure on London’s canals. The electric barge is based in Paddington in London.
The Floating Children’s Home was featured last week on our blog. Care Afloat in Lancashire offers a narrowboat called Waterworks as a home afloat for a young person. They have four other community boats including a sail boat as well as inland vessels and one which is equipped for people with disabilities.
The Historic Vessel Tarporley is a 1937 working boat which has been converted and run in London as Camden’s community narrowboat for over thirty years. Skippered cruises are available to all groups from charities, clubs and schools to businesses. Next weekend they will be offering their annual Halloween trips through the Islington tunnel.
The Restoration Project Hazel was originally a wooden working boat and is now in Tameside.
The Wooden Canal Boat Society is restoring Hazel as a residential wellbeing boat with the aim of providing beneficial experiences for those suffering from or recovering from health problems, either mental or physical. The society has a number of working wooden boats and provides a variety of services and experiences for the local community.
Why not find your local community boating project, and check out the unusual work they do?