“I knew we were a supportive bunch, but this was next level!”

June 1st, 2020

Here is a message from Alice Young of the Julian House Travelling Communities Support Service thanking the many volunteers and businesses who have supported liveaboard boaters during the Coronavirus lockdown:

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K&A Boaters’ Action Group postponed to August

June 1st, 2020

The next meeting of the K&A Boaters’ Action Group that was due to take place on the second Monday of June 2020 has been postponed to August due to the continuing Coronavirus lockdown as meetings are still restricted.

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K&A volunteers to step down as boat movement resumes

June 1st, 2020

The volunteer scheme supporting liveaboard boaters on the western K&A through the Coronavirus lockdown is ending when enforcement of boat movement every 14 days resumes this week, because the full volunteering scheme will be too challenging with boats coming and going daily. The red, amber and green signalling system will not be monitored from now on.

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Boat safety examinations can go ahead again as Coronavirus suspension is lifted

May 23rd, 2020

The Boat Safety Scheme (BSS) has announced that boat safety examinations can now resume for most boat owners, but they will happen in a ‘new normal’ framework based on the latest Government guidance.

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Caen Hill open for booked passage from today but K&A closed at Wootton Rivers until July

May 23rd, 2020

CRT has opened the Caen Hill flight for booked passage only until 31st May. Contact 07467 330114 to make a booking. From 1st June passage of the flight will be possible without booking provided boaters follow specific arrangements that CRT intends to announce after the late May bank holiday.

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CRT plans phased return to navigation from 13th May

May 14th, 2020

CRT has announced a phased return to navigation in England with short day trips permitted from 13th May 2020. From 23rd May, enforcement of the 14-day rule will resume and visitor moorings will revert to summer time limits.

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CRT extends coronavirus boat movement suspension to 23rd May

May 12th, 2020

Yesterday (11th May 2020) CRT announced that the suspension of all but essential boat movements would continue until 23rd May. Visitor moorings can continue to be used for 14 days where this applies.

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Boat Safety certificates extended to 31st July

May 10th, 2020

The Boat Safety Scheme has announced that all Boat Safety Certificates will be extended until 31st July 2020 due to the coronavirus lockdown. 

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Coronavirus Support on the eastern K&A

May 9th, 2020

Whilst it has not yet been possible to set up dedicated support for liveaboard boaters on the eastern K&A during the coronavirus lockdown, there are some land based community support groups in that operate from Great Bedwyn eastwards.

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Benefits Telephone Surgery for K&A Boaters Tuesday and Friday 2 – 4 pm

May 9th, 2020

Many liveaboard boaters have been impacted financially by the current coronavirus crisis, and having to spend hours on hold to claim Universal Credit by phone or having online claim pages time out is causing extra stress. Waterways Chaplain Susan Stapleton is offering a Boater Benefits Telephone Surgery for liveaboards on the K&A who need support and advice with their claim.

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