The Hargreaves Narrowboat Trust is a registered charity (Charity Number 1146792) and is run entirely by volunteers. The crew and trustees are all unpaid and give up their time to support this important community service.
The trust enjoys supporting local groups, the community and charities by offering day trips on the narrowboat.
Our present narrowboat was first built in 1977 by Cammell Laird ship repairers and ship builders. At the time The Prince’s Trust supported the build of the 20 ton, maximum length narrowboat. It is rumoured that some surplus steel from HMS Coventry was donated to assist in its construction.
Originally called the Bernard Sunley, it was renamed the Hargreaves after Tom Hargreaves used his mayor’s charitable fund to buy her in 1989. Many hundreds of people have enjoyed a journey along the Ashby and Coventry waterways thanks to the dedication and support of the Hargreaves volunteers and trustees.
The Hargeaves continues to go from strength to strength. During 2018 we have transported 2087 passengers on 197 separate trips along the Coventry, Ashby and Oxford Canals. Our 2019 season is already fully booked and we are booking for 2020 already.