9th Jan 2012
An appeal has been launched to restore a historic canal boat at Stourport Canal Basins. The Bramble was donated by British Waterways to local group Stourport Forward.
Volunteers from Stourport Forward plan to refurbish the Bramble so that it can be used for education and possibly boat trips. Some of the volunteers also give their time to the British Waterways Historic Working Fleet, so they are able to bring their heritage expertise to the project.
The appeal, which is being run by local community newspaper The Shuttle, aims to raise enough money to give the boat a new prop shaft, carry out mechanical and electrical work, new covers and fenders, and carry out mechanical and electrical work. The volunteers also intend to repaint the boat and furnish the interior with historical replica items.
Life on a working boat
Jim Amos, the Stourport Forward volunteer in charge of the Bramble Appeal said: “This is such a wonderful opportunity to restore Bramble for use as a historic working canal boat on site.
“Visitors will be able to step inside the recently restored canal boat, see the way that the boat would have been furnished with rag rugs, lace plates and even a table that converts into a bed and learn about what it would have been like to live in tiny living quarters and the physical labour involved in working on a canal boat in times past.”
If you would like to donate to the Bramble Appeal, make cheques payable to Stourport Forward Limited and send them to Jennifer Meierhans, at The Shuttle, 6 Towers Buildings, Blackwell Street, Kidderminster DY10 2DY. Please include your contact details as Stourport Forward would like to respond with letters of thanks to all those supporting the appeal.
If you can help with materials for Bramble’s refurbishment, contact Jennifer Meierhans on 01562 633346.
For more details of the appeal, contact Shuttleeditor Clive Joyce on 01384 358282.