We have had to increase the suggested donation for non-school trips. For 2018 we will be inviting groups to contribute £130, or £150 at weekends. We will also be offering some weekend runs with a fixed route and timing for £100 - details will be available shortly (this trip will be part of our routine service runs).
Our Season has been extended to run from 1 April to 31 October each year. (When Easter falls within March will will commence running on Good Friday). This means that there are more dates for non-school use, particularly around Easter. See Trips on the Beatrice: Availability to find when the boat can been booked.
The Coffee morning at Trinity Church, Derby Street, Leek on Saturday 14 October raised a magnificent £616 for the Beatrice.
The first Beatrice was launched in July 1978 by Princess Anne, now the Princess Royal. The current boat was launched in 1999. We will be celebrating our 40th anniversary in 2018 with the intention of running for another 40 years. We also hope the current boat will run for another 20 years - to achieve this we are now starting to raise money for a new engine (about £10,000, with fitting).
We have new business cards which give the essentials about the Beatrice. We are delighted, and very grateful, that they have been provided through the generosity of HCM Printers of Leek, via our excellent Leek suppliers of clothing and posters, Go-Go Designs. For details see Latest NewsHCM Printers, Strangman Street, Leek ST13 5DU (01538 387275) and Go-Go Designs, 12 St Edwards Street, Leek ST13 5DU (01538 386781)
We are always grateful to receive photos of the Beatrice taken by walkers and boaters on the Caldon Canal.
The Beatrice has been completely repainted at Aston Marina (near Stone). In addition, certain urgent work has been undertaken on the drive, steering and other mechanisms, and on wear to the hull. Our next task is to do some strengthening work on the floor (over next winter) and we will soon need to replace the engine, which has been running for over 18 years. This will be expensive and we need to raise about £10,000.
Passenger numbers: In 2016 we carried 672 children, and 303 teaching staff: in total there were 1,426 passengers. We made 133 trips, 89 of them for children.
To book a trip – to check the boat's availability on this website, Trips on the Beatrice; ask for booking using Contact Us (or phone 07815 915675)
To donate – see Virgin Giving on the left of this this website page (or phone 01538 386820)
To volunteer as crew, or to talk to the Chairman, phone 01538 386820, or email him on firstname.lastname@example.org
What the Charity is
The Beatrice Charity was established over 30 years ago to run school trips on the beautiful, peaceful Caldon Canal for children with additonal educational needs. Its boat, Beatrice, runs from late April to late October. Out of school terms and at weekends Beatrice is widely used for outings for groups of children and adults who have disabilities or infirmity. It is also available for fund-raising trips. Schools are not charged but for other trips we suggest a donation of £130 (£150 at weekends. Our season starts on 1 April and runs to 31 October. Up-to-date information about the boat's availability may be viewed here.
The Beatrice Charity's vision is safely to:
give children with additional educational needs – be they physical, emotional, educational or social – a pleasant, interesting and memorable outing in surroundings which are, for many, otherwise denied to them;
provide the opportunity for disabled children and adults to experience, enjoy and learn from the many delights of waterway cruising;
offer boat users the chance to participate in the process of canal boat working – giving them an interesting and rewarding way of developing confidence and self-esteem.