Monday, February 11, 2008

A visit to Stafford Boat Club

John travelled to the Staffs and Worcs canal on Sunday. A 2 - 3 hour trip by car. Weeks by canal. Guess which mode of transport he took. We wish it was the slow one! Particularly as the weather was beautiful.

He was attending a Save Our Waterways meeting with lots of other delegates from waterways user groups. It was a good meeting to share views and look at possible action regarding all the various changes on our waterways. There is so much to concern us all, less maintenance, higher licences, diesel price hikes, mooring tenders and now reductions in restoration grants. The canal forums are full of comment, blogs too. As we have said in the past it is important to make the boaters' voice heard. Watch this space!

Anyway to return to the Staffs and Worcs. John called in at Gailey Wharf on his way to Stafford Boat Club where the meeting was being held. Regular readers will know that this is where JD Boat Services are located. They are the builders and management company for a number of share boats including our previous boat Twelfth Night.

By the lock is a round house. It was built around 1800 and used to be the Lock Keeper's home. It is now an excellent gift shop.

JD Boats manage a Viking Afloat hire fleet. Many of which were out of the water for painting and maintenance.

We are familiar with the view of Stafford Boat Club from the canal. This is from another point of view.

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