Call for shipmates

Published on 24 July 2017

John Bunyan, Bedford’s community boat, is having its busiest season this year and in order to keep up with the demand for cruises from visitors the team need to increase its volunteers.

Those who voluntarily crew the John Bunyan say they love taking passengers on trips, doing something for the community, meeting new people, and getting out and about on the water.

The John Bunyan was floated to build support for the planned Bedford & Milton Keynes Waterway created, section-by-section, as a series of Waterway Parks. A cruise on the river is also a treat for visitors to the town.

Community groups can book the boat for their social outings, businesses can stage client and staff events, and private individuals can use it as a unique venue for all sorts of parties.

The John Bunyan also works with schools and colleges to provide project experience and support for history, geography, environment, social and business studies.

Volunteering Director Siân Roderick explains: “We are looking to expand our team both on land and on the boat.  We ask volunteers to do 2-4 sessions (of between 4 and 6 hours) a month between April and October. Full training is given.  We aim for professional, friendly teamwork that’s fulfilling and fun, because it’s supportive, respectful and appreciative.

“While the boat crew are the more visible face of the John Bunyan, crucial to our success are our volunteers on land.  We have opportunities to get involved in marketing, sales, cleaning, promotion, finance and maintenance, amongst other things.  

"And if you fancy a water-based role, whether or not you have boating experience, we’re looking for volunteer boatmasters, helms, deck and cabin crew.

"Working and don't think you have time to volunteer?  No problem!  Many of our cruises are in the evenings or at weekends and we only ask you to offer to do trips at the times that suit you.”

If you're interested in finding out more visit or contact

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