On Saturday 13th July there was a lovely gathering to celebrate the opening of the second mural under the M1. Richard Parry, the CEO of CRT unveiled the mural and commented on how impressed he was with the Art and the collaboration it took, also with the work achieved by the Northampton arm generally.
The event was attended by some of the school children who did the work, some of the Blisworth Art Group members who designed it, and of course the usual IWA representatives! Special mention To Sandie Morton and Geoff Wood for co-ordinating the project, getting it done, and organising opening ceremony.
The first boat through after the unveiling:
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The Branch won the 2018 Branch Achievement Award for its work promoting more widely appreciated and well maintained local waterways. The award was presented by National Chairman, Ivor Caplan, at the charity's AGM in Stonehouse, Gloucestershire, attended by over 160 people in October. After the ceremony Branch Chairman Bernard Morton said:"I am very proud to receive this award as acknowledgement of the hard work and commitment of our volunteers who turn out in all weathers to help make our canals a better place for everyone to enjoy."
The Branch has won the award three times.
The IWA Northampton Branch has launched its own Club 100 to raise funds for Branch activities. First prize is £500, second prize is £200 and third prize is £100. It will run annually so we are asking for a single payment for each year, for each share. Each member can have up to four £15 shares. (A total of four for couples with joint membership). For more details visit the IWA Northampton Branch homepage.
The new mosaic nature trail on the Northampton Arm of the Grand Union Canal, featuring 34 mosaic designs, was officially inaugurated by Northamptonshire Deputy Lieutenant Joan Kirkbride on 21st April 2018. This exciting new feature was made possible by a legacy from John Faulkner – a long-standing and active supporter of IWA, hard work of volunteers from IWA’s Northampton Branch led by Geoff Wood and Mick Butler, the designs of pupils from two local primary schools, and the talent of mosaic expert David Bowers.
Photo by Kathryn Dodington
The finished trail boasts two mosaic panels at each of the locks of the Northampton Arm, one recording an aspect of canal life, the other forming part of the nature trail with a letter identifying the aspect of nature pictured. The trail doubles up as a challenge for children, to collect all the letters and work out the phrase they spell. In return they will be rewarded with a Certificate of Achievement. For full details of the Challenge, visit the IWA Northampton Branch homepage.