For two weeks this summer – during the busy times in Henley-on-Thames during Regatta and Festival – Rivertime has been operating from Bisham Abbey, Marlow.
Rivertime is very grateful to the Abbey Management, Serco and Sport England, for welcoming Rivertime and to Moose Canoe Hire for facilitating the sharing of the pontoon space.
Over the two weeks, Rivertime has mainly welcomed groups of school children with leaning challenges for educational trips down to Cookham, via Marlow and back.
On the middle Sunday, the charity welcomed back a family for their annual trip with a relative with special learning and physical challenges.
Rivertime, uniquely houses an hydraulic lift for wheelchair access – with capacity for up to twelve passengers, has also entertained some groups of elderly passengers with mobility issues on the boat whilst at Bisham Abbey.
It’s always a poignant place for the Rivertime Charity to visit.
Founder and President, Simon Davis, was brought up in Bisham Village and has fond memories of playing in the abbey grounds as a child just after the war, and has always held the Abbey and the river here close to his heart.
It has been such a treat to be able to operate from such a regal place on the River Thames and thanks again to the Abbey for offering their superb facilities.
Rivertime will resume normal services from her regular mooring at the River and Rowing Museum in Henley on Thames from 10th July 2023.