About the Blisworth Canal Partnership

The Blisworth Festival is an annual event centred along the Grand Union Canal in the South Northamptonshire village of Blisworth and is run by the Blisworth Canal Partnership (BCP).

Blisworth Canal Partnership Ltd is a non-profit making community organisation with seven Directors, mostly villagers and all passionate about their local canal environment and the waterways beyond.

Shortly after its inception, the BCP formally adopted the stretch of the Grand Union Canal running through the Parish of Blisworth, from Gayton Junction to the Blisworth Tunnel.

Working on behalf of, and in conjunction with, the Canal & River Trust, the BCP has made great progress in enhancing its stretch of canal through regular working parties supported by a band of willing volunteers. Examples of work completed include:

Restoring the Tunnel Hut
Installing seating utilising old lock beams
Creating the spinney on the tunnel embankment

Of course, there’s always more to be done!

The annual festival, centred on the waterfront, has become a village-wide event, popular with villagers and enjoyed by many thousands of visitors every year.

The BCP is proud of the funds it has been able to donate over the years to both local voluntary organisations and national charities, whilst maintaining its policy of free admission and free parking for all.


Meet The Directors

Mike Holton

Blisworth Festival BCP chairman
Chairman

Currently semi-retired whilst setting up a hospitality business locally as well as being a part-time professional photographer. Mike’s background is mostly in hospitality at senior management level.

Why did you decide to volunteer as a member of the BCP?

‘She pushed me’ ‘I saw how much the pay was’ (Mike’s sense of humour!!)

Such a great fixture in the village calendar and I didn’t want to see it die and wanted to help to make sure it carries on.

What do people typically say about you?

‘He’s the man with 2 bassetts!’

What do you enjoy most about your role on the BCP board?

The synergy of the group all pushing in the same direction.

What would you like your legacy to be?

That was as good a festival as previous years.

 

 Andrea Holton

Andrea Holton BCP Treasurer
Treasurer

Currently a self employed HR Consultant following a career in HR and Senior Operations across hospitality and supply chain.

Why did you decide to volunteer as a member of the BCP?

Having enjoyed attending the festival in the 9 years I have lived here I felt it was time to join in and help.

What do people typically say about you?

I wear bright colours and I talk a lot. – They are the 2 I am prepared to share!

What do you enjoy most about your role on the BCP board?

Being self employed can be quite lonely at times, its great to be part of a team again and such a great bunch of people too.

What would you like your legacy to be?

Positive!!!

Colin Neal

Colin BCP drirector
Director

Retired after holding senior marketing positions within the IT and Telecoms sectors. Now heavily involved as a volunteer with Crusader Community Boating, a local charity running free trips for people with physical or mental disabilities and people in care homes.

Why did you decide to volunteer as a member of the BCP?

The charity I help to run benefits from the festival so I thought it only right to volunteer when there was a cry for help.

What do people typically say about you?

He’s very reliable and always gives 100%.

What do you enjoy most about your role on the BCP board?

We’re all from different backgrounds but, hopefully, able to use each other’s strengths to continue the great work of the BCP

What would you like your legacy to be?

He may not be a villager but we’re glad he joined us!

 

Jim McQueen

Director
Jim McQueen

Has been a self employed plastering contractor for 40 years.

Why did you decide to volunteer as a member of BCP?

I wanted to see the canal festival carry on as Blisworth is a lovely village and deserves to showcase what it’s got.

What do people typically say about you?

They say I sing a lot and that I am loud.

What do you enjoy most about your role on BCP board?

I Like interacting with the new board of directors and getting to learn about the village.

What would you like your legacy to be?

That we have done a good job for the people of Blisworth and all those who attend.

Jack King

Director
Director

Jack of all trades currently working for a company installing and maintaining lifts.

Why did you decide to volunteer as a member of BCP?

Because I have lived around the canal for most of my life and I want to make sure it can be enjoyed by everyone for years to come.

What do people typically say about you?

I am hard working adventurous, always willing to lend a hand.

What do you enjoy most about your role on the BCP board?

I think my main enjoyment is being able to see the development of the canal and towpath and work towards it for any and everyone.

What would you like your legacy to be?

To ensure the conservation of wildlife around the
surrounding area.

 

Duncan Price

BCP Director. Blisworth Ferstival
Director

Self employed pschotherapist specialising in hypnotherapy and N.L.P.

Why did you decide to volunteer as a member of the BCP?
I was in danger of actually having some free time on my hands. What better way to rectify that than to get involved with a great festival, set in a beautiful village. Oh, and Jack told me there would be beer.

What do people typically say about you?
I decided to ask my friends for help answering this question. The answers included:
“Duncan’s one of my favourite humans”
“[Duncan has]… one of those voices that could calm a raging bull breaking the world record in pottery smashing” and
“Campest straight man I’ve ever met”
Come and say ‘hi’ and decide for yourself.

What do you enjoy most about your role on the BCP board?
Being a part of something special, seeing the ideas and discussion come to life and, of course, Mike’s baking, which we get to enjoy at the meetings.

What would you like your legacy to be?
This year I will be proud if we can continue the tradition of organising a great festival.
I would love to see the festival continue to grow while keeping true to it’s roots.


 

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