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Branch “Spring” Clean-up—continued Cook, an assessor for the Waterways Renaissance Awards (see right). Sunday lunchtime saw the Clean-up flotilla arrive at the Galleon, Wolverton, without mishap. Final operations were somewhat hampered by the presence of three boats on the towpath moorings that had been reserved by C&RT for Clean-up vessels.

Clean-ups reach WRA finals

T he Branch has entered the Clean-ups in the prestigious Waterways Renaissance Awar ds competiton—the “ Oscars of the waterways”. Branch volunteers contributed a total of 335 person hours. This in- Awar ds asse ssors visited cludes some boat travelling time for those who attended by boat, but earlier this year for a presendoes not allow for the road travelling time of other volunteers. An tation, and an assessor atestimated further 50 hours was put in by David King and others to tended the March Clean-up.

organise and run the event. To this must be added the paid time spent by C&RT staff. Entries must relate to proThe Branch is grateful to Canal & River Trust, Wyvern Shipping Co Ltd, Lionhearts Cruising Club, J & M Canal Carrying Co, Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation’s London Luton Airport Operations Fund, and all who turned out to make the Clean-up a success once more despite the appalling weather. Information from Rodney Evans and David King.

Branch awarded £1,000 to fund Clean-ups We are pleased to announce that the Branch has received a £1,000 award funded by the Bedfordshire and Luton Co mmunity Foundation's London Luton Airport Operations Fund. The award is to be used to defray the costs of mounting the two Clean-up weekends in 2013. The award recognises the direct costs incurred by the Branch, and also the considerable costs incurred by the volunteers themselves in attending the Clean-ups. In making our application, Tony Collins and Peter Caswell set out typical costs per Clean-up, including repair and replacement of grappling hooks, food and refreshments, paper and printing ink for posters, Health & Safety leaflets, sign-in book, etc. The heaviest costs for volunteers are those for fuel.

jects that are located on or adjacent to a UK inland waterway, are innovative and inspirational, involve participation by a range of partners, have enriched the enjoyment of the waterway, and have a proven track record of success. In their submission in the Volunteering category, Tony Collins and Peter Caswe ll referred to the obvious environmental benefits of the Clean-ups, and also to the social benefits such as community involvement, and the educational opportunities for youth groups taking part. We are delighted to say that our submission has reached the finals. Winners for each category will be announced at a ceremony in Birmingham on 23 May.

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Profile for The Inland Waterways Association

Towpath Relegraph May 2013  

The magazine of the Milton Keynes Branch of the Inland Waterways Association

Towpath Relegraph May 2013  

The magazine of the Milton Keynes Branch of the Inland Waterways Association