IN OCTOBER 2022, around 50 people attended the unveiling of a kingfisher mosaic on the restored bridge over the Buckingham Canal at Cosgrove.
The mosaic was created by local artist Melanie Watts and funded by the Christopher Power Prize money awarded by IWA to Athina Beckett in 2020. The Christopher Power Prize is awarded to a person, society or trust who has made the most significant contribution to the restoration of an inland waterway.
Athina Beckett was nominated for her dedicated and enthusiastic contribution to the Buckingham Canal Society’s ongoing restoration of the Grand Union’s Buckingham Branch.
She joined Buckingham Canal Society in 1993 as a volunteer. Further roles soon followed and in 1997 she took on the job of work party leader, a role she continues to hold today. She has been particularly successful at encouraging involvement with the Buckingham Canal Society from a number of corporate organisations.
Pete Winkleman of MKDons, and landowner of the farmland adjacent to the canal, kindly attended and unveiled the mosaic. Canal and River Trust CEO Richard Parry also attended the event and was impressed by the work the Buckingham Canal Society volunteers have done and continue to undertake.