Guiding narrowboat launch

Chief Guide Gill Slocombe on TuptoniaChief Guide Gill Slocombe has officially launched Girlguiding Birmingham and Northamptonshire’s brand-new, purpose-built narrow boat, Tuptonia.

The vessel will be used for guiding trips and breaks for members from across the Midlands, enabling girls to have a memorable experience whilst developing skills and confidence from being in a boat crew.

It was built after almost eight years of fundraising and replaces an older model which was used by local guiding groups since 1994.

'I’m proud to be able to launch this wonderful new boat,' said Chief Guide Gill Slocombe.

'The fact that it’s now on the water ready for all these wonderful girl-only adventures is testament to the spirit and determination of our volunteers, who worked so hard to raise the funds.'

County Commissioner Maggie Jones said, 'We are delighted that the Chief Guide could join us to help celebrate the launch of our fantastic new narrowboat.

'The boat is a tremendous resource which will provide girls with an adventure as well as opportunities to learn valuable new skills.'

The naming ceremony took place at Alvechurch Marina, Worcestershire, in the presence of some of the Leaders and young members who will be using the boat. 

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