IWA awards reflect outstanding achievements

Audrey Smith Audrey Smith OBE receives Cyril Styring award from Ivor Caplan. Credit: Mike Gallagher, Cotswold Canals Trust

Restoration, community engagement, waterways partnerships and the passion and dedication of volunteers were the keywords at the Inland Waterways Association’s (IWA) Annual Awards 2018.

This year's recipient of the Cyril Styring Trophy for making an outstanding contribution to furthering IWA campaigns was Audrey Smith OBE.

A previous national chairman (1994 – 1998) and the first IWA senior officer to receive an honour for work in that role, Audrey has been described as perhaps IWA's "most eminent national chairman in recent years".

During her four years of chairmanship, she oversaw a revitalisation of the Association's head office, much improved relations with navigation authorities and other waterways user groups and a more prominent campaigning role for the waterways with government.

Volunteer recognition

Four IWA volunteers were awarded Richard Bird Medals, given to members whose effort and support are considered to have brought significant benefits to IWA over a sustained period. Winners include Peter Bowers, Lesley Taylor, Roger Wilkinson and Roger Mungham.

IWA Northampton Branch received the IWA Branch Achievement Award for rejuvenating the Northampton Arm of the Grand Union Canal, which it adopted in 2013, plus attracting both commercial and community support for improvement work.

Cotswold Canals Trust won the Christopher Power Prize, awarded to a person, society or trust who has made the most significant contribution to the restoration of an inland waterway.

Five members who have supported the charity for sixty consecutive years were also named as Honorary Life Members.

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