Milton Keynes Community Boat
The Trust is planning a 12-passenger, accessible, fully-electric 54-foot narrowboat to be launched in Spring of 2021.
Managed and run by volunteers, the boat will operate out of the new Campbell Wharf development in the heart of Milton Keynes and run trips on the Grand Union Canal towards Cosgrove and Fenny Stratford. These will include public cruises, private charters, seasonal specials and ‘park & parish cruises, for local communities along the 11-mile lock-free canalscape.
The project is inspired by the success of the John Bunyan boat in Bedford and informed by the experience of other Trusts running 12-passenger trip boats.
The Milton Keynes Community Boat is generously supported by Crest Nicholson/Campbell Wharf, The Parks Trust, and Milton Keynes Community Foundation.
- raise the profile of the Trust at the western end of the route
- bring in new Trust members and volunteers in Milton Keynes
- raise additional funds to enable the work of the Trust
- enable residents and visitors to make more use of the canal and the parks it runs through
- help to improve the canalscape and increase community activity along the route
- demonstrate the local health, economic and social benefits that waterway parks can bring
Please help to float the MK Community Boat!
The Milton Keynes Community Boat will cost £140,000, plus £15,000 to get the boat fully equipped, crew qualified, and all operations set up ready to trade.
Trust members came up trumps with the Appeal this spring, and have (in round terms) provided £10K in donations and gift aid, and £20K in 5-year interest free loans.
We believe that, overall, funding for boat construction is now secure, although this is still not 100% certain, and the Trust is awaiting final confirmation. The specification of the boat is now agreed so the project is ready to go, just as soon as we get the green light on funding. The boat builders had closed for several weeks, but are now returning to work, using all the government guidelines for safe working practices. Watch this space!
We are still bidding for funds to cover the £15,000 equipment, training and set-up costs, and individual/group donations towards this will be very gratefully received.
Every donation helps. These can be made online and can be Gift Aided too.
There’s enthusiastic support for the Milton Keynes Community Boat … please join us!