The Hungerford Branch of the Kennet & Avon Canal Trust is desperately short of volunteers and have started a publicity drive to try and recruit some more. As I’m sure you know, The Rose is based in Hungerford but we have quite a wide catchment area. Some of our volunteers live very close and some live a fair distance away, but we all love helping on the boat. It is a great opportunity to enjoy working with the other crew members and to help a very worthwhile cause at the same time. All this amid the lovely scenery, varied wildlife and historic buildings on this beautiful canal.
You can do outside crewing and helming. Although each role is quite specific and training is full and comprehensive, no day is like another and we all help as and where needed. A volunteer, once trained, could be steering the boat in and out of locks and turning the 55’ boat round in a 57’ space one day and operating the locks or helping passengers enjoy a delicious cream tea the next. They could be acting as an inside host talking to and looking after our passengers and also running the fully licensed bar serving snacks and refreshments. There are public trips and private charters so passengers are all there for different reasons. From a last minute idea for an afternoon out or a long-planned party, to a poetry evening or a musical afternoon playing and singing ukuleles.
There really is infinite variety with a fun team of like-minded volunteers. You would crew with each other, so the team is always different and it gives a chance to meet all the other volunteers. The time you could give is flexible as there is an online crew rostering system which means you can sign o in for whichever days and times suit you. Obviously the more the better, but there is no regimented requirement for a volunteer to give a particular day a week so it is flexible and easy to fit in with any other commitments. For more details about the Rose of Hungerford click here.