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STOKE BRUERNE CANAL PARTNERSHIP: SEEKING VOLUNTEER HERITAGE WALK LEADERS

Walkabout Festival
Saturday 2nd June

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Do you have an interest in the history of local places? Do you like sharing your interest with others? Do you like relatively easy walks which allow us to better understand our heritage? If the answer is yes, then you could be just the person we need!
From time to time during the summer months the Stoke Bruerne Canal Partnership organises short/medium walks within and around the Stoke Bruerne Canal Corridor. These walks are led by volunteers who have local knowledge of the canal heritage in this area. New volunteers are needed for this rewarding role. Full training and information would be provided – all we need is enthusiasm, the ability to walk up to 3 miles on public footpaths across the countryside and a few hours of your time perhaps twice or three times a year.
If you are interested to find out more, please contact Helen Westlake, Chair of Stoke Bruerne Canal Partnership at [email protected]
It would be great to hear from you.
The Ramblers, Stoke Bruerne Canal Partnership and the Canal and River Trust have joined forces to stage a range of heritage walks, dance  and theatre in Stoke Bruerne on 2nd of June.

The walks which will be led by local volunteers and Northants Ramblers include 'Over and Under the Hill' a walk and boat through the historic Blisworth Canal Tunnel.

The programme runs as follows:

WALKS

9.30am & 3.15pm – Health walks from Ramblers Gazebo (one hour)

10am, 1pm & 3pm – Leave Ramblers Gazebo for a walk and boat ride back (2.5 hours – must be prebooked)

10.30am & 2.15pm – Family walk leaving from Ramblers Gazebo 20 -30 minutes)

10.30am & 2pm – Guided heritage walks leaving from the Canal and River Trust Gazebo (one hour)

11am, 2pm & 4pm – Leave from the Boat Inn for a boat ride and walk back (2.5 hours – must be prebooked)

11.15am – Buggy walks leaving from Ramblers Gazebo (20 -30 minutes)

12.30m & 4pm – Tours of Stoke Bruerne lock flight leaving from the top lock (one hour)

1pm – Street stroll leaving from Ramblers Gazebo (30- 45 minutes)

ENTERTAINMENT

10am – 5pm - Free access to Stoke Bruerne Canal Museum if you register for a walk

11.30am & 2pm – Crosskey Clog Dancers at the Canal Museum Green (one hour)

1pm & 4pm – Alarum Theatre will perform at the Canal Museum Green (one hour)

7pm – Alarum Theatre will perform in the Village hall (2.5 hours – tickets must be prebooked)

Alarum Theatre's offering will include a double bill of theatre with poetry and music to whisk you back to the days of World War II. A shortage of crews to keep the working boats going brought a new breed of boater to the canal. Young women, later nicknamed the Idle Women, who took on the challenge of managing a pair of 72’ narrow boats and 55 tons of cargo.

Come and enjoy Isobel’s War (Kate Saffin) and Idle Women and Judies (Heather Wastie), as they follow the routes worked by lesser known women including Daphne March who worked on the Heather Bell throughout the war, on a route from Worcester to Tipton and Cannock, and then by Nancy Ridgway, over the Chesterfield, and from Liverpool to Leeds.

Waterways on Prescription

New information pack for boaters arriving at Stoke Bruerne

Stoke Bruerne Canal Partnership led by member Kathryn Dodington working in conjunction with the Canal and River Trust has published a leaflet containing local area information for boaters arriving at moorings in Stoke Bruerne.

The leaflet gives handy information on local services such as doctors, pharmacies, shops, restaurants, pubs, bus services and much more.

The leaflets are currently available from the Canal Museum, and will be distributed to boat hire companies. However it is hoped they can shortly be dispensed from clear perspex boxes at key boater facilities such as water points.
Inspired by the health walks led by late Partnership member and resident of Stoke Bruerne John Smith along the canal corridor in Stoke Bruerne, member Kathryn Dodington working in partnership with the Canal and River Trust and Roade Medical Centre,  has developed a scheme to encourage the use of the waterways to promote health and well being.

The scheme is to be trialled by doctors at Roade Surgery with leaflets, posters and a pack of prescriptions. Doctors will dispense information to patients they consider will benefit from getting out and about on the waterways.

We all know that regular exercise is key to living a happy and healthy life, but there is evidence which shows that being beside water can also increase our sense of well being, de-stress us and  help with our mental health.

Canals with their largely flat and level towpaths are accessible to most people, even those with heart and lung conditions, and walking can help with long term conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and chlorestrol.

The best bit is, it’s free.