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Lord Mayor cruises River Tawe on Copper Jack

Swansea Lord Mayor Cllr. Ceinwen Thomas and her consort Mr. David Thomas were welcomed aboard Copper Jack on Wednesday 26th November by Trustees and volunteers of Swansea Community Boat Trust. The visit marked the tenth anniversary of the setting up of SCBT.

A cold but sunny morning was ideal for the viewing of the many industrial heritage sites along the river bank. With many of the deciduous trees now shedding their leaves the ever changing scenery impressed our guests.

The Lord Mayor was pleasantly suprised to hear that since our inaugaral public cruise  by our new  purpose built Copper Jack, on June 10th 2014, SCBT have carried around 8000 passengers.  She further commented on the high quality fitting out of Copper Jack providing a most comfortable trip for passengers. Despite the rather low temperatures being endured by our outside crew, the enclosed nature of the passenger area with the Boat’s efficient heating system provided a cosy enviroment.

Cllr Thomas  a long time supporter of SCBT congratulated Trustees and volunteers for the many years of effort to put in place such an outstanding experience for locals and visitors to Swansea.

Before departing The Lord Mayor assured those present that a River Trip on Copper Jack would feature  highly on her list of ‘Things to see or do in Swansea’  for her many visitors to Swansea. She wished SCBT every succes for the future.

Lord Mayor Cllr Ceinwen Thomas and Mr David Thomas welcomed aboard Copper Jack by Trustees and volunteers

Lord Mayor Cllr Ceinwen Thomas and Mr David Thomas welcomed aboard Copper Jack by Trustees and volunteers

Lord Mayor and Consort Mr. David Thomas chat informally to CGW

Lord Mayor and Consort Mr. David Thomas chat informally to CGW

Call for Volunteers

A message from Mark Whalley, Secretary, Swansea Community Boat Trust.

As many of you are well aware, Swansea’s Community Boat “The Black Prince” is currently moored alongside the National Waterfront Museum’s Historic Vessels pontoon, and is being prepared to enter operational service as soon as possible.

Since the arrival of The Black Prince into Swansea just before Christmas last year, over the past few months, we have been holding a number of open-days and Members’ meetings and generally trying to make individuals and organisations aware of the existence of the Community Boat. Although we have received tremendous support for the Community Boat over the years, we still need to continue that support in order to bring the project to fruition.

Following our last Members’ meeting, I have been working on a project list/plan – a list which now stands at 83 tasks!

Rather than overwhelm you with the fine details of this list, we are now seeking volunteers who would be willing and able to give us some of their time.

From looking at the list of tasks, we have divided them into the following main categories:

  • Skippers / Crew / On-board “helpers”
  • Administration (Finance/Accounting, Bookings, membership, HR, Insurance etc)
  • Maintenance / DIY
  • Publicity / Marketing
  • Catering

If you are able to help us in one (or more) of these areas, and would like more details, please do not hesitate in contacting me (details below). When contacting me, I would be grateful if you could indicate what areas you are able to help us with, any experience you may already have, your availability and obviously your contact details.

Regardless of whether you can commit to 1 hour per month or 1 day per week, every little helps.

Once I have received offers of help / details of volunteers, I will arrange a series of workshops to discuss how we can make best use of these.

As we are continually striving to increase our membership and awareness of the Community Boat, I would encourage you to please pass this email on to your friends and colleagues. The more people who are aware of the Community Boat the better!

I know that many of you have kindly taken out Membership of the Community Boat Trust. For those who are not currently members, we would welcome you “on-board”, for which I would encourage you to print and complete the membership form and either return it to Dr Sandy Johns, Membership Secretary (details on the form) or to me at 156 Pennard Drive, Southgate, Swansea, SA3 2DR. With Individual Membership costing approximately 2p per day (£8/yr), which when we reclaim the GiftAid of £2.24, will continue to provide much needed funding to complete the work required to get the boat operational. In addition to welcoming new Members, we would also welcome any one-off donations and/or debenture loans in support of Community Boat.

Although we welcome new Members, donations etc, please do not feel obliged to do so – giving your time and commitment to the Community Boat is just as important!

Once again, on behalf of the Community Boat Trust, I would like to thank you for your continued support, and would welcome any questions or comments you may have.

Mark Whalley, Secretary