Tim Jeffree and his partner Kathryn Skipp, intrepid Philo members & soloists, are embarking on a unique fundraising voyage. Not content with making their own canoe, they are intending to paddle the 100 navigable miles of the River Wye from Glasbury-on- Wye to Chepstow over a 5 day period in May 2017, camping en-route. This event will raise much needed funds for two charities close to their hearts: Philomusica and the Maggie’s Cancer Centre in Cheltenham.


Maggie’s offer free, comprehensive support for anyone affected by cancer.  Each year tens of thousands of people are diagnosed with cancer and this figure is rising. These people need help with the emotional, psychological and practical side of the disease and the opportunity to meet others facing cancer. Maggie’s helps them to live as well as possible through a tailored programme designed to meet the individual needs of every visitor. It is run entirely on donations.


The boat will be in Tewkesbury for the 50th Anniversary Concert on November 19th and  Father Paul Williams has agreed to bless it.


The project would very much welcome your support in terms of donations that evening, either through a ‘silent collection’ in the boat at the 50th Anniversary Concert  or by using the donation site




These donations will enable Maggie’s to continue their much needed work supporting cancer victims and ensure that Philomusica is able raise even more money for local charities in the future.


Tim at work

The jig







The core of the boat


Tim wondering what to do next!

The view

In a Monastery Garden!







The workshop

Refreshments are available

The story so far.

The plans for the boat were donated by Bear Mountain Boats of Ontario, Canada. The cedar planks (donated by James Latham Timber) have been planed straight, then cut to the correct thickness. Tim made a jig and each strip (measuring 20ft by ¾”) has been fed through the machine twice.


If you would like to come and see the work in progress, please come along to The Old Carpentry Workshop, Prinknash Abbey (GL4 8EX) on Saturday October 8th between 12pm and 4pm. Follow the signs to the Incense department.


The grounds of the Abbey are beautiful to walk around: feel free to bring a picnic, visit the café and shop or wander around the Monastery Garden.


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