Christine Howles from the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust has contacted me to tell me she’s after your vote – no, she’s not standing for election, but the Trust is applying for a community grant and could really do with readers voting for them in the next week or so.
The One Family community grant would enable the Trust to purchase a narrowboat for community use – Christine emailed me a few days ago:
We need your votes!
We’re up for a community award grant and if we win we’ll be able to buy a narrowboat for use by youth groups, schools and loads of other organisations. The local community can spend time on the canals, including the Lichfield Canal once we’ve finished restoring it, experiencing the history and geography of the canal networks, observing wildlife, undertaking environmental projects and gaining skills skippering and crewing the boat.
The winner of this community award grant is decided by community vote so please follow this link, vote for us and tell your friends. Thank you!
Christine also sent me a more detailed press release on the applicantion by the L&HCRT’s Tom Reid:
CANAL TRUST BID FOR AWARD TO BUY NARROWBOAT
Lichfield Canal volunteers are hoping to push the boat out soon – with the help of an on-line public vote.
Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust’s application for an award of up to £25,000 from the One Family Foundation has been approved, and if successful the Trust will spend the money on a narrowboat for use by youth groups, schools and other members of the community.
As a mutual owned by its customers, the One Family Foundation aims to improve the wealth, financial security and health of its members, while having a positive impact on them and their communities.
As well as providing personal grants, the Foundation offers community awards to help improve something that matters to its customers in their local area, and the funding goes to the projects that receive the most votes.
A L&HCRT spokesperson said acquiring a narrowboat would allow the local community to spend time on canals, including the Lichfield Canal when restored, experience the history and geography of the canal networks, observe wildlife, undertake environmental projects and gain skills skippering and crewing the boat.
‘We want people to enjoy and benefit from time on the water and engage with the natural environment,’ the spokesperson added.