Restoring an historic Fenland navigation as a Waterway for all
Project Hereward, first launched by the East Anglian Waterways Association in 1993
has empowered significant improvements to navigation on the Fenland waterways.
Project Hereward's New Dawn, a partnership between EAWA and Peterborough branch of the IWA is a renewed campaign to re-open the vital Middle Level southern navigation link from the
River Nene to the Great Ouse via the Forty Foot River through Horseway Lock and Welches Dam.
Although a Statutory Navigation the Forty Foot is presently un-navigable for over 3 kilometres,
through water leakage, and Welches Dam Lock has been sealed by the Environment Agency.
|Meet the Project Hereward Team . . . . . . .|
Tel: 07759 045855
I lived beside the old course of the river Nene at March during my early years and I followed the exploits of my uncle and cousins who boated and fished locally. Whilst at March Grammar School, l had a holiday job with the Middle Level Commissioners assisting with survey work for the forthcoming up-grading of their system. This created a life long interest in the Fenland Drainage schemes.
Reaching my early 20s, I built my first craft, a 20ft marine ply cruiser, from this I graduated to a 40ft narrowboat hull. This I completed and fitted out with fellow boating enthusiasts.
My involvement with navigation evolved with me becoming a founder member of Well Creek Trust, IWA Membership and Office and currently chairing the East Anglian Waterways Association. I currently am involved in various Environment Agency committee activities. I am now retired from a career in agriculture and now spend my spare times managing family property.
Tel: 01480 890215
I have had a keen interest in inland waterways since childhood when we lived near Marple and Bugsworth basin. At college I spent time on a project studying the engineering and recreational use of our canals. As a teacher, I organised narrowboat holidays for young people on the Great Ouse.
We now have our own narrowboat, fitted out from a shell which we use to cruise the canal and river systems for several trips each year. I feel strongly that we should do all we can to protect the navigational legacy for the use of all those who will benefit from our waterways in the future.
Tel: 01366 324470
My interest in the waterways stemmed from
school, where I was regularly involved in working parties clearing out
restoring the Kennet and
Tel: 01234 344844
I have been boating on the River Great Ouse with the same boat, Otter's Way, a Freeman 28, for 30 years in October 2014.
For almost all that time I have been a member of the EAWA, GOBA and IWA.
Currently I am a member of the Council of the EAWA, as you know, Secretary of the Great Ouse Branch of the IWA since 2005 and a Committee member of the GOBA for approaching 25 years and Chairman from 2001 to 2004.
In a previous life I was, for many years, a facilities Manager in the NHS and an engineer by profession.
Tel: 01480 466877
|I am a keen leisure boater and have a motor-cruiser on the River Great Ouse in Cambridgeshire. I live in the riverside village of Hemingford Grey and have spent many years exploring this beautiful river and enjoying its tranquility and nature. I take a particular interest in the history and development of recreational navigation on the Fenland rivers and have amassed a rather too large collection of books and other documents on that subject. Now retired from my occupation as a valuer, I hope that some additional free time will afford the opportunity to further enhance my interest in the region's waterways. I have been an active volunteer committee member of several boating organisations and now serve as company secretary of the East Anglian Waterways Association Ltd. and I look forward to working with others to ensure that these unique waterways and their natural environment are conserved for future generations, whilst encouraging full use for recreation and never forgetting their vital role in flood protection. I believe that the best outcomes for our region's waterways will be achieved by making use of voluntary effort and partnerships, utilising the vast array of local knowledge and expertise available.||
Tel: 01945 773002
present, I am treasurer of Peterborough Branch IWA and Well Creek
Trust, committee member at Middle Level Watermen's Club and a member of
GOBA, and have a been a member of all since 1984.
I worked on IWA national festival sites for 6 years in the 1990s.
I finished the last 5 years of my working life with the Environment Agency as river inspector on the Great Ouse.
I have been a boat owner since 1976 and at present have 56 foot narrowboat which I fitted out my self.
Tel: 01778 570610
I am the former Principal of Andrew Storrar & Associates, Consulting Engineers, and Professor of Manufacturing Engineering at Queen's University Belfast. I am an expert in Design for Economic Manufacture.
professional work has included waterway projects, such as being the
mechanical engineering consultant to the Preston Dock Development. I
have been a member of the Inland Waterways Association for over 40
years and have a great passion for waterways and their restoration. I
have worked as a volunteer over a long period on the restoration of
canals and rivers, both on the Mainland and in Northern Ireland.
Tel: 01366 324102
own and fitted-out my own Narrowboat, originally cruised on the River
Wey and Basingstoke Canal and is currently moored on the Middle Level.
I have, in the past, helped to crew and maintain working narrowboats. I
have and remain a member of various water groups being active at some
stage in all of them.
My roles have varied from organising various social and boat gatherings, health and safety, to chairman.
In my professional life I have served for 32 years in the fire service. My responsibilities included public safety at major events, and the planning of such. Producing risk assessments, accident, and health and safety investigations.
Tel: 07785 787875
spent 24½ years in the RAF Engineering Wing, servicing and
maintaining Life Support Equipment and Air-Sea Rescue Equipment. After
leaving the air force, I went into business making pine furniture and
sheds until 10 years ago. I now work part-time in home finance.
My boating experience started on the Norfolk Broads at Horning in 1976, where I helped for 7 years. "turn around" hire boats at weekends.
Latterly, I was Commodore of the Middle Level Watermen's Club from 2008 - 2012. Also I was instrumental in achieving the construction of the moorings in Benwick, which included engaging the villager's interest and getting funding which has been very successful. Recently I have project managed the new club moorings at Skoulding's Rest in March.
|Can you assist Project Hereward
With your support we will re-open this
historic waterway for all users.
The project relies on voluntary effort.
Contact us for more information
With support from
IWA GREAT OUSE