The Nancy Oldfield Trust

The aim of the Nancy Oldfield Trust is to provide the opportunity for people who are disabled or disadvantaged to enjoy a day out on the water, try new activities, improve their self confidence and increase their environmental awareness.

Anyone who is disadvantaged, or has a disability; physical or emotional, temporary or permanent, regardless of their age can enjoy sailing, canoeing, pedal boating, wildlife watching and motor boat cruises. You are very welcome to bring family members and carers with you!

We are entirely funded through donations, charitable trusts, grants and bequests. The actual cost of providing and an activity session  is £32 per person

Our registered Charity Number is 1068549.

Read our latest Newsletter here

Read our latest Annual Review here

Read our Strategic Development Plan here

This video featuring Mik Scarlet is a really interesting account of his journey around the Broads and includes the Trust! Find us around 4 mins 53 secs in

The Centre is situated in the village of Neatishead on Barton Broad. A fully accessible bungalow on site sleeps up to 10 in four bedrooms with en suite wet rooms. Groups can stay for a weekend, a few days or a week, and take advantage of all the boating activities while they are here.


Our Amazing Team

We have four RYA Senior Water Activities Instructors who, with a team of 70 trained and experienced volunteers, support the boating activities of the Trust. Part time staff include an Administrator, a Changing Tack Project Facilitator, Finance Assistant and Housekeeper.

Stephen Bradnock
Stephen Bradnock
Colin Savidge
Colin Savidge
Deputy Manager
Mark Elson
Mark Elson
Senior Water Activities Instructor
Charles Hare-Winton
Charles Hare-Winton
Senior Water Activities Instructor
Rebecca Glossop
Sarah Whelan
Changing Tack Project Facilitator
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Karen Cubitt
Finance Assistant
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Janet Johnson

Our Trustees

  • Val Khambatta (Chair)
  • David Lennard-Jones (Vice Chair)
  • Simon George (Finance Director/Treasurer)
  • Hilary James (HR Director)
  • Diane Harber (Marketing Director)
  • Jasper Copping
  • Peter Hawes
  • Simon Smith

Visit Us

Over 6000 people come to the Trust each year. Many of them are regular groups who come weekly or fortnightly throughout the year. In the Summer months we have school groups as well.

Monday to Friday we take groups out at 10.30 and 13.30 for around two and a half hours. We ask for a suggested voluntary donation of £16.00 per person,  with carers going free.  If you have difficulty with paying for boat trips, transport or our accommodation, please ask about our non means tested bursary scheme which may be able to help. We can arrange weekend cruises and sailing and with sufficient notice, we can be more flexible with the timing of your trip..

Please contact us if you would like to arrange a trip.