West Berkshire Food Bank open to boaters.

January 9th, 2017

church_collectionOne in five of the UK population live below the poverty line and, of course, this includes boaters. If you are experiencing hard times and could do with some help getting through it, help may be available.

West Berks Food Bank recently helped a boater in food crisis in Hungerford. It made them aware that there might be a greater need amongst boaters on the Kennet & Avon Canal.

In order to get help, ring the Crisis Help Line 01635 760560, open from 08.30 to 18.30. After answering a few questions about your situation you will then be given the information to access the nearest Foodbank and receive help.

They have 4 distribution centres on the Eastern end of the Kennet and Avon, opening hours are;
Thatcham Baptist Church – Monday 1-3pm, Thursday 1-3pm
Newbury Salvation Army Citadel – Tuesday 1-3pm, Friday 1-3pm
Hungerford Methodist Church – Wednesday 1-3pm
Lambourn RC Church – Monday 1.30 – 3.30pm

Park_HouseMore information can be found on the West Berks Food Bank website: westberks.foodbank.org.uk

Of course, if you don’t need their service you may be able to help in some way, further details of how you can get involved are here; westberks.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/

Fire safety talk and boaters action group, Devizes, 9th January

January 2nd, 2017

There will be a Boat Fire Safety talk by Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service at 7.30pm on Monday 9th January 2017 at the Black Horse, Bath Rd, Devizes SN10 2AU, followed by the K&A boaters action group meeting.

Happy Christmas!

December 23rd, 2016

xmas pic

Wishing you a Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year from the Kennet and Avon Boating Community web site.

More facilities and skips planned for K&A while CRT seeks review of Biffa contract

December 23rd, 2016

More facilities for boaters are planned on the K&A. In a meeting between K&A Manager Mark Evans and representatives of liveaboard boaters in which refuse and sewage disposal facilities, water taps and maintenance were discussed, Mr Evans said he was looking at providing an extra water tap on the eastern end of the canal, possibly at Thatcham.

CRT makes changes to K&A visitor moorings without consultation

December 13th, 2016

CRT’s Short Term Moorings Framework for Change published in March 2015 states that CRT will always consult users before making changes to visitor moorings, and also that any changes should be based on evidence of a need for the change that is being proposed. On the K&A, CRT has made changes to visitor moorings without any consultation at all and seemingly without any evidence that the changes are needed.

Look out for Travelling Community Support Service outreach boat, tomorrow 13th December

December 12th, 2016

Tomorrow, Tuesday 13th December, Julian House Travelling Community Support Service will be out on the canal aboard the Canal Ministries narrowboat Litania. They are using the boat for an outreach trip on the canal rather than the usual minibus, as it is much easier to reach people.

Fire safety talk and boaters action group, Honey Street, 12th December

November 29th, 2016

There will be a Boat Fire Safety talk by Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service at 7.30pm on Monday December 12th 2016 at the Barge Inn, Honey Street, Pewsey SN9 5PS, followed by the K&A boaters action group meeting.

The K&A is being dredged

November 25th, 2016

The K&A is actually being dredged. Well, not completely dredged, but spot dredged in some of the worst places.

Carol Service and Christmas Floating Market, Bradford on Avon 3rd and 4th December

November 22nd, 2016

Following the very successful K&A Floating Market in July, there will be a Carol Service and Christmas Floating Market in Bradford on Avon on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th December between 11am and 7pm.

Boaters needed to attend Pewsey area Canal Forum, 23rd November

November 17th, 2016

There will be a Canal Forum meeting between local residents and Parish Councils in the Pewsey area and boaters next Wednesday 23rd November 2016 at Stanton St Bernard Village Hall at 5.30pm for a 6pm start. This is a continuation of the previous meetings in 2014 and 2015 chaired by CRT in the Pewsey Vale to resolve issues between local residents and canal users, especially liveaboard boaters. Please come to this meeting, especially if you regularly moor your boat in the Long Pound.