The 14 foot traditionally made 2 man punt “Kingfisher” was launched on Stonebridge pond today . She will be used by volunteers for collecting weed and rubbish from the waterways of the old gunpowder works.
She was built by local, long term unemployed people as part of a course run by The Creek Learning Project in partnership with the Brents Community Association to help local unemployed people gain the confidence to get into work or volunteering. The programme was funded by the Department for Work and Pensions and under the expert guidance of Alan Thorne of The Purifier Yacht and Dinghy Co. the participants learnt team and boat building skills.
Constructed at the Purifier Building, the punt was made specifically to donate to The Friends and some course members have shown an interest in volunteering to use her.
Project Manager Brenda Chester said “Everyone enjoyed six weeks of training, advice and support”.
Fern Alder, Chair of The Friends of Westbrook and Stonebridge Pond, said “ I would like to say a big thank you, on behalf of the whole group, for the truly beautiful and very useful punt that has been made for us to use when we are clearing Stonebridge Pond.
We are thrilled to have had such wonderful support from staff and students of The Creek Learning Project who have all worked so hard with Alan Thorne in the Purifier building to create our new punt. “