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We are delighted to announce that we have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

Formed on 18th January 1968 to save the Erewash canal from closure, the ECP&DA spent two years restoring the original terminus of the Cromford and Nottingham canals which connected with the Erewash at Langley Mill. The Great Northern Basin was officially reopened in May 1973. In December 2017 the Lock Cottages at Sandiacre were purchased by the Association, which has looked after them for 50 years.

Norman Cornwell, Chairman, and his lovely wife Shirley Cornwell, Membership Secretary, attended a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in May, along with other recipients of this year’s Award.

ECP&DA is one of 281 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of nominations and awards has increased year on year since the awards were introduced in 2002, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to make life better for those around them.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service aims to recognise outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee.  Winners are announced each year on 2 June – the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation. Award winners this year are wonderfully diverse.  They include volunteers helping people overcome mental health problems through sport, volunteers using caravans as mobile cafe/information centres in geographically remote locations and another group mentoring children who have a parent in prison.

Representatives of ECP&DA will receive the award later this summer, from Mr. William Tucker the Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire.

ECP&DA Chairman, Norman Cornwell said “The award is known as the “MBE for volunteer groups” and our award recognises all of our members’ efforts over 51 years, initially in preventing the closure of the Erewash canal and the ongoing work to ensure the canal remains available for everybody to enjoy”

Pictures of the presentation at Buckingham Palace

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