Guildhall Ceremony to Honour Canal Trust

Published on: Tue, 08/10/2019 - 14:08

A busy scene at Fosseway Heath this year

Lichfield’s canal trust will be presented with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service at a formal ceremony in the city’s historic Guildhall.

The award, the equivalent of the MBE for voluntary sector organisations, recognises the outstanding contribution made to local communities by individuals devoting their time for the benefit of others.

It sets the national benchmark for excellence in volunteering, with the work of those awarded being judged of the highest standard.

The citation praises Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust for ‘restoring a derelict canal to improve the environment and for the benefit of the local community, wildlife and tourism’.

The award certificate, signed by Her Majesty the Queen, will be presented by the Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire, Ian Dudson, to the Trust’s president, Eric Wood, at the Guildhall on November 6.

Trust volunteer Tony Gardner will accept a special commemorative domed glass crystal on behalf of the Trust.

The recipients of the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, are announced every year on June 2 – the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.

It was first awarded in 2003, and LHCRT is only the sixth canal restoration group to receive it.

The Trust is entirely volunteer-run, with its own force of unpaid workers being supplemented in a seven-day week operation by college students receiving hands-on experience, school children, scout groups and corporate volunteers.

Pictured: A busy scene at Fosseway Heath this year where volunteers including these college students have made great progress restoring this section of the Lichfield Canal