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Review of the year 2006 - Sobriety review2


									Review of the
 Year 2006
George Robinson, Chair of Trustees
We set the challenge for 2006 as the achievement of the objectives set out in the new Business
Plan which had occupied much of our time in the previous year. As our consultants reminded
us, a Business Plan should be looking distinctly raggy after 12 months … the paper that is,
through constant thumbing, hopefully not the Plan itself!

How should we measure achievement? Well,                              We remain ever grateful for the vital support of
we are still alive and kicking…. a good start! By                     many charitable trusts who have contributed a
financial performance, always vital? Well, both                       quarter of our income and are able, through
revenue and costs were a little ahead of the                          Sobriety, to meet the aspirations of their original
forecasts and the margin a little less, but not                       benefactors who so generously established funds
too far out in relation to the scale of the                           which benefit generation after generation.
enterprise. More importantly, both income and
                                                                      All of these outcomes need not only adequate
expenditure were well below those of 2005, even
                                                                      financing and control of costs…. a perpetual
allowing for exceptional items, and we have
                                                                      challenge in today’s world … but the enthusiasm
shown that the ‘slimmer, trimmer’ Sobriety still
                                                                      and skills of our small team of employees and
packs a punch in delivering a broad social and
                                                                      the harnessed energy of a large army of
educational programme to many needy groups.
                                                                      volunteers and students whose collective efforts
An important objective was to secure a wider                          help us to welcome visitors and to run and
range of contracts from the five local authorities                    maintain our fleet and the fabric of the building.
whose boundaries we span, and we have made                            A big thank you to one and all!
a good start particularly in the fields of education
                                                                      I think it’s time to reverse my last words from
and children and adults with special needs. We
                                                                      previous reviews and pose the question this year
have proved our ability to deliver exciting and
                                                                      to all those who operate in the social and
productive courses and hope to build on these
                                                                      educational fields where special needs exist and
foundations in the coming year by expanding
                                                                      who share our belief, proven through experience,
into basic engineering tuition as well as
                                                                      that our unique location and facilities can quite
continuing our more traditional water-based
                                                                      simply bring out the best in people. Please read
activities. Both Thorne and Selby have expanded
                                                                      this review, look at your own needs and ask
their scope and clientele in order to meet the
                                                                      yourself ‘What can Sobriety do for me?”
needs of their communities.

Front Cover :
Operational between 1864 and 1986 the 'tom pudding' system of coal transportation was designed by William Hamond Bartholomew
and was particular to The Aire and Calder Navigation and its successors. The No. 5 Hoist illustrated here was built in 1912 by William
Armstrong, Newcastle Upon Tyne. In 1924 the Hoist was moved from its original site at the west end of West Dock to its present
site on South Dock side.
A 'tom-pudding' train would be drawn under one of the boat hoists either manually or in later years by an hydraulic capstan and each
individual compartment would be hydraulically lifted out of the water by a cradle and tipped into a waiting ship by means of a chute
controlling the flow of coal.
After moving 55 million tons of coal the system came to an end and the last 'tom pudding' was lifted in 1986. The No. 5 Hoist is the
last remaining on Goole Docks and is a Grade 2* listed building. It is maintained to a high standard of conservation by Associated
British Ports with advice from English Heritage. The site of the Hoist is leased to the South Dock Compartment Boat Hoist Company
Limited (a charity) and maintained by volunteers including members of Goole Model Boat Club supported by the Yorkshire Waterways
Museum where the Tom Pudding tug Wheldale is berthed. The Heritage Lottery Fund has contributed to capital improvements of the
site and its displays.   
If you wish to visit the site please contact the Yorkshire Waterways Museum (01405.768.730) which also runs boat trips to view the
Hoist from Goole Docks.

Foreword                       George Robinson, Chair                        2

Finances                       Bernard Fletcher, Trustee and Volunteer
                               Financial Adviser                             4

Visitors and Events                                                          6

Director’s Report              Bob Watson, Director                          9

The Yorkshire Waterways Museum
People Experiencing Work
– Work Experiencing People     Clare Hunt, Operations Manager               16

The Entrepot Project           Mick Stanley, Vice Chair                     18

Hi, my name is Ryan Linley                                                  19

Striking the Right Balance     Rachel Walker, Museum Officer                20

Reducing Re-offending
Time for Rehabilitation        Clive Martin, Director CLINKS                21

Unpaid Community Work          Keren Banfield, Prison Work Co-ordinator     23

Education and Training
Waterstart Residential         Vanessa Hall, Student Development Worker     24

Working with Nature            Jess Fussey, Skipper-in Charge, Surewaters   25

Barclay’s The Big Splash       Steve Jones, Head of Hearing Impaired
                               Unit, Pickering High School, Hull            27

Izzy Kitt : Fifteen Years of
Community Boating              Bob Watson                                   30

U Boat Destroyer               George Smith RN                              32

Accounts for the Year Ending March 31st 2006                                34

Users 2006                                                                  36

Grants and Donations                                                        38

Staff and Volunteers                                                        39

Management Committee                                                        40

Facilities and Services 2007                                                41

    Year ending 31st March 2006
    Bernard Fletcher, Trustee and Voluntary Financial Consultant

    When I retired as a Bank Manager six years ago
    I didn’t realise that my 35 years in the banking
    industry would be good preparation for my role
    in providing financial advice and expertise to
    the Sobriety Project. It is certainly a challenging
    time in the charity sector and the management
    team and Trustees need to have all the skills of
    a modern businessman. Sobriety has completed
    another successful year fulfilling its objectives
    as a social enterprise, helping many people from
    different backgrounds with varying needs in the
    Goole, Thorne, Selby and Hull areas.

    The vital work undertaken by the Project can only
    be achieved through the support of funding
    organisations and almost half a million pounds had
    to be raised last year to cover the operating costs.
     This was achieved due to the strenuous efforts of
    the Director and staff team who are constantly         North Eastern railway bridge over tidal Dutch River Goole
    raising funds to cover ongoing costs. The list of
                                                           knockbacks in funding applications. It is not easy
    funders is even longer than ever this year and we
                                                           when you have spent days on an application to
    are eternally grateful to the charitable trusts and
                                                           learn that you have been unsuccessful.
    foundations who provided core funding. I hope you
    will take time to look at the list of these            The Project has been supported and encouraged by
    organisations at the back of this Review.              Yorkshire Forward, the regional development agency,
                                                           to negotiate contracts with local authorities in an
    Fundraising in the charity sector is very difficult
                                                           effort to become more financially sustainable. Our
    and likely to become even harder. The Sobriety
                                                           financial forecasts for 2006 included £40K from
    team has learned to be very resilient and accept
                                                           local authorities. However 50% of this funding was
                                                           not forthcoming which meant we were forced to
                                                           find replacement funding from other public bodies.
            The Balance Sheet                              We do, however, undertake work on behalf of East
                                                           Riding of Yorkshire Council to work with children
            continues to look                              who have behavioural problems and have been
                                                           excluded from school. We are hopeful that we can
             healthy with an                               build up this successful service to increase revenues
            unrestricted funds                             from this source.

                                                           It is encouraging to note that turnstile income is
                 balance                                   increasing and income is being generated from
                                                           other types of activity such as courses and room
               of £40,300                                  hire. The turnstile income including gift shop and


The Yorkshire Waterways Museum - Architects Ferguson Sayle, Harrogate

expedition receipts, has risen from £43,800 last                  the building extension in 2001 and the total
year to £47,600 this year. The facilities are ideal               borrowing outstanding on these loans at 31 March
for one-day conferences and there has been a                      2006 was £128,500. Repayments amounted to
pleasing increase in conference revenue although                  £20,500K during the financial year which adds to
further potential exists.                                         pressure on cashflow.

Looking at the main figures in this year’s Statement              In conclusion, I would like to say how proud I am
of Financial Activities, the total income received                to be associated with such an excellent Project
was £463,700, less expenditure of £459,100                        which adds so much to the Hull-Goole-Thorne-
including depreciation of £26,000 resulting in a                  Selby area, both culturally and socially. I hope that
small surplus of £4600. The largest outgoings are                 governmental and public bodies continue to
wages and salaries payments which were 53% of                     recognise the importance of the Project by providing
total costs at £244,100 (2005: £316,600).                         much needed core funding.

The Balance Sheet continues to look healthy with
an unrestricted funds balance of £40,300 and a
total asset base of £649,500, which is similar to
the net book value of the Museum buildings at
£646,800. The Project has financial commitments
to HSBC and the Waterways Trust in relation to

    Visitors and Events

                         January                                                 March
    3rd The Museum gains Rachel Walker on                   9th   Bob Watson attends a meeting in Leeds of the
        secondment from East Riding Council to                    Inland Waterways Amenity Advisory Council
        manage the Collection                                     (IWAAC) to which he was appointed in 2005

    4th Artists from HMP Everthorpe exhibit on              13th Open evening at the Museum to show Key
        Room 58                                                  Stage 1, resource pack, modular boat hoist and
                                                                 dressing up costumes to local head teachers.
          Noel Johnson, Manager of Hull Training
          Engineering Centre (Tec) comes to discuss         15th John Kelly, Presenter at Radio Sheffield
          his proposals for a workshop apprenticeship            interviews Waterstart staff and volunteers.
                                                            24th Visit of Cathy Cooke, an IWAAC member and
    5th Sam Harrison from the Local Authority’s                  manager of the Chesterfield Canal in
        Worklink proposes a service agreement for                Derbyshire
        using the café to get people with learning
        disabilities into work.                             29th First inter agency steering group meeting for
                                                                 Goole Youth Inclusion Programme
    12th Global Exchange Visitors from Pakistan, 24
         in total, travel the Selby Canal with Surewaters
         to celebrate their stay in Selby                                          May

    20th Judy Jones,Regional Heritage Adviser for           2nd Sing for Your Life starts a term of weekly
         British Waterways asks the Museum for help             workshops with Marshlands Primary School
         with interpretation panels at Fall Ings Lock,          in the Sail and Keel Gallery
                                                                  Future Prospects signs up with Surewaters
    28th Selby Lions take a day trip with Surewaters
                                                                  for a series of weekly training days to run
         and hand over a £5OO to help the project  
                                                                  through the summer

                        February                            11th The Lord Mayor of Hull celebrates Deaf
                                                                 Awareness Day at the Museum with the
                                                                 children from Hull Hearing Impaired Unit
    2nd Two undergraduates from York St John start
        a teaching degree placement to understand           19th Clare Hunt, Keren Banfield and Rachel Walker
        the value of museum visits for primary school            dress up as tugboat women and entertain
        children                                                 the Renaissance Partnership selection panel
    23rd Hull Tec has an Open Day for budding
                                                            21st Family History Day brings visitors to discover
         apprentices at the Museum
                                                                 their ‘black sheep’.

                                                            22nd Adult Learners week at Waterstart

      January sees a £500 donation                          25th Mark Tubbs of The Worshipful Company of
                                                                 Weavers comes to appraise our work with
         from Selby Lions Club!                                  offenders

                       June                                                August
2nd Seventy members of the York branch of the          1st   12 children from Chernobyl travel on
    Oxford University Society come for supper                Surewaters. Children pronounce it a wonderful
    and a ride on Wheldale                                   day.

13th HSBC Goole staff start their community            5th Young people from Goole Youth Inclusion
     volunteering at the Project.                          Programme are invited to Bradford City
                                                           Football Ground for a National Community
18th Goole Model Boat Club holds its Open Day              Boat Association Youth Afloat Awards
     at the No.5 Boat Hoist                                ceremony. They invade the pitch!

