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Photos of 'Find Santa' on Dragonfly
Friday, 28 November 2014 00:00

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 Report from 2014

 For the fourth year The Trust has  run trips on its narrowboat to try to find Santa along the Wilts & Berks Canal at Kingshill Swindon.  There were 51 trips  over the 13 days during the end of November and through December, 4 , and sometimes 5 trips per day. We were fully booked by late November. Please note Bookings open for 2015 trips on 1st October.

The boat was decorated and our guests enjoyed mulled wine & mince pies for the adults,squash and sweets for the children. The task was for the children to spot Santa who then got on board laden with presents for them.

Each child received a named personal present, plus a bag of Magic Reindeer Food. 319 adults and 271 children joined us compared with a total of 469 in 2013,  and 351 in 2012. It is hard to imagine that it all started in 2011 with just 16 trips on 4 days.

Proceeds were in aid of the Trust but more important many children, parents and grandparents now know about the Canal and the Trust in Swindon.

We would like to thank all of our volunteers who worked so hard  that we were able to run such a  large number of Santa Trips. Many thanks to all our helpers and  their ever patient partners. Also we are grateful that Santa finds time in his busy schedule to visit the Wilts & Berks Trust and Dragonfly on the canal.

We also wish to thank all those who chose to join us to look for Santa and hope they will be back next year to see if Santa returns to the Canal at Swindon

 

A message from Chris Coyle

 "I am delighted to say that Santa Trips are fully booked.  This is a really terrific achievement by the boat team, involving a lot of work to organise the trips: take all the bookings; find skippers, crews and Santas; prepare individual presents for every child; as well as the sheer hard work of running up to five separate trips per day.  All in all, a great advertisement for the Trust, and a great contribution by the team".

 

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Here are some of the many photos we have been sent from our passengers.

 

 

"We had a great time thank you",

  

Tuesday

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Monday

 

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December

 

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Sunday

21 December

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"Just a line to say a big thank you for a wonderful trip on the 20th Dec.
The children all thoroughly enjoyed it and so did we!
 The gifts from father christmas were fantastic too.  
Please pass on our thanks to the whole team."

Saturday

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December

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"Thank you, we had a great time and thank you for putting on these boat trips
and all the hard work that goes with it.
My grandchildren keep talking about it and I think grandma enjoyed it too !!! (see picture)
Can you spot the reindeer in the field under the arch ??
My very best wishes to you and your team for very memorable day"

Sunday

14

December

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"Thank you for a most enjoyable
trip to meet Santa,
my grandchildren
loved it and what lovely presents". 
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Saturday

13

December

 

"I would be very grateful if you would pass on our very warm thanks
to the crew of the Dragonfly who took us  on our Santa boat trip earlier today
We all had a really wonderful and enjoyable time! Santa was amazing and the
children loved him!  We had such fun and are really grateful to your volunteers who put in
 such hard work and give so generously of their time.
The mulled wine, coffee, tea, chocolates and mince pies were very welcome.
Wishing you all a very merry Christmas and here's to the success of the WBCT in 2015!" 

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Sunday

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"Thanks ever so much for fitting us
all in. We loved it, as always. 
The gifts are also the best in Swindon".
 
"Just an email to say any thanks
for the trip. We really enjoyed it
and more importantly so did Oliver.
 Please pass on my thanks to
the team for making
it a really special occasion". 
 
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"As always we had a lovely time".

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 Saturday

6

December

"We had a wonderful time on Dragonfly. The kids absolutely loved it and Santa was very good.
Presents were brilliant. Probably the best we've ever had from a Santa visit.  It was great they
were age specific too. Many thanks to all involved".  

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Sunday

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November

 

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"Thank you for a fabulous afternoon, both the adults and children
had a great time,  please do thank the ladies on the boat for making us so welcome.
We were also very impressed with the quality of the presents.
We will definitely be booking next year".

 

 

Saturday

29

November

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"We had a very
enjoyable trip with
our grandsons,
who were very pleased
with their gifts from Santa. 
I have also told
other people about your
trips, so hopefully
next year they
will also be on board".

 

Sunday

23

November 

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"We really enjoyed
the trip! 
And both kids
loved it...
such a nice
experience 
for them :)".



 
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in Waitrose
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They were nearly all
wearing Christmas jumpers
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Saturday

22

November

"We all had a very enjoyable time. 
The crew were superb and
Santa was excellent,particularly with the grandchild
who is a bit nervous in these situations.
We hope to book the whole boat for the extended family
next Christmas,
so will be in touch at the start of October".
 
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Dragonfly

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ready

for her

passengers

 
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