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In 1977 we hired our first narrowboat from Anglo Welsh at Market Harborough.From that moment our destiny was set. In 2006 we finally purchased our own brand new 57' narrowboat which we named 'Free Spirit'. Our aim is to travel the length and breadth of all the navigable rivers and canals of the UK. This will be our story as it unfolds.

Tuesday, 4 June 2019

Brilliant news.

Wow, exciting news, ECP&DA (Erewash Canal Preservation & Development Association) has been awarded  The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) the equivalent to the MBE.

This is what was written on the ECP&DA facebook site,

Formed on 18th January 1968 to save the Erewash canal from closure, the ECP&DA spent two years restoring the original terminus of the Cromford and Nottingham canals which connected with the Erewash at Langley Mill. The Great Northern Basin was officially reopened in May 1973. In December 2017 the Lock Cottages at Sandiacre were purchased by the Association, which has looked after them for 50 years.
Norman Cornwell, Chairman, and his lovely wife Shirley Cornwell, Membership Secretary, attended a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in May, along with other recipients of this year’s Award.
ECP&DA is one of 281 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of nominations and awards has increased year on year since the awards were introduced in 2002, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to make life better for those around them.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service aims to recognise outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. Winners are announced each year on 2 June – the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation. Award winners this year are wonderfully diverse. They include volunteers helping people overcome mental health problems through sport, volunteers using caravans as mobile cafe/information centres in geographically remote locations and another group mentoring children who have a parent in prison.
Representatives of ECP&DA will receive the award later this summer, from Mr. William Tucker the Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire.
ECP&DA Chairman, Norman Cornwell said “The award is known as the “MBE for volunteer groups” and our award recognises all of our members’ efforts over 51 years, initially in preventing the closure of the Erewash canal and the ongoing work to ensure the canal remains available for everybody to enjoy”

  I left a comment on their FB  page

So very proud to be part of this society. All the hard work the volunteers, past and present, have done over the years have deservedly been acknowledged

But that is not all. ECP&DA has also been chosen as finalists in the East Midlands Charity Awards - Small Charity Big Impact! The Awards Ceremony is on 27th June so watch this space!

Keeping up with the good news, everything is going according to plan for Ian and myself and we hope to be back on the move (motorhoming) sometime in early July. Cruising is still out of the question for the foreseeable future but not ruling out a short break sometime in September.

I have a few wildlife photos to show,



nb Chuffed said...

GLad things are getting sorted out and you'll soon be out again. How brilliant for that award! well done to everyone
best wishes

Ian and Irene Jameison said...

Thank you, Debby. I will pass on your good wishes to our chairman Norman. Xxx

Jennie said...

Great news on all fronts, Irene. I am sure the award is well deserved. Jennie x

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