      Surewaters takes part in Selby Family Fun        7th Scarborough Surestart brings 10 passengers
      Day and takes 46 people on canal trips for           for a trip and immediately rebook.
      Surestart                                        21st August Series of Creative Minds workshops
23rd The sailing ship Amara Zee doesn’t turn up
     for its performance of Vanishing Currents so
     we arrange an outdoor evening concert by
     TEMPO Music Project starring Rick Moulson         14,344 Museum visitors in 2006.
     and our own Rachel Walker.                         Visitors to the website 6,941.
24th Waterstart visits the historic Stainforth Water
     Festival and welcomes over 100 visitors                             September

25th Holderness Vikings do battle at the Museum.
                                                       6th Bob Watson attends Outdoors for All
                                                           conference in Manchester and writes the
                       July                                IWAAC response to the DEFRA proposals

                                                       7th At a meeting in Beverley staff give information
2nd Most of the bikers in Yorkshire congregate at          about Sobriety to East Riding Council’s Greater
    the Museum for a Vintage and Classic                   Prosperity Overview and Scrutiny Committee.
    Motorcycle rally                                   10th Folk Shanty Day in aid of funds for Wheldale
                                                            organised by Goole Folk Club
7th Opening of Hindsight,an exhibition of the
    work of the late Edward Paget-Tomlinson            14th Selby Groundwork Manager visits Surewaters
    marine artist, illustrator and museum curator.          to discuss joint working on canal projects

9th Selby Rotary Club travels with Surewaters          19th Yorkshire Tourist Board White Rose Awards
    and makes £250 donation to funds                        at Magna Rotherham; The Yorkshire
                                                            Waterways Museum is a finalist in the
11th Bob Watson entertains Goole Rotary Club                category for under 50,000 visitors
     with a collection of silly stories.
                                                             Surestart trip for 10 mums; 2 sign up as crew

    Visitors and Events

                        October                                               December
    3rd Bob Watson attends the funeral of June Ingles,    15th Terry Suthers, Chief Executive of Harewood
        wife of Jim Ingles founder Trustee of the         House Trust is guest speaker at the Project’s Winter
        Ingles Charitable Trust, a long time supporter    Open Day – his topic : Museums in the 21st Century
        of Sobriety.                                      : Whose Agenda?

                                                          20th Surewaters Open Day at new mooring in
    4th Pupil referral units sign up for long term
                                                               Selby Basin for existing and potential local
        training at Waterstart
    11th Pirates from Surestart take over the boat for
         a Day of Piracy. Two looked suspiciously like    Certain it is that central government,local
         Ian and Jess but were too fearsome to argue      authorities and other policy making bodies
         with!                                              should give a strong lead in support of
                                                          initiatives which use the waterways to make
    12th Project staff attend the Yorkshire Museums          a difference to deprived communities.
         Federation meeting at Scunthorpe Museum

    13th 18 students on South Africa Global Exchange
         travel with Surewaters to complement their
         volunteer work in Selby

    28th Volunteers AwayDay on the River Aire to
         thank them for the excellent work they do
         for Surewaters.

    30th Halloween trip for Surestart from Brotherton
         to Castleford terrified canal users!


    1st   Launch of Waterstart ICT Drop-In for local
          children excluded from school.

    17th Ed Miliband, Minister for the Voluntary Sector
         pays a private visit to the Museum and takes
         part in a question and answer session with
         an invited audience.

    23rd Bob Watson attends the AGM of The
         Waterways Trust at the House of Commons

                                                          Museum workshops re-equipped for training

                                                                   Director’s Report
                                                                                 Year ending 31st March 2006
                                                                                       Bob Watson, Director

As part of reviewing 2006 I’d like to show how local waterways can be used not only as a recreational
resource but further exploited to help communities achieve regeneration and inclusion objectives
in a popular and effective way.

To illustrate this it may be helpful if I explain
Sobriety’s origins and then describe the Project’s
regeneration work in some fields of public concern

   Helping to prevent crime and reduce re-

   Promoting healthy living and independence

   Training for employment

   Educating children

   Promoting understanding of the natural

   Conserving and increasing enjoyment of               Sobriety on the Humber

   industrial heritage.                                 Over the years Sobriety has achieved national and
                                                        regional recognition and with statutory and
It is important to say that it is the magic of the
                                                        voluntary organisations at all levels has contributed
waterways which catches an individual’s
                                                        to an understanding of how the waterways can be
imagination. Sobriety merely seeks out and helps
                                                        used to give encouragement to people facing
individuals, organisations and communities to put
                                                        overwhelmingly difficult problems.
the magic to best use.
                                                        The organisation also remains a product of the
Origins                                                 Goole community and in an informal but noticeable
The Project is named after the 1910 Humber Keel         way is answerable to it. The Yorkshire Waterways
Sobriety given by a local benefactor John McGrory       Museum’s proudest possession is the Tom Pudding
to Goole Grammar School in 1973. Alongside other        tug Wheldale. The Project has a duty not only to
provision such as a field studies centre in North       safeguard Goole’s waterway heritage but also to
Yorkshire, the school’s Social and Community            be concerned in many different ways for a
Studies Faculty used the barge to involve children      community which for 120 years provided the labour
in residential expeditions and to teach them about      and skills to move coal from Yorkshire collieries to
Yorkshire’s industrial heritage.                        Goole and beyond.
From 1980 onwards successive authorities                Resources
recognised the Project’s value as an out-of-school
                                                        Sobriety’s HQ is the Yorkshire Waterways Museum
resource for all children and as a provider of an
                                                        set on an attractive site on the side of the Aire and
alternative curriculum for some young people with
                                                        Calder Navigation. Architecturally it is the most
special educational needs. Sobriety also contracted
                                                        interesting modern building in the area and contains
to provide services to young people needing training
                                                        displays, office accommodation, workshops, library,
for employment. An initiative to use young offenders
                                                        kitchen, and café.
in custody as volunteer helpers on residentials
attracted interest and financial support from central   The project’s boats are berthed alongside and a
government and the Royal Jubilee Trusts                 towpath nature trail gives opportunities for the

     Director’s Report
     Year ending 31st March 2006
     Bob Watson, Director

     Seminar on ROOM 58 Floating Gallery

     study of waterside fauna and flora. A vegetable          Current Initiatives
     garden planted and maintained by one of                  1. Helping to prevent crime and reduce re-
     our ‘training for employment’ beneficiaries provides     offending
     the produce for the café. ROOM 58 is a former            The Project’s work with offenders originated with
     grain barge that serves as an art gallery, conference    the Benefactor’s wish that among other purposes
     centre and additional activity area. There is full       the barge should be used to deter young people
     access to all parts of the building and site.            from crime.

     A few hundred metres from the Museum stands              There were early links with the Probation Service
     the Number 5 Boat Hoist which raised the Tom             and in 1983 Sobriety was given the task by the then
     Puddings from the water and tipped their coal into       DHSS of setting up in Old Goole an activity centre
     the hold of a waiting ship ready for transportation      to target young people who were getting into
     to the Metropolitan Gasworks in London.                  trouble. The activities were used by magistrates as
                                                              an alternative to custody.
     Associated British Ports is responsible for the upkeep
     of the Hoist ; Sobriety leases the site from ABP and     This was followed by a series of projects shared
     with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and          with Hatfield Young Offender Institution. At a later
     Goole Model Boat Club, has developed it as an            date HMPs Askham Grange and Moorland (Open)
     outdoor museum.                                          were using the project for pre-release community
                                                              service and training.
     Project staffing is augmented by about 60 much
     valued volunteers including those at Thorne and          In 2003 the Project published Spring to Release, an
     Selby, who help in the offices and café, on reception,   evaluation of the use of the waterways as a re-
     on the boats and in the management of group visits.      settlement resource for women leaving prison. In

his foreword the Chief Executive of British              by East Riding Council and East Riding Primary Care
Waterways, Robin Evans, recognises that the              Trust, obtained a £1.2m grant from the New
waterways can be exploited for such specialised          Opportunities Fund to run Building Bridges a five
use and says,: ‘It is wonderful to learn how Waterways   year programme of activities that would impact
Work for Women has been used to influence future         on local community health problems.
policy in helping discharged prisoners back into
employment… I hope we shall see even more use of         Sobriety’s current contribution to the partnership
our waterways for activities like this that clearly      is to try and reduce the impact of rural isolation
deliver real social benefit…’                            by organising and running residentials for disabled
                                                         people on low incomes. They include people with
                                                         a visual impairment, residents of the Sue Ryder
                                                         Home at Holme on Spalding Moor and stroke
                                                         victims from Howdenshire.

                                                         We use museum artefacts for reminiscence therapy
                                                         for residents of old people’s homes and run ‘respite’
                                                         day trips for carers. On Wednesdays and Thursdays
                                                         there is a craft therapy course.

                                                         The Museum café tries to be more ‘mediterranean’
                                                         in its style of cuisine.

                                                         Volunteering is an activity treasured by many older
                                                         people ; the Project needs their skills and labour
                                                         and they for their part enjoy the routines, challenges
Repairing the sewage pipe - unpaid community work        and opportunities to mix with people of different
At present Sobriety is a member of an inter-agency       generations.
panel set up by East Riding Youth Service and Youth
Offending Team to organise and monitor Goole             3. Training for employment
Youth Inclusion Programme (YIP). We are running          The waterways can give an introduction to engineering
activities at the Museum for children at risk of         and a popular museum is a good place to learn how
becoming trapped at an early age into the criminal       to please customers. For many years Sobriety has
justice system. Their staple diet is learning how to     helped people who were out of work or who had never
navigate a narrow-boat and act as crew responsible       had a job to get onto the first rung of the employment
for the safety and care of passengers. The course        ladder.
is followed by a week-end residential to give them
                                                         The Museum workshops have been refurbished ready
the opportunity to work together, visit new places
                                                         to become a teaching facility supported by Hull
and meet new people. We have high expectations
                                                         Training Engineering Centre. When the programme
and so far have not been disappointed. They often
                                                         begins next year young apprentices will receive 12
achieve much more than they (or we) ever thought
                                                         weeks basic training and then go into work placements,
                                                         returning to the Museum for one day a week. Their
2. Promoting healthy living and independence             qualification at the end of the 40 week course will be
Sobriety endeavours to make best use of the peace        NVQ Level 2 in one of several engineering disciplines.
and freedom of local waterways to encourage              In the meantime we shall be using the workshops for
people to take care of their health.                     small groups of young trainees and for the delivery
                                                         of paying courses for adults.
In 2001 Goole Healthy Living Partnership supported

     Director’s Report
     Year ending 31st March 2006
     Bob Watson, Director

     Loading grain on Dutch River Side, Goole

     The Tom Pudding café hosts a supported                    or Pupil Referral Unit from which they have
     employment scheme Caring Caterers supported and           been excluded.
     monitored by East Riding Adult Services. It gives
     people with a learning disability the chance to           For out-of-classroom learning to help overcome
     provide a service to the public and to learn about        some of the problems caused by hearing
     diet, cookery, hygiene and first aid. Some will find      impairment or disturbed family circumstances .
     employment,others will progress to college.               To learn about the history, arts, traditions and
     Action for Employment have been using the Project         economic importance of the waterways.
     to help with the long term rehabilitation of a small      To do specialist projects in Science Technology
     number of people who have suffered breakdowns             Engineering Mathematics (STEM) sponsored by
     in the workplace.                                         Museums Libraries & Archives (MLA)Yorkshire.
     In 2004 one of our women students won Yorkshire        In 2004 the Project won Best Youth & Education
     Adult Learner of the Year Award (National Institute    Project (Waterways Trust and British Urban
     for Continuing Education)                              Regeneration Association)
     4. Educating children                                  5. Promoting enjoyment of the natural
     Children use Sobriety’s resources in the following     environment
     ways :                                                 Over the last 12 years volunteers have developed
         For extended work experience and work based        a Towpath Nature Trail on the south side of the
         learning to allow them to test their ideas about   Goole Knottingley Canal for the enjoyment of the
         college courses and careers.                       public and the education of children. Features include
                                                            a pond dipping platform, iron-age boardwalk, owl
         As a curriculum alternative to mainstream school   boxes, seating, fencing and observation points.

