It is announced today (Sunday 2nd
June) that The Kennet and Avon Canal Trust (KACT) has been awarded the
prestigious Queens’ Award for Voluntary Service, the highest recognition for
volunteer groups in the UK.
The Trust, which celebrated its 50th
anniversary last year, received the accolade for its leadership of the
restoration of the canal and its buildings over the past half century, and for
creating a landscape and amenity valued by the whole community.
Rob Dean, chair of the KACT
Trustees, says, “This is a great honour for us and an absolute tribute to the
tireless work of thousands of volunteers from Bath to Burghfield, Wilton to
Woolhampton, and others in between, who have given their time so generously over
the past 50 years to complete the restoration of the K&A. To receive this
award from Her Majesty after she re-opened the waterway 23 years ago is the
icing on the cake for us.
People have given from a few spare
hours to the best part of their lives to the K&A, everything from helping
out in our tea rooms, crewing our fantastic fleet of boats, hours of
form-filling for grants, to clearing canal beds and towpaths. I and the rest of
the Trustees will always be incredibly grateful to them, many of who are sadly
no longer with us, and also to our present generation of fantastic volunteers
who are helping to protect and enhance the waterway for future generations.
This award will propel our very necessary work into the future.”
The Trustees offer their congratulations
to all who have worked in or with the Trust, to make the Kennet & Avon the
wonderful asset for the nation that it is today.
8th June 2013 at 11.00 am at Bromham Social Centre, New
Road, Bromham, Wiltshire, SN15 2JB
of the last meeting
from Trust Council – Rob Dean CMG, Chairman of the Trust Council
receive and adopt the Council’s Report and Accounts for the year
ended 31st December 2012.
elect Members to be Trustees:
i.David Copley and Daisy Mundy retire in accordance with Articles 50
and 51 of the Trust's Articles of Association. They, being eligible, offer
themselves for re-election.(Note: The
above persons make up the number of annual retirees required by Article 50 of
the Trust’s Articles of Association.)
ii.Nominations for election to Trust Council have been received from Mr
Tony Nares and Mr Richard Selvidge.
Close of formal business followed by open forum questions chaired
by Trust President, Mr David Bruce.
A brief introduction to Members nominated for
election as Trustees
David Copley is one of the many canal users who enjoy waterways from the towpath and
trip boats. He has explored most waterways in Britain and many in Europe.
Whilst working, David was a Chartered Member of the Institute of Logistics and
Transport. He has now retired from his work as a passenger transport planner,
initially for a public authority and later as a consultant, but retains his
interest in most aspects of travel and transport.
been a Trust member since 1972. He joined the Reading Branch committee in 1974
and has been Branch Chairman for the past 5 years.He is a long standing member of Trust Council
and now focuses on the seemingly boring but necessary items such as drafting
the Trust response to Government consultation on waterway reorganisation and
revising the Trust constitution.
values the role of volunteers and was one of the members of the Newbury and
Reading branches of the Trust who completely restored Bulls Lock in the 1970s.
More recently he was heavily involved in volunteer assistance with operation of
the Aldermaston Visitor Centre prior to transfer to franchisee operation and is
now working to redevelop the Visitor Centre facilities following restoration of
the buildings. He also arranges the annual waterway clean-up events in Reading.
Daisy Mundy is a
serving officer in the Army and works as a Training Development Advisor in the
Educational and Training Services (ETS) Branch. Having completed 24 years
service, she is due to retire from the Army later this year and will be taking
up a new job as a training consultant.She has an Honours Degree in Further Education and Training and a Master
of Science in Computer Based Learning and Training.A keen boater, Daisy and her husband, Terry,
have been joint members of the Trust for the last six years and have their own
narrowboat moored in Devizes. Daisy was
elected to Trust Council in 2011 and has since served as Company Secretary for
both Trust Council and the Enterprise Board.Terry was elected to Trust Council in 2010 and has worked as the curator
of the Devizes Museum for the last four years.
Tony Nares is a Chartered Accountant who has
worked in the hospitality industry for over 30 years, including public company
and board responsibilities with considerable experience of relationships with
stakeholders and funders. He was Finance Director of the Company of Proprietors
of the Stroudwater Canal from 2008 to 2012 and has been involved on the boards
of other charitable organisations. He lives in Devizes adjacent to the canal.
Richard Selvidge has a
broad range of business experience covering Sales, Operational Management and
most recently Human Resources. He approached the Trust following the Volunteer
Recruitment activity in late 2012 and has recently been co-opted onto the Trust
Council. His interest in the Canal is as a walker/cyclist and occasional
boater. Richard is in the process of getting around the various branches to
better understand the organisation and is keen to use a fresh set of eyes and
his experience to support the Trust in the future.