Waterway helpers rewarded
PEOPLE AND GROUPS that have helped the Inland Waterways Association in its campaigning for the waterways have been recognised in the charity’s annual awards.
The Association’s premier award, the Cyril Styring Trophy, which is presented to an IWA member who has made an outstanding contribution to the Association’s campaign, has this year been awarded to Roy Chandler, voluntary Chairman of the IWA subsidiary Essex Waterways (which runs the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation) since 2006.
The fundraising award, the John Heap Salver, has gone to the Waterway Recovery Group for its hugely successful Van Appeal which is closing on its £120,000 target to buy four new vehicles. And the Christopher Power Prize, for a significant contribution to the restoration of an amenity waterway (with a cash prize of £1,000 in favour of the winner’s organisation), was awarded to Richard Dommett, Regeneration Manager, of the Monmouthshire, Brecon & Abargavenny Canals Trust.
Meanwhile, Richard Bird Medals, which are awarded to members whose efforts and support are considered to have brought significant benefit to the Association, go to Barry Robins (Chairman of East Yorkshire Branch for 20 years); Graham Treagus (who has served on Northampton Branch’s committee for 42 years), and Wendy Humphreys (Chair of Lancs & Cumbria Branch), while this year’s Branch Achievement Award went to the Shrewsbury District and North Wales Branch.
The 2017 awards are open for nominations – see the National Awards section on waterways.org.uk.