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Helping people experiencing loneliness and social exclusion by providing Volunteering and employment opportunities through the preservation of historic wooden canal boats, which engage the community in a variety of activities such as, boat recycling trips and running a charity shop; boat restoration, repairs and maintenance; The boats offer respite for disadvantaged people and those suffering poor mental health.  Preserving the traditional boat building skills and the history surrounding the operation of these boats.

Every search you make will now raise funds for us

The Society has linked up with    http://wcbs.easysearch.org.uk/     to raise funds.

By using easysearch instead of Google or any other search engine, you can make a real difference. easysearch is completely FREE and by making just 10 searches a day, you could raise around £20 a year for us.

Just change your search engine to easysearch. Or use the Search button at the top right hand corner of this website and link automatically.

It doesn’t cost you a penny but we benefit !!

NEW BANK ACCOUNT

PLEASE NOTE……..

The Wooden Canal Boat Society has changed its bank.

From now on please make all standing orders and direct debits payable to our new account -

Co-op Community Direct Plus (Business Account)

Sort Code 08 92 99   Account No.  65789829

We have made this change to avoid bank charges.

The Membership Application forms, Hazel Sponsorship forms and Standing order forms have been amended as per those attached to this post below.

.WCBS STO form 2016

Hazel sponsor form with STO-2016

Membership application form_2016

Thanks.

 

GENERAL MEETING

Our next General Meeting is to be held at the shop – 173 Stamford Street, Ashton – on Wednesday 11th May at 5.30pm.

All full members are invited to come along to vote on any matters arising.

All volunteers and people who are interested in finding out more about us are also very welcome. We always need more people to help to volunteer and give input to the Society.

Do email general@wcbs.org.uk if you’ve any queries.

 

AGM REMINDER

Please don’t forget our Annual General Meeting this coming Sunday, April 24th in the shop at 173 Stamford Street, Ashton under Lyne OL6 7PS.

We need more members to support our work going forward with Hazel now fully operative as Tameside’s only wooden Well-Being boat. Especially a treasurer to work with our new online banking and QuickBooks – training given.

Also general help and folk who can come to monthly Council of Management meetings with a possibility of becoming a Trustee after a period of getting to know each other.

We’ve still got 5 old boats needing care and attention so even if you can only spare small amounts of time on these, do contact us.

Please leave a comment on this post with any questions. THANK YOU – see you on Sunday.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

It’s time once again for the WCBS AGM.

On April 24th the members, Trustees and Council of Management will meet at 2pm in the shop, 173 Stamford Street, Ashton under Lyne. The Trustees then resign and, if they wish, can stand for re-election together with others who are interested.

IF YOU ARE A MEMBER OF WCBS YOU CAN ATTEND THIS MEETING. ALSO, EVEN IF YOU CAN’T ATTEND, YOU CAN NOMINATE NEW TRUSTEES.   IF YOU ARE A MEMBER AND ARE INTERESTED IN HELPING THE SOCIETY MORE BY BECOMING A COUNCIL OF MANAGEMENT MEMBER OR BEING NOMINATED FOR A TRUSTEE PLEASE LET US KNOW AT general@wcbs.org.uk

If you’re not yet a member, please either complete the attached form GiftAidDeclaration_singleformforemail         or come to the meeting and join on the day. Annual membership is just £12 pa. and you’ll also receive the quarterly Newsletter.

If you pay membership but haven’t received a letter inviting you to the AGM by one week today (ie Thursday April 7th) please contact us at general@wcbs.org.uk     Maybe when you joined you ticked ‘Associate Member’ instead of Full Member in which case you’d just receive the Newsletter and not AGM and General meeting invites.

Many thanks to all our loyal supporters.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

3 old ladies at Portland Basin

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR OUR MONTHLY RECYCLING TRIPS

On the first Sunday, Monday and Tuesday of each month we collect donations for sale in our shop or for recycling.

WE NEED MORE HELP TO DO THIS.

You will get a free boat trip from Portlad Basin to Droylsden and return, learn about our Society, meet other volunteers and get a chance to steer the boat.   In Droylsden we collect from the local houses.

Sunday trips are from 9.30am to around 4pm dependant on how much is collected.

