A warm, friendly Heather welcome

We are delighted to share Heather, an historic boat, artistic refuge and home for over a century, laying on the ancient Broads Waterways of Norfolk.

It is our aim to preserve the distinctive character of Heather, enabling future generations to enjoy her charms. We welcome you to explore the houseboat and bountiful riverside beyond...

Andrew, Timothy and Christopher

7 October 2012

Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan

The annual coffee morning in aid of Macmillan was held on Saturday at the Granary Staithe exhibition berth. Sara Royall very kindly made some delicious looking and tasty iced cupcakes for the occasion and we brewed coffee and tea for several visitors.

Nigel and Chris took the houseboat round to Granary Staithe with the Royall's PERFECT LADY 2. This cleverly modified wooden yacht is one of a class built in the nineteen thirties by Herbert Woods at Potter Heigham. Herbert was a master boat builder, entrepreneur and Broadsman. His uncle was Ernest Woods, Heather's conversion builder ~ who shared the same talents as his nephew. We dodged the numerous boats in the congested dyke which leads onto the river. The extreme weight of Heather means she doesn't move well until steadily under way. We are now looking for a suitable motor launch to tow her in the future.

The coffee morning was the final public event of Heather's season. Due to the unusual weather conditions this summer, we had to change or cancel some activities, including sadly not joining the Fairhaven Green Show at South Walsham Inner Broad in June. We look forward to the 2013 season ~ only a few months away.

The crew

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King's Head Staithe, Hoveton, pictured from Wroxham public Parish Staithe