Another record year for Pocklington trip boat

FOLLOWING on the successes of 2014 and 2015, 2016 has been yet another record breaking year.

The Pocklington Canal Amenity Society (PCAS) wishes to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported, through donations and/or volunteering, the work of the Society in restoring and maintaining navigation on the canal.

2016 saw 2800 (2200 in 2015 ) passengers enjoy a trip on the Society’s boat New Horizons, coming from as far afield as New Zealand and the USA as well as from continental Europe and all over the UK.

The boat made 90 trips during the season which, again, is a new record. PCAS encourages donations for their boat trips rather than having fixed charges and finds that passengers are generally very generous. In fact, over the past 3 years these donations have generated in excess of £29000.

These monies are currently to be spent on the restoration of Thornton and Walbut locks. The Society’s volunteers, along with specialist contractors Hagrapat, Canal & River Trust staff and Heritage Heroes volunteers, started work on Thornton Lock in July 2016.

This work is currently ongoing and is part of the Society’s Bicentennial project to restore navigation from Melbourne to Bielby (a distance of some two miles) in 2018. The total estimated cost of this work is £250000 of which £145000 has been raised to date.

This work is in addition to and complementary with the work being carried out by CRT with their Heritage Lottery Funding.

In 2017 the trip boat will start running its 30minute taster trips on Sunday April 2 and every Sunday/bank holiday thereafter until the last Sunday in October. See the website for more details or contact book.newhorizons@gmail.com

Further information about all the Society’s activities including how to become a member and/or a volunteer can be found on our website www.pocklingtoncanalsociety.org

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