John and Barbara Froggatt


DSCF0309Our boat is called Ichthus (from the greek for fish) and currently cruises up and down the Kennet and Avon canal and the River Thames in southern England. She weighs twenty tons (that’s real tons not metric) is made of steel and is 69 feet long. Originally designed as a hire boat she has gradually made the transformation to a  full time home very well.  And no it’s not cold in winter !

Ichthus has been home to us for the last fifteen years, and we have been fortunate to travel all over the country, although for the last few years she has mainly been on the Kennet & Avon canal. We both spend our time fully devoted to Canal Ministries. We are planning to move around the river and canal network this year more than before after Barbara retired from her full time job. Anyone seeing Ichthus is more than welcome to knock on the roof and say hello! The kettle is usually on and we have darjeeling, ordinary but much preferred Earl Grey tea! Rosie, Jim and the duck are also aboard.


We have been Christians for nearly fourteen years now. We would welcome the opportunity to talk to anyone and share what a complete life change has happened as a result of that step,and what has made so much of a difference. We have no wish to “get in your face” but we simply cannot be selfish enough not to share what has changed everything. We were tired, feeling lonely,unloved and without purpose; and that has changed forever.