The Trail complements the Oakhill nature reserve           The Sobriety model might be adapted and used to
on the north side of the Navigation which is being         good effect elsewhere, especially in places that are
developed by a local partnership supported by the          in the public eye as a result of capital improvement.
Local Authority and Goole Town Council.                    The process is not a long one and is easily achieved.
                                                           The over-riding requirement is that some local
Development of the Towpath Nature Trail was                residents and some lead professionals within the
helped by a Civic Trust Award (1996).                      local authority are enthusiastic about using the
6. Conserving and increasing enjoyment of                  waterways for these purposes.
industrial heritage.                                       Sobriety continues to export a ‘waterways social
The Yorkshire Waterways Museum was established             regeneration’ model to local communities :
between 1989 and 1994 by local volunteers,
Sobriety staff and the then Yorkshire Museums              Kingston upon Hull
Council. It achieved full registration in 1995 and in      From the early nineteen eighties the Project has
1996 won National Heritage’s Museum of the Year            regarded Hull as its second home. We have
Award and Unilever Prize for Best Museum of Social         contributed to the delivery of local authority policies
and Industrial History.                                    as they have changed and developed and for twenty
                                                           years have received contract funding from Adult
In 2004 and this year it was a finalist in the Yorkshire
                                                           and Children’s Services (as they are now called).
Tourist Board’s White Rose Awards. Next year we
shall win!                                                 From 1989 until 2003 our sailing barge Audrey a
                                                           former Humber light vessel converted to be a gaff
The Museum sees itself as a regional centre for the
                                                           rigged ketch was berthed in Hull Marina. During
preservation of the culture and heritage of Yorkshire’s
                                                           her years of operation she carried 7000
waterways. It has a collection of about 7000 artefacts
                                                           disadvantaged young people and adults from the
and photographs and employs a Museum Officer as
                                                           City’s big estates on residential expeditions around
curator and outreach worker who also keeps an eye
                                                           Britain and to the nearer continent.
on Goole Museum to see how and when the two
museums can collaborate.                                   From 2001 to 2004 with the help of the European
                                                           Regional Development Fund and the European
From 2006-2011 the Yorkshire Waterways Museum
                                                           Social Fund we helped to tackle Hull’s
will be one of three museums in Yorkshire chosen
                                                           unemployment problems with Trade Routes, a ‘first
to participate in Museums Libraries and Archives
                                                           rung on the ladder’ pathway to employment.
Yorkshire’s Renaissance Partnership Initiative to
improve museum services to schools in social priority      In 2007 we look forward to a new and exciting
areas.                                                     relationship with Hull Museums which will help us
                                                           to continue our work in the City albeit within a
There are about 20,000 visitors a year including
                                                           different contract framework.
students, beneficiaries and volunteers.
                                                           Swinton Lock Adventure Centre
Exporting Sobriety
We believe that we have a model of using the
                                                           The Centre is adjacent to Waddington’s repair yard
waterways to help to meet the diverse needs of a
                                                           on the South Yorkshire Navigation between
small urban community. It represents a version of a
                                                           Mexborough and Rotherham and like the Yorkshire
‘waterside hub’ envisaged in the Inland Waterways
                                                           Waterways Museum tackles a diversity of social
Advisory Council’s Just Add Water adapted for a mixed
                                                           problems associated with cultural and material
but isolated community of about 25,000 people.

     Director’s Report
     Year ending 31st March 2006
     Bob Watson, Director

                                                            Marketing and publicity

                                                            Management of project
       It would be much more                             In 2004 the Centre registered as an independent
                                                         charity. It remains very successful in tackling issues
       beneficial if developers                          affecting the local community such as vandalism
       could be encouraged to                            and youth nuisance and has been an agent for
                                                         bridging the gap between professionals and residents.
           finance links with                            It continues to have the support of Rotherham MBC
                                                         and the many different communities within the
         surrounding areas of                            Borough.

           high social need.                             SUREWATERS
                                                         Selby District North Yorkshire
                                                         The process for community involvement was roughly
                                                         the same as for Swinton but less elaborate and
                                                         much shorter. Preparations took a year and the
     The Asian community is involved with the Centre
                                                         project opened in January 2004. It will remain part
     and in the period of Sobriety’s management there
                                                         of Sobriety until it is ready to become an
     were two Asian members of staff. The lead
                                                         independent organisation
     department in Rotherham Metropolitan Borough
     Council (RMBC) was Youth & Leisure. The stages      There is a manager and skipper, an office and a
     in establishing the Centre were :                   boat. Until October 2007 the project receives grants
                                                         from Surestart (A government funded family support
        Involvement in local networks of education,
                                                         organisation) and Leader+ (European funding to
        training and health providers to find out how
                                                         assist rural communities) and helps with family
        they could use the waterway for the benefit of
                                                         cohesion and rural employment in Selby, Tadcaster,
        their children/clients/volunteers.
                                                         Brotherton, Sherburn and surrounding villages.
        Attendance at network meetings to get ideas
                                                         In a recent application for Renaissance funding to
                                                         Yorkshire Forward,the Regional Development Agency
        Attendance at residents’ group meetings          the Selby Town Team put Surewaters at the top of
                                                         a list of 70 projects that they would like to see
        Survey of local young people’s views about the   supported.
        Discussions with senior officers of the local
        authority to find out how they would support     Thorne / Moorends, South Yorkshire
        the project.                                     Again the process was short – less than a year. The
                                                         project is now embedded in the strategy of the
        Formation of a working partnership to promote    Thorne Moorends Regeneration Partnership and its
        ideas and receive comments and suggestions.      chief officer sits on Sobriety’s management
                                                         committee. The Waterstart manager has been
        Search for appropriate premises
                                                         elected to the Partnership Board
        Applications to funders
                                                         Community support led to the commissioning of
        Appointment of staff and acquisition of boat     a new £100,000 boat. Because funding comes from

Children’s outing with horse and horse marine, 1891

several sources the remit of the project is broader     would be much more beneficial if developers could
than in Selby and the boat is used by many different    be encouraged to finance links with surrounding
groups in Doncaster Borough.                            areas of high social need.

Staffing is three full time equivalent – a manager,     This might take the form of supporting a boat
skipper and development worker with a responsibility    project set up by the community to enable local
for involving girls.                                    people themselves to tackle the social problems
                                                        they’ve identified.
The Doncaster authority gives some contract support
and makes extensive use of the facility on a pay-       Certain it is that central government, local
as-you-go basis.                                        authorities and other policy making bodies should
                                                        give a strong lead in support of initiatives which
Conclusions                                             use the waterways to make a difference to deprived
I hope I’ve given some clues to Sobriety’s philosophy   communities.
and what we understand by social regeneration.
                                                        ‘Boating for All’ is a utopian aspiration unless we
For a more picturesque account of our doings I          reach out to the communities and individuals who
would refer you to our website:                         can benefit most from the magic of the waterways                              and positively encourage them to get involved. An
                                                        easy first step is often through community boating.
I’m sometimes asked a general question about how
local and central government can support waterways      It’s my privilege to be at the head of an outstanding
projects like Sobriety.                                 staff team and to be supported and guided by a
                                                        management committee whose members are
There is a role for local authorities in persuading
                                                        unstinting with their time and enthusiasm. The co-
developers of waterside property to make a
                                                        operative imagination, clear thinking and
contribution to social regeneration. Section 106
                                                        determination of the last three years has put the
Agreements don’t lend themselves to this. The
                                                        Project at the forefront of personal and social
money is normally ring fenced to fit with planning
                                                        regeneration – a model of its kind that can be
policies and the needs of the immediate area in
                                                        exported to communities wherever there is a
which the development is being undertaken. It
                                                        waterway to exploit.

     The Yorkshire Waterways Museum
     People Experiencing Work – Work Experiencing People
     Clare Hunt, Operations Manager

                                                             now being developed into a training and educational
                                                             area to serve both the Alternative Learning
                                                             Programme and mainstream schools. The plan is to
                                                             build up a resource for schools and address the sub
                                                             regional ‘brain drain’ through delivery of vocational
                                                             courses for multi skilled engineers and marine
                                                             operatives. Advice from schools, Hull Training and
                                                             Engineering Centre, help from skilled volunteers and
                                                             a generous donation from a benefactor to purchase
                                                             equipment, tools and workbenches mean that the
                                                             beginning of 2007 will see the workshops become
                                                             a centre for skills training.

                                                             We have also updated our resources for mainstream
                                                             schools. A new Key Stage 1 resource pack has been
                                                             produced with help from St Joseph’s Catholic Primary
                                                             School in Goole and funding from Museums Libraries
                                                             and Archives (MLA) Yorkshire,.
     Waterways Work for Women training course
     Another exciting year comes to an end with new          Through its strategic commissioning programme
     projects planned and a big increase in all areas        MLA Yorkshire funded a working model of a boat
     of activity at the Yorkshire Waterways Museum.          hoist. It’s a colourful piece of equipment that
     The new Alternative Learning Programme has been         demonstrates hydraulic power and how it
     an innovative and appropriate project but has made
                                                             was used in the transportation of coal. The only
     a big impact on our daily lives. It’s not just been a
                                                             problem is assembling the pieces and making it
     matter of a few extra bodies on site but has added
                                                             work! Only the under 12’s have the skills to do this
     greatly to supervision levels and has encouraged a
                                                             whilst it is only over the 75s who really understand
     core team to think and act creatively to provide a
                                                             the industrial purpose of a hoist. We hope that this
     purposeful programme for the young people. This
                                                             gap will eventually be bridged and the young ones
     has challenged the team, brought tears to many
                                                             will learn about what the old ones once did! Now
     eyes, made hair grow greyer, but has also made us
                                                             it’s partially glued together, there are fewer pieces
     laugh from our bellies and see things with new eyes.
                                                             to assemble and it has started a programme of
     Alternative Learning pupils come to us because they
                                                             outreach visits to local schools.
     have challenged the rest of the world to a point
     beyond despair and have themselves despaired of         The Yorkshire Waterways Museum celebrated the
     ever enjoying or engaging in learning.                  acquisition of these resources with an open evening
                                                             for teachers. It was well attended and resulted in
     There have some been some excellent outcomes
                                                             bookings from four of the schools.
     from this programme resulting in full attendance
     records and improved confidence and progression         The Museum also provided two teacher trainee
     into real career and training pathways. This has        placements for York St John’s University in a ‘setting
     stimulated a new planning process for our future        other than school’ (SOTS) scheme. SOTS aims to
     work with excluded pupils, the Youth Inclusion          help and encourage newly trained teachers to
     Project in Goole and pupils needing extended work       organise safe visits out of school and stimulate
     experience or work based learning.                      excitement in creative learning. The student teachers
                                                             were taught to understand Risk Assessments and
     In line with the Business Plan, the workshops are

          Dutch River, Goole circa 1910

                                      interpret them for their own    the Valuing People white paper. The Museum café
                                      purpose. Their final report     now offers supported employment for adults with
  Another exciting                    recommended that                learning disabilities and Room 58, our gallery and
year comes to an end                  everyone involved in            conference centre produces a good income and is
                                      educational visits should       a resource for the supported employment
 with new projects                    follow our example of           programme. Trainees are all attending regularly and
 planned and a big                    making downloadable Risk        produce an excellent cuisine under the direction of
                                      Assessments available for       a caterer. This means that customers, staff and
increase in all areas                 adaptation by schools or        volunteers all eat a good lunch. We may have to
                                      other groups. The objective     introduce a trading arm of Weight Watchers in 2007!
  of activity at the                  is to break down barriers for
Yorkshire Waterways                   young teachers who may          Well, that just about summarises our general
                                      be intimidated by               operations here for 2006 so I’ll leave a few clues
      Museum.                         responsibility and planning     about new projects in the pipeline for 2007.
                                      issues.                         In line with the Business Plan and demonstrating
         The Museum has also been selected for inclusion              the fast pace and diversity of Sobriety, a Heritage
         in the new Renaissance Partnership Initiative being          Lottery Fund application has been submitted to
         run by Hull Museums as part of MLA’s Renaissance             improve the Museum and a Big Lottery Reaching
         in the Regions. Other participants are Harrogate             Communities bid is also in the pipeline to continue
         Museums and the North York Moors Railway. The                and expand our social inclusion work.
         initiative is designed to benefit low income families        Lastly, the Museum enjoys a bit of technological
         and rurally isolated schools.                                progress each year and for this we are planning to
         Another of this year’s partnerships brings Sobriety          index the collection on Catalist software. This will
         nearer to being a social enterprise. We have a Service       enable us to digitise information about the Collection
         Level Agreement with East Riding Adult Services              as a downloadable web resource - a useful and
         (Worklink) which runs Caring Caterers in line with           accessible resource for future generations of visitors.

