59th IWA Annual General Meeting
The Inland Waterways Association’s 59th Annual General Meeting was held at Maidenhill School, Stonehouse on Saturday 29th September.
Mike Palmer, Waterway Recovery Group chair and IWA Trustee, first gave an insight into the imminent launch of the Waterways in Progress report, an initiative that explores the means by which well thought-out restoration projects can be delivered.
Dave Marshall, Stroud District Council’s Canal Manager, pictured below, developed this theme with a case study on Phase 1a of the restoration of the Cotswold Canals.
Series of awards
The formal presentations were followed by a series of awards to IWA members.
The local highlight among the awards was preceded by the following citation…
The Christopher Power Prize
The Christopher Power Prize is awarded to a person, Society or Trust that has made the most significant contribution to the restoration of an inland waterway.
The location of this year’s AGM gives a clue to a restoration group that is perhaps achieving more just at the moment than any other restoration group in the UK: The Cotswold Canals Trust.
With the recent formal re-opening in Stroud by H. R. H. Prince of Wales and the successful first-round bid for the next tranche of substantial HLF funding, the Trust has enjoyed considerable recent success.
The Christopher Power Prize has been awarded once before to the Trust, ten years ago in 2008, but the Trust has achieved so much since then that renewed recognition from IWA would seem due.
Jim White, Chairman of Cotswold Canals Trust was then called forward to collect the Christopher Power Prize which features an impressive wood carving of an otter. Equally impressive was the cheque for £1,000.
IWA Chair Ivor Caplan presents the prize to CCT Chair Jim White
Afternoon Tours — Walks & Talks
After a protracted session of official IWA business, the gloriously golden autumn afternoon was enjoyed by two groups of twenty IWA members who joined CCT Volunteers Clive & Jill Field on guided walks between Ebley and Wallbridge. Attendees also took guided tours around Ebley Mill led by SDC staff.