In 1999 Chard Wadley, Chairman Ipswich Branch thought it would be a good idea to make an annual presentation to one of the Branch Members, commencing with the Millennium. This presentation would be in the form of an engraved tray and would be presented to the member that the Committee felt had made outstanding efforts to support the Branch.
Don received the Chairman's award for his contribution to the restoration of Bosmere Lock. Don supplied a great deal of material required for the work as well as attending as a volunteer worker and helping to run a steering committee. Through Don's connection to the American Air Base at Bentwaters he was also able to organize the supply and delivery of much needed sandbags.
This year the award went to Peter for his dedication and hard work on the restoration of Bosmere Lock especially with the bricklaying and for helping with the up and running of Creeting Lock as site manager. During this time Peter was also heavily involved with the restoration of the Wendover Arm.
|Francis, the third recipient of this award, was chosen for her many donations over the years to fund the Branch 's restoration work. Frances raised this money by giving talks, in her own time, to various organizations in and around her local area.|
|John Finch was once a committee member. Since leaving the committee he has helped to man the Branch stand at IWA National Festivals and local events. He has given several illustrated talks to other organizations and attended many working parties at the locks.|
|Martin was presented with the tray at the 2005 AGM. For many years Martin has not only maintained the Branch web site but he has also hosted it at his own expense.|
|Over the years Joan has made literally dozens of Rag Rugs that have been sold at IWA festivals and other events to raise several hundreds of pounds to swell Branch funds.|
|Carolyn has taken the Committee minutes for several years and also had to put up with us all meeting in her lounge on several occasions. She also did sterling work on her computer getting all the Branch photographs scanned, resized and encapsulated to provide a more durable and professional display. The tray was presented by Charles Stride the Branch Secretary.|
|Barry was awarded the Chairman's Tray at the Branch Christmas dinner in January 2008 for the great efforts he has made supporting restoration work financially by the collection and sale of scrap metal.|
|Roger has given many hundreds of hours of his time running working parties on the River Stour as well as building a work boat/dredger and also working on the Stour Trust's trip boats. Without the dedication of Roger the Stour would not be anywhere near the condition it is in today.|
|Colin was the Branch Restoration Manager and is currently the River Gipping Trust Restoration Manager. He steered the restoration of both Creeting and Baylham lock. At Baylham in particular he spent many months battling officialdom to put in place all the necessary permissions.|
|For the second time, the Chairman presented Barry with the tray in recognition of his outstanding work in fund raising for both IWA and the River Gipping Trust. He seems to have got a lot shorter this year. He also makes a mean chocolate cake!|
|John has been a stalwart of our branch, turning up regularly every week to our work parties despite the distance he has to travel. He does tend to injure himself fairly regularly but he hasn't had to go to hospital yet!|
Dale is a professional carpenter and builder. He can turn his hand to anything and is an invaluable asset to our working parties. He is the one we call when seeking advice about our next project. His lorry also comes in very handy when we need to shift a few tonnes of scrap metal! It's just a pity he can't come to all our working parties as he still has to earn a living.
Trevor is our chief 'fire raiser'. He's been part of our restoration team for more years than I care to remember. He's fallen into the river on a couple of occasions, he forgets his belongings fairly regularly but he's always around when there's work to be done or fires to be lit. We could do with more like him.
After 15 years of handing over the Chairman's award, Chard finally received the award himself from our new Chairman, Rod Mansel. The presentation took place during our weekend away at the Churnet Valley Railway. Let's hope Rod lasts as long in the job as Chard!
Spencer has been the IWA Treasurer for nearly 20 years and has been responsible for making sure we always had enough money available to comnplete the various restoration tasks undertaken by the Branch. He has also organised the numerous coach trips enjoyed by the branch members.