Rowing to London

It is wonderful that Cllr Bill Cawley, the next Mayor of Leek, has made Beatrice one of his two charities for the year (with Jessie’s Fund, providing music for children with life limiting illnesses in hospices around the country). He has been rowing to London (well, the same distance, 150 miles, on a rowing machine at Brough Park Leisure Centre).

More support - thank you

We are delighted that Morrisons of Leek have given us tremendous help in getting ready for the new season, providing very welcome catering and cleaning materials – as they say, it was ‘donated with love’.

And we should mention one of our most loyal friends.  Bill Lomas, much-loved Town Crier of Leek, has again sent us a donation from his Christmas Santa work – his help over the years is well into four figures.

These, with many other donors, are what make it possible to run trips on Beatrice for children who need it.

Seeking Trustees

The Beatrice Charity is seeking potential trustees. We provide narrow boat trips on the Caldon Canal for children from special needs schools across North Staffordshire. Candidates should have an interest in voluntary community activity, perhaps with experience in one or more of the following: charity trusteeship, disability, education, narrow-boating, finance, fund-raising, use of social media, or any other aspect of charity work. If you think this might be you please call our Chairman on 01538 386820

Introduction to Beatrice

We've produced a brand new video to give potential users a brief introduction to the boat.  In the video one of our skippers, Clive Stagg was at the helm, the filming was kindly done by a professional drone pilot, Tim Vickerstaff, and another of our skippers, Mervyn Gamage, provided the voiceover and production.
You can view the video by clicking on it.  We hope you enjoy it and maybe we'll see you aboard soon.

2021 Report

Obviously 2021 has been a disappointing year, but we managed to run 30 booked trips, 15 of them for schools – we welcomed 123 children to the canal, with 253 passengers in total. For a comparison, in 2019 we ran 126 trips, 80 of them for schools, carrying nearly 600 children and over-all we had 1,261 passengers. It was a pleasure to see how much the children took delight in getting out again, with their friends and teachers, and being on the water was particularly exciting.

Queen’s Award

Beatrice received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service at a ceremony on 4 October 2019. The Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire, Ian Dudson CBE KStJ, presented us with a domed crystal and a certificate signed by HM the Queen. This award recognises over 40 years of service to children with special needs, and to adults with disabilities.  It is a reward for the wonderful work of many volunteers who have given their services freely and cheerfully. The picture shows The Lord Lieutenant on the boat with a party from the Meadows School, Leek and two of our trustees.