waterways chaplains on the kennet and avon

waterways chaplains on the kennet and avon

some very useful information for boaters

The Waterways Chaplains are available to help any boater or towpath user in any way they can, be it to assist at the locks, have a chat on or off the boat, provide help in practical ways such as filling in complicated forms, be a listening ear or hopefully a problem solver. They are happy and ready to do whatever they can to help anyone in
need, whatever the need.

The lead chaplain covering the south of England is Sarah Hayes, who can be contacted on 07878 455644.

Pip and Robert are in training and cover Devizes; Mike serves between Pewsey Wharf and Semington Wharf; Alice between Claverton and Avoncliff; Nicola between Avoncliff and Bradford on Avon; and Mike and Ali are based in Hungerford.

Do get in touch if you think they can help you in any way whatsoever.

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Finally, did you know that there is a shower available for boaters' use each Tuesday at the St. James Centre in Devizes (suggested donation £3) and free tea and coffee on Tuesday mornings from 8am to 10am. The centre is in Eastcourt Crescent, postcode SN10 1LR, close to the London Road Bridge no 138.

However, before visiting for the first time, please ring the parish office, telephone number 01380 723891, 8am to 12 noon on Tuesdays or 9am to 12 noon every other weekday. They will ask your name, your boat’s name, and your telephone number, so they can advise you in the future if there are any changes in the arrangements.

Do give it a try if you are in the area, it’s a great facility.

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About Iris Lloyd

Iris Lloyd lives beside the Kennet and Avon Canal at Hungerford. A Christian since the age of 17, Iris has, at 89, become a Waterways Chaplain. She has danced all her life, has volunteered for the CAB and her local Food Bank, written for & edited magazines, and published 9 novels.