Chairman, Derek Edwards, provides an insight into what has been another very busy year for LNBP at Braunston
It is fair to say 2016 has been another successful year for LNBP at Braunston.
With 50 bookings slots taken up and 20 Community Days filled, we have taken over 600 people from a wide diversified range of groups out on the canals in and around Warwickshire and Northamptonshire this year and welcomed new guests to our client list.
Our annual attendance at the Crick Boat Show over the Spring Bank Holiday was another great success and supported by a strong team of LNBP staff. Once again we were privileged to be the show’s official Charity Partner and ran the trip boats during the course of the weekend. The Crick venue for our AGM has also proved to be popular and will again be the location for next year.
Equally our presence at the Moira Canal Festival (in May) and Kent Scouting’s Inspire event (in November) were successful and productive with meeting potential new clients and introducing them to what we do and can offer to community groups, uniformed organisations and schools.
This year also saw the 35th anniversary since LNBP at Braunston was first formed. Our celebrations in October were not only marked by a special birthday cake but also rather aptly with the donation of new £5 notes…just how the project all started back in 1981! Read more here.
As always, our sincere thanks go to the all our skippers, our face painting team and support team members for giving their time and expertise throughout the year.
Although it is officially the ‘close season’ for our boating season, preparations are already well in advance for next year. As always our advice to all groups that are interested in trips with us is to book ahead well in advance. Booking forms and full details of current availability are available on our website www.lnbp.co.uk, or you are welcome to contact Nigel Smith, our Bookings Officer, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on 07967 406 875.
With a new year also comes the chance for new opportunities and beginnings. Many members of the LNBP at Braunston team have been dedicated to the project’s aims now for over 25 years…and some of us are not getting any younger!
To ensure that we can continue to provide opportunities for young people, community groups and those who are disadvantaged with the enjoyment of canal boating, we are currently seeking new members to join the Executive Team. If you would like to join us or explore and find out more how you can become involved, please contact us here. We would love to hear from you and have you involved.
In signing off for 2016, I would like to offer a huge thank you to everyone who has contributed in any way to the project during the last 12 months.
On behalf of everyone at LNBP at Braunston, may we extend our very best wishes to you and your families for a happy Christmas and a prosperous and healthy New Year.
LNBP at Braunston