‘Gobsmacking’ national award for canal events team

From left: Geraint Jones, Mick Butler and awards host Jim Hancock
From left: Geraint Jones, Mick Butler and awards host Jim Hancock
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A canal events committee member says he was ‘gobsmacked’ to hear his team had scooped a national award.

The Friends of Stoke Bruerne Canal Museum was recognised for its annual events programme which has raised more than £62,000 for the museum and local community projects since 2006.

Stoke Bruerne Canal Museum

Stoke Bruerne Canal Museum

It was crowned best in the recreation and tourism category at The Living Waterways Awards, run by the Canal & River Trust.

The Friends of Stoke Bruerne Canal Museum is a registered charity, set up in 2006, to support the work of the museum.

Mick Butler, committee member and chairman of Village at War, said: “It’s gobsmacking to win and receive this award.

“Our events bring people to the canal and through this, help keep the canal museum alive.”

Events hosted by the committee have included model boat displays, illuminated boats and carols, Christmas markets, guided walks, open gardens, auctions, a 50th birthday party for the Museum, the Stoke Bruerne Family Festival and Village at War.

Helen Carey, chairman of the awards’ assessment panel, said: “These events clearly have a strong social impact, with a reach well beyond the canal community.

“The diverse events programme is helping to strengthen the reputation of Stoke Bruerne as a unique canalside destination, where the canal is seen as the high street.”

The Living Waterways Awards were announced on September 24 at a ceremony at The Royal Armouries in Leeds.