Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Members News

Please find details of latest news from the Trust below

1) Canal Art Workshop

There are still tickets available for the Canal Art Workshop to be held in the Trust Offices at Devizes on the 29th January from 10am - 4pm
Relaxed course- learn to draw boats, wildlife, people and focus your observational skills. Very suitable for all abilities especially beginners.
Minimum age 16 years. Light lunch will be provided.Materials will also be provided and sponsored by HMG Paints in Andover.
All proceeds towards the K&A Trust. Tickets are available from the Trust shop in Devizes or telephone 01380 721279
See Poster below.

2) Search is on to find the UK's favourite lottery funded projects

How about nominating the Kennet and Avon Trust, follow the link below for the information on how to nominate the Trust

3) John Gould Award

Rose of Hungerford Man awarded John Gould Award

The nominations for the 2010 John Gould Award attracted record entries. The closing date was at the year end and the Trustees of the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust were asked to place their votes to choose the worthy winner. Never an easy task!.

Richard Snook receives the John Gould from Mike Rodd

The going was close but the winner this year was Richard Snook a hard working K & A volunteer of some 13 years. Richard is a member of the Hungerford Branch committee and the boat manager for the Rose of Hungerford. Always available when something needs to be done, such as doing emergency pump outs and repairs, ensure the boat is re-fuelled, taking on additional skippering tasks, maintaining the lift, showing potential customers around the boat, and doing the huge task of preparing everything for the MCA inspections etc. He also does much to keep the Branch active and writes the regular reports for the Butty. Richard is the very heart and soul of the Rose and is always very willing to take on additional tasks for the Trust.

The award was an idea in 1997 when John Gould MBE was honoured with a plaque by his ‘second home’ Newbury Lock Island. Nobody can doubt the dedication and example John gave us all in his work for the Kennet and Avon Canal. The award is a way of honouring others who have continued working for our waterway.

The Late John Gould MBE at the unveiling of his plaque in 1997 ( picture The Butty Spring 1997)

All the nominees should have been winners for all are great examples of K & A Volunteer spirit. The other nominees were – Mike Messam, Elaine Kirby, David Inight, and the Avon Vale Crew .

Worthy entrants for next year?

The Late John Gould MBE at the unveiling of his plaque in 1997 ( picture The Butty Spring 1997)

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