I attended the virtual meeting of the above on Thursday 4th November, which concentrated on the Kennet and Avon Canal. I have to say that this was one of the very best CRT Forum meetings I have attended and the Director responsible, Mark Evans, needs to be congratulated on developing a format which really works. Little about the glorious CRT but hard canal information, led by 2 well prepared reviews of present and immediate future work on the canal given by the lead operations folk. The rest of the meeting was left open to questions from the appropriately 30 attendees. It is very clear that CRT is having much success in the involvement of volunteers into their work, some at the real engineering end. But of course this is not really surprising as they have built this approach right from the start (at least at the eastern end) on the existing K&A Canal Trust volunteers who always worked closely with BWB/CRT.
I hope Mark shares his approach with other CRT Detectors.
The NABO AGM will be held at on Saturday 13th November at the Tamworth CC Club, Kettlebrook Wharf, Kettlebrook Rd Tamworth B77 1AG (by boat it is on the Coventry Canal, just up from Fazeley Junction).
We will start at 11 am with the AGM formal business, followed by a presentation and discussion. After a light lunch, there will be a meeting of the new Council, to which NABO members are welcome.
Please let us know if you are coming so that we can plan the catering.
We still need your help. The Council meets around seven times per year and the work is rewarding and interesting … and occasionally frustrating. You'll learn what goes on behind the scenes and make new friends into the bargain. If you feel you might be out of your depth, worry not; one of us will act as your mentor to help you with the few formalities. Don't be shy! It is too late for nomination at the AGM now, but dont let that put you off. We cannot continue to be effective without the new input of active members - like you.
Mike Rodd believes that this is what the new words in CRT’s terms and conditions are saying, even though CRT denies this.
At last we were able to have a real NABO Council meeting and it was such a pleasure to meet our new councillors physically! It is amazing how we have coped over the past year, especially with so much going on in both CRT and the EA – but nothing can replace a face-to-face discussion. With the AGM coming up in a few months, we do have an urgent need to recruit someone to take over Mark Tizard’s roles as General Secretary and Vice Chairman. Sadly, Mark has sold his beautiful boat and will be stepping down from the Council. He has made a huge contribution to our work in so many ways.