Our very first DCTT AGM!

Last night we welcomed trustees and members to our Annual General Meeting at the Portal – a record 55 people making the place look very full indeed!

To start off the evening, Mike Skidmore gave a fascinating presentation about the work that the archive team have been doing, bringing some order to the archives of Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust.¬†They’re looking forward to being able to share it with the wider public in the future – if anyone is interested in accessing the archives for their own research and interest please get in touch with us.

We then moved over into the learning room in the Portal building for the main meeting, which was opened by an address from Alan Garnell, DCTT president.

Our Chairman Jeff Luesley and Chief Executive Traci Dix-Williams then gave a summary of 2017, which they described ‘the hiatus year that was actually anything but’. Traci shared the year in numbers, including 5 snow days, 94,000 visitors, ¬£100,000 spent on boat repairs, 6,500 volunteer hours and her personal favourite, a 5am start with BBC Radio WM on Black Country Day. She shared some of the highlights of the year too – Dreamcatcher becoming Vic Smallshire, Bittel winning the Hemelryk award – which Steve Bingham kindly bought along for everyone to admire in person – and a whole host of VIP visits from all over the world.

The usual procedural business of an AGM followed, including Alan and Jeff thanking three departing members of the board for their service – Mike Duley, Derek Gittings and Alex Parker have given the Trust what must be thousands of hours of hard work over the years, and for that we are all extremely grateful. We also formally welcomed two new trustees; Richard Langford and Paul Smith. Both have familial ties to the Trust that go back many years and will bring a wealth of expertise to the board – we look forward to working with them!

Following the close of the meeting, members were invited to stay and celebrate 2017 with a few snacks. A good evening indeed!