In 2017 the Rickmansworth Waterways Trust received the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service for our work as a charity. This was announced in a special edition of the London Gazette that was published on 2nd June 2017.

This is the ultimate recognition for all the work that our volunteers do to support all aspects of our charity whether that is our Education Programme, the Batchworth Lock Canal Centre, our boats or the Rickmansworth Festival. The award is all about volunteering and it is the highest award any group can receive for its work. We are one of just 5 groups in Hertfordshire who have received the award in 2017. Of all the groups nominated in Hertfordshire, 40 groups progressed to be assessed as we were last year and then only a quarter of these went on to final consideration for the award.

The Trust is incredibly proud of all our volunteers, their commitment to all that we do and stand for and for their sheer hard work for the Trust that has led to this award.

One of our Trustees, Les Mead, has compiled a video of the Award presentation which was carried out by Robert Voss, Lord-Lieutenant for Hertfordshire, on the 17th August 2017.