Award for Rugeley Volunteers

news_rugeley_award150pxIssue date: 18 April 2011

IWA Lichfield Branch has received an award from British Waterways for volunteer work on the canal at Rugeley. The Branch has organised a series of volunteer work parties to clean-up and improve the Trent & Mersey Canal through Rugeley over the past year, with dozens of members and local people taking part.

The award is a framed certificate of the “2010 Volunteer Organisations Recognition Award” and was presented at a User Group Forum meeting in Rugeley on 5th April to Margaret Beardsmore.  The citation says that “Lichfield IWA have worked closely with Central Shire’s Operational Teams and Regeneration Team along with local organisations and businesses to improve conditions along the Trent & Mersey Canal in Rugeley”.

Margaret has worked hard to bring together IWA members, BW staff, local residents, the Rugeley Lions Association, Police Community Support Officers, Community Payback ‘volunteers’ and others to really make a difference to the appearance and environment of the canal over the past year.  Margaret said she was pleased to accept the award on behalf of all those volunteers who had contributed to the success of the Rugeley Project.

Work has been carried out from Brindley Bank aqueduct, through the town to The Mossley, including litter and graffiti clearance, canal bank repairs, vegetation clearance, removal of derelict fencing, repair and repainting of benches, refurbishment of notice boards, etc.  Further work parties are being planned and it is hoped to obtain future grant support for improvements to the path and steps at Brindley Bank.

See reports and pictures of the work parties on 12/13 March.