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Region Chaiman writes 2014 seems to be a year of anniversaries. In IWA terms the most significant is the centenary of Robert Aickman’s birth, and there are plans to try and get a Blue Plaque erected outside his former home in Gower Street, London, which was also the first IWA head office. Following on from Tom Rolt’s centenary year in 2010, I am reminded of how committed and eccentric both these key figures in the history of the Association were. We live in different times and your current trustees seem rather less colourful and perhaps less strong willed. If true, that may be just as well, living as we do in a different age, ruled by risk assessments and KPI analyses. However, though we may exhibit a duller style than our founders showed, I hope we still have some of their enthusiasm and spirit, and certainly we share their love of and commitment to the waterways. This year is also one of events in our area. The Monty triathlon is now becoming firmly fixed in the calendar and the organisers are to be thanked and congratulated for another excellent event. Later in the year we have the Maesbury rally, plans for which seem well advanced and this again is another excellent way of achieving valuable publicity for the Montgomery Canal and its restoration. With the first phase of the Montgomery’s Heritage Lottery Fund bid accepted, the appointment of a Project Manager imminent and the recent rewatering of the SUCS restored section to Pryce’s bridge, things are looking up for the Monty. As they are also for the other major restoration in our patch: the Shrewsbury & Newport Canals. Another successful HLF Phase I bid, by all accounts an excellent Norbury festival in May, and major progress at Wappenshall and elsewhere on the restoration all augur well. I hope many of you were able to make it to the National Campaign Rally at Chester in early June. I have to confess that, among the many delights offered by the schedule, the one that caught my eye was pole dancing, which must be a first for a waterways festival! While reluctant to end on a sad note, I must mention the recent funeral of Ann Appleton, one of our valued committee members. Our membership secretary, Dawn Aylwin, remembers Ann in more detail overleaf, but let me add that It was enlightening to learn from her eulogy that this quiet unassuming lady, always ready to lend a hand when needed, was so active in so many areas. We shall miss her, and our sympathies go to Hugh and their family. Summer 2014

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Shroppie Fly Paper

2014 06 Shroppie Fly Paper  

Shroppie Fly Paper is the newsletter of the Shrewsbury District & North Wales Branch of The Inland Waterways Association.