Special visitors

The boats, the visitor centre and the boat base were looking at their best, sparkling in the warm October sunshine, when a party of local dignitaries paid Waterways Experiences a visit last week.

On 31 October the High Sheriff of Hertfordshire, Mr Fergus McMullen, the Mayor and Mayoress of Dacorum Borough Council, Allan and Wendy Lawson, the Deputy Mayor, Gbola Adeleke, Sally Marshall, Chief Executive of Dacorum Borough Council and Derek Townsend, the Deputy Lieutenant were on a whistle-stop tour of Dacorum, meeting people from a range of local charities and organisations. Waterways Experiences was thrilled to be chosen as one of only seven organisations to be visited.

Our visitors were very impressed with the Education and Visitor Centre, then they made their way to the boats. They were amazed to learn we had only started providing boat trips in June, yet had already transported 1,000 passengers, a high proportion of whom would not normally be able to enjoy the canals, including many with moderate or severe disabilities, their carers and companions. We showed them the special facilities we have to ensure everyone has a great day out, helping to steer the boat, working the locks or just enjoying the quiet of the countryside with friends or colleagues. They were struck by the space and facilities available on the boats. In fact, so much so that they went away with bundles of flyers about the charity for their own use and to pass on to others they felt would be interested. Watch this space for future bookings!!

John Bennett
Judy Mead
Andrew Murray