Chil­dren to wel­come back elec­tric boat

Re­fur­bished craft an ed­u­ca­tional tool for schools

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Mort Smith mort.smith@trin­i­tymir­

AN ELEC­TRIC boat used by lo­cal schools as a teach­ing tool has un­der­gone a ma­jor re­fit and is about to go back into ser­vice on the Grand Union Canal, in Hilling­don.

The Els­dale II float­ing class­room, which is owned and op­er­ated by en­vi­ron­men­tal char­ity Ground­work South, has had a brand new demon­stra­tion kitchen fit­ted along with a new bar, elec­tric gen­er­a­tor and a new set of bat­ter­ies.

The boat will be for­mally re-com­mis­sioned on Thurs­day on the canal, along­side The Swan and Bot­tle pub in Uxbridge.

Ground­work ed­u­ca­tion man­ager Mike Moritz is de­lighted by the work that has been car­ried out.

He said: “This is go­ing to en­able us to broaden the cur­ricu­lum that we can of­fer and the new­ly­fit­ted kitchen should prove a real help for lo­cal school chil­dren learn­ing food tech­nol­ogy and cook­ing.

“Ad­di­tion­ally, the new bat­ter­ies will im­prove the per­for­mance of the boat and keep it run­ning for at least the next 10 years.

“We’re look­ing for­ward to wel­com­ing lots of schools aboard, but we also hope to at­tract more cor­po­rate hir­ers which will help sub­sidise ser­vice we pro­vide schools.”

The boat will be open for pub­lic view­ing from 10am and Hilling­don deputy mayor, coun­cil­lor George Cooper, will visit to for­mally re-com­mis­sion Els­dale at around 3pm. the for

The boat will then un­der­take a short cruise along the canal while lo­cal pri­mary school chil­dren make use of the new kitchen to pre­pare some tasty treats.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit the web­site at www. els­

n RE­TURN­ING: The Els­dale II float­ing class­room in Cow­ley Ma­rina, where the re­fit took place


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