IWA Shows Grassroots Volunteer Success Through National Award Scheme

IWA Shows Grassroots Volunteer Success Through National Award Scheme

02 October 2017

The winners of IWA’s National Annual Awards for 2017 were presented at the Association’s Annual General Meeting, held at Aldercar High School, Langley Mill, on Saturday 30th September.
The Cyril Styring Trophy, the Association’s premier award which is awarded to an IWA member who has made an outstanding contribution to the Association’s campaign, has been awarded to Chard Wadley.  Chard was commended for his leadership, hours of dedication and tireless input over three and a half decades.  From 1988 he was Chairman of IWA’s Ipswich Branch for 27 years, taking an active role in running their restoration project. He was a regular participant in the work parties and a key figure in establishing the River Gipping Trust, becoming a founding Director and the IWA representative on the Trust.  To support this work he led a small team of fundraisers, taking the Branch stand, marquee and goods to virtually every IWA National Festival from 1993 to 2007.

Photo: Chard Wadley receiving the Cyril Styring Trophy.
Richard Bird Medals are awarded to members whose efforts and support are considered to have brought significant benefit to the Association over a sustained period of time.  This year, Richard Bird medals were awarded to:
Lynda Payton of IWA Northampton Branch for the work she has done as an active branch volunteer for over 19 years. Lynda has served as branch chair and editor of the branch magazine, Endeavour.  Most recently as Publicity and Grants Officer, she has worked tirelessly to promote branch and national activities, including IWA’s Festival of Water in 2015.  She is a leading member of the canal scene at Stoke Bruerne, being a founder member of the Friends of the Canal Museum and helping to save it from closure by fundraising, publicity and curating the exhibits. Lynda’s proudest volunteering moment was when she shared a megaphone with Sonia Rolt on Butcher's Bridge at Braunston protesting at government funding cuts.
Janet Dunning has been a member of IWA since 1972 during which time she has travelled long distances to attend the great majority of branch meetings. In recent years she has supported the branch by managing the raffle and until 2013 she was editor of the branch magazine.  She and her husband have supported the branch and national sales stands at various events, being experts in erecting the gazebos, setting up the stand and promoting IWA campaigns.  It is said that without Janet “the branch would not have been able to function as well as it does and she is fully deserving of the medal for all the support she has provided over many years “
Tony Dunning has been a member of IWA from 1971. Since retiring from work he has taken a more active role and was the secretary for many years as well as social secretary, organising a full programme of speakers, events and days.  He is now branch vice chair and attends many events locally and nationally as an ambassador for IWA as well as AGM's and trailboat festivals.
Christine Carter recognised for all the support and encouragement she gave to her husband who sadly died in February 2017.  Mike Carter was a much respected Regional Chairman and Branch Vice Chair, renowned for his leadership, unswerving commitment, knowledge and expertise.  He took a particular interest in local canal and river systems, working tirelessly to improve the areas around our inland waterways. The medal recognises the invaluable contribution of Mike Carter to the IWA, its vision and campaigns and the vital role played by his wife Christine
The Branch Achievement Award, awarded annually to an IWA branch that has made the greatest progress and achievement in promoting the Association’s aims and objectives during the past year, was awarded to West Country Branch.  With an enthusiastic and proactive committee, the Branch has run a high level campaign to promote a navigable element to the Bridgwater Barrier on the River Parrett along with the regeneration of Bridgwater Basin at the seaward end of the Bridgwater and Taunton Canal. Its members work effectively with partners such as the Friends of Great Western Canal.  In addition, the Branch holds regular work parties and has a real commitment to making things happen.
Nominations for national awards can be made by individual members and branch and region committees. Find out more and nominate an individual or waterway organisation.  Nominations should be submitted by 31st March each year.

The Awards ceremony was completed by the provision of a new award - Honorary Life Membership of the Association for members who had supported the charity for sixty consecutive years or more.  Eighteen memberships were eligible for this award and three were presented on the day to Mr Peter Duckworth, Mr Malcolm Braine and Mr Geoff Bayley. 

Photo: 2017 National Award Winners l-r:Geoff Bayley, Peter Duckworth, Lynda Payton, Malcolm Braine, Chard Wadley, Les Etheridge, Janet Dunning, Tony Dunning.

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