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Charity supporting disadvantaged and disabled people get on the water gets major improvement

PUBLISHED: 12:27 06 April 2018 | UPDATED: 13:32 06 April 2018

The slipway being installed at the charity’s Neatishead base. Picture:  Nancy Oldfield Trust

The slipway being installed at the charity’s Neatishead base. Picture: Nancy Oldfield Trust

Nancy Oldfield Trust

A charity helping disabled and disadvantaged visitors to explore the beauty of Norfolk’s Broads and coast have made a major improvement to their facilities.

The slipway being installed at the charity’s Neatishead base. Picture:  Nancy Oldfield TrustThe slipway being installed at the charity’s Neatishead base. Picture: Nancy Oldfield Trust

The Nancy Oldfield Trust provides sailing, canoeing and motor boating activities for individuals who may otherwise struggle to get out on the water.

The trust has now installed a new slipway at the charity’s Neatishead base, will improve access to its fleet of boats, as well as help with their maintenance.

Stephen Bradnock, the centre manager for the Trust said: “Our replacement slipway has been in the planning for the last two years, during which time we have modified and refined our plans to create a simple yet effective design.

“The wide new slipway, which is being built by Martin, Neil and Ben from Amis Piling and Dredging, will greatly improve the ease access for our visitors to our fleet of rafted canoes and open motor boats.”

Norfolk Broads, National Park. Wroxham.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYNorfolk Broads, National Park. Wroxham. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Innovative features include timber facing to the concrete slipway which is designed to be easily removed and replaced when it comes to the end of its life, in 25 years or so.

It also includes a ‘washdown’ pad with an integral sump and pump, to collect the pressure washings from the Trust’s fleet of 10 yachts when they are hauled out up the new slipway each November for their winter maintenance.

This will ensure the washing down of the boats is as environmentally friendly as possible.

The slipway project is the last major upgrade in a series of planned improvements to the Trust’s centre, its self-catering bungalow and its grounds.

Local businesses will have the chance to learn about the danger cold water poses to customers and receive equipment to help rescue them. 
Picture: ANTONY KELLYLocal businesses will have the chance to learn about the danger cold water poses to customers and receive equipment to help rescue them. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

It has been made possible by a number of generous grants, an unexpected but significant legacy from a local man, who included the Trust in his will, and money earmarked in earlier years for the project.

One result of the improvements, carried out over the last four years, is that the Trust is now able to offer visitors accommodation throughout the year – rather than just over the –summer - with easy access to the different types of boating activities we offer on Barton Broad.

It is now trying to encourage greater use of its facilities during the winter months, by promoting its accommodation as an ideal location for groups involved in activities such as birdwatching, walking, and cycling, as well as boating.

The Trust was established in the 1980s by Richard Kenyon and is named after his parents, Nancy and Oldfield.

Norfolk Broads, National Park. Potter Heigham.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYNorfolk Broads, National Park. Potter Heigham. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

To find out more about the Trust, visit www.nancyolfieldtrust.org.uk

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