A COMMUNITY project based on a converted barge has been forced to move away from Thorne due to funding cuts.
The Waterstart project is run by the Yorkshire Waterways Museum and will relocate to the museum’s base in Goole, returning to Thorne through the year for set dates.
Ali Barker from the museum said: “Due to the current economic climate it was necessary to move to our headquarters at the Yorkshire Waterways Museum Goole last autumn.
“The project has been funded by Coalfields Regeneration Trust which is no longer able to offer support due to government changes.
“The Waterstart Project wants to continue serving the community of Thorne and surrounding areas and bring the Waterstart boat back for visiting periods.
“The boat is still being used by the project for community groups, family trips, and training with particular emphasis on working with disadvantaged young people.”
Waterstart will be in Thorne for set dates in February, July, and August. It carries 12 passengers, is wheelchair accessible and has a kitchen area and toilet facilities. The boat is staffed by a qualified skipper and crew.
Ali added: “Volunteers will always be welcome to help the project either in Goole or in Thorne.”