Community

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

Friday, 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. STOP PRESS: ON TUESDAY 7TH MARCH THE OUTREACH BOAT WILL BE AT BATHAMPTON WHARF

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

Monday, 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.

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Boat fire safety talk, Seend, 6th February

Thursday, 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.

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/

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

Monday, 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.

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Happy Christmas!

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

xmas pic

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

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

Tuesday, 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.

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

Tuesday, 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.

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

Thursday, 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.

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