A grant has been awarded to the iconic Wherry Maud towards the purchase of a more powerful support vessel.  The previous tender was found to lack power and the 6hp well-worn outboard was not sufficient resulting,  on occasions when crossing Breydon Water, having to use two dinghies.

It was considered that a tender with an inboard engine should be purchased to enable more sailings and to cope with the inconsistency of weather conditions.  A suitable boat was being built and completed in the summer of 2021.  It is of the same era as “Maud” and looks much more traditional. The engine is a Nanni 20hp diesel, capable of pushing “Maud” against wind and tide.   We wish Wherry Maud well with her new tender.

Pictures: Wherry Maud and Linda Pargeter with Love the Broads’ grant cheque

Grant Applicant: Trustees of Wherry Maud, Registered Charity No. 1161285

Funding received from Love the Broads: £1,000

Project completion date:  July 2021


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A new canoe platform is to be installed at a location within the Broads National Park at Geldeston Lock on the River Waveney.  Love the Broads are delighted to have helped towards the funding of this structure which will benefit the increasing number of canoeists within the Broads National Park to access the local community pub, local villages and countryside as well as the wider river network.

Grant Applicant: Broads Authority

Funding received from Love the Broads: £1,000

Project completion date:  Summer 2021


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This project is part of The Locks Inn Community Pub to offer educational and community facilities at the pub to enable workshops, meetings, conferences and community events in  two meeting rooms.

Equipment was required which would  include a laptop, tables and chairs, overhead projector and screen, flip chart and wipe board.

Those attending events would be able to benefit from refreshments and meals from locally sourced food and drink suppliers.

As well as hosting their own events, the pub are to encourage local people to put on their own events which could include local markets of home produce and craft, art, nature and local history exhibitions.

Our main aim in all of this that everyone has the opportunity to access learning, a wide range of education and leisure courses to improve health and wellbeing.

The pub has been closed for some time and its re-opening is being financed through the sale of shares.  The re-opening is scheduled for May 13th 2021.

Grant Applicant: The Locks Inn Community Pub Limited

Funding received from Love the Broads: £700

Project completion date:  June 2021


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The Norfolk Wherry is an iconic vessel, initially used for moving cargo and people around the Broads’ network of rivers. The change in use of the wherry from cargo carrying to holiday boat, created opportunities for local boat builders to establish the Broads as a flourishing holiday destination.

The aim of this project was to create a cohesive and comprehensive suite of materials pertinent to the curriculum interpreting the wherries in context. The creation process was overseen by a skilled contractor who worked with the volunteers involved in the Trusts to support their own learning and use of existing knowledge and resources.

The three Wherry Trusts which manage seven of the eight existing wherries, will use and promote these new resources for teaching and learning opportunities as well as making them available on line.

The resources take the form of an integrated education package introducing wherries primarily to Key Stage 2 students, with material that can be utilised by Key Stages 1 and 3.  Wherries are introduced within a powerpoint presentation available for schools and the public.

Links to short videos for in-school teaching will also be available on-line via partner organisation web sites. It is intended that these can be used for pre-visit preparation and post-visit follow up.

The Education Package:

  • KS2 Powerpoint presentations were developed to illustrate the evolution and history of the wherries, function, cargoes and people who crewed the vessels
  • Wherry Race board game is also being developed.  The board game is an excellent interpretative resource for in-school use and will be played by visiting groups staying at How Hill Environmental Study Centre.  Copies of the game will also be used by the wherry-owning trusts and distributed to primary schools and other educational groups local to the Broads.  100 copies of the board game have been produced and it is tended that a future reprint of the game will allow for a wider circulation and greater engagement.
  • The constructions of a set of  3 working models of pleasure and trading wherries.  A further model of a yacht is under construction.  These can be handled, dismantled and reconstructed by students and teaching staff to provide a tangible demonstration of the features and operation of trading and pleasure wherries.  These will be distributed among wherry trusts and will be made available for loan to schools who express an interest in the wherry project.

Whilst this project is finalised the roll out across schools has been delayed due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Grant Applicant:  Norfolk & Suffolk Broads Charitable Trust – delivered by the Broads Authority

Funding received from Heritage Lottery Fund:  £8,800

Funding received from Love the Broads: £1,000

Project completion date: January 2020

Image acknowledgement: Fleet of wherries sailing on Barton Broad
Photo: Simon Finlay For: Broads Authority © 2004


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The Museum’s new electric launch, Marsh Harrier, is wheelchair accessible via a lift within the boat.  It was operated by an existing 48 volt system.  However, once operational at the end of 2019, it was found that the power required to operate the bow thruster, the bilge pumps, and the lift drained the batteries to an extent that trips were then limited or had to be curtailed.

This grant will fund the installation of a 12 volt electrical and self-contained 12 volt charging system on the boat.  It will enable the lift to be used without detriment to the normal running of the boat and create access for passengers unable to negotiate the boarding steps and to lower and raise passengers in wheelchairs into and off the boat.

The new 12 volt system, like the existing 48 volt system, will be charged using electricity generated by the Museum’s own solar panels.

The Broads Trust Trustees agreed the grant application early in 2020 but this was delayed due to Covid

Peter Howe, Trustee of Broads Trust, presents the cheque to Nicola Hems, Curator and Robert Paul, Chairman of Museum of the Broads Trustees

Date:  August 2020

Grant Applicant: Museum of the Broads

Grant amount provided towards the full project costs: £1,300


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