Wey and Arun Canal Trust wins award

The opening celeremony of the new Canal Vistor Centre. C120467-3
The opening celeremony of the new Canal Vistor Centre. C120467-3

THE Wey & Arun Canal Trust (WACT) has been given a financial boost for its restoration work.

The trust’s stand has won the trophy for the Best Non- Commercial stand and a £100 cheque towards the canal’s restoration.

The competition, sponsored by Canal Boat magazine, judged the WACT stand at the Inland Waterways Festival held at Watford over the weekend.

Judghes said the stand was both eye-catching and popular with children and what really impressed them was the ‘mouseboat’ in front of the stand.

Built in May 2005 by WACT member, Richard Emsley, the mouseboat design was first used at the opening of the Trust’s restored Haybarn Swing Bridge.

A mouseboat is a light, easy to build and stable platform for a child learning to use a boat, as well as being popular with adults. It is small enough to build in a garage and easily carried on a roof rack.

It was an instant hit with children who couldn’t resist climbing in and imagining themselves on the canal.

Dave Verrall, one of the trust’s publicity team, said: “It was Richard’s boat that really won the trophy for us and throughout the weekend we had visitors asking all about restoring the Wey & Arun Canal”.

The trophy was presented by Paul Chilvers of the Inland Waterways Association and accepted on behalf of the trust by Peter Marchi, WACT exhibition manager.