The Bruce Trust was created in 1988 by David and Louise Bruce, following the sale of Bruce’s Brewery and its Firkin Pubs.
Since then, 22,500 disabled, disadvantaged or elderly people, together with their carers, family or friends, have enjoyed holidays on its four specially-designed, purpose-built, wide-beam boats on the Kennet & Avon Canal which passes through Newbury and West Berkshire.
In 2018, The Bruce Trust gifted its four boats, which originally cost £600,000 to build, to The Kennet & Avon Canal Trust (www.katrust.org.uk) of which David is its immediate-past President.
The Kennet & Avon Canal Trust and 100 or so of its volunteers continue to operate the four boats from the Bruce Branch (www.bruce.katrust.org.uk) at Great Bedwyn Wharf and bookings for holidays and day trips can be made via Jen Furness (firstname.lastname@example.org).
What we love about Newbury West Berkshire.
It offers so much: good travel communications, only 1 hour from London and close to Heathrow, business and retail parks; racecourse, showground, theatre, cinema, arts venues, museum, library, international music festival, the Kennet & Avon Canal, beautiful countryside and villages, good schools and its own College, new hospital, top-class hotels and golf courses.
Why we're involved in the Newbury West Berkshire Project.
As a local resident, charity trustee and business owner for the past 35 years, I was delighted to be invited to be the inaugural Chairman of the Newbury West Berkshire Economic Development Company.