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Where the Passion Begins


Over thirty years involved with barges, very much a visiting girlfriend then in time wife, Connie's barge adventures started in 1983 with the Lady Daphne, the Beric and then in particular with SB May. Connie's husband Gerald went from third hand to Skipper, to owner in 2011.  Gerald's barge adventures took him to a vast number of ports around the UK and also Belguim, Holland and France spending long periods away from home.  Connie never hesitated for an opportunity to join Gerald wherever he was on his travels and would often gather the children and a bag, jump on a train or ferry and off they went.

Following in the family footsteps Gerald was a licensed Thames Waterman and Craft Owning Freeman of the Watermens' Company and as London was the May's summer home, they both shared a love of that rich and wonderful river.  Living for 30 years or so in Chelmondiston and Pin Mill, having the best of both very different worlds.


Welcoming aboard guests from all walks of life to share a few hours with them on May.  It is this welcome that we all remember, which formed the seed of inspiration for this project. It is the timbers of her hold and the warmth they shared to the people who were lucky enough to be welcomed aboard. Gerald died in January 2020.

20 years as a Senior Executive PA in a large communications company, before becoming a seasoned co-ordinator and administrator with life's events and with a lifelong interest in art & William Morris.  

Now an artist, loves painting.

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