Corvus - the Next Stage and How you can help
As explained earlier, the plan has been to:
survey Corvus - to check the state she's in - undertaken Summer 2007
conserve Corvus - to protect her from rust, damage etc.
draw up a detailed plan of action and programme
restore those major elements - e.g. hull, cabin, engine - that form parts of the future plans for Corvus
modernise the staff facilities (e.g. toilet, cooking) where appropriate
convert half of the open hold into a covered meeting room / exhibition space
enclose the other half in the sheeted style of a traditional working narrowboat - to provide security and cover in bad weather and an open space in good weather
transfer the modernised Corvus, to be a really useful community facility on the restored Grantham Canal
Unfortunately, lack of resources - both financial and human - has restricted progress to date (August 2008). The first of these has now been eased, with St Hugh's being awarded a £10,000 'Awards for All' grant by the National Lottery, towards this worthwhile project.
What the College and Corvus project most need now are:
further offers of financial assistance, sponsorship of materials etc.
offers of adult assistance / advice / mentoring - especially (but not only) from practical individuals with project management, engineering, maintenance or boating experience
Can you help Corvus and the students of St. Hugh's - if only with some sound advice and/or a few half-days of your time?
If so, please contact:
Mrs Maureen Spowage
St. Hugh's College
Tel: 01476 405200
Grantham Canal Society
Tel: 0115 9531153 / 07891 905053