Outreach boat at Bathampton, 5th December

December 3rd, 2017

The Boaters’ Cafe Club outreach boat Litania will be at Bathampton Wharf next Tuesday 5th December 2017 from 12 noon to 4pm.

Come and be crafty and make some colourful woolly things to yarnbomb along the canal at a later event in early spring! Clare Brown will be running the workshop, aimed at liveaboard boaters who would like support with wellbeing and mindfulness.

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Meeting to fill in CRT licence consultation, 11th December, Bradford on Avon

November 30th, 2017

The next meeting of the K&A Boaters’ Action Group will be on Monday 11th December 2017 at 7.30pm in the Canal Tavern, 49 Frome Rd, Bradford on Avon BA15 1LE.  We will have lots of paper copies of the CRT Boat Licence Review questionnaire so that anyone who hasn’t responded yet can fill one in. The consultation closes on 18th December so it’s your last chance to get your views in. CRT is proposing to increase the cost of a boat licence without a home mooring, so it’s really important that the views of boaters without a home mooring are represented in this consultation.

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Buy a K&A boaters’ 2018 calendar!

November 30th, 2017

On sale now! A 2018 calendar brought to you by the liveaboard boaters of the K&A.

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Boaters improve slippery towpaths

November 27th, 2017

During the last week of November 2017, liveaboard boaters carried out improvements to the towpath in Horton where it is uneven and becomes very slippery and unsafe in winter. Seven people helped to barrow and shovel scalpings and gravel onto the towpath near Horton Bridge and on the approach to Horton Chain Bridge.

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Christmas floating market, Bradford on Avon, 2nd – 3rd December

November 24th, 2017

Floating Christmas, there’s going to be a market! It will take place on Saturday and Sunday 2nd and 3rd December 2017 from 11am to 6pm.

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Living willow workshop for boaters, Avoncliff, 25th – 26th November

November 22nd, 2017

As part of a joint community arts project focusing on mental health, well-being and mindfulness, Julian House Travelling Communities Support Service is holding a number of craft workshops for liveaboard boaters who need support with these issues.

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Full example response to CRT Boat Licence Review consultation

November 21st, 2017

We publish here a full example response to Stage 3 of CRT’s Boat Licence Review consultation Example full response CRT licence consultation 2017.

Here also is a pdf copy of the blank questionnaire for anyone who prefers to print and complete the questionnaire on paper Print version CRT survey

Here is a Word version of the survey to complete electronically and send by email CRT Licence Consultation word version

If emailing, please send the completed survey to info@tonic.org.uk or you can print it and post it to “Freepost TONIC” (you do not need to use a stamp).

Paper questionnaires should be posted to “Freepost TONIC” (you do not need to use a stamp). The deadline for both paper and online responses is midnight on Monday 18th December 2017.

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Boat Fire Safety Talk, Devizes, 13th November

November 8th, 2017

There will be a Boat Fire Safety presentation at the Black Horse, Bath Rd, Devizes SN10 2AU (between locks 47 and 48), on Monday 13th November 2017 at 7.30pm. There will also be one in the Bath area later this winter, the date is to be confirmed.

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Outreach boat at Dundas, 7th November: paper copies of CRT licence consultation and spoken word/ poetry workshop available!

November 2nd, 2017

The Boaters’ Cafe Club outreach boat will be at Dundas basin next Tuesday 7th November 2017 from 12 noon to 4pm. The main attraction is a spoken word and poetry workshop with Dru Marland. The workshop is aimed at boaters who would like support with wellbeing and mindfulness. The loose theme of the workshop will be “outsiders”.

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Important – please respond to CRT’s boat licensing review consultation by 18th December 2017

October 25th, 2017

Boaters may have received an email or a letter from CRT with a link for the consultation questionnaire for CRT’s review of boat licensing.

This consultation contains two proposals to increase the cost of a boat licence without a home mooring. There is no legal justification for this. Increasing the licence fee for boaters without a home mooring will drive some of our community off the canal and into homelessness.

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