Branches Melksham Calne & Chippenham News
Civic award for canal Trust supporter
Sunday, 01 February 2009 00:00

2009_February_2A popular publican has been praised for his support of local good causes - including the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust.

John Stewart, who runs The Tavern bar and cafe in Melksham Market Place, has received a civic award from Melksham Town Council for services to the community. It was presented by Mayor Richard Wiltshire during the annual civic reception at Melksham Assembly Hall.

In recent years John has encouraged his staff and customers to fundraise for a wide range of different causes. These have included the Frenchay After Burns (FAB) Children's Club which supports burn-injured children from across the region; Barnardo's South West and Children In Need which both help disadvantaged children; and the Forever Friends Appeal for the Royal United Hospital in Bath.
The Tavern has also been a corporate member of the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust which hopes to restore the former waterway through Melksham to boost local tourism and employment.

John said: "The nomination was a complete surprise, but I'm sincerely grateful for the official recognition from the town council and its members.
"I've always tried to do whatever I can to support local good causes and to play a positive role in the local community, but I'd never stopped to consider how many groups we had helped and how much money we had raised.
"It's a tribute to the hard work of our staff and the generosity of our customers."

Rob Jones, chairman of the local branch of the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust, said: "John's involvement as a corporate supporter has raised awareness of our campaign and encouraged many people to sign up as members. His civic award is well deserved."