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Braunston-based community boating charity finally celebrates 40th anniversary afloat

Written by on October 12, 2021

Article Published on Tuesday October 12, 2021 9:19 AM by


Braunston-based community boating charity finally celebrates 40th anniversary afloat


A canal boating charity near Daventry has finally managed to celebrate its 40th anniversary recently after an uncertain time of planning and disruption due to the pandemic.

LNBP Community Boating, who are based with two boats moored at Braunston in Northamptonshire, have endured a challenging two years of operation on and off the water.

Their anniversary has been a long time in the planning and typically not been without several changes of plans and then delays due to Covid restrictions. However officials and members from the non-profit charity along with friends and guests were finally able to get together last month to look back on four decades of operation.

2021 marks the 40th anniversary of the founding of LNBP Community Boating, although this is not strictly accurate as a preliminary meeting was held at the end of 1980. But nothing actually happened until 1981. During the past 40 years the project has moved from London to Braunston in Northamptonshire, and even the name of the project has changed. It started as The Lewisham Narrowboat Project, which evolved into the London Narrowboat Project as it expanded but now is called LNBP Community Boating at Braunston to stop confusion about its location.

Today the non-profit charity continues to provide groups of all ages and backgrounds the opportunity the experience of canal boating for weekends and midweek short breaks aboard their two purpose-built canal boats, Lancelot and Guinevere. The groups they welcome include youth groups, clubs, uniformed organisations and associations such as the Scouts, Guides and Cadets, as well as groups working with special needs and organisations working with the disadvantaged and unemployed.

To celebrate the occasion a small party was held on 16th September at The Ferry Inn at Alveston near Stratford-upon-Avon. The venue is owned by Martin Tolley, an LNBP project skipper and was a great central location to which guests from all the country could get to. About 60 members and friends enjoyed an afternoon and evening reminiscing about old times stretching back to those very early days and renewing friendships.

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Speaking about the celebration, LNBP Co-Vice-Chairman Chris Woodward said, “It was a lovely occasion in a great setting and thanks must be given to all those involved.

“After events of the last two years we were thankful to get together again to see faces currently involved, as well as many old friends whom we haven’t seen for so long”.

There was an additional cause for celebration as a cheque was presented to LNBP Co-Vice-Chairman Alan Cobbold from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Freemasons of Warwickshire by Geoff Walker, their charity Steward.

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A cheque was presented to LNBP co-vice-chairman Alan Cobbold (right) from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Freemasons of Warwickshire by Geoff Walker, their charity Steward

Mr Cobbold added, “We are sincerely grateful to Mr Walker and all at the Freemasons of Warwickshire for this wonderful donation. Their support will provide opportunities for those less fortune than ourselves to experience the delights and benefits that being on our canals can provide”.

For more information about LNBP Community Boating and booking residential weekend or midweek trips for your community group or organisation, visit their website at www.lnbp.co.uk, or find them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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