Kath and Ken have only just returned from holiday, so I have again been asked to provide a short blog. I am very pleased to do so, because the Trust has a couple of big things to announce.First, the Trust has a new President. The Hon Sir William McAlpine Bt FRSE has kindly agreed to become our President with immediate effect.
Sir William was a director of Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd for more than fifty years. He is Chairman of: The Railway Heritage Trust - The Dart Valley Railway - Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway - SS Sir Walter Scott on Loch Katrine – Railnews - SONE (Supporters of Nuclear Energy). Sir William is a Governor of Shiplake College and is President of the Transport Trust and other organisations. Sir William has served for several terms on the ZSL Council (Zoological Society London) and is now on the Development Committee. He has accepted the Presidency of the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust as an extension of his interest in historic transport.We are looking forward enormously to working with Sir William, and benefitting from his very extensive experience and expertise in the field of heritage transport.
We are very grateful to our previous President, Dr David Fletcher CBE, for his great support over many years, and are pleased that he has agreed to become one of our Vice-Presidents, so that we can continue our connection with him.Second, we will be having a visit from our Patron in about two weeks. Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall will inaugurate the new Wichelstowe landing stage alongside Waitrose at West Wichel on the afternoon of Monday 13th July at 2.30 pm.
Her Royal Highness will arrive at the event on our trip boat Dragonfly, and will unveil a commemorative plaque. The unveiling ceremony will be attended by local dignitaries, Trust volunteers, sponsors and supporters, and we hope by a large number of Trust members.