paradise - June 6, 2022Iris Lloyd compares England in the Springtime with any marvels that Paradise may have to offer. "Seen from the bridge, the water plays Like crystal, diamond glass, And there are mallards in the flow And swans preen on the grass..."
alice in waterways land - March 8, 2022Iris Lloyd tells us about the work of the Waterside Chaplaincy as her colleague Alice becomes a fully licenced and commissioned Waterways Chaplain.
waterfowl - December 2, 2021Iris Lloyd writes about life alongside the Kennet and Avon Canal. "There are always plenty of ducks, the males with their beautiful heads of green sheen, and if we are lucky, a flotilla of baby ducklings in the spring."
another job well done - September 1, 2021Our cranes lifted a piano out of an upstairs window; installed a bronze camel in Mayfair; and put an air conditioning unit on the roof of Buckingham Palace. They suspended an escapologist at a couple of fairs, and held up a rocket ship in the James Bond film The Spy who Loved Me. They also rescued a sunken boat.
a waterways story - June 1, 2021Iris Lloyd lets another Waterways Chaplain tell her story of her early days in the service, when an unfortunate adventure led to timely help for a boater, and with it the blossoming of a new faith.
mission to seafarers - May 1, 2021Seafarers face many problems, including loneliness, shipwreck, homesickness, less time ashore, increased workload, perhaps being abandoned for weeks on end when their shipping line goes out of business, unpaid wages and not seeing their families or being able to contact them for years.
the bruce trust - March 1, 2021Iris Lloyd writes about The Bruce Trust based near Marlborough on the Kennet and Avon Canal. The Bruce Trust have four widebeam boats designed to accommodate people with disabilities, plus the disadvantaged and the elderly.
waterways chaplaincy - March 1, 2021Iris Lloyd describes the work of the Waterways Chaplains, having become one herself just before the first lockdown.
the rose of hungerford - part 2 - December 1, 2020The Rose of Hungerford is owned by the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust and is run by fully trained volunteers. They can be any age (over 16) as long as they are reasonably fit.
rose of hungerford - October 15, 2020Iris Lloyd talks about The Rose of Hungerford, a traditional canal boat offering public trips and private charters. The Queen travelled in her 30 years ago.
the diary of Iris Lloyd - hungerford church - August 20, 2020Iris Lloyd introduces us to St Lawrence's Church at Hungerford on the banks of the Kennet and Avon Canal. The church is now open for visitors and for private prayer.
the diary of Iris Lloyd - July 24, 2020Iris Lloyd looks at Hungerford today, more than 30 years after the massacre which everyone still associates with the town. Iris is keen to point out that Hungerford has much much more to tempt visitors with than memories.
holiday on a narrowboat in 1950s - June 16, 2020I did not keep a diary at the time so this account is entirely from memory. My friend, Janet, and I, both in our twenties, decided we would enjoy a week’s holiday on a narrowboat. It was not a working holiday, so we were not expected to help at the locks. We were to board at Market Harborough on the Grand Union canal.
the diary of Iris Lloyd - June 16, 2020Hi! My name is Iris Lloyd. I live in beautiful Hungerford and the Kennet and Avon canal is opposite my front door, across my drive, a side road and the canal bank, so I see all the activity on the waterway. Additionally, our church is half a mile distant, also on the canal side, so we get boaters going in to have a look around or attend services.