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Rickmansworth celebrates opening of Batchworth Lock Education Centre

04 April 19

Rickmansworth celebrates opening of Batchworth Lock Education Centre

The Rickmansworth Waterways Trust, Affinity Water and scores of local residents came together on Saturday 30 March to celebrate the opening of the Batchworth Lock Education Centre.

The new home of the heritage education work of the Trust was officially opened by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, Robert Voss CBE.

Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, Robert Voss CBE

The Education Centre will be used as a new hub by the Rickmansworth Waterways Trust, which was established in 1991 and aims to bring people together who are passionate about canals, the local community, its history and the environment.

David Montague, Festival Director and Rickmansworth Waterways Trust Chairman said: “Rickmansworth Waterways Trust would like to thank everyone who so generously donated money, time and considerable energy in so many different ways to this project. We are profoundly thankful to everyone who has supported the new building. Thanks to the help from Affinity Water, Charitable Trusts, Three Rivers District Council, local schools, individuals and the business community, we got this project completed in just over two years.

Affinity Water sponsored some of the fit out of the building so that the Trust can host school visits and provide disability access. Our award-winning education programme will be now delivered here and help local children enjoy the lock and increase their knowledge and appreciation of the canals and waterways.

Anna Jarmolinska-Nowak, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager at Affinity Water said: “We were so happy to be able to continue our support for the education programme and the development of this stunning new premises. Water may be our business, but we want to do our bit for others in the communities we serve and work with people to protect the environment and ensure a sustainable future for all.

For more information on The Rickmansworth Waterways Trust and the new education centre, please visit

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