****** Bring your own lunch ******

Trips on Mondays and Tuesdays are from 6.30pm to around 9pm

DATES FOR 2016

APR     SUN 3rd      MON 4th      TUES 5th

MAY     SUN 8th      MON 9th      TUES 3rd

JUN      SUN 5TH   MON 6th      TUES 7th

JUL       SUN 3rd    MON 4th       TUES 5th

AUG     SUN 7th      MON 1st      TUES 2nd      

 Ring Chris Leah on 07931 952037 for more info.

Hazel’s Service Launch

Another proud moment for the Society and all her volunteers, past and present.

Hazel is now well and truly Tameside’s Well-Being boat after being launched on her way by the Mayor of Tameside – seen below cutting the ribbon, with Ashton Boatman (aka Chris Leah) and the Mayor’s wife and mother. After the ceremony they and others went on a short trip down to near Droylsden and back, enjoying lunch on board. Mayor cuts the ribbon

The Mayor was proud to officiate especially as he had been on the committee that gave us a grant, via New Charter’s Great Neighbourhoods scheme.

You too can help Hazel on her journey; most of the folk who will benefit from her, having poor mental health, usually need funding especially for trips like the ones we offer plus, of course, Hazel will have to be kept in tip-top condition for these trips. BECOME A SPONSOR – celebrate a special day every year for just £28 p.a. and help Hazel give those less fortunate a special day on the canals. Download and complete the form below (and let us know if you can offer Gift Aid). Send, together with your cheque, to the treasurer c/o The Wooden Canal Boat Society, 173 Stamford St, Ashton under Lyne, OL6 7PS. Thank you !  If you’ve any queries, just comment on this post or email general@wcbs.org.uk.

Hazelsponsorform

 

GENERAL MEETING INVITATION

Hello all members, don’t forget it’s our quarterly General Meeting this coming Wednesday 10th February. To be held at 7 pm – prompt – in our shop at 173 Stamford Street, Ashton under Lyne – parking available outside the shop.

Paid up members can vote on issues at the meeting and have their say regarding the onward direction of the Society. We are always looking for help, especially now that we’re starting with Well-Being trips on Hazel for real; she’s already had her first paid trip and this year is the real start of her being busy again on the canals with lots of bookings in the pipeline.

So, if your membership’s lapsed or you’re new to the Society, worry not !! Subscriptions will be happily taken at the meeting.

Look forward to seeing you there.

UPDATES and BECOME A HAZEL SPONSOR

Just a quick apology for the website having been down recently. We had some maintenance to do and unfortunately the guys at the other end weren’t the quickest to respond.

However, we are now not only up and running with the website but also have some wonderful news about an upcoming Service Launch for Hazel with mayoral ribbon-cutting and speeches (and tea and cake) !!! Come back later to find out more details.

If you’re a sponsor this is your chance to enjoy seeing where all your much appreciated support money is going. If you’re not a sponsor, this is where we really need your support as it’s now vital that Hazel is always in tip-top condition to fulfil her role as Tameside’s Well-Being Boat.

This is a link to the sponsor form or you can just reply to this post   Hazelsponsorform

THANK YOU !!

Booking now open for Hazel’s Well-Being trips

The Wooden Canal Boat Society is now offering fully crewed Well​-Being cruises on ‘Hazel’, a beautifully restored historic wooden canal boat.  We offer local cruises and longer breaks, providing rest and relaxation for people having a tough time because of poor mental or physical health or other difficulties.      

Inside Hazel

Our 70ft narrow boat comes fully equipped with a kitchen, a shower/bathroom and a traditional back cabin area and can sleep up to 8 people for overnight trips.    The large saloon has log burning stove and we also have central heating to keep our guests nice and warm.    Trips depart from Portland Basin in Ashton-under-Lyne, with a choice of routes on the local canal network.  Half day cruise prices start from £150.00.

Now taking group bookings – if you would like to find out more, please contact me by replying to this post

or message Anne-Louise Black on Facebook at …..  https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008677594172&fref=ts (copy and paste this into your browser) or mail her at a.black@wcbs.org.uk

or phone at……….. 07860944969.