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Thursday, 15 September 2016

2016 Living Waterways Awards.

Last night Keith and I attended the 2016 Living Waterways Awards Ceremony at the Town Hall Birmingham with other members of the Saltisford Arm Canal Restoration team. It was quite a grand affair. As we arrived we had to sign-in and collect out name badges. We were then offered a glass of Champagne and were then free to mingle until we were call into the hall.
We were seated on table 19.
Before the awards were handed out, we were treated to a fabulous meal.
Buffalo mozzarella pearls on chargrilled vegetable salad, sweet peppers filled with soft cheese and balsamic.
Main Course.
Breast of chicken, filled with black olive tapenade, pancetta wrapped French beans, potato dauphinoise finished with basil essence.
Vanilla and white chocolate crème brulee, balsamic strawberries and biscotti biscuit.
Coffee and Tea.
It was all very well cook and we were well looked after by the staff on hand.
After the gala dinner came the awards. Declan Curry, journalist, presenter and businessman was our host for the evening.
The Categories were:
1. Art and Interpretation
2. Contribution to the Built Environment
3. Community and Volunteering
4. Education and Learning
5. Natural Environment
6. Recreation and Tourism
7. Restoration and Historic Environment.
We were in Category 2 along with Sheffield Pocket Park. The Pocket Park Won and we were "Commended", which I am very proud of, because I know others who had gone up for the awards, never even made it to the ceremony stage, so we as a group should be very, very proud.
The finalists for the 2016 Living Waterways Awards were:
•Birmingham Cycle Revolution
•Conserve Nantwich Aqueduct
•Dudley Canal & Tunnel Trust
•Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Gold Residential
•Essex River Wardens
•Fenny Compton
•Floating Cinema on Tour
•Helping Hedgerows
•IWA Northampton Arm Adoption
•IWA North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Work Party
•Macclesfield Canal Green Flag Award
•Mikron Theatre Annual Waterway’s Tour
•North Walsham & Dilham Canal Restoration
•Porter Brook Pocket Park
•Saltisford Arm Canal Restoration
•Stoke Bruerne Interpretation project
•Tall Ships Gloucester
•Towpath Walks
•Volunteers Flood In
it was nice to see some long standing organisations win awards and for us to catch up with people we knew. All in all a great evening.

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