Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Devizes Boat Club May Bank Holiday Boat Gathering

Winner of the Scrape Boat Challenge.
Every year on the Bank Holiday Sunday the scrape boats made out of bits and pieces (no motors) are built, scrutinised and entered along with a £5.00 fee to the challenge. They are launched together and race along a prescribed length of canal cheered on by everyone. The winning amount always £50.00 at least is given to a Charity chosen by the builder of the winning boat. This years winner was John Arthurs, past Trust council member for Newbury Branch, past Newbury Water Festival Harbour Master, previous chair of the DBC boat club and Trust volunteer especially at Crofton. He and his wife Val are off on a trip round the system for the summer and joining the club again at the IWA Festival Beale Park. At our dinner that evening he was presented with his winners cheque, which he promptly passed over to the person sat opposite him, who just happened to be the Treasurer of the Avon Vale Group. What a wonderful gesture from a boat made out of scrape a donation to a boat basically rescued from the scrape, thank you John.

Elaine Kirby

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