Saturday, 24 March 2018

Brownies take trip on canal

BROWNIES from Wargrave enjoyed an educational boat trip on the Kennet and Avon Canal.

The 10 girls went on Falcon Adam, a narrowboat owned by guide and scout leaders in Aldermaston, to learn about the canal.Guide leader Tamsin Phipps said: “It’s about getting this generation involved with the canal and interested in it. It’s so important to me that we engage younger children with their local waterway in a fun and positive way. The girls all loved it and are all keen to go back again.”

The Wargrave 1st guides have adopted the Garston and Sheffield locks in Reading as part of the Canal and River Trust’s Adopt a Canal scheme.

In the spring they spent a day cleaning Garston Lock, which has been nicknamed “Ghastly Garston” due to its run-down condition. They scrubbed off graffiti, cleared litter and put up bird boxes. Mrs Phipps, who chairs the Kennet and Avon Waterways Partnership, said: “The canal is a terrific resource to have on our doorstep and volunteering is very much part of our ethos.

“Our guides and parents can be really proud that they’re giving something back to the local community.”

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