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Canal News – ‘Keppel’ – Help build a floating classroom

Canal News – ‘Keppel’

Help build a floating classroom

etruriaboatgroupvolunteers.org.uk

etruriaboatgroupvolunteers.org.uk

 

We need £10,000 to restore Keppel and transform her into a floating classroom by the end of August 2014
Will you help the Etruria Boat Group volunteers restore this historic work boat and transform her into a floating classroom?
Keppel is an admiral class boat, built by British Waterways in 1960. Used as a workboat until the mid-70s she’s been through a few owners before finding herself in the hands of the Etruria Boat Group. The group’s volunteers urgently need to raise £10,000 to keep her in the water.
Following 50 years of continuous service, Keppel now needs a new bottom, paint job and other repairs to keep her afloat. This work, much of which will be completed by volunteers, needs to be carried out before the end of August. If this doesn’t happen then Keppel will sink, restoration simply won’t be possible and she will be lost forever.
By making a donation today, she’ll be fitted out as a floating classroom and will travel to community events in and around Stoke-on-Trent, educating children and adults alike about the history of our waterways and the essential role they play in today’s society.
Our unique waterways connect people to their past, to nature and provide a much-needed place to escape to. Without them our lives would be poorer. However, unless we educate people about them they won’t be protected forever.
Boats like Keppel are an invaluable way of getting people to appreciate our waterways. There’s nothing like stepping onto a historic boat to get the feel for what our waterways were like in the past and what we’ll lose if our canals aren’t protected.
She started her life maintaining the canals of England and Wales. By restoring her she’ll be able to ensure their future by teaching a new generation about their importance.

Donate to this appeal
http://support.canalrivertrust.org.uk/get-involved/appeal/help-build-a-floating-classroom/home/donate/

 

Canal News – Free guided walk to Harecastle Tunnel

Canal News

 Walking the towpath

Walking the towpath

Free guided walk to Harecastle Tunnel

Address

Red Bull Wharf,
Congleton Road South,
ST7 3AP
(opposite the Red Bull pub)

23 Mar 2014
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Join us and explore the Trent & Mersey and Macclesfield canals with Andrew Watts from Etruria Boat Group.

We will walk from Red Bull Wharf along the Trent & Mersey Canal to the entrance of Harecastle Tunnel, and return via the Macclesfield Canal. This is a walk into a past age when the canal was busy with cargo, horses, and boats.

The walk is leisurely and suitable for anyone able to cope with walking the distance of about two miles (3 km). It will last about 90 minutes and finishes with tea and cake at the new Welcome Station at Red Bull Wharf.