     The Yorkshire Waterways Museum
     The Entrepot Project
     Mick Stanley, Principal Curator Harewood House Trust

     ‘Entrepot’ is a French word used by geographers to            times and events of the South Dock Compartment
     describe ports where cargoes are unloaded for onward          Boat Hoist five minutes towing time eastwards along
     transportation. Literally meaning ‘entry port’ it describes   the canal, where the coal-carrying boats came to be
     the port of Goole which for nearly two hundred years          lifted by the hydraulic hoist and their contents tipped
     has seen imports and exports coming and going by              into waiting ships.
     sea and canal.The collection of artefacts and documents
     illustrating the history of this trade and the people
     who made it profitable is the main activity of the
     Yorkshire Waterways Museum.                                       The ‘Entrepot’ project
     A major bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a grant                 will increase the
     to make the collection more accessible and enjoyable
     should be determined in March next year.                           Yorkshire Waterways
     The ‘Entrepot’ project will increase the Yorkshire                 Museum's appeal to
     Waterways Museum's appeal to visitors specifically
     by promoting the heritage of the waterways. It will                        visitors
     refurbish, conserve, train, educate and record.

     Refurbishment of the entrance and the Aire & Calder
     Gallery will create a strong first impression for visitors    We will improve the public access to the engine of
     by improving interpretation and introducing smells            Wheldale, and provide a video ‘on shore’ of the engine
     and sounds to new interactive displays. Improvements          area below deck for people who have disabilities or
     will include :                                                who do not wish to go on board.

          Touch screen database of 5180 photographs                There will also be conservation and display of other
          and documents :                                          museum objects of outstanding interest
          Re-designed doors to the canal side :                        A 1921 Elwe single cylinder barge engine
                                                                       presented by Hull marine engineer David
          New interpretative panels for the vessels :
          Improved display of WH Bartholomew’s model
                                                                       A milepost showing S&SYN (Sheffield and South
          of the Number 5 Boat Hoist recently acquired
                                                                       Yorkshire Navigation) on one side and MSLR
          by the Museum.
                                                                       (Manchester Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway)
     The project will complete the conservation of Wheldale,           on the other :
     the last Tom Pudding (compartment boat) tug and its               An early diamond shaped bridge sign banning
     jebus (cutwater) and three compartment boats. They                ‘Heavy Motor Vehicles’:
     will be restored to their working condition. Fibre glass
     covers moulded to look like a cargo of coal will protect          A rainwater head or hopper from Rawcliffe Hall
     them from weather and keep them in good condition.                made of lead and displaying the mythical bird
                                                                       crest of the Creyke family who developed new
     The tug needs a small amount of work to remove the                methods of warping the marshlands in the 19th
     front buffer and to add new post and rail to the bow              century.
     before it can demonstrate how a train of 'Tom Puddings'
     was towed, a sight which has not been seen since the          The objects will go on display in the Sail and keel
     demise of the system in 1986.                                 Gallery of the Museum.

     The demonstrations will be co-ordinated with opening          The proposed re-display with sounds and smells of

items in the Aire & Calder Gallery will create the
atmosphere of the heyday of the waterways. Some
features of the existing displays such as the
interactive video about the Tom Puddings and
                                                          Hi, My name
Sobriety’s for'ard cabin will be retained.                is Ryan Linley
The activity area for families and groups located
off the main gallery will have a dual use. It will have
sliding doors which will enable it to be shut off for
schools and training projects in term time and to
be available for families at weekends and holidays.
The area will be stocked with waterways toys, large
wall-mounted magnetic jigsaws, a working model
of a canal with water, wooden Tom Puddings to link
together, board game of boats and locks and stamps
based on canal art to make colourful posters.

A new oral history and video project to record the
waterways will revive some of the historical facts
and personal memories of the local area. The video
will be copied for the Yorkshire Film Archive. Footage
and sounds will bring the vessels to life for people
who can’t get onto them.

The lectern interpretation panels on the canalside        I started at the Museum sometime in
will give visitors information about the vessels. The     the summer on a training programme
panels will be ‘talking’ boards with a commentary         due to me being suspended from school.
and powered by solar panels.
                                                          Since starting here my horizons have
There will be ‘heritage’ boat trips round Goole docks     opened a lot more. I started learning my
using Telethon Louise with a web camera on board
                                                          CCC (Complete Crew Certificate) with Paul
and an Industrial Trail linking the town with the
                                                          Cooper. I successfully passed that and are
                                                          currently doing my CCBM (Certificate in
To achieve all this a project officer will be employed    Community Boat Management).
and will to help train apprentices, staff, volunteers
and teachers in different skills. They will produce       One of the things I have to do while I am
museum boxes and Key Stage 3 learning materials           here is to research a training programme
to be tested in local schools. School projects will       so I’m going to do one with the STA (Sail
use role play, waterway shanties, poetry, storytelling    Training Association) on board one of their
and model making; some will be offered to the             ships called STAVROS which I am currently
public We will use the workshops for training and         raising sponsorship for.
keeping the vessels in good condition,
                                                          Well I have learnt lots and no doubt with
Finally we’re going to design and publish a new           Bob Watson about will learn lots more
guidebook, leaflet and poster and improved                (including his riveting stories)
directional signing to guide visitors to the ‘new’

     The Yorkshire Waterways Museum
     Striking the Right Balance
     Rachel Walker, Museum Officer

     After arriving in January I could see that the staff       Edward Paget-Tomlinson exhibition had just arrived
     and volunteers at the Museum in the years                  and the light meter would not take any light readings.
     without a museum officer had done a good job               After checking the batteries, we were all puzzled until
     of keeping the Collection ticking over. At the same        someone pointed out that you have to take the cap
     time there has been a lot of backroom work done            off – the museum equivalent of trying to take a
     this year to get the documentation and archive             photograph with the camera lens cap on! Anyway,
     systems up and running again. It is never easy to          we got over that particular glitch and now have a
     pick up where someone else left off without a              more informed understanding of the technology.
     handover period, but when there has been a
     significant gap and an accumulation of paperwork           The Museum has had a healthy number of items
     in-between it is even harder.                              donated this year, ranging from a ship’s compass
                                                                retailed by The Goole Ropery and Ship Chandlery
     However, I am glad to report that I think most of          Company to a reproduction Measham teapot. A
     the dropped threads have been picked up and the            spectacular array of photographs and postcards has
     museum now has a fully operational collection and          also come our way. In reviewing the loans currently
     documentation system once again – obviously barring        held at the Museum I have also secured extensions
     a few inevitable improvements that could be made           on items such as the model of a keel made circa
     when time allows!                                          1890 currently on display in the Sail and Keel gallery,
                                                                which is on loan to us from The Coble and Keelboat
     I’m sure I have bored more than one member of staff        Society.
     and volunteers with talk of entry forms and security
     copies and accession registers, but it is important        Looking to the future of collecting there are plans to
     that we get these things right. The reason being…          branch out from The Aire and Calder Navigation and
     (deep breath everyone)… museum accreditation!              move into areas currently covered by Sobriety in
     Accreditation is the standard that all museums strive      Thorne and Selby.
     for and it means that there is an awful lot more hard
     work yet to be done. We are due to apply in December       The range of enquiries we get into the museum and
     2009 and apart from collections management we              the places in the world they come from are quite
     also have to think about user services and visitor         amazing. I have been in contact with people with
     facilities. It is therefore not just a concern for the     ‘Yorkshire Waterways’ enquiries from France, USA
     museum staff, but a concern for the staff of the           and Australia, and one or two of these enquirers have
     Sobriety Project as a whole. But, as we are a proactive    even stopped by the Museum on their travels.
     bunch, I am confident that we will succeed.                For those family historians who are more local to
     The road to accreditation will include all staff, and      Goole I have organised two family history days this
     volunteer help is essential, but it also involves a host   year in May and October. These events were a great
     of other museum professionals who are able to offer        opportunity to make links with local societies and
     help and advice.                                           to open up the Museum to a whole new audience
                                                                who would never have ventured our way otherwise.
     Laura Turner, our Curatorial Advisor and Assistant
     Keeper of Art Collections at The Ferens, Hull, has         All in all I have had a most enjoyable year, albeit a
     been keeping an eye on the gaps in my experience,          varied one (somewhere along the way I have gained
     particularly of curatorial matters such as                 a Food Hygiene Certificate!), and I hope I have struck
     environmental monitoring and its equipment. The            the right balance between getting the job done and
     result is that I’ m now proficient in the use of a         not turning out to be the white gloved duster wielding
     hygrothermogrpah, even though the light meter was          dragon everyone was dreading!
     slightly tricky to master! It was mid June and the

                                                      Reducing Re-offending
                                                                   Time for Rehabilitation
                                                                              Clive Martin, Director, CLINKS

(CLINKS is a national organisation promoting Prison–Community Links to reduce re-
offending and maximise the chances of individuals and their families being able to recover
from prison and make a positive contribution to their community. Clive Martin’s article
reprinted below, first appeared in CLINKS own in-house magazine in July this year. I am
grateful for permission to reproduce it here. It represents wholeheartedly the sentiments
and beliefs of the Sobriety’s committee and staff : Editor)

This is a particularly difficult time for those working   be involved in corruption and a further 500 staff
at the rehabilitative end of the Criminal Justice         engaged in inappropriate relationships with prisoners.
System. After weeks of unrelenting bad publicity
for the Probation Service the focus over the last         News such as this is not what the public want to
few days seems to have turned to the Prison Service.      hear and it’s particularly bad for the prison and
There has rightly been widespread reporting about         probation services. It is also not good news for those
the abscond of 2 prisoners with sex-offence               of us in the voluntary and other sectors who work
convictions from open conditions and reports of           in partnership with the prison and probation services.
corruption among Prison Service Staff.                    The reason for this is simple. If the challenging work
The immediate danger posed by the absconds has            of rehabilitating offenders is going to be successful
been resolved with the recapture of the 2 offenders       all the agencies involved need to have confidence
involved. The finer details of the corruption issue       in themselves as well as each other.  This is a pre-
are unknown but the report drawn up by the Prison         requisite for delivering effective services that are
Service itself and the Metropolitan Police indicate       going to reduce re-offending. Plus, if the complex
that up to 1,000 staff could                              multi-agency partnerships that are needed to assist
                                                          someone to ‘go straight’ are going to work  then

     Reducing Re-offending
     Time for Rehabilitation
     Clive Martin, Director, CLINKS

                                                                National Offender Management Service into clear
                                                                and achievable operational milestones would help
                                                                settle all sectors and enable them to get on with
                                                                the work in hand.

                                                                Secondly, the relentless rise in the prison population
                                                                needs to be stopped as does the belief that we can
                                                                build our way into an effective prison regime. Except
                                                                for relatively small differences new prison regimes
                                                                will be as limiting as previous ones. For many prison
                                                                is simply not the appropriate punishment – it has
                                                                the potential to be as damaging for communities
                                                                as it can be for the offenders who are sent there
                                                                inappropriately. A proper debate about who the
                                                                expensive prison system is most effective at working
                                                                with would be welcome.

                                                                Thirdly, an honest discussion about what the prison
                                                                and probation services do well and where they fail
                                                                is urgently needed. Publicity over the past few weeks
                                                                would have you believe that everything within the
     the parties to those partnerships need a robust            probation services is rotten – this is simply not the
     external focus that enables them to engage in              case and a more accurate sense of where the
     dialogue with each other, offenders and the wider          problems and good practice are would be more
     community.                                                 effective if we are to solve the serious issue of
     The publicity about both the Prison and Probation          community safety. 
     Service at the moment does not achieve this – it           Finally, many would welcome a discussion that helps
     drives already nervous organisations further into          raise the tone and quality of debate about offenders.
     themselves and can complicate rather than resolve          Politicians, in their eagerness not to appear soft on
     the organisational failures that lead to mistakes in       crime, limit the debate to a very basic level -
     the first place. But the negative publicity also affects   someone erred therefore they should be punished.
     those partner agencies, such as the hundreds of            Well that may be true but we all know that it is
     voluntary sector organisations who work with               neither a full nor accurate portrayal. We know many
     offenders, but who might not be the direct focus of        people who commit offences are damaged already.
     the media attention. It creates a mood where if is         We know that in punishing them we have as much
     difficult to engage the public in a positive discussion    potential to harm them further as to help them.
     about the rehabilitation of offenders, and makes           Surely as a society we have the moral, economic
     the whole system, even those parts run by others           and social responsibility to think about this in a
     look chaotic and dangerous.                                serious and informed way?
     We desperately need to move on from this if victims,       Most importantly, we know that people can and do
     offenders and the wider community are going to             turn their lives around -  the public, victims and
     be well served. What would help?                           offenders need to be given the confidence and faith
     Firstly, clear political leadership and an operational     in the many organisations that play a role in assisting
     roadmap that translates the ambitions of the               individuals to achieve this. We all deserve a quality
                                                                of debate that will reflect this reality as well.

