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Dragonfly Boat Trip News - April to June 2014
Tuesday, 27 May 2014 00:00

 Brownie Canoe Event

This is Wiltshire article on the event 22 June 2014

Heather Scoynes, county water advisor, said: “The Wilts & Berks canal provided the perfect opportunity to incorporate the 100-mile paddle challenge, giving each Brownie a chance to paddle one mile to add to the tally “

Swindon Branch and the Dragonfly team 
were in attendance at the Brownie Canoe 
event over the weekend of 7th and 8th June. 
Over 300 Brownies from around the
region  undertook a challenge to paddle
a total of 100 miles on the Canal
between Red Bridge (Waitrose)
and Skew Bridge during the two days
They achieved  the 100 miles
on the Saturday, and nearly
there again on the Sunday. 
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  The girls take on the spirit of Dragonfly  
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 Press Release

DEVELOP take a trip down the Wilts & Berks Canal

On Monday 12th May 2014 DEVELOP staff took a trip to the Wilts & Berks Canal where they were able to learn more about the organisation and their plans for developing the canal in the future. Luckily the weather held out and staff enjoying the cruise along the canal in the sun. Mike Lang, the skipper, even allowed staff to have a go at steering Dragonfly along the canal.

The trip was originally organised as part of the Corporate Community Engagement initiative run by DEVELOP to enhance relationships between local businesses and charities. The Wilts & Berks Canal Trust aims to develop and restore the canal which has been derelict for many years. The boarding point  is situated near Old Town and there is currently only a short but attractive stretch of the canal which Dragonfly can travel down due to the narrowing of the canal meaning she is unable to be turned around. The Trust aims to re-connect the canal to the North Wilts Canal which runs to Cricklade and the Kennet and Avon Canal near Melksham. The Canal also links to the River Thames at Abingdon.

The Wilts & Berks Canal Trust run boat trips at the weekend from Old Town, Swindon, which are open to the public and children go free – so a great activity come rain or shine as Dragonfly also has an indoor seated area. You can also support the Canal Trust by becoming a member or a volunteer.


Swindon advertiser article on this story June 9th 2014


Spring Bank Holiday Monday on the Wilts & Berks Canal    

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 Safety Talk    Note the Grey Heron on the bank
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Swans & their 6 cygnets Wonderful red brickwork  


Roses and Dragonfly Training Days April 1st 2014

The Dragonfly Boat Crew held 2 training sessions before the start of the Dragonfly trip season.



We were pleased to see 2 new Roses panals painted and donated by Maggie Lee.

They both. add to the charm of the boat,  and will  give children a focus when discussing narrowboat traditions.

Thank you Maggie  very much.



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It was necessary to test out the wheelchair lift after the winterisation and in the absence of a actual wheelchair, Keith Price's grandchildren stood in.

Sammy and Isaac acted as a wheel each and joined hands to make a 'pretend' wheelchair. It was great fun and passed the Health & Safety test. The boys can't wait to come back to do more boat work.