Outreach boat to run once a month with free hot food, health checks, food parcels and internet access

February 17th, 2017

The Julian House Travelling Communities Support Service will be running a monthly outreach boat with the Canal Ministries narrowboat Litania on the western K&A.

Aldermaston sanitary station to re-open on 1st March

February 15th, 2017

The sanitary station below Aldermaston lock is to re-open on 1st March 2017 according to CRT.

BaNES boaters’ survey results published in full

February 8th, 2017

BaNES Council Water Space Study has published the full results of its 2016 survey into the needs of liveaboard boaters in its area. You can read the full report here

CRT Head of Boating quits after only 22 months

February 7th, 2017

Mike Grimes, Canal & River Trust’s (CRT) Head of Boating, has today announced his resignation from the post after only 22 months. Mike Grimes headed the boating team from August 2015. He joined CRT as Head of Business Boating in April 2015. He said he has “regrettably” decided to step down.

K&A boaters action group next meet Bath, 13th February

February 6th, 2017

The next meeting of the K&A boaters’ action group will be on Monday February 13th 2017 at 7.30pm at The Barley Mow, 32 Bathwick St, Bath BA2 6NZ.

Boat fire safety talk, Seend, 6th February

January 26th, 2017

There will be a Boat Fire Safety talk by Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service at 7.30pm on Monday 6th February 2017 at the Brewery Inn, 69 Seend Cleeve, SN12 6PX.

A massive 28% of boat fires cause fatalities. Don’t let this happen to you!! Come and find out how to prevent fire hazards on your boat. There will be FREE smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, and firefighters will be giving advice on how to minimise fire and carbon monoxide risks from solid fuel stoves, generators, engines, fuel and electrics.

There will be a series of boat fire safety talks this winter in canalside pubs along the K&A, organised by Julian House Travelling Communities Support Service in conjunction with the fire service. If you can’t make it to Seend, the next one will be at the Waterfront in Pewsey on 14th March.

See also https://dwfire.org.uk/safety/boat-safety

https://www.facebook.com/GRTBSupport/

http://www.julianhouse.org.uk/projects-and-services/travelling-communities-support.htm

fire safety event poster 6 Feb 17

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.