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New Dawn's first cruise

26th May  2015

You may have read about the launch of the first new Cuckoo boat for over 80 years, built entirely by volunteers using traditional methods with no power tools. If you missed it, click here.

The crew have been out practising. New Dawn was towed by Pebley.

The boat will be named at 10.50 a.m. on 6th June at the Worksop Water Day organised by the East Midlands Waterways Partnership, at the Lock Keeper pub in Worksop. To get there, it will again be towed by Pebley, but we are informed that a horse will be present.

Going under Shireoaks Bridge.
(All three of these photos are © John Lower)

Approaching Quarry Lock.

Attempting to turn at Turnerwood; Pebley is the red boat. To everybody's frustration, the winding hole turned out to be a couple of inches too short. This meant that they had to reverse back down to Shireoaks Marina. It was though a very successful exercise for the boat and the crew.

If you would like to help to finance the boat by becoming a Friend of Dawn Rose, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and we will forward a form to you.


Worksop Water Day

This event will also see the formal naming ceremony for the New Dawn Cuckoo boat, which will take place at 10.50 a.m.

There will be free cruises on the Hugh Henshall.

Our promotional trailer, the James Brindley, will be in attendance.

For further information, click here.

Folk Singing Cruise on the John Varley

Nona's Opening Hours

6th April  2015

You may be aware of our plans for Nona's Coffee Shop at Hollingwood Hub to be open every day, starting this month.

Unfortunately these plans have had to be postponed, because of serious staff illness.

For the time being, Nona's will be open from 9.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Wednesday to Sunday, as it has been for the last four years.

We hope that seven day opening will start in due course. We will keep you informed.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

John Varley Summer Evening Cruises

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