Speaker Meeting 16th July 2018

Tim Marren and Charles Moore
Peter Le Marchant Trust Now and in the Future

The Rotary Club of Church Wilne welcomed speakers Tim Marren (CEO) and Charles Moore (Skipper and Board Member) from the Peter Le Marchant Trust based in a delightful location at Loughborough.

The Trust has provided day outings and holidays on waterways for nearly 40 years for people of all ages with any kind of disability or serious illness. Peter Le Marchant died very young in the early '70s. His sister Clare searched for some time to find the best way to commemorate his life, the Trust was formed in 1977.

The Trust has three boats:
"Symphony" – the day boat, carrying 26 passengers every day between April and October, including weekends.
"Serenade" – the holiday boat, taking 10 passengers for 4-night holidays.
Both are broad-beam boats, 65' long and 10'6" wide. Both have full-time Skippers who hold Boatmaster's Licences and are trained in First Aid.
"Melody" – a 65' narrowboat, available for weekly hire by a family or group with a disabled or seriously ill member.

All the boats are fully equipped for the maximum safety and comfort of passengers, with hydraulic lifts, wheelchair friendly toilets and showers, full central heating, resuscitation equipment. Last year the Trust carried over 4,000 passengers of all ages (5 has been the youngest; 108 the oldest) and every disability.

"Symphony" and "Serenade" are the total responsibility of their Skippers, who maintain, repair and paint them during the winter, when they are surveyed by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. They are also responsible for maintaining "Melody".

Serenade - One of the Trust's Fleet.

The Trust received the prestigeous "Queens Award" in 2012 for volunteers and has around 100. It provides a fantastic sedate and tranquil day out and is also a great wildlife spectacle.

A vote of thanks was given by Gary Abbott on behalf of the Rotary Club.

President Andy Cartwright flanked by Charles Moore (L) and Tim Marren (R).

For more information on Rotary, our speaker evenings, events and the main activities organised by our club please contact our Secretary, Mick White at: rccw1220@gmail.com

David Smith
For Church Wilne Rotary

2nd July 2018


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