New trust com­mem­o­rates cam­paigner

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THE DAVID Bla­grove Char­ity Trust has been launched in mem­ory of one of the colour­ful char­ac­ters of the canal world to con­tinue his legacy.

The trust said its aims are to en­rich lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and im­prove the lives of dis­ad­van­taged youth through ex­pe­ri­ences on the UK canal and wa­ter­ways net­work. As a teacher and men­tor to young peo­ple, David was a keen sup­porter of the young. The trust’s long-term plans pro­mote canal-based ac­tiv­i­ties to en­gage young­sters as well as bring­ing com­mu­ni­ties to­gether.

David made his home in Wharf Cot­tage with his wife, Jean and be­came syn­ony­mous with Stoke Bruerne. He was a pas­sion­ate ad­vo­cate of mak­ing the most of the UK canal net­work and pro­vided a wealth of knowl­edge on its early work­ing his­tory.

In 2014, he was ap­pointed MBE for ser­vices to the ‘Restora­tion of the UK Wa­ter­ways’. He was also renowned as chair­man of the Friends of the Canal Mu­seum.

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