Crest Nicholson is proudly supporting the Bedford and Milton Keynes Waterway Trust in their plans to launch a new community boat which will be based at Camp-bell Wharf.
The Trust already run a very successful trip boat called the John Bunyan at the Riv-er Ouse in Bedford, with the whole enterprise run by volunteers.
They are bringing this successful model to Milton Keynes with their plans to run a small passenger boat from Campbell Wharf Marina on the Grand Union Canal in Central Milton Keynes. The boat would open the Canal up to the wider community, showcasing all it has to offer for the local area and is hoped to launch in July 2020.
The trading arm of the Trust, BMKWEL, is planning for a 12-seater boat which is fully accessible to everyone. It would be an environmentally friendly hybrid which will work well in all seasons, with options for a whole range of uses, from providing a one-way taxi for walkers to catered charter trips for families and themed outings throughout the year.
The Trust was set up to support wider plans for a new Waterway Park linking Bed-ford to Milton Keynes, and its fundraising efforts all ultimately support this work. The new inlet created beside Campbell Wharf Marina forms an important starting point for the Waterway Park, when it is constructed in the future.
The Trust is now working to raise funds for the boat. Crest Nicholson has already pledged their support, but more sponsors are needed to help fund this brilliant addition to what Milton Keynes has to offer.
Milton Keynes Community Boat News May 2020
Welcome to the first Monthly Newsletter from the Milton Keynes Community Boat. This edition gives an update on what’s happened in March and April.
February update and your invite to join us on 9th March
Funding meetings have been underway with a range of interested parties, with generous offers of support received in response to the Bedford & Milton Keynes Waterways Trust appeal to members, but the team still has a way to go to hit the target for commissioning the boat.
Milton Keynes Community Boat – New year update
Work on the community boat project has been progressing well since the last public meeting in November, with more funding now secured and the boat specification almost finalised.
November update – join us at the next meeting
At the next public meeting on 20th November, we will be focusing on electric propulsion, updating on our fundraising efforts, and refining the roles we need volunteers to fill.
September update – a progress report
36 people joined us at the public meeting on 24th September to find out about the plans, share their experiences and discuss ideas for recruiting volunteers.