"All Aboard" is a 60ft canal boat which was launched in May at the Polwarth Pontoon. The boat was bought by Polwarth Parish Church (The Kirk on the Canal) and an Edinburgh charity, People Know How. Buying the boat was the realisation of an ambition first mooted by members of Polwarth nearly 10 years ago. The project was launched in 2019.
The boat is intended to be used for spiritual and educational pursuits. When conditions allow, it will serve as a safe place to gather, socialise and improve wellbeing and community cohesion.
The boat will also host People Know How's project supporting children, young people, families, and adults, while providing work or volunteering experience for those who support the charity to maintain the boat. The boat was built by The New and Used Boat Company in Droitwich, Worcestershire, England and craned into the Union Canal at Wester Hailes. The yellow, white and blue wide beam canal boat has been custom designed inside with a galley kitchen, toilet, flexible social space and is wheelchair accessible.
In support, MUC made a donation towards the project.
The boat can either be seen, moored next to Polwarth Parish Church gardens, or from the towpath across the canal. It really is worth a look.
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