Bob Fox - Volunteer of the Month
Bob Fox is a volunteer for IWA Birmingham, Black Country & Worcestershire Branch and has been interested in canals since the early 90s. We asked him about his volunteering exploits below...
How did you first become interested in Inland Waterways?
I have always had an interest in boats and boating. My first canal trip in the early 90s was a revelation in the art of relaxation. I was hooked and more trips followed, each one venturing further afield, or is that further awaterway?
What is your favourite waterway?
I have no particular favourite waterway. Each one has a character of it’s own but I do enjoy the contrast between the Staffs and Worcestershire Canal and the Birmingham Canal Navigations, a cruise which I make at least twice a year.
How and when did you get involved in volunteering for IWA?
I became involved with IWA when I was asked by the then Chairman of the Birmingham, Black Country & Worcestershire Branch if I would like to join the committee. He then asked me to act as Planning Officer in respect of two of the borough councils, an interesting role which is an important part of the IWA function in keeping the waterways as a public facility for all to enjoy, by encouraging planning committees and applicants to embrace the waterways as part of their proposals as opposed to cutting them off behind tall fencing.
What do you do as a volunteer?
I continue with the planning officer role and am now Branch Secretary. I edited “Worcester Bar”, the Branch newsletter for three years and created the BCN “tube-map” which we, together with the BCNS use for fund raising purposes. Like all committee members, I represent the IWA at inter-organisational meetings and participate in working-parties and any other activities the branch gets involved in.
What motivates you to keep going?
Motivation for my involvement comes from the pleasure I get from using the waterways and the idea that if one takes something out, one should give something in return. Volunteering with the IWA fits the bill. After all, where else in the world are the public able to play on, around and occasionally in a two hundred and fifty year old museum?
What is your proudest IWA moment?
I have no particular proudest IWA moment. The pleasure of working with like minded people from so many different background experiences is a pleasure.
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