It is with great sadness that we have learnt that NABO’s oldest member died on the 5th of February 2014. Philip celebrated his 100th birthday last June. He had kept remarkably fit and boated into his 90's, happily stepping over lock gates in his 80’s!
Joining NABO in its early years, he served on our Council, becoming the representative for the disabled, a position he held until his death.
Involved also in many other canal-related activities, his death will be felt by many who admired this wonderful hero of our waterways.
In the space of a few days, three people on two vessels have died from suspected carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning and the Boat Safety Scheme is pointing boat owners to its advice to help stay safe. A man living on his narrowboat in Banbury died along with his pet dog and two fishermen have been found dead aboard their vessel in Whitby harbour.
In the context of the initial reports that these people may have died from carbon monoxide poisoning, boat skippers and crews are being strongly encouraged to take stock and ensure that they are properly protected against the threat from the extremely toxic gas.
In attendance at this meeting, called by CRT, on the 3rd of February 2014, were the Chairs and representatives of NABO (Mike Rodd, Mark Tizard), IWA (Les Etheridge and Paul Roper), RBOA (Alan Wildman), AWCC (Paul La Blique) and ACC (Steve Jay and Louise Yeoman). From CRT were CEO Richard Parry, Directors Vince Moran and Simon Salem, and Boating Manager, Sally Ash.
NABO has responded to the CRT Consultation paper - REVIEW OF ELECTIONS TO COUNCIL, published 19 November 2013, see:
The CRT Council was formed 18 months ago ahead of the launch of the Canal & River Trust and has an important role in helping to shape policy, raise and debate issues, provide guidance and perspective, and act as a sounding board for Trustees. The Council also has the responsibility of appointing and, if necessary, dismissing Trustees.
NABO’s responses relate to the Boater elections only.