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West Berkshire Food Bank open to boaters.

Monday, 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/

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

Monday, 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.

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Traditional ropework

Sunday, February 7th, 2016

 

imageBeautiful and traditional ropework decorating the ellum of British Waterways’ Romsey, a ‘big Ricky’ butty, a six plank wooden-hulled boat, of which a considerable number were built for the GUCCCo. by Walkers at Rickmansworth in the 1930’s.

Tony Dunkley writes

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Gypsy, Traveller, Boater & Roma Community Support Service is on Facebook

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

The Gypsy, Traveller, Boater & Roma Community Support Service in BaNES, run by Julian House, is on Facebook here https://www.facebook.com/GRTBSupport

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New Waterways Chaplain on the K&A

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

Sue Stapleton on nb Eagle, who at present travels mainly between Hungerford and Devizes, has recently become a Waterways Chaplain with Workplace Matters.

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GP practice registers boater at surgery’s address following complaint

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

A boater recently tried to register as a permanent patient with a GP practice in Bradford on Avon by using the surgery’s own address. The GP initially refused to register the boater using the surgery’s address.

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Fundraising canal walk by Alzheimer’s Support

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Alzheimer’s Support, a charity that provides services to people with dementia in Wiltshire, is marking its 25th anniversary with a sponsored fundraising walk along the K&A from Bath to Pewsey this weekend.

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First Aid course for boaters

Saturday, March 7th, 2015

There will be a first aid course for boaters on 19th April.

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New welfare service provides advice and support for liveaboard boaters

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

The Bath based charity Julian House has recently gained funding to appoint two Gypsy, Traveller and Boater Community Outreach and Engagement Officers.

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Free boat fire safety checks available

Friday, November 28th, 2014

Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service provides free fire safety advice for boaters on the K&A in Wiltshire.

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