Because of the recent work carried out in the church the usual Thursday Luncheon Club was unable to meet.

To avoid disappointment to the members we decided to make alternative arrangements and organised a barge trip with lunch.

Twenty two members of the Luncheon Club accompanied by twelve volunteers enjoyed a great trip aboard the ‘Kingfisher’ barge.

We left from church, by coach in sunshine, and arrived at The Barton Grange Marina for a two hour trip along the Lancaster Canal.

Volunteers, along with the staff of  ‘The Kingfisher’,  helped the members onto the barge moored close to ‘Barton Grange Garden Centre’.

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We set off at noon and headed North on the Lancaster Canal. The crew of two served each table with drinks from the bar after which we were served a delicious hot pot lunch. The elevated seats gave everyone a good view looking across to the Trough of Bowland in beautiful sunshine and there was plenty of space as the boat was wide and well appointed with a toilet, bar, and a small dance floor with double doors leading out to extra seating at the front of the boat. After an hour the barge was turned and a 20 question quiz was organised by the crew. The winning team (Judith’s of course) was presented with a bottle of wine.

 The provision on the audio system for Judith’s i pod meant we could have line dance music to make use of the little dance floor and there was a definite party atmosphere developing when we found ourselves back at the marina from where everyone then made their way across to the ‘Barton Grange Garden Centre’ for shopping, tea and cakes. We spent just over an hour in the garden centre before heading back to St.John’s. The trip was enjoyed by everyone. Having the sunshine was a real bonus. The boat was roomy and comfortable and the crew pleasant and helpful.

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