The Village Butty - a floating village hall

by cadealice in London

To setup the UK's first Floating Village Hall to serve the canal side community, holding workshops and social events, like Jam on the Butty

by cadealice in London

We did it
On 15th July 2015 we successfully raised £7,581 with 185 supporters in 56 days

New stretch target

With this amazing support we would be able to buy the butty 'Vanadium' outright, and be able to do some much needed work on it. 'The Village Butty' dream will become a real reality much quicker!


 

Project aim - the UK's first Floating Village Hall

Our aim is to create a not-for-profit floating Village Hall for the boating and land-based community of East London to meet, learn, integrate, celebrate, share, protect each other and the local environment, and grow together.

About the project 

The Village Butty (a 1923 50ft Joey Butty originally used for freight) and it's service boat will travel around East London's waterways to run regular events and workshops to improve well-being, share skills and knowledge, promote sustainable lifestyles, celebrate traditions and seasonal festivities, preserve and develop dying crafts, skills and knowldege and protect, nuture and harvest the natural surroundings. Examples range from foraging and preserving food, to traditional dance, singing and musicianship, bike maintenance, water quality testing and education, to name but a few. The Village Butty will strive to educate, inform and connect disparate groups and help realise the shared aim of preserving the waterway's beauty and everybody's right and opportunity to enjoy and protect this prescious resource.

This will help improve social cohesion, integrate transient and residential communities, reduce tensions between groups who share the river and its surroundings and reduce pollution through awareness and education.

www.facebook.com/thevillagebutty

 

Why are we crowdfunding?

To start we're aiming to raise a minimum of £5000 to go towards fitting out the service boat, Foxley (a 35ft narrowboat) to breast up to the butty, move it around and provide a kitchen and bar. It requires relining, a new floor, hull maintenance, and fitting out with a kitchen suitable for a full hygiene license. We will fit out the boats ourselves to cover labour costs.

 

About Us

Our team comprises:

Ian Horrocks

Ian has been a boater for 7 years around England and has been based in London for the past 4 years. He has been a secondary school science teacher for 7 years focusing on Special Educational needs and is also a landscape and vegetable gardener and a volunteer for Organiclea. He has a keen interest in locally produced and foraged food and drink and has worked through the winter on a London based Coal boat. Ian has previously worked for SustEd on a sustainable tourism project and has recently made links with the Thames Barge Trust, who maintain Thames barges and take young people and carers on inspirational voyages.

Ian has been a trading boater in London for 3 years and was heavily involved with the highly successful Olympic Floating Market in Mile End. He is also a musician and the co-founder and organiser of the, ‘Jam on the Butty’. He has experience in all aspects of boat renovation and will be responsible for the fit out of the service boat. He has excellent people skills and is committed to the vision of the Village Butty.

Alice Cade

Alice is responsible for filling the butty with some of Londons best musicians for, 'Jam on the Butty', which she hosts and orchestrates. Raised in the rural midlands she has been steeped in folk music, dancing, and sustainble living from an early age. She has amassed a wealth of knowledge and skills in dancing, musicianship and theatre and is passionate about local food, cooking, brewing and preserving.

Alice is a professional musician, dancer, puppeteer and regular Ceili caller. She has successfully ran the, ‘Abalino Dance Company’ for 3 years and teaches folk dancing at Cecil Sharp House and for the ‘Trad Acadamy’,currently based at Chatsworth Palace. She has many years experience in sustainable eduction through SustEd, and is a volunteer for, ‘Organiclea’. She is passionate and skilled in homebrewing cordials, wines and beer. She approaches everything with positivity and compassion and is the perfect Host for the Village.

James Bentley

James has been boating in London for 10 years during which time he has forged strong links with the Local residential and boating community. It is james’ initial vision of providing a public space to run next to a trading boat that drove him to purchasing the Butty 3 years ago and is responsible for converting it into a an enchanting events space for the community to enjoy. He is a proficient unicyclist of 20 years and has taught for over ten years during which time he foundered and coordinated the, ‘Hackney Hockie Cokeys’, unicycle hockey team. He is also a performer of unicycling, fire juggler and spoken word. He has a keen interest in boating traditions and local history.

 

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

Sign your name on the ceiling of the butty (our Wall of Fame!)

£10 or more

£10 Reward

A Village Butty iconic String Vest personalised with the Village Butty logo!

£10 or more

£10 Reward

Homebrew Recipe Cards. A pack of recipe cards, detailing the ingredients and method to make delicious homebrew including elderflower wine, rhubarb fizz, ginger beer and more!

£10 or more

5 of 5 claimed

£10 Reward

A puncture repair voucher for Old Ford Lock towpath bike repair shop

£20 or more

£20 Reward

Sign your name on the ceiling of the butty (our Wall of Fame!)

£20 or more

£20 Reward

Tote bag printed with The Village Butty logo

£20 or more

£20 Reward

An afternoons birdwatching from the quiet and shelter of the butty at one of East London's marshes

£25 or more

£25 Reward

A Boat Handling session. 2hrs hands-on session coaching you in boat handling cruising the inland waterways

£40 or more

£40 Reward

Music lessons. 1hr lesson in Tin Whistle, Folk Flute or learn to play an Irish tune (for those who have a basic grasp of a melody instrument)

£50 or more

£50 Reward

Sign your name on the ceiling of the butty (our Wall of Fame!)

£50 or more

10 of 10 claimed

£50 Reward

A bottle of last years homemade Elderflower Wine. This infamously delicious dessert wine is part of a rare 2014 small batch, made with an award-winning recipe handed down mother to daughter. Only 10 of them, so hurry! (Collection only)

£50 or more

£50 Reward

River Lea floating history cruise. A 2hr trip with a knowledgeable guide, pick between 3 possible dates

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£50 Reward

A 2-person 4hr Moo Canoe kayak hire voucher

£100 or more

£100 Reward

Sign your name on the ceiling of the butty (our Wall of Fame!)

£100 or more

£100 Reward

Romantic meal for 2 on the butty

£200 or more

£200 Reward

A Personalised Carved Barge Pole. An ash barge pole hand-carved with a choice of designs.

£300 or more

£300 Reward

The hire of the butty for a party!

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