                                                       Reducing Re-offending
            A Bridge to Release - Unpaid Community Work
                                                                    Keren Banfield, Prison Work Co-ordinator

During 2006 there have been eight men a day from HMP Moorland (Open) attending Sobriety for
five or six days a week to do unpaid community work. Thirty nine have benefited.

This is the list of works carried out during the year         Re-design and refurbishment of workshops for
by Moorland men.                                              delivery of multi-skill engineering NVQ
    Repair and replacement of outfall sewage pipe             qualifications.
    Interior and exterior maintenance of Opportunity          Building of new gas store in line with regulations.
    and Sobriety.                                             Maintenance and care of gardens and building.
    Refurbishment of portacabin including                     Management of café.
    construction of door grille.                              Minibus driving.
    Renewal of emergency lighting and other work              Boat navigation
    to bring museum up to new standards.
                                                              General assistance with Sunday opening
    PAT testing of all electrical equipment
                                                           The work was carried out in line with sentence
    Design and installation of seating and stanchions      management and was part of an individual’s training
    to bring Wheldale up to passenger carrying             and re-settlement plan prior to release.
Summary of qualifications gained during 2006
  Complete Crew Certificate     Certificate in Community        VHF Radio        Basic First Aid   First Aid in the
  (Accredited by National       Boat Management                 Licence                            Workplace
  Community Boat Association)   (Accredited by national
                                Community Boat Association)
  12                            4                               6                4                 3

  Total Beneficiaries           Now in paid work                      Released                     Other
  39                            30                                        2                            7

The work required skill and application and was            and then being moved to open conditions was a relief
good preparation for individuals who wished to             in itself.Being chosen to go out on unpaid community
move into paid work.                                       work at the Sobriety Project
Opportunities for those who are coming to the end          has been just the tonic I needed. For me it not only
of a custodial sentence to undertake unpaid                gives me re-integration it also enables me to use my
community work should be greatly encouraged and            brain again. Without this I am not sure how I could
supported.                                                 prepare and get ready for work once released. All I
Re-offending can be reduced by allowing prisoners          can say is “Prisons need this sort of rehabilitation”.
to re-integrate into the community on a re-                I am a prisoner serving a sentence of eight years. I
settlement programme designed to give them                 had been in closed conditions for three years and
stability on release.                                      thought I would never get out.I am now in open
Comments from participants :                               conditions and giving back to the community through
                                                           a charity called “The Sobriety Project”. It is only
Being able to leave the prison and attend Sobriety
                                                           through doing unpaid community work there that I
Project to help and work with a team gives me a huge
                                                           have had a chance to better myself and give back to
lift and a feeling of how good it is to actually achieve
                                                           the community. I am grateful for the opportunities
something once again.
                                                           provided and glad to have the chance to re-think my
After serving just over two years in closed conditions     lifestyle prior to release.

     Education and Training
     Waterstart Residential
     Vanessa Hall, Student Development Worker, Waterstart, Thorne

     Waterstart is a community boat project in the Thorne Moorends area of South Yorkshire. As part
     of the Sobriety Project it contributes to the objectives of the Thorne Moorends Regeneration Project
     by giving opportunities to local people on low incomes to use their waterway for training and
     25th and 26th July 2006 were Waterstart’s first        The next morning’s breakfast was a barbecue
     residential trip – hard work but rewarding and         enlivened by live pop songs - hilarious and a good
     worthwhile.                                            start to the day. Those that weren’t singing helped
                                                            with cooking.
     There were 12 young people from Thorne and
     Moorends, two Waterstart staff and several             We then cleared the site of litter and left our
     volunteers whose help we could not have done           moorings. In the afternoon some of the young
     without. They ensured the smooth running and           people surprised us with a delicious buffet. Others
     success of the trip. Waterstart is privileged to be    cleared away and washed up without being asked.
     able to rely on its volunteers who put in so much      We were impressed by their initiative and thanked
     effort.                                                them for doing the chores.

     We decided to use two boats – Waterstart which         Although we had been unsure of what it would be
     is based in Thorne, and Sobriety which is based at     like to take this group on a residential we were
     the Yorkshire Waterways Museum and fitted out          pleased they all contributed in a positive way. There
     with residential accommodation. On the days before     were a lot fewer problems than we expected.
     and after the event we had to make sure that both
     boats were at the pick up point, a more complicated    I was pleased that all the young people thanked us
     task than it might seem! We also had to get in food    for the trip. One boy said he had never spent a night
     and drink for two full days for 12 hungry teenagers.   away from home because his parents couldn’t afford
     The weather was wonderful, extremely hot on both
     days. Hats and sun lotion were compulsory. We          I particularly enjoy working with young people. I
     were fearful that sunburn would spoil the event but    find that teenagers with behavioural problems are
     all the young people were aware of the consequences    bored when they have nothing to fill their time. At
     of sun-stroke and didn’t have to be reminded to put    school they can be misunderstood when teachers
     on lotion or cover up.                                 are under pressure to teach and there isn’t always
                                                            time to understand the interests of each particular
     They were good at following instructions and most      child. Residential trips when they are successful
     of them volunteered for jobs like preparing the        provide the opportunity to do this.
     barbecue, cooking and washing up. Those that didn’t
     were given other jobs to encourage team building ;     At the end of the trip everyone got together to say
     if they complained we met them with humour and         what they had got out of it. Our skipper expressed
      ‘take it or leave it’. Everyone had a chance to       his thanks to all the young people. He congratulated
     improve their boat handling and most learned how       them on to making the trip so enjoyable and said
     to take a boat through a lock - a procedure which      he was particularly impressed with the buffet lunch.
     was new to them. We also did a wildlife survey         I added that I thought the young people should be
     which we completed along the way.                      proud of themselves ; they had made my job easier
     The late evening was for card playing and group        by responding to instructions without argument. I
     activities. As we expected there were problems at      asked each one to write comments on the trip but
     bed-time but strict measures were imposed and          then had to disappoint some of them when I
     finally everyone went to sleep.                        explained that no we could not go every week!

                                                            Education and Training
                                                                      Working with Nature
                                                                  Jess Fussey, Boat Manager Selby Surewaters

Under the name of Surewaters, the Sobriety Project has been in Selby for the last two years thanks
to the generosity and interest of the government funded Surestart and Selby District Council
through its Leader+ programme for rural communities.

Waterstart navigating the New Junction Canal - built 1905
I’ve been working on the Selby canal for two years.          and tutted that he was ready. I reassured him that
The boat works a daily eleven mile return trip from          if he had any problems he should pip the horn and
Selby Basin to West Haddelsey. To those who haven’t          I would be straight out to help him. At this point I
seen this canal it may come as a surprise that it            did what I normally do and stood halfway down
has stunning wildlife and fauna.                             the boat keeping a close watch through the bow
                                                             windows on how he was doing. All was well. We
The groups we work with come from every walk of              approached Brayton Bridge which is narrow. His
life. The youngest is a three week old baby, the
eldest a lady of ninety four.

One of the aims of Surewaters is to use the natural
                                                                There is no getting away
environment as a teaching aid.                                  from any problem and
We managed this with a lad who was a self                       you have to listen to the
confessed chav and proud of it. He came to the
boat once a week to improve his social skills which
                                                                 person with the most
included making tea, boat handling and delivering               experience. Sometimes
the safety briefing. Week after week went by and
he seemed to be improving but he still had a cocky
                                                                 that may be a fifteen
edge to his character. When training somebody for               year old lad on a ASBO
the complete crew course there comes a time when
you have to let go of the reins and leave them to                 showing a company
steer the boat on their own.                                    director how to tie up a
His time had come, so after a good talking to about                       boat.
his responsibilities for everyone’s safety, he grunted

     Education and Training
     Working with Nature
     Jess Fussey, Boat Manager Selby Surewaters

     The Selby Canal
     course was straight and I was relaxed. All of a sudden    . The other pictures showed the carnage in the
     all hell broke out. The horn was going crazy. I was       Midlands from German bombing raids! I think they
     now at the far end of the boat. I made my way             first noticed the heat glowing from my red face and
     through the passengers then sideways down the             after I’d stuttered my apologies they said ‘You
     narrow corridor. What was going on? Was there a           O.K.You Basil Fawlty!”
     fire? Were we sinking? I emerged at the bottom of
     the steps to find a swan had dropped a full payload       A few months ago I had a visit from a health and
     all over this lad’s Burberry cap and expensive            safety worker to assess whether the boat was a safe
     tracksuit. I don’t think he will ever be a keen bird      place for a school lad to come to and work at. He
     spotter but I am sure he will have a smile whenever       came on board and went through a few things and
     he sees a swan!                                           I reassured him everything was O.K. I offered him
                                                               a cup of tea then managed to set my waterproof
     Hands across the Ocean                                    coat on fire on the grill. I have never done this before
     I was asked one day if I could take three German          or since. The fellow thought it was funnier than I
     exchange girls on a trip. After struggling with the       did.
     safety briefing (my German was as good as their
                                                               The thing I’ve noticed about community boats
     English) we set sail. The trip was going great. All the
                                                               indeed boats in general, is that they are great
     wildlife was on show: kingfishers, herons, and even
                                                               levellers. Whatever background you are from you
     a terrapin. We stopped for lunch at West Haddelsey
                                                               have to work as a team in a confined space. There
     but I could tell in our conversation that they were
                                                               is no getting away from any problem and you have
     quite confused as to what a narrow boat was. As
                                                               to listen to the person with the most experience.
     quick as a flash I thumbed through some canal boat
                                                               Sometimes that may be a fifteen year old lad on a
     magazines looking for some old pictures of working
                                                               ASBO showing a company director how to tie up
     boats. Sure enough I found some old sepia pictures
                                                               a boat.
     of a fully laden vessel. I noticed to my horror that
     the article was called ‘canals during the war years’

                                                        Education and Training
                                                            Barclays’ The Big Splash
                                  Steve Jones, Head of Hearing Impaired Unit Pickering High School, Hull

Whilst at Doncaster School for the Deaf I applied for a £5000 Barclays New Futures grant to initiate
and support exciting learning opportunities at the Yorkshire Waterways Museum, headquarters of
the Sobriety Project in Goole.

                                                         of an old boat and the construction of a cabinet
                                                         to house a large fish tank in the Museum reception
                                                         area. He was proud of what he’d achieved and it
                                                         was a boost to his self esteem.

                                                         At the end of the year a remote camera was installed
                                                         in a bird box made by one of the pupils so that
                                                         other visitors could observe the behaviours of
                                                         nesting birds, their eggs and hatching chicks, by
                                                         means of a personal computer.

                                                         As a celebration of a year of achievement all the
                                                         pupils enjoyed a week’s residential on Sobriety
                                                         barge which sailed to York and Hull. Pupils learned
                                                         life skills by learning to cook aboard ship.

                                                         The Barclays New Futures project created invaluable
                                                         opportunities and experiences for the children.
In partnership with the Museum we put together
a successful bid that enabled pupils to work on          Pupils from Doncaster School for the Deaf fed back
projects to enhance the Towpath Nature Trail that        their achievements to a large audience in a Leeds
runs along the Goole Knottingley Canal.                  hotel through an entertaining comedy drama
One day a week for the academic year 2003/2004
pupils attended the museum. They worked very             Inspired by the success of pupils from Doncaster
hard :                                                   School for the Deaf, conversations took place
                                                         between :
    making benches and seating areas along the
    Trail                                                    Thorne Grammar School

    clearing undergrowth and planting bulbs and              West Road Primary School Moorends
    shrubs                                                   The Sobriety Project
    cleaning the pond of excess weed to benefit          A working party from each partner put together a
    fish and other inhabitants                           bid entitled The Big Splash. The bid showed how
    putting up signs to highlight plants and wildlife    the four establishments working together could
    of special interest                                  achieve great things for the pupils that would
                                                         benefit the wider community.
On completion of their efforts the pupils designed
and produced a guide- book for primary school            When I moved to become Head of Pickering High
children.                                                School Hearing Impaired Unit, Hull at Easter 2005
                                                         I continued with my strong links to the Yorkshire
A pupil with severely challenging behaviour was          Waterways Museum forged through involvement
given the opportunity to work on the restoration         with the two projects.

