Canal Trust Easter egg hunt a hit

By Barrie Hudson - 7 April 2021


The Wilts& Berks Canal Trust’s Dragonfly boat team didn't let lockdown prevent them from bringing some Easter cheer.

Instead of its usual boat trips aboard trust vessel Dragonfly, the organisation ran a covid-safe Easter egg hunt.

A spokesperson said: "The event was a huge success, no doubt helped by the presence of Bentley the bear, who entertained children of all ages and even steered the boat!  

"Suitable Covid precautions were taken. The event exceeded all expectations, running out of material on Sunday afternoon despite extra having been hastily assembled.  

"Total takings, including many donations, were over £900, to raise much-needed funds towards canal restoration. 

"Bentley proved a star attraction – our thanks to Mascot Ambassadors; he even tried to drive our trip boat Dragonfly!

"We would also like to extend our thanks to Waitrose for donating some chocolate eggs, and David Wilson Homes’ site office for printing the sheets for the activity packs."

About 300 children took part, and one mother wrote on social media: “Bentley was so amazing with my two-and-a-half-year-old who was excited and terrified in equal measure! 

"Bentley was so patient and kind with him and made him feel happy and relaxed. Both my boys loved the Easter trail and their goodies at the end. 

"We so missed not being able to do the Santa cruise last year, the Wilts and Berks Canal people put on the best events and we’re really hoping we can find Santa on the Dragonfly this year."

More information about the trust and its work can be found at

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