Canal group award

Pock canal - presentation to Paul Waddington (Canal amenity chairman) by Graham Ramsden (Regeneration manager) with Claire McDonald (Volunteer co-ordinator)
Pock canal - presentation to Paul Waddington (Canal amenity chairman) by Graham Ramsden (Regeneration manager) with Claire McDonald (Volunteer co-ordinator)

A GROUP who look after, and improve, Pocklington Canal have scooped an award for their voluntary work.

The Pocklington Canal Amenity Society (PCAS) received the North East regional award from British Waterways (BW) for the restoration work and fundraising they have done for the canal.

The group were presented with the Volunteer Recognition Certificate from Jon Horsfall, waterway manager, at Melbourne Arm on the Pocklington Canal.

Jon Horsfall, waterway manager for British Waterways North East, said: “The Pocklington Canal Amenity Society has done a fantastic job promoting and caring for their local waterway and that deserves to be celebrated. They are a great example of what volunteering can achieve, and we are proud to be associated with them.”

In 2010 the society received £45,000 of European funding and contributed sums from their own funds to have approach landings at seven locks and swing bridges installed along the canal.

Paul Waddington, chairman for the PCAS, said: “The LEADER grant of £45,000 is by far the biggest that has been received by the Pocklington Canal Amenity Society in its 41-year history. The society is delighted that the new landing stages will make it much easier for boaters visiting the canal.”

Meanwhile a new liaison officer has been appointed by British Waterways to focus on this area. Claire Macdonald will meet and discuss issues with the various organisations involved with the canal, including British Waterways and English Heritage to help improve facilities along the waterway.

The new season for PCAS is scheduled to launch on 1 April, when canal boat rides will be available to the public each Sunday and bank holiday weekends.