     Education and Training
     Barclays’ The Big Splash
     Steve Jones, Head of Hearing Impaired Unit Pickering High School, Hull

     Outdoor classroom

     Over the last eighteen months there have been           newspapers featured the story. Guests included the
     exciting developments :                                 Lord Mayor of Hull and the Head and the Chair of
                                                             Governors of Pickering School.
     Two pupils from Year 9, hearing impaired, lacking
     motivation when they were in school, struggling         In June 2006 eight pupils from Pickering Hearing
     with some areas of the curriculum and sometimes         Impaired Unit and mainstream school enjoyed a
     involved in incidents of poor behaviour, have           five day residential on Sobriety Barge and slept
     attended the Museum every Thursday for a year.          aboard in York. They studied history, geography,
                                                             maths, English, ICT and life skills outside the
     They’ve learned navigation and boat handling skills     classroom. They visited many attractions they
     each gaining nationally recognised qualifications.      wouldn’t otherwise have had the opportunity to
     Each term four different mainstream pupils with         get to.
     special educational needs and behaviour problems
                                                             Joan Tidball, Deputy Head
     accompanied the hearing impaired pupils. This was
     what one might call an ‘inclusive learning              West Road Primary started off The Big
     opportunity’.                                           Splash by promoting water safety and
                                                             taking part in a whole school project to
     Every Thursday the pupils have a vote and agree
     what they would like to eat at lunch time. With a
                                                             produce work on ‘Water.’
     budget of £2.00 each they shop for and prepare a        We invited the textile artist Hilary Ansell who worked
     meal of their choice. This has included chicken curry   with years three and four to produce an undersea
     and rice, spaghetti bolognaise and a variety of pasta   world. The children were involved in every step of
     dishes, continental sandwiches, roast turkey            the production of a large collage now on display in
     Christmas Dinner and ‘all day breakfasts’.              the entrance to the school. They worked with fabrics-
                                                              sticking, sewing, weaving, and printing.
     To celebrate their achievement pupils organised an
     open day at which parents and celebrities enjoyed       Then the whole school took part in producing work
     a guided tour round Goole Docks on Telethon Louise      for an exhibition at the Yorkshire Waterways Museum.
     crewed by the pupils. Hull Daily Mail and local

Some pieces of work were individual; for
example barge art pictures on spoons and plant
pots. Other work was collaborative ; for example          Pupils from Doncaster
the Nursery made a large collage of Noah's Ark and
Year Six made canal barges.                                School for the Deaf
Everyone had some input, which came together at               fed back their
the exhibition. The Free Press took photos and it
was advertised in school for parents to go and look         achievements to a
at what the children had produced.
                                                           large audience in a
We had good feedback from this and we were
included on the Yorkshire Waterways Museum web-           Leeds hotel through
site :
                                                             an entertaining
Two of our children went to Sheffield to give a
presentation on what they had achieved.                      comedy drama
Children from the School for the Deaf came to
West Road and performed an assembly in the form        benches of maritime or historical design that could
of drama for Nursery and Key Stage One, about          be situated on the Stainforth and Keadby canal.
how to stay safe near water.
                                                       We discussed various design concepts and ultimately
We had decided that the second phase of our            how we could fund the production costs. I suggested
project would be the redevelopment of the pond         a meeting with Thorne Moorends Regeneration
in the quadrangle at school to incorporate a sensory   Partnership (TMRP) to identify local funding.
                                                       A formal meeting was set up for November 16th
This idea was temporarily put on hold when the         2004. There followed a partnership between
school had a conservatory built in part of the area    Waterstart, TMRP and Thorne Grammar School to
designated.                                            enable two benches to be designed, produced and
Meetings were arranged for the Science and Art         located on the side of the canal bridge. HRH The
co-ordinators to visit another school in the           Princess Royal remarked on the benches at the
Borough who already have a sensory garden, and         formal opening of the bridge.
a long list of ideas and resources has been made       The bridge and accompanying benches recently
ready to start in the new school year this September   received a commendation from the British Urban
2006.                                                  Regeneration Association in the Community
Marc Salter, Manager Waterstart, Thorne                Regeneration category at the Waterways Trust
                                                       Renaissance Awards in March 2006.
HRH The Princess Royal took a keen
interest in the benches at the grand                   In January 2005 students from Thorne Grammar
opening of the bridge.                                 School and Doncaster School for the Deaf came
                                                       on the Waterstart boat for a number of sessions.
I first met Rob Clark, Thorne Grammar School’s         Steve Jones wanted his students to learn to use the
Head of Design and Technology at the Waterstart        IT, photographic equipment and traditional rope-
office on November 2nd 2004 with two of his            plaiting activities that were being developed at
students to discuss the possibility of producing       Waterstart.

     Education and Training
     Izzy Kitt, Fifteen Years of Community Boating 1991-2006
     Bob Watson, Director

     When Izzy Kitt gave up her post of Manager of the National Community Boats Association at the
     end of October 2006 she was leaving behind a record of 15 years of achievement in using the
     waterways to help people and communities overcome social and economic handicap.

     Caring Caterers project supported by East Riding Council Adult Services and HMP Moorland (Open)

     Izzy came to Sobriety from teaching on the remand                  Also through the late nineties she was managing
     wing of Hull prison in May 1991 to be Arts                         the tortuous process of building a £650,000
     Development Worker. At the time she was                            extension to the Waterways Museum through
     completing her MA in Fine Art and soon put to good                 endless meetings with the Regional Development
     use her experience and professional discipline to                  Agency, architects, museum professionals and the
     establish the Waterways Museum at Sobriety’s new                   Heritage Lottery Fund. After the extension was
     HQ on Dutch River Side, Goole. Part of the Museum                  finished in autumn 2001 she successfully applied
     was a derelict grain barge acquired for £2000 from                 for a Millennium Fellowship to research and publish
     a wandering engineer which she turned into a                       A Beginner’s Guide to Social Inclusion for The
     conference and exhibition space doubling as a project              Waterways Trust.
     workshop for schools.
                                                                        When she took up her appointment to head up the
     In 1996 this centre of interest commended itself                   Community Boats Association in January 2002 there
     sufficiently to the National Heritage judges to be                 were many challenges. For three years the
     voted Best Museum for Industrial and Social History.               organisation had been troubled by rows and quarrels,
     1999 saw her taking the initiative to replicate                    commonplace struggles for influence reducing its
     Sobriety in Rotherham through months of                            capacity to develop training and public relations.
     groundwork with local residents, regeneration
     professionals and British Waterways managers;                      Her policy was to ignore the factions as far as
     Swinton Lock Adventure Centre received a £300,000                  possible and to support the new team at Hartshill
     grant from the Lottery and still remains an                        to improve services to members. The CBA added
     indispensable service provider in the Borough.                     ‘National’ to its name and the Marketing and Training
                                                                        Officers went off on pilgrimages round the country

to give personal advice and occasionally some             Y-Afloat youth programme were tested and
money to any community boat group needing their           launched.
services. In 18 months the team had met most of
the outputs required by the Lottery grant.                Having sorted out issues of governance and
                                                          registered NCBA as a centre for Criminal Records
Sensibly she decided to consolidate progress by           Bureau checks, she then successfully managed the
applying to Advantage West Midlands for a research        problems created by a Lottery application being
grant to get 15 groups in the Birmingham area to          turned down.
identify the essentials of a successful community
boat project. There were three important outcomes:        £11,000 a year was saved by moving the office to
The Lifejacket was a handbook for members ; a             Goole. The training was protected by the Training
national conference in Sheffield paved the way for        Officer becoming self employed. Other services to
a democratic future ; a book of children’s poems          members became office based rather than being
about Birmingham’s canals had a foreword by               delivered through visits. The budget was managed
Benjamin Zephaniah and gave NCBA a                        so that to the outsider it appeared to have the
groundbreaking link with the black community in           substance of the loaves and fishes in the Feeding
the city.                                                 of the Five Thousand.

Staff and members turned out in force to represent        One of her great hopes has been that the Association
NCBA at national rallies and exhibitions; she was         would support the idea of area committees active
always there handing out teeshirts and children’s         in the regions. When it became impossible on a
goodies and giving information to curious visitors.       tiny budget employing part time staff to continue
                                                          the work of developing community boat projects
When the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA)             through personal visits and special events she saw
turned its attention to small passenger boats she         regionalisation as a way of networking good practice
was on the working party in Southampton                   and giving young people the opportunity to feel
promoting policies that would safeguard members’          part of a young people’s waterway movement. She
interests as well as encouraging them to aim for          was always very proud when Doug McClone invited
the highest standards. She found a sympathetic ear        her to Doncaster Mansion House for the annual
in Julie Carlton, an MCA officer and another woman        presentation of NCBA certificates by the Mayor of
in a man’s world, who had been the secretariat for        Doncaster.
the Marchioness Enquiry and was full of enthusiasm
for community boats. Julie and her team gave              Her pride and belief in NCBA has sustained her
presentations at regional meetings to introduce           through the hard times and indeed to raise nearly
NCBA members to the new Small Passenger Boat              £750,000 to maintain development during her time
Code.                                                     in office. In the meantime the Association will need
                                                          imaginative and energetic leadership to reflect
However by the end of 2003 Izzy knew that the             social diversity and capture the interest of young
good times couldn’t last; the end of the three year       people.
Lottery grant was looming and it was important to
plan for the future. The Association needed to turn
its attention to social enterprise and stand on its
own feet through the delivery of ‘secular’ projects.
Reducing Re-offending and Every Child Matters
created possibilities for work with prisoners’ families
on the waterways ; new developments in training
through FLOW (Family Learning on Water) and a

     Education and Training
     U Boat Destroyer
     George Smith RN, Volunteer at the Museum

     1939 turned out to be a year of expectation and hope particularly on the part of the elderly who
     could view the situation with experience and maturity.

     We at the shipyard were at an age of decision, being     0ur next port was Gibraltar where we stood by for
     almost at the end of our apprenticeship. Were we         the famous 'Ohio' convey, named Operation Pedestal.
     to be reserved if the worst happened, or were we         On arrival at Gib we had to take part in the sweep
     exempt?                                                  of the straits to keep it clear of mines and U-boats.
                                                              We managed a night or two ashore and I was amazed
     In June 1939 a 35ft bridge-deck motor cruiser, MV        and probably a little proud that walking along the
     Hillcrest, built by my Father’s firm at the Timber       high street in Gib was like walking along Boothferry
     Pond, had been completed and was to be delivered         Road in Goole; there were so many Goole men on
     to Liverpool via the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. It       the various ships RN and Merchant. The convoy
     was arranged that I would do the trip for experience.
     The canal at that time was all locks and long tunnels.   eventually departed for Malta; if this one didn't
     At Wigan there were 25 locks with a pound between        make it, it would be the end for Malta and its
     each.                                                    associated fronts.

     At one of these was a policeman who came aboard          We weren't very far into the Med when the Aircraft
     and spoke with Father, after which I was bundled         Carrier HMS Eagle was torpedoed and we had to
     below and locked in the fo'c'sle. At the next lock       stand by. We missed the convoy which in the event
     the policeman departed. On being released I heard        arrived safely. We went back to Gib with survivors
     that a boy of ten had been lost for days and the         then home to Liverpool with some of them.
     police had come to remove the body from the water.
     At my age I wasn't allowed to see a dead body. We        After a refit in Liverpool we were loaned to the
     didn't know that within two years I would be in the      Canadian Navy and sailed for Halifax, Nova Scotia.
     North Atlantic aboard an over-age destroyer involved     The U-boats on the eastern seaboard of North
     in a savage war with U-boats.                            America were having what became known as a
                                                              'Happy Time' since Admiral King of the USA would
     We arrived in Stanley Dock in Liverpool on the day       still not believe in our convoy system.
     that Mauritania sailed for trials. The Hillcrest was
     later commandeered for naval duty by the Admiralty.      HMS Mansfield became the Leader of a Canadian
                                                              Escort Group and our run was from Halifax or St
     War was declared on Sept 3rd and soon another            Johns Newfoundland. We went out to 35 degrees
     apprentice Colin Wilburn and I were called up to         west then escorted another convoy west-bound to
     serve in the Navy. A rude awakening indeed as we         St Johns or Halifax. After this, south to Boston,USA,
     passed through the London Blitz on our way to            following the same triangular route all the time
     Chatham.                                                 except for emergencies.

