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.
- 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 ex VAT, plus further costs to get the boat fully equipped, crew qualified, and all operations set up ready to trade.
Construction of the boat has been fully funded by a combination of contributions from the Trust, Trust members, Section 106 funding from Milton Keynes Council and a grant from Milton Keynes Community Foundation. The construction contract has been awarded to Colecraft Ltd and build will take place October 2020 – March 2021.
Initial costs of crew training, equipment and accreditation, and a community outreach pilot, have been covered by the Postcode Community Trust, a charity funded by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery.
Fundraising is ongoing to support the final set-up costs involved in fully equipping the galley and cabin for cruising, compiling a maintenance kit, and creating a suite of marketing and sales materials in a range of media. Individual or group donations towards these costs will be very gratefully received. Donations can be made below. To find out what is still needed, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request a current list.
Every donation helps. These can be made online and can be Gift Aided too.
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