IWA National Festival 2013

The Inland Waterways Association is delighted to announce that IWA’s National Festival will be held at Cassiobury Park, Watford, on the Grand Union Canal over the weekend of the 19th to 21st July 2013.

Working closely with Watford Borough Council, Wendover Arm Trust and Rickmansworth Waterways Trust, IWA’s Festivals team together with IWA Chiltern Branch intends to initiate and create a sustainable legacy of an annual waterways festival for the community.

The event chairman will be Michael Stimpson. Michael has been an active member of IWA for more than 35 years and was awarded IWA’s Richard Bird Medal in 2002, having served in many roles at branch, region and national levels including as a member of Council. Before settling ‘on the land' he was also chairman of the Residential Boat Owners Association. In his professional life he has been able to combine business with pleasure by offering a specialised insurance service to inland waterways boat owners which is based in Rickmansworth. He is currently a director of BMF Thames valley, serves on the Rickmansworth Town Team and is well known locally for his involvement in folk music and Morris dancing.

In Announcing the 2013 Festival, Ian West, chairman IWA Festivals said:

“IWA’s National Festival at Cassiobury intends to leave a lasting legacy in the form of a template for an annual festival for the waterways in Watford to complement the current Rickmansworth festival. We believe that the scale and organisation of the IWA Festival volunteers can help deliver this by galvanising the local interests and bring a scale and confidence to the event that can inspire local communities to take the project on and grow it after we have gone.”

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