     We were eventually drafted to HMS Mansfield, an          Awful weather; if it wasn't Atlantic storms it was
     ex-American four funnelled Destroyer. On our first       fog on the Grand Banks. The waves were so enormous
     commission we steamed north-about through the            that although Mansfield was 310ft long we would
     Pentland Firth and to the Azores to take on bunkers.     lift over the crest, then run downhill into the trough.
     The brand new crew were of course still a little         When the bows hit the bottom of the trough the
     green so all the time it was training and practice,      whole ship would flex and bend. The back end where
     fire and damage control and gunnery and torpedoes.       we lived, would come down in three huge bumps.
     We also had the job of pumping up the air tanks of       This happened on every wave. On one occasion
     the torpedoes.                                           Mansfield left an east-bound convoy off Iceland in

                                                         River Class Frigate HMS Tay which was commanded
     At my age I wasn't                                  by Lieutenant-Commander Robert Sherwood RNR,
                                                         a Goole man who was later described as the 'Nelson'
   allowed to see a dead                                 of World War ll by naval historian Captain W Roskill
                                                         D.S.C., RN.
   body. We didn't know                                  Bletchley Park found that the U-boats had been
   that within two years I                               ordered to fit an extra wheel in their Enigma
                                                         machines. This made the code virtually unreadable
   would be in the North                                 and gave them more luck than they were entitled
   Atlantic aboard an over-
                                                         Several U-boat groups found the convoy HX229
   age destroyer involved                                which consisted of 38 Merchant Ships and four
                                                         escorts. There were 40 U-boats in the offing and
    in a savage war with                                 no assistance from shore. What followed was later
                                                         called the most 'savage and ruthless sea battle of
           U-boats.                                      all time' by historians.

                                                         In the absence of the Group Leader the charge lead
order to screen a contact. This took us north up         was taken by Lt. Cr. Luther in HMS Volunteer.
Denmark Strait. Before long we were in storm force
north-easterlies and a temperature of 30 degrees         The battle started on the night of the 15th. Several
below freezing.                                          ships were hit including a tanker Southern Princess
                                                         which burned furiously. The light of the blaze
Ice began forming on all stays, guns and direction-      attracted several U-boats to the scene.
finders but much more serious was the steering
wires freezing solid. With a dangerous list developing   It was decided against normal practice, to pick up
we managed to round up and steer a course by             survivors from lifeboats, rafts, carley-floats. The sea
hand from the tiller-flat for Halifax where the ice      was littered with the little red lights of life-jackets.
was removed and steam heating fitted round the           While this was going on and we were motionless
steering cables.                                         in the water Capt. Erwin Christophersen in U-228
                                                         fired three torpedoes at Mansfield but all missed
We were still losing ships but the situation could       and with 150 survivors of different nationalities on
have been worse were it not for those lovely people      board we rejoined
at Bletchley Park who laboured night and day
deciphering the Enigma Code used by the German           the convoy. Eventually we were out of the air-gap
U-boat arm.                                              and had some air cover. Mansfield was running
                                                         short of fuel so left the convoy to proceed at
Then came Convoy HX229 from Halifax to UK and            economical speed to Gourock.
escorts were scarce. Mansfield was called out and
in the company of HMS Beverley,sailed to join the        This was an uneventful passage except that a huge
convoy on Friday 13th of March 1943.                     wave swept away a watch-keeper who lost his life.
                                                         The fresh-water evaporator, through trying cope
This date and day of sailing.caused much speculation     with twice the output, was giving trouble. However
to say the least. At this stage another Goole man        we did arrive at Gourock and the cheers of the
George Walker, had joined Mansfield. As we sailed        survivors as their train left the quay told us in no
from the harbour we passed the moorings of the           uncertain manner that we had done the right thing.

     Accounts for the Year Ended 31 March 2006

                                  THE SOBRIETY PROJECT LIMITED
                                           (A CHARITY)

                               SUMMARY INCOME AND EXPENDITURE ACCOUNT

                                               Notes     Unrestricted      Restricted        2006         2005
                                                   £                £               £           £
     Voluntary income                                3         87,917          94,282     182,199     203,644
     Activities for generating funds                 5         25,857                -     25,857        23,034
     Interest receivable                                           430               -        430          123
     Charitable activities                           4         21,773         233,488     255,261     384,145
     Swinton transfer                                6                                            -   (44,456)

     TOTAL INCOMING RESOURCES                                 135,977         327,770     463,747     566,490
     Costs of generating funds                       7           9,919               -       9,919        8,875
     Charitable activities                           8         95,876         325,891     421,767     458,376
     Governance costs                                9         22,265           5,204       27,469       46,933

     TOTAL RESOURCES EXPENDED                                 128,060         331,095     459,155     514,184

     NET INCOME FOR THE YEAR                                     7,917         (3,325)      4,592        52,306

     Funds brought forward at 1 April 2005         20          32,340         472,092     504,432     452,124
     Revaluation Reserve                           21                 -       140,449     140,449     140,449


     AT 31 MARCH 2006                                          40,257         609,216     649,473     644,879

     All of the above results are derived from continuing activities. All gains and losses recognised in the year
     are included above. There is no difference between the results as disclosed in the income and expenditure
     account and the result on an unmodified historical cost basis.

                                         THE SOBRIETY PROJECT LIMITED
                                                 (A CHARITY)
                                       BALANCE SHEET AS AT 31 MARCH 2006
                                                                         2006                             2005
                                                Notes                £              £                 £            £
Tangible Assets                                     12                      777,361                         781,061

Stock                                               13          4,135                             3,180
Debtors                                             14         52,062                           32,995
Cash at bank                                                   12,334                           43,808
Cash in hand                                                      684                               441

                                                               69,215                           80,424

Amounts falling due within one year                 15         88,664                           87,709
NET CURRENT ASSETS/(LiABILITIES)                                           (19,450)                          (7,285)

LIABILITIES                                                                 757,911                         773,776

Amounts falling due after more than one year        16                    (108,438)                        (128,895)

NET ASSETS                                                                  649,473                         644,881

Unrestricted                                        20                          40,257                       32,340
Restricted                                          20                      468,767                         472,092
Revaluation reserve                                 21                      140,449                         140,449
                                                    22                      649,473                          644,881

The accounts have been prepared in accordance with the special provisions of Part VII of the Companies Act 1985 relating
to small entities

                                                         Members of the
                                                         Council of
Date approved by the Council of Management: October 25th 2006

     Users 2006
     The Yorkshire Waterways Museum, Goole, East Yorkshire

                                           Community Health Team at               Knaresborough Lions
      Exhibitions                          Goole Hospital,
                                                                                  Knaresborough Lions Young
                                           Co-operative Bank Ltd                  Peoples Group from North
                                                                                  Yorkshire District Council
     Faces in the Frame –                  Danbrit Shipping
     photographs compiled by                                                      Local Business Women’s Group
     Yorkshire Waterways Museum            Doncaster MBC Youth Forum
                                                                                  Mind in Goole
     Hindsight – the work of Edward        Doncaster School for the Deaf
     Paget-Tomlinson on loan from                                                 MLA Yorkshire
                                           East Riding of Yorkshire Council
     The Waterways Trust                                                          Moorlands Community Cafe
                                           East Riding of Yorkshire Early Years
     Photographic Exhibition -             Team                                   National Community Boats
     Doncaster and Barnsley Camera                                                Association
     Club                                  Edlington Youth Centre
                                                                                  Parkside Primary School
     Work of HMP Everthorpe                Edlington Youth Centre
                                                                                  Pickering High School
     Annual Exhibition by Hook Art         Environment Agency
     Club                                                                         Pollington Balne Primary School
                                           Fern Training, Goole
     A Glimpse of India -                                                         Preston Road NDC
                                           Fountain House, Hull
     Photography from the Nehru                                                   Professional First Aid Services
     Centre London –                       Foxhills Technology College
                                                                                  Rawcliffe Primary School
     Watercolours by Michael Walker        Frank Ella with Lifestyle
                                                                                  Rawcliffe Resource Centre
     Watercolours by Robert Haslam         Gilderdyke Day Centre
                                                                                  Retired Railway Workers Society,
                                           Goole and Howden Youth
      Group Visits to                      Initiative
                                                                                  Search Trustees, Hull
      Museum and Boats                     Goole Hospital Physiotherapy
                                           Department                             Shawcross Infant and Primary
     A4e Consult Ltd – Business                                                   School
     Success for Childcare                 Goole Stroke Association
                                                                                  St Joseph’s Catholic Primary
     Action for Employment, Hull and       Goole Town Council
     Goole                                 Goole Visually Impaired Group
                                                                                  St Michaels Youth Project
     Airmyn Park Primary School            Goole YMCA
                                                                                  Sue Ryder, Holme on Spalding
     Arts Away – Sing for your Life        Grimsby College of Higher              Moor
     Barnsley MDC Children’s Service       Education
                                                                                  The Hinge, Goole
     BDCP/MLM, Rotherham                   Hemingbrough Primary School
                                                                                  The Oxford Society
     Birse Civils Ltd                      Hensall Community Primary
                                                                                  Thurcroft Nursery and Infant’s
     Bramley Youth and Community                                                  School
     Centre                                HMP Askham Grange Women’s
                                                                                  Vermuyden School, Goole
     Bransholme Community Arts                                                    West Leeds Walking Group
     Enterprise                            HMP Moorlands Open
                                                                                  Woodlands Day Centre
     CAMHS, Scunthorpe                     HMP The Wolds
                                                                                  Worklink, Caring Caterers,
     Cluster Heads Group, East Riding      HMP Everthorpe
     Schools                               Hull City Training Initiatives
                                                                                  York Minster Community Group
     College of York St John, University   Hull Community Centre
     of Leeds                                                                     Youth Inclusion Project, Goole
                                           Instant Muscle, Goole

Wheldon Primary School,               Parklands Nursing Home, Thorne       Hambleton Guides
                                      Rossington Day Services              Hensall and Heck Women’s
Hedon Youth Group                                                          Institute
                                      Stainforth Drug Project
Scunthorpe NHS                                                             Making Choices Group
                                      Stainforth Waterside
                                      Regeneration Group                   Pocklington Canal Company
Waterstart: Thorne and                St Catherine's Drug Strategy         Selby Day Centre
Moorends South Yorkshire              Team
                                                                           Selby Lions Club
                                      Sue Ryder Care
Askern Youth Club                                                          Selby Mental Heath
                                      The Bungalow Project, Moorends
Axholme House (Autism)                                                     Selby Rotary Club
                                      The Springs Life Resource Project,
Beckett Road (Pupil Referral Unit)                                         Selby Town Council
Bentley Day Services                                                       Selby Women’s Group
                                      The Winning Post, Moorends
Connexions, South Doncaster                                                Sherburn Day Centre
                                      Thorne 5 for Fitness Group
Doncaster Autistic Society                                                 Surestart Dads’ Group
                                      Thorne Brownies
Doncaster Blind/Visually                                                   Surestart Scarborough
                                      Thorne Girl Guides
Impaired Society Community                                                 Surestart Selby
                                      Thorpe House, Scunthorpe
Doncaster College                                                          Wistow Brownies
                                      Thorne/Moorends Cancer
Doncaster Mind                        Support Group                        Wistow Rainbow Guides
Danum School, Doncaster               Thorne Moorends Learning
Giles Special Needs School,
Retford                               Thorne Sea Cadets                     14,344 Museum
Gingerbread                           Thorne Social Education Centre        visitors in 2006.
Good Buddies Single Parent            Trinity Academy College, Thorne
                                      Wednesday Friendship Club,
Greentop School, Thorne               Stainforth
Thorne Group for the Mentally         Wellington Grove Health
Handicapped                           Authority
Haynes House Community                Y.M.C.A Training, Doncaster
Health Team, Thorne
                                      Balne Women’s Institute
Hazel Lodge (Pupil Referral Unit)
Hickleton Youth Project              Surewaters: Selby and
Long Sandall Centre, (Pupil
                                     District North Yorkshire
Referral Unit)
                                      Cawood Guides
Mencap, Doncaster
                                      Children from Chernobyl
Mental Health Resource Team,
                                      Chimes Housing                                   81% General Public
Moorends Welfare Centre                                                                8% Trainees
                                      Future Prospects
Natural History Group, Hatfield
                                                                                       5% Schools
                                      Global Exchange from South
New Beginnings Drug Project,
                                      Africa                                           6% Volunteers

