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Wednesday 20th March 2013

Thirteen crew members took the Pamela May for it’s first outing this year to Hawford and back . This was to examine potential problems taking passengers on such a long trip (estimated 8 hours) and give experience to those who had not done this before.

There where no problems - did it in 6.5 hours (but there were no other moving boats on the canal).

Volunteers and  Trustees Skittle Match

Friday 30th November 2012, 7.30 at the Royal British Legion, Droitwich Spa.

Trustees Sandy Laird and Pam Davey with the event organisers David and Denise Wensley

Waterways Renaissance Awards :

A report by Sandy Laird


On Thursday 23nd May, Pam and Alan Davey and I went to the presentation ceremony at the ICC Birmingham. There were 33 projects at this "Oscars" for the canals and waterways. It was a fascinating event, in a great venue, with interesting food. Tiny pieces of delicious tastes, laid out most artistically!!

The Pamela May project received a "Commendation". The winners were massive projects like the rebuilding of Gloucester Docks, the redevelopment of Liverpool waterfront, major civil engineering schemes and flood containment. It was the 11th year of the Awards ceremony, but the first time we had heard about it. The re-opening of the Droitwich canals would have been a competitive entry.

One of the Assessors sitting next to me was most complimentary about the work we have all done with the Pamela May.

Below is a copy of an e-mail from the organiser of the competition. Thanks to everyone for your help and enthusiasm.


" Hi

Many, many congratulations on your success, I hope you enjoyed yourself and had a safe journey home.

Please do shout about your success – tell everyone and anyone, you deserve it! Do feel free to use the below in your press release or drop me a line if you would like a quote specific to your project.

The Waterways Renaissance Awards recognise exceptional projects that are helping to care for canals and rivers across the UK.

Helen Carey, Chair Waterways Renaissance Awards Assessment Panel:
 “This is the eleventh year of the Waterways Renaissance Awards and once again we’ve seen some fantastic and truly inspiring projects from across the UK. It’s vital that we protect our inland waterways and celebrate the work individuals and organisations are doing to ensure future generations can enjoy all they have to offer.

“We can all learn so much from these achievements, especially when it comes to engaging communities to make the most of their canals and rivers, and we wish them many congratulations on their tremendous success.”


SKITTLES NIGHT Date: Friday 29th November 2013 Held at The Royal British Legion, Salwarpe Road. Organised by David and Denise Wensley.

November 4th: Max Sinclair is conferred the status of Honorary Freedom of the Town of Droitwich Spa. Recognising his his Inspiration and Unstinting Services to the Community for the Restoration of the Droitwich Canals.



Max is seen here sitting with the illuminated Certificate of Admission. Holding it is County Councillor Pam Davey (Chairman of DWT(PM)L, who seconded the Town Council’s motion. On the left is DWT(PM)Trust Director Sandy Laird.

PAMELA MAY USED FOR DISCUSSING ART ON THE CANAL RING

Mandy Fowler hired the Pamela May for three days taking interested parties along the canal discussing the creation of works of art as a visitor attraction. Mandy is the project manager for a art funded activity to provide a feasibility  study early next year for the Mid Worcestershire canal Ring.  

DWT Stall at the Farmers Market in Victoria Square on November 30th, just before the Christmas Lights Switch on and the Lantern Parade

 Dr Bruce Asborn gave an excellent and interesting talk at Rotary House on Friday 24th January 2014  about ‘Early Restoration of the Droitwich Canals’.



St. Richards Festival:  3rd 4th 5th of May.

PAMELA MAY TRIPS IN VINES PARK

A BRILLIANT WEEKEND WITH MANY VISITORS AND GOOD WEATHER -

Selling trip tickets etc.

Turning the Pamela May
 with inches to spare

Ready to dock

Docked

SUMMER FESTIVAL:
Saturday:  21st June, 28th June and 5th July 2014

The Pamela May turned itself into a Viking Long Boat:  for details click on Picture- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - – - - -

VIKINGS

SALT FEST:     13TH - 14TH SEPT 2014

As with the Summer Festival the Pamela May turned itself into a Viking Long Boat  and had a very successful weekend.

ST RICHARD’S FESTIVAL:     2nd & 3rd May 2015

The Pamela May was used for short trips enhancing the activities for this weekend festival in Droitwich Spa

The crew of the Pamela May worked hard giving short trips during this festival.

DROITWICH SUMMER FESTIVAL:     20th June to 5th July

AUGUST 1st: ROYAL CHARTER DAY

CELEBRATING 800 YEARS FROM THE SEALING OF KING JOHN’S ‘FEE FARM SALT CHARTER GIVEN TO THE PEOPLE OF WICH IN 1215,

This allowed the town freedom from the crown for self government, a two week market each year, change the name of the town to Droitwich and be exempt from paying any tax in England in perpetuity. All for the annual sum of £100 which lasted for 475 years.

The Pamela May is dressed up as a Royal Barge to convey King John to to the town of Wich.

The Pamela May crew is ready to receive the King and his retinue.

The king arrives in Wich and met by the burgesses of the town

Crowds gathered in Vines Park to witness the event

The sealing of the Charter was a very serious event which took place outside St Andrew’s Church, the only building in Droitwich which survived to great fire of 1290

THE PAMELA MAY WAS INVOLVED WITH THE FOOD FESTIVAL ON THE 18TH AND 19TH JUNE, AND ALSO WITH ST. RICHARD’S FESTIVAL ON THE 30th OFAPRIL AND 1ST AND 2ND OF MAY..


The Droitwich Waterways (PM)T stall

The new CRT work-boat for volunteers

Roman Solders guard the canal swing bridge!

SALT FEST:  10 - 11th September 2016
It rained on Saturday and was bright on Sunday, The Pamela May did a splendid job carrying passengers on both days.

On Saturday the Trust’s Duck Race brought in a handsome sum of money. It was unfortunate that nearly half the ducks disappeared down the river Salwarpe.


SALT FEST:  12 - 13th September 2015

The Pamela May did short trips and the Trust organised a successful Duck Race on the River Salwarpe.


Pamela May going through the Bowling Club Swing Bridge.

Pamela May disappearing beyond the Roman Soldier Camp into the heart of the festival attractions.

SALT FEST:
Saturday & Sunday 16th &17th September 2017

The Pamela May will be carrying passengers on both days.

On Sunday the Trust’s Duck Race will take place at 4.15 pm on the River Salwarpe in Vine park.


A NEW TOWING PATH FOR THE DROITWICH BARGE CANAL NOW EXISTS ON ITS LOWER REACHES: