Volunteer helmsmen needed for boat trips

Paxton House is appealing for more volunteer boatmen to help them run the boat trips  up the river tweed and under the Union Chain Bridge.
Paxton House is appealing for more volunteer boatmen to help them run the boat trips up the river tweed and under the Union Chain Bridge.

Volunteer boatmen are needed to keep the popular Paxton House boat trips up the River Tweed afloat between April and October this year.

The boat journey lasts about an hour, heading west upriver under the Union Chain Bridge to Horncliffe and the ‘Black Hole’, and the volunteer skippers give a running commentary on the history of Berwickshire, the bridge, the salmon fishing industry and the wide variety of birdlife including buzzards, heron and the occasional kingfisher to be found nearby.

Due to the tidal nature of the Tweed, sailings are limited and depend on suitable water levels, and Paxton House publishes boat trip times a month in advance on its website, www.paxtonhouse.co.uk, and recommends advance booking.

“Our volunteer helmsmen all have experience in sailing or boat driving and provide a fantastic experience for all the guests who venture up the River Tweed from Paxton House,” said Molly Seed, a spokeswoman for the stately home.

“To ensure as many people as possible can enjoy a boat trip, the Paxton House Historic Building Preservation Trust is looking for experienced volunteers to join and help the team.”

Anyone with powerboat-handling experience is invited to an open morning at Paxton House on Sunday, April 23, from 10am to 1pm, to meet the team and to learn more about the role of a helmsman.

Call 01289 386901 or email molly@paxtonhouse.com if you wish to attend.