     Grants and Donations

     The Project gratefully acknowledges the financial help received from the following :

      Charitable Trusts and
      Corporate Institutions
     A B Charitable Trust

     Barclays New Futures and Big

     Beatrice Laing Trust

     Charles Hayward Foundation

     David Brooke Charity

     Garfield Weston Foundation

     G S Plaut Charitable Trust

     H B Allen Charitable Trust
                                        The Museum vegetable garden and pond
     Henry Smith Charity
                                        Goole Development Trust                The Estate of David Smith
     HSBC in the Community
                                        Goole Town Council                     The Estate of David Staveley
     Ingles Charitable Trust
                                        Kingston-upon-Hull City Council        Gail Russell
     Joseph & Annie Cattle Trust
                                        Local Network Fund                     George Robinson
     J Paul Getty Jr.Charitable Trust
                                        Museums Libraries Archives             Goole Rotary Club
     Northern Foods plc                 Yorkshire
                                                                               Maritime Information Society
     Sir George Martin Trust            Creative Minds
                                                                               Minster View Hotel, Howden
     Sir James Reckitt Charity          Neighbourhood Learning in
                                        Deprived Communities                   M P Egan
     The Bank of England
                                        Selby and District Leader +            Rose and Crown Public House,
     Tudor Trust                                                               Rawcliffe Bridge
                                        The Big Lottery
     Worshipful Company of Weavers                                             Selby Lions
                                        Yorkshire Forward
                                                                               Selby Rotary Club
      Public Bodies
                                         Individuals and                       Selby Round Table
     Coalfields Regeneration Trust       Voluntary Groups
                                                                               Tees Ship Society
                                        Bernard Fletcher
     East Riding of Yorkshire Council                                          Tony Waddington
                                        Drax Power Station
     Global Grants : European Social                                           World Ship Society
     Fund                               Edna Wilks

                                                            Staff and Volunteers

                                                               George Smith
Staff                         Sessional Tutors                 Reception
Bob Watson                    Craft and Textiles               Goff Sherburn
                              Wendy Cardwell                   Tug organiser
The Yorkshire Waterways
Museum                        Boat Tutor                       Jane Mills
                              Neil Groom                       Sobriety residential group
Operations Manager                                             support
                              Food Hygiene
Clare Hunt
                              Lee Jordan                       John Sanderson
Prisons Work Co-ordinator                                      Skipper, Telethon Louise
                              Child Protection
Keren Banfield
                              Colin Parrish                    Keith Walton
Training and Safety Manager
                              Information Technology           Skipper for trips and training
Paul Cooper
                              Alistair Thorpe
Senior Skipper                                                 Maurice Hill
                                                               Nature Trail
Roy Scott                     Volunteers
Finance Manager               The Yorkshire Waterways          Staff of HSBC Supporting adults
Sue Eastwood                  Museum                           with learning disabilites

Museum Officer                                                 Stephen Walker
                              Philip Harper
Rachel Walker                                                  Museum documentation
Administrative Assistant                                       Steve Gardham
                              Alan Jefferson
Julie Bean                                                     Tug and concerts
                              Andy Brownlie                    Tom James
Dot Brooks, Carole Crouch
                              Computers                        Nature Trail
                              Becky Shaw                       Wendy Cardwell
Waterstart Thorne
                              Wednesday craft group            School visits art activities
Manager                       Brian Orange
Marc Salter                   Museum guiding                   Surewaters Selby
Boat Manager                  Chris Coupland
Neville Nichol                Community garden                 Alan Rogers
Student Development Worker    Dawn Tanton
Vanessa Hall                  Café                             Amanda Rhodes
                                                               Crew and Office
                              Diann Orange
Surewaters Selby              Wednesday group                  Alison Leggott
                              Eileen Sherburn
                              Café and Tug                     Derek Oxtoby
Shirley Roberts
                              Ernie Sherburn
Manager                       Tug                              Eric Shore
David Haigh                                                    Crew
                              Gaynor Walton
Boat Manager                  Boat crewing and supporting      Fred Matthews
Jess Fussey                   group visits                     Assistant skipper and video editor

     Staff and Volunteers / Management Committee

     Surewaters Selby             Waterstart Thorne   Management
     Ginny Barker                 David Boden
     Crew                         Skipper             Patron: Jane Glaister,
                                                          Director Arts Heritage and
     Ian Donkersley               Dave Cartlidge          Leisure, Bradford Metropolitan
     Assistant skipper            Skipper                 District Council
     Lynn Dowd                    Dennis Wall         Benefactor : John McGrory
     Skipper                      Skipper
                                                      Chair : George Robinson,
     Matthew Howe                 Judith Cartlidge       Port Manager (retired)
     Skipper                      Skipper                Associated British Ports Goole
     Mick Petford                 Kevin Barwell       Vice Chair: Izzy Kitt,
     Skipper and minibus driver   Skipper                 Manager National
     Richard Johnson              Louise Barwell          Community Boats Association
     Crew                         Crew                Vice Chair: Mick Stanley,
     Richard Leggott              Mary Greening           Curator of Collections,
     Skipper                      Crew                    Harewood House Trust

     Ron Healey                   Mick Guest          Helen Anglum
     Crew                         Skipper                Deputy Director, Humber and
                                                         Wolds Rural Community
     Rosie Senior                 Peter Cook             Council
     Crew                         Crew
                                                      Jonathan Fogell
     Steve Whitehead              Nathan Burton           Education Psychologist
     Skipper                      Office
                                                      Kathryn Burkitt
     Vicki Walker                 Olive Wall             Development Manager,
     Crew                         Crew                   Thorne Moorends
                                                         Regeneration Partnership
                                  Paul Greening
                                  Crew                Laura Turner
                                                          Assistant Keeper of Art
                                  Peter Hammond           (collections)
                                  Crew                    Ferens Gallery, Hull

                                  Richard Greening    Steve Jones
                                  Crew                    Head of Hearing Impaired Unit,
                                                          Pickering High School, Hull
                                  Sue Barwell
                                  Skipper             Tony Conder
                                                         Curator, National Museum of
                                  Suzanne Powis          the Postal Heritage
                                                      Lorna Trowsdale
                                                          Head of Human Resources,
                                                          Yorkshire Forward

                                                          Facilities and Services 2007

Personal Development                                      Schools
Personal and social development is the main               The Museum offers a full service to schools wishing
business of the Project. We have an special interest      to make a visit or to use items from the Collection
in the following :                                        for work in the classroom.
    Young people with behavioural problems
                                                          Together with Hull Museums, Harrogate Museums
    People preparing for release from prison or           and North York Moors Railway we are involved in
    serving community sentences                           a Museums Libraries and Archives Yorkshire (MLAY)
    People with learning disabilities                     outreach project to encourage schools to make
                                                          more use of their local museums.
However the list is not exclusive. Our commitment
to socially inclusive courses and projects extends        We have a CD Rom for Key Stage 2 and a resource
to other people who may find that the heritage            pack for Key Stage 1 free to schools wishing to use
and environment of the waterways are useful               the Collection to achieve National Curriculum
resources for building confidence and developing          learning outcomes. We can also supply museum
personal skills for work and leisure.                     boxes with lesson plans for Years 1-6 and a KS2
                                                          modular boat hoist to link STEM QCA with National
Training                                                  Curriculum requirements.
Training courses in boat related skills and disciplines
are available at the Project’s three sites at Goole,      We run an Alternative Learning Programme (ALP)
Thorne and Selby. Accrediting bodies include              for children excluded or at risk of exclusion from
National Open College Network and National                school and we organise activities for children
Community Boats Association. Further information          involved with Goole Youth Inclusion Programme
is available on the websites, from the Museum and         (YIP)
from respective managers at Thorne and Selby.
                                                          Extended work experience placements and work
Volunteers                                                based learning attachments are available at the
There are opportunities available for women and
men to help in many different ways. Please contact        Full details of resources and arrangements are on
the centre of your choice.                                the website :
The Yorkshire Waterways Museum                            Archive and Library
(Tel : 01405.768.730)
                                                          Researchers are advised to make an appointment
The Museum displays tell the story of the Aire and        with the Museums Officer.
Calder Company’s Town of Goole and of the people
and vessels which sailed on the region’s canals and       The reference library is normally open during working
rivers.                                                   hours.

The Tom Pudding tug Wheldale is berthed at the            The Waterways Café
Museum and makes demonstration trips into Goole           The Waterways Café is a supported employment
Docks. The tug is managed by volunteers who used          project for people with learning disabilities in
to work on the Yorkshire waterways and who are            partnership with East Riding Council Worklink.
enthusiastic about the skills and traditions of a
bygone age.                                               The cafe serves meals and snacks throughout the
                                                          day and provides buffets for conferences and special
A touch screen interpretation of the history and          events.
operation of the Tom Pudding system is featured
in the Museum.

     Facilities and Services

     Shop                                                     been opened to the public and the key is available
     The small gift shop stocks souvenirs for children        at the Museum. Goole Model Boat Club maintains
     and some specialist books for waterways enthusiasts.     the site and sails model boats on the pond. New
                                                              members and volunteers are welcome.
     Room 58 Gallery: Floating Gallery
     Room 58 is a former grain barge converted into an
     art gallery which makes an intimate and unusual          The address is
     venue for conferences and meetings accommodating         The site contains current information about training
     up to 75 people. For booking information please          courses and visitor facilities. There are links to other
     visit the website.            waterways training providers including Waterstart
     or ring 01405.768.730.                                   Thorne, Surewaters Selby and the National
                                                              Community Boats Association. A Risk Assessment
     The Workshops                                            pro forma can assist educational visits.
     Details of Engineering and Woodworking courses
                                                              Waterstart Thorne Moorends South Yorkshire
     are available on application.
                                                              (Tel : 01405.741.122)
     The Boats                                                The Sobriety Project in Thorne-Moorends has an
     The Project offers residential trips for up to 12        office and training room at 6, Finkle Court. Waterstart
     passengers on Sobriety barge which has a wheelchair      boat is equipped with photography, video and
     lift between the cabin and deck.                         computer equipment and is berthed at Blue Water
                                                              Marina, Thorne. The emphasis is on youth
     Opportunity and City of Hull are used for training       development in deprived communities. Volunteers
     in boat handling. They are also available for day        are welcome.
     excursions : Telethon Louise with accompanying
     commentary does 45 minute tours of Goole Docks           Surewaters Selby District North Yorkshire
     ‘The Port in Green Fields’.                              (Tel : 01757.708.201)
                                                              The Sobriety Project in Selby offers training and
     There is wheelchair access to all boats including the
                                                              volunteering opportunities to people who need the
     ROOM 58 Gallery.
                                                              personal skills to get into work. Surewaters has an
     Towpath Nature Trail                                     office in the Prospect Centre, Selby. A boat berthed
                                                              at nearby Bank’s Marina, cruises the Selby Canal
     The towpath on the south bank of the Goole-
                                                              and River Aire.
     Knottingley Canal runs westwards from the Museum
     and is open all year.

     The main habitats are pond, reed bed, scrub and
     grassland with small areas of woodland.

     Follow the Towpath Trail for about a mile up to the
     stone drainage culvert and return along informal
     pathways on your right. Take advantage of a viewing
     platform on the pond and perhaps take a break at
     the picnic area on the Museum side of the railway
     with its meadowland plants and coppice hedge.

     No.5 Boat Hoist South Dock : Listed Grade 2*
     The site of the Hoist on Dutch River Side has recently

      The Yorkshire Waterways Museum
       Dutch River Side, Goole, DN14 5TB
               T: 01405 768730
               F: 01405 769868

         Waterstart: Thorne-Moorends
6 Finkle Court, Thorne, South Yorkshire DN8 5TW
                  T: 01405 741122

               Surewaters: Selby
        Prospect Centre, Selby YO8 8BD
                T: 01757 708201
                F: 01757 709746

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          Mr & Mrs JW McGrory
Associated British Ports, Hull and Goole
          Fisher Security, Goole

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