Report on the Annual General Meeting on Monday 14th January 2019

The Ashby Canal Association held its AGM at Donisthorpe Miners’ Welfare Centre. It was attended by around 40 people.  Chairman Peter Oakden announced the progress made in negotiations with Leicestershire County Council to have ownership of the Transport and Works Act Order (2005) transferred across to the ACA. This will enable work to begin on the restoration almost immediately. The treasurer, Bob Taylor. announced an increase in funds since 2017 to bring the total in 30th September 2018 to a very healthy £236,173.45.

Long-serving committee member and life member, Audrey Boston, stood down from her role as a committee member and director, as did Ian Palmer. We are indebted to both for their services. The directors retiring by rotation – Cyril Blackford, Cindy Aston and Clive Walker – were all re-elected into their posts.

The short meeting was followed by a talk by a speaker from The National Forest on “Coalpits to Treetops”, which illustrated how the “Back to Green” Lottery Funded Initiative transformed the area around the top end of the Ashby Canal from an area once dominated by coal and clay workings into green countryside.