Thursday, 3 April 2014

Trust contributes to flood repairs on the Kennet & Avon

The Kennet & Avon Canal Trust has contributed £1000 towards repairs needed on the canal following the winter floods.

The river sections have suffered badly in the winter floods of 2013/14 with the River Avon suffering a flood surge on Christmas Eve and the River Kennet reaching record flows in February.  Apart from silting, there has been damage to locks and banks.  At Burghfield a section of towpath has been washed away.  The Canal & River Trust estimate that repairs will cost around £100k.

In addition to the cash contribution, the Trust has declared Sunday 25th May to be 'flood benefit day'.  On that day all ticket sales from our four public trip boats will be donated to the flood repair fund.

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Magazine of our Twin Canal - Nivernais

We thought readers might like to see the latest issue of the magazine of the canal society of our twinned French Canal

 It's mostly in French of course  . . . 

Thursday, 18 July 2013


The Aldermaston Tea rooms are reopening Friday 20th July 2013 for more information please click HERE

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

REMINDER: Trust AGM this Saturday

The Trust's 51st Annual General Meeting will take place this Saturday, 8th June, at 10.30am at the Bromham Social Centre. New Road, Bromham, Nr Chippenham, Wilts SN15 2JB.

A map showing the location of the meeting is HERE.

The agenda for the meeting is HERE 

The audited accounts for 2012 may be downloaded HERE

Your President, David Bruce, and Trustees look forward to meeting as many members as possible.

Rob Dean
Chairman of Trustees

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Trust Accounts for 2012

Ahead of the AGM on Saturday 8th June, the audited accounts for the Trust for 2012 are available for download here.

A few printed copies of the accounts will be available for members who have not had a chance to download a copy but we do not intend to bulk print copies in the interests of saving printing costs.

Trust Council

Sunday, 2 June 2013

2 June 2013 - a great day for the Trust !

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.

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Trust AGM - Agenda and Resolutions

51st Annual General Meeting
8th June 2013 at 11.00 am at Bromham Social Centre, New Road, Bromham, Wiltshire, SN15 2JB
  1. Attendance & Apologies
  2. Welcome and introductions
  3. Minutes of the last meeting
  4. Matters arising
  5. Report from Trust Council – Rob Dean CMG, Chairman of the Trust Council
  6. Ordinary Resolutions:
    1. To receive and adopt the Council’s Report and Accounts for the year ended 31st December 2012.
    2. To 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.
David has 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.
David 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.