There were more chains than Alcatraz at the Handover of the new “Kingfisher Mark” to the Medway Kingfisher Trust.

The Kingfisher Medway Trust are the proud owners of a new boat – the Kingfisher Mark – to support their work in providing river trips for adults and children who suffer from mental and physical disabilities together with their carers. The purchase of the boat, which will take a maximum of 12 Passengers on trips along the River Medway from her berth at Wateringbury, was funded by the Mark Benevolent Fund, after being sponsored by the Mark
Province of Kent.

The official handover of the boat, by the Deputy President of the Board of Trustees – R.W.Bro. David Ashbolt – was accomplished in brilliant sunshine, at the Medway Marina, where she is berthed. He was accompanied by his colleague R.W.Bro. Kevin Hicks, together with most of the Executive of the Mark Province of Kent and their wives.

The official naming of the boat was carried out by W. Bro. Peter Dowling who won the competition, run by the Mark Province of Kent to name her, together with his wife, Karen. After a small party to celebrate the start of a new partnership, volunteers from the Trust very kindly took some members of the handover team on a short trip up the Medway, before they start their season in earnest.