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NEWS 2011

Announced on Saturday 22nd October 2011
at Whittington Village Hall

Congratulations to all the lucky winners in the Grand Prize Draw for 2011 whose tickets were drawn out during our Autumn Social Evening at Whittington Village Hall on 22nd October.

We give special thanks to all the donors of the prizes shown below, and to Bob Williams and George Simonczyk for all their hard work organising it.

The lucky winners were:-

1. £500 CASHMrs Christine Cox, Erdington, Birmingham.5895
2. £200 MASONRY GARDEN ORNAMENT by A Walker & Son, CannockJohn & Hilary Smith, Sutton Coldfield, W.Mids1709
3. £50 TRADE VOUCHER by Midland Chandlers LimitedMr Peter Sylvester, Little Haywood, Stafford.14332
4. MARKS & SPENCERS VOUCHER for £50Mr Brian Smith, Lichfield394
5. £20 shopping vouchersMr S Lay, Stafford.1826
6. Curved glass photo frameMr J S Harrison, Lichfield4535
7. Cozy leisure garment or metal post boxMr Perry, Lichfield6696
8. CHOICE OF VIDEO OR DVD from Laurence Hogg ProductionsMr / Mrs C Nock, Lichfield6542
9. MP3 playerR H Attree, Brownhills14604

We wish to thank everyone who bought and sold tickets again this year, raising a record £5,454 for Trust funds. The Prize Draw for 2012 will be launched in March and tickets will be offered to members with the Spring edition of “Cut Both Ways” due out in May.


Good news! In October 2011 the Trust was chosen for the second time by the Waitrose store in Lichfield as one of three good causes to be featured in their “Community Matters” scheme.

Each month the store donates £1,000 between three local good causes. At the checkout customers are given a token to place in the box of their choice. The more tokens a cause gets the bigger the donation they receive.

In June 2009 we received £450. This year it was £550. Thanks to everybody who helped and of course to Waitrose for their generosity.

Our 21st Annual General Meeting was held on Friday 17th June 2011 at 7.15pm

The Annual General Meeting held at the Park View Centre, Brownhills, 17th June 2011

Click here for the Chairman's Report
Click here for the Directors' Report
Click here for the Finance Directors' Report
Click here for Accounts for 2010


If you went to Tamworth Road during April and May 2011 you will have seen the great work which has been done there by our contractors, McPhillips. They completed operations on Pound 26 safely within the contract period and we now have a section of canal which is slowly filling with water. This is an exciting moment in the history of our project. We have worked for nearly a quarter of a century to restore our canals. We have many successes to point to but, for the general public; nothing will really count if it is not a canal with water in it and boats on it. For so many years we have had a work site at Tamworth Road which has impressed waterways aficionados but has not really impressed the passing public. Now that has changed. Our first section of restored canal is there for all to see.

Our thanks go to all those who have driven forward the work at Tamworth Road. Bob Williams has supervised the operations and has ensured proper planning and financing. Peter Buck, supported by John Horton and other members of the engineering team, has been our project engineer and his technical expertise and knowledge have been invaluable. Our own work force, until recently led by Brian Davis, has done so much to prepare and build the infrastructure thus ensuring the work, and cost, required of contractors has been kept to a minimum. Now they are all fired up and ready to move on. We must also pay tribute to our MP and Patron, Michael Fabricant, who came so rapidly and effectively to our rescue when the whole project seemed threatened by bureaucracy and ill-informed obstruction. Our other, largely unsung, heroine is Sandra Attwood who has supported us throughout the work and made it all possible by agreeing to the transfer of the lease of the vital piece of land to the Trust and tolerating the long-term intrusion into her garden. We should also pay tribute to the professionalism of McPhillips who have done a splendid job, responded cheerfully and positively to the difficulties and have left the site in pristine condition.

More details and photos can be found on the Work Parties page

and in Cut Both Ways issue 67

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