Ahoy there! Can you help crew the John Bunyan canal boat?

John Bunyan boat.
John Bunyan boat.

What better way to spend your leisure time than messing about on the river?

If you can commit to a few hours a month, the John Bunyan community canal boat is looking for volunteers to help crew its river cruises, and with on-shore administration.

The boat is run by the Bedford and Milton Keynes Waterways Trust to allow local people and tourists access to boating. The charity also keeps the pressure on to build a link between the River Great Ouse, in Bedford, and the Grand Union Canal, in Milton Keynes.

A BMKWT spokesman said: “We have a busy schedule of public and charter cruises planned for 2014, including the Bedford River Festival in July, for which more volunteers are urgently needed.

“Volunteers tell us they get a buzz from being part of a team which gives so much enjoyment to so many people, regardless of whether they’re out on the water or on shore helping to ensure that the John Bunyan publicises the Waterway and raises funds to support the Trust.”

Crew volunteers should be able to commit to two-to-four sessions a month, from April to October, while shore members a couple of hours a week.

Afloat volunteers needed:

6 cabin crew to set up the cabin, chat to customers, and serve refreshments

6 deck crew to help with mooring, locking and ensuring passenger safety when boarding

3 helms with experience of handling river or canal boats

3 trainee Boatmasters wanting to train this year for 2015

3 qualified Boatmasters with a current licence who can help in July-August this year

Ashore volunteers needed:

2 graphic designers to help produce volunteer information and marketing materials

4 display team members to chat to the public at boat shows and exhibitions

4 bookings team members to give customers information and take enquiries and bookings

2 maintenance & cleaning team members to help keep the JB in excellent condition

1 scheduler to help juggle 60 volunteer crew into 180 crewing slots each month

1 recruiter to lead our search for new volunteer crew and shore team members 1 interim Sales Director (Sep-Feb) to cover temporary absence

If you can help please contact Chris on christine.tilneybmk@gmail.com or visit www.b-mkwaterway.org.uk