A - Z of Tasks.
This list is being built through the monthly articles in
for Albert's Two; the working boater's term for the two
Cassiobury Park locks numbers 75 and 76, which Dick's Folly volunteers
regularly open and close.
for Anode [Sacrificial Anode]. Fitted to the hull under the waterline,
this large piece of metal e.g. magnesium, is designed to corrode due to
electrolysis instead of the hull. It has to be inspected every 2 years
to see how much has been eroded. Narrowboats normally have 2 or 3 each
side of the hull.
for Bookings, and it's Janet who for many years has coordinated
the diary and collected the deposits.
for British Waterways who since 1963 have managed the canal
network throughout the country and who in April 2012 metamorphosed
their stewardship into the charity Canal & River Trust.
for Canal Experience Training who sponsor the Project's website. Do take
a look at what they have to offer: www.canalexperience.co.uk.
for Crew Call Out; the heading of an email, sent to
those of us with the Royal Yacht Association Helmsman qualification. The
Project requires two people with this certificate to be on the boat
whenever it sails.
can only be for
Dick's Folly and Dick Gettins, the youth and community worker
whose vision and drive it was to have a community boat. Originally
called Lady Capel, the boat was renamed in his memory.
for Engine: special marine engines propel our boats along the
for Fender which we lost on our first trip out after the
refurbishment in 2011, and cost £80 to replace.
for Fundraising. Every charity depends on the goodwill and
financial support of the local community. Without a named Fundraiser,
each and every one of the Dick's Folly volunteers plays their part from
shaking collecting tins to grant form filling. With slogans such as
"Dick's Folly needs your £o££y" we have managed to keep the Project
afloat! The Graham Pickett bequest has put Dick's Folly back in the
water and has allowed us to repair the landing stage and order/buy our
new wheelchair accessible boat, Pickle's Folly.
for Graham Pickett. The Project became the main beneficiary of
this local man's estate which as well as paying for the refurbishment of
Dick's Folly, has enabled the Project to order/buy a new boat and repair
the landing stage.
to be for Harry, who has acted as our mascot in the carnival
parades and assisted in putting up posters for the ALWAC concerts.
for Hunton Bridge. Our base is found [by road] on Old Mill Lane,
and [by canal] we are at the bottom of the river race at Hunton Bridge
lock, number 73.
for Inside. No, not the cabin, but the term for the side of the
canal next to the towpath [depending on which way you are sailing].
for Josher boats, which belonged to Fellows, Morton & Clayton
Ltd. who we regularly share locks with.
is for the Knitters of Delrow; a small group of ladies who have
knitted red and green scarves which have adorned the Project's
fundraising Teddies [see this
page for pictures of the Teddies].
for Knitting for a Knackered Knarrowboat: a great
for Lock. A lock is a device for raising and lowering
boats between stretches of water of different levels on river
and canal waterways. The distinguishing feature of a lock is a
fixed chamber in which the water level can be varied. At either
end are gates which allow the boats to enter end exit. These
gates frequently have paddles in them which, when open, allow
the water levels to change. Locks are dangerous places and
require every person on board to be very alert.
is for base-side Maintenance crew, who keep the landing stage and
three sheds shipshape. Heading up that crew is Martin who always
has a smile on his face, as he deftly draws a screwdriver from
one pocket and a power drill from the other. All maintenance,
except for the most technical, are undertaken by volunteers.
for Narrowboat. Dick's Folly is one of these. Usually 6
feet 10 inches wide and any length from 20 feet to 72 feet,
these boats were made to fit the locks on the canals.
Traditionally, they are wide enough (just) to fit in a lock of a
'narrow' canal, and two can fit alongside each other in a 'wide'
canal - such as the Grand Union Canal.
for 'Ops Evening' where anyone and everyone turns up to
do their bit to keep the base and the boat in good order, and
ready to go out. Martin is our base-side maintenance
coordinator, paintbrush in one hand and screwdriver in the
for 'Pump Out' which is a necessary part of 'Ops'
and it's where we find a sense of humour and a willingness to
take on the rough with the smooth comes in handy. Like getting
your wings in the RAF, on donning your rubber gloves you can
count yourself a fully fledged volunteer.
for Quiz Night. 2011 was our best ever single event and
all credit must be given to John Blake for his organisational
skills. The evening was also fun.
is for Rickmansworth Waterways Trust, which has been
running the festival for the last 20 years. It takes place in
May each year. The Project has firm links with the RWT: DF acted
as a floating committee room during its early days. DF has also
taken part in the festival's Tug of War.
for Stern Tube Greaser. The last job to do when we bring
the boat back in from a trip is to give this a turn which as
it's name implies pushes waterproof grease in to packing
material around the propeller shaft tube preventing water from
getting into the engine space bilge.
for Tiller Pin securing the tiller to the swan neck.
Dick's Folly has a choice of a plain one, or one in the shape of
a frog. T is also
for Tony the Tillerpin and his wife Eve. Tony's metalwork skills
are clearly stated in his nickname. The pair have been very
supportive of the Project and donated items for our bric-a-brac
stall at Ricky Canal Festival 2011. Look at
www.piratestorm.over-blog.com/# [opens in new window/tab] to
see the wonderful eagle he created for Jan of narrowboat The
for Treasurer, Robert by name, making sure the Project's
books are balanced and its financial future is sound. T
is also for Training, for which Peter L makes sure we
have access to courses and are all competent in our roles.
for Uniform. The Project members currently sport green
polo shirts with the logo in yellow. We are on the look out for
sponsors for our next generation of shirts.
for Volunteers, the life blood of the Project and we
for Winding Hole. Because the width of a canal channel
[about thirty to forty feet] is less than the length of a
full-size canal boat it is not usually possible to turn a boat
in the canal. Winding holes are typically indentations in the
off-side [non-towpath side] of the canal, allowing sufficient
space to turn the boat.
for Webmaster, also known as Pete D, who once a week
deftly clicks his mouse and uploads articles to keep our website
up to date.
for Windlass or lock key. This is a cranked handle for
opening and closing lock paddles. If these are not put in place
correctly, they can give you a black eye, or worse!
for [E]Xtra Crew: the third volunteer accompanying the two
qualified helms persons.
for Youth. The Project originated out of the South West
Herts Youth and Community Service. We encourage users from all
age groups to get involved.
for Zzzzzz. This is what all our volunteers and users do
at the end of a great day out on Dick's Folly.