Museum Friends and Volunteers recently enjoyed the Fourth Members Dinner held at Residence restaurant in Nantwich.
President of the museum, Robert Stones, presented the Walter and Ada Dutton Prize to Barrie Astbury, a Trustee of the museum and a stalwart supporter of its activities for many years. Barrie is associated with all aspects of life at the museum in particular its Education and Town Tours both of which help to fulfil the function of a community museum and support it financially. He has also been involved in numerous activities around the town.
The Dutton Prize, which includes a magnificent medal, was endowed by medal-maker Ron Dutton in memory of his parents Alderman and Mrs Dutton. Each year the museum Board is able to nominate for the prize unsung heroes regarded as making an extraordinary contribution to the life of the town.
David Maidment gave the after dinner talk entitled “From High Vis Jacket to Bowler Hat” outlining his career on the railways which included managing the Royal Train in this region. As well as making a major contribution to railway safety world wide taking it from a reactive to proactive culture his travels brought him face to face with the plight of the street children so often congregating at railway stations. This led to creation of “The Railway Children” charity which has helped thousands of children worldwide to be given back their childhood.