guildford steamboat meet makes welcome return - April 5, 2022Steamboat Rally returns to Guildford, and with up to 18 steamboats of all ages & sizes already registered, the 'Puffing a-Wey’ event will be truly atmospheric.
waterways chaplaincy (not) in lockdown - May 31, 2020The Waterways Chaplaincy has not shut its doors! Indeed, many of our chaplains have been exercising on the towpaths near their homes or boats and that has enabled them to keep aware of needs arising among the boating community in many areas. They keep in touch by phone and WhatsApp is a wonderful thing...
when the going gets rough - December 1, 2019Senior Waterways Chaplain, Mark Chester, told me this week that he is about to celebrate the 30th anniversary since he was made a Church of England priest, having previously been an Army Officer. Careers can change direction dramatically and unexpectedly! Mark still maintains his links with the military, but now as a part time chaplain, while the other half of his time is spent on chaplaincy to the waterways.
waterways chaplains - 80 and growing - September 1, 201980 chaplains spread around among the canals and waterways of Britain doesn’t sound an enormous number: but when you consider that quite a few of them are continuous cruisers for all or some of each year it’s easy to see that we get about all over the system!
what lies beneath? - June 1, 2019I took Easter Week out with my two brothers and our wives on the Shroppie, aboard one of Chas Harden’s hire fleet based at Beeston Castle. It was great and all we did was head the very few miles into Chester and pausing there before the short hop to the National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port. I did not go as a Chaplain, although I did make a point of wearing my Waterways Chaplain baseball hat.
beautiful - but what lies behind? - March 13, 2019Britain’s Waterways Chaplains, about 70 of them now, find that winter can be a time when they are really needed by some continuous cruisers.
notes from a waterways chaplain - December 1, 2018brrr… shiver me timbers… now the cold follows the hot! It’s a wet and grim autumn as I write this, but it follows an unusually brilliant summer which raised quite a few issues for water levels around the country.
waterways chaplains are coming alongside you! - September 1, 2018When the first moves were made to begin a chaplaincy for the benefit of people who live on and around our canals no one could have imagined how effective it would prove. Now in operation for around ten years Chaplains are a growing ‘presence’, being noticed and recognised as a part of the British waterway scene.