It is with great sadness that I must report that John Baylis passed away  on Wednesday 6th July after an illness. John has been a Trustee for DSCT since before I became involved in 2003. I believe from those that know that he was there when the Trust was started.

John was a founding director of Waterways Recovery Group at the IWA and was involved with camps and restorations for over 50 years. From his workshop at Langley Mill he was often able to make and supply items for restoration and we have benefitted from this on a number of occasions. John will be best remembered for his quiet support; at Trust meetings he would listen to the latest challenge we faced and come up with helpful suggestions derived from his decades of service to waterways restoration. It is these decades of support to the national restoration effort that saw him recognised with the award the British Empire Medal (BEM).

Details of his funeral arrangements are available below.

Chris Madge, Chairman DSCT


John’s funeral service will take place at Mansfield Crematorium, Thoresby Chapel, on Tuesday 2nd August 2022 at 11:15 am

Address – Mansfield Crematorium, Derby Rd, Mansfield, NG18 5BJ
Family flowers by request. Donations in lieu of flowers are for Inland Waterways Association, to make a donation, leave, a message, or add a photo, visit:  click the search button to the right of the the sign in and enter John Baylis. Also there will be a donations box at the chapel.
Afterwards at: The Dog & Duck; Main Rd, Kings Clipstone, NG21 9BT
Please contact Shirley at if you will be attending for catering purposes.
There will be an internet link  to watch the service which will be made available at on via this post, nearer the time.