From the Chair
Hello again from LNBP Community Boating
Welcome to our latest e-newsletter, keeping our members, supporters, followers and those with an interest in us (and there are many of you) up-to-date with news, events and activities from LNBP Community Boating at Braunston.
At this time of year with the boating season now over for another year, it is always interesting to take a step back and reflect on our activities and look ahead to the future.
In 2017 LNBP celebrated its 36th year. Our client base has now expanded and in addition to drawing young people from the London area the charity now welcomes groups from around the UK., with groups coming from as far afield as the South Coast of England, Devon, East Anglia, Wales, the Midlands, the North East of England and Scotland. In addition to young people, aged 8 years and above, the charity now welcomes people with special needs and is truly a boating project available to a wide spectrum of the community.
Our main promotional events during the year were the Crick Boat Show in May and a promotional week including a weekend in the centre of Birmingham in October. Guinevere was also a presence on the route between Braunston and Birmingham and our mooring in the City Centre was on a major footfall between the Mailbox and Brindley Place. Our profile was raised immensely as the towpath is the main thoroughfare between two huge Shopping Areas. The marketing results of this visit are still filtering through in the form of new booking enquiries.
We are at present organising a skippered trip for an Academy located in this area which would accommodate nearly 200 children over a 2 week period next year. This would involve the use of both boats using a route designed to involve and challenge all the participants. We are delighted to be involved with the conception and the ergonomics of this enterprise.
The Inland Waterways System provides an unequalled opportunity to learn about the important role the canals played in the early part of the industrial revolution, about geography, nature, canal history and heritage of this country. I am confident that LNBP is well placed to continue its mission of introducing people aged 8 and above, to the enjoyment of the canal experience.
Stringent Risk Assessments and adherence to Boat Safety Regulations plus reliable servicing produce a good reliable product. This, together with the perceived (by TV companies) fascination with historic modes of transport especially railways and canals, has caught the public’s imagination.
Some of this is, I think, due to the slow relaxed nature of this form of transportation which is in high contrast to the stress of their everyday lives and, as we supply a trained Skipper with our bookings, it is a lovely way to relax and find time to observe and absorb the wonderful environment of the canal system whilst working as a team.
Bookings with us for next year are looking very healthy already. In fact, we are even receiving bookings for 2019. And our advice – as you will see below – is to book ahead for the dates you would potentially like, to avoid disappointment.
As always, if you have any comments, queries or would like further information about making a booking for your community group, organisation or school for 2018, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me and the team. Our contact details are here
We will be back in contact again soon, but remember you can keep up-to-date with our news via our website here, or via social media on Facebook here and Twitter (@LNBP_Braunston) here.
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