Since those early meetings in 1968, ECP&DA has gone from strength to strength, successfully repairing the Langley Mill lock, (which is actually the first lock on the Cromford Canal), digging out both Langley Mill Basin and the Great Northern Basin, all within five years with a grand opening in 1973.
A dry dock was built, a boat yard has been established and many repairs and canal clean-up parties have taken place in the last 50 years.
The Erewash Canal was reinstated to full Cruiseway status in 1983, this was solely due to the efforts of the early volunteers who worked tirelessly to improve the canal and maintain its historical locks and buildings.
Restoration has continued at Langley Mill and projects include:
Awards that recognise the work of the ECP&DA Volunteers
- In October 2008 the ECP&DA received an award from British Waterways for ongoing promotion and restoration work on the Erewash canal.
- In June 2019 the ECP&DA received the Queen's Award for Voluntary Services - the MBE for volunteer groups.
- In July 2019 the Canal & River Trust (CRT) and ECP&DA were awarded Green Flag status for their work in maintaining the Erewash Canal to a very high standard.
- In August 2019 Sandiacre Lock cottage volunteers were awarded a Sandford Award for Informal Learning.
Well done to all the dedicated volunteers who over 50 plus years of commitment and hard work have made the canal and surrounding environment, Langley Mill basin and its historic buildings, Great Northern basin and Sandiacre Lock Cottages worthy of the awards mentioned above.