Branch Awards

Co-op Care Grant 1994/95

The branch received £3360 towards the restoration of Bosmere Lock.


Civic Trust Award 1995

The branch received £6600 towards the restoration of Bosmere Lock.

Anglian Water Caring for the Environment Award 1996

The branch achieved the Premiere Award of £10,000 for the restoration of Bosmere Lock.AWAward

Christopher Power Prize 1996

The Christopher Power Fund was created from a donation to the Inland Waterways Association in 1983 by Mr & Mrs Power in memory of their son Christopher who died at the early age of 29. He had a passionate interest in canals and steam powered narrow boats.

The fund provides an annual prize to the person, society or trust which has made the most significant contribution to the restoration of an amenity waterway.Our branch received the award in 1996 for its work at Bosmere Lock.

The award was presented by James Hoseason OBE, Chairman of Hoseasons Holidays and a vice-president of IWA, at a small ceremony during a working party at Bosmere on 4th January 1997. The cash prize of £615 went towards further restoration work along the navigation.

Richard Bird Medal 2004


Awarded to members of the Association whose efforts and support are considered to  have brought significant benefit to the Association over a sustained period.


Chard Wadley received this award in 2004


Dorothea Award for Conservation 2006


The branch won this award from the  Association for Industrial Archaeology for the restoration of Creeting Lock.

Branch Achievement Trophy 2000 & 2008


This award is made annually to the IWA branch which, in the opinion of the judges, has done most to achieve the Association's objectives both locally and nationally in the previous year. Criteria include campaigns, events, publicity, planning, social, membership, communication, fundraising, relationships.  Announced and awarded at the following year's National Annual General meeting.

Our Branch achieved the rare distinction of receiving this award twice, in 2000 and 2008.

Christopher Power Prize - Awarded to Colin Turner Restoration Manager

Colin has been the most instrumental figure in progressing the restoration of the Stowmarket Navigation, holding the title of Restoration Manager since 1999. He is a long-standing member of the IWA Ipswich branch, and founding member of The River Gipping Trust - the organisation devoted to the restoration and re-opening of the  Stowmarket Navigation. Under his leadership, the restoration of two locks has been successfully completed, including the complex Baylham Lock, a Grade II listed structure. He has project managed and site-managed the work with very little in the way of external funding or labour, but with all the hurdles and pit-falls a construction project is subject to. He has held negotiations with local councils, English Heritage, the Environment Agency, wildlife bodies and riparian owners. He has organised WRG canal camps, put in planning applications, argued with officialdom and spent a huge number of hours just being on site, contributing to everything from partnership building, to technical design, to actual donkey work. This would be a tough task for anyone, but now at the astonishing age of 84, Colin continues to be a huge inspiration for all who are lucky enough to work with him. Clive Henderson—IWA National Chairman

The Cyril Styring Trophy Awarded to Chard Wadley

former Chairman IWA Ipswich Branch

For an IWA member who has, in the opinion of trustees, made an outstanding contribution in furthering the Association's campaign. 

This is the Association's premier award.

The Annual General Meeting of the Inland Waterways Association was held at Langley Mill on the 30th September, and this year the IWA Chairman, Les Etheridge, on behalf of the Trustees of the Association, presented the Cyril StyringTrophy to Chard Wadley of the Ipswich Branch.Syring Presentation

Charles Stride, Brian Holt and Spencer Greystrong, on behalf of the Ipswich Branch, supported by IWA Past Chairmen David Stevenson and John Fletcher together with Jan Roden, President of the Australian Canal Society, had nominated Chard for his more than three and a half decades of active input and support of the Inland Waterways Association.

Chard joined the IWA Ipswich Branch in 1980 and then became the Branch Chairman in 1988, a position he held until 2015. During that period he led the Branch members in the restoration of Bosmere, Creeting, and Baylham Locks, led the team of fundraisers to every national festival from 1993 to 2007, as well as several other countrywide and many local events, raising some tens of thousands of pounds. During his tenure as Chairman the Branch won a number of awards and donations from industry and the IWA for its efforts on the restoration of the River Gipping navigation. Chard is the first person to say that none of this would have been possible without the support of the other committee members, the work party managers, volunteers, their wives and partners and especially his wife Carolyn.

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Members of Ipswich Branch at the AGM and presentation.

However, it is unlikely this would have happened without his leadership, hours of dedication and tireless input over three and a half decades, a considerable period in anyone’s lifetime.In 2006/7 it was decided to set up the River Gipping Trust to further the aims of the Restoration of the Navigation and Chard became a founder Director and continues an active role as the IWA representative and as a volunteer at the regular weekly work parties. Work now continues at Pipps Ford Lock.