Fantastic raffle – this dolls’ house and loads of furniture
FOR JUST £1
Tickets are on sale at The Wooden Canal Boat Society‘s shop in Stamford Street, Ashton under Lyne
at Stalybridge Farmers Market this Sunday 14th September.
The raffle will be drawn at the shop on Dec. 1st.
A PERFECT CHRISTMAS PRESSY
Exciting times are just around the corner here at The Wooden Canal Boat Society
We are pleased to announce the role of Boat Manager / Skipper is now being recruited for
Our Recycling Trips are proving very popular in this beautiful sunshine
Please get in touch if you would like more information
We’d like to give a big thank you to all the volunteers who gave up their time to help on these days. If you want to help at future events do contact Chris Leah – 07931952037. As well as helping it’s fun to get out and about and meet others in the Society.
“Hazel” – New Lives from an Old Boat
Project Development Manager (Big Lottery Funded)
We are currently recruting a Project Development Manager
Please see http://wcbs.org.uk/?page_id=590 for more details
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.
Wooden Canal Boat Society
will be launching Narrowboat “Hazel” Into the canal!
Friday 3rd May 2013
Viewing available from the towpath side 100 yards east of lock 7W (near Tescos)
An Evening of
Folk Dancing and Music
Live Music Provided by Tom Kitching & Friends
Comedy provided by “Your Dad”
Starts 7:30pm Friday May 3rd 2013
Hurst Community Centre
Adults £6 in advance, £7 on the door
Aged 15 and under £4 in advance, £5 on the door
Wooden Canal Boat Society Shop
173 Stamford Street
If you would like to be a Hazel sponsor here is the application form.
I’d like to offer a big thank you to The Safety Group especially Stuart Beaumont for the time and effort spent in sending us Risk Assessment paperwork for all of the tools and conditions we encounter in the Boatyard these will help us make sure everyone works safely and responsibly for the foreseeable future.
Information about the company and the work they do can be found on their website
The Wooden Canal Boat Society has the second largest collection of former working wooden canal boats in UK. Rather than simply restore and preserve them, The WCBS is finding new uses for these wonderful old boats, putting them to work on behalf of the local community and at the same time providing opportunities for people to learn new skills, meet people, make friends, do something useful and rewarding………………. Working with wooden boats can change peoples lives.
Tameside is an area of considerable deprivation with high levels of disadvantage, low income and health problems. Poverty, mental illness and social exclusion all too frequently impact together, affecting an individual’s ability to work efficiently, often resulting in unemployment or being confined to low status jobs and consequent loss of self esteem and confidence . Volunteering with Wooden Canal Boat Society can be a way of giving daily lives meaning and structure.
The Wooden Canal Boat Society has key projects:
- Portland Basin Museum where we maintain and display our working wooden boats ( Lilith, Southam, Forget me Not, Queen and Eltham) and inform the public about the history of working boats, our canal heritage and the work of the WCBS.
- Twice monthly working boat trips for community recycling.
- The Wooden Canal Boat Society Charity Shop in Stamford Street
- The restoration of “hazel” as a residential “wellbeing boat” at the Boatyard in Knowl Street.
The Wooden Canal Boat Society has up to 100 volunteers per year involved with these projects. Mainly living in Tameside, volunteering activities revolve around boat handling, boat building, maintenance and repair, “boat sitting” ,community recycling ( collection, sorting and sales), van driving, charity shop sales , tourist information, industrial heritage, marketing, project development and fund raising.
For some, volunteering with the Wooden Canal Boat Society is about getting out of the house and meeting new people and doing something useful. For others it is an opportunity to learn new skills and a route back to work. For some, it is putting their existing skills to work and “giving something back”…………and for many it is about “wellbeing” and reducing the risk of social isolation. Volunteering with WCBS helps people to be active, stay fit, live independently and remain healthy for longer………………………………………….and at the end of it, these historical wooden canal boats are retained as assets, working for the community, bringing our heritage back to life and filling our waterways with colour and sounds of enjoyment……………………”new lives” indeed, from old boats !