Looking forward

Our 2017 AGM was held in the shop yesterday. We would like to welcome Tony Hewitson to the Trustee team to join with Dan Cocker. Kath Walls has stood down to concentrate on finance and Dave Wilson has also stood down to concentrate on his life !! Many thanks to Dave who joined us as the Hazel Project was in its infancy.

This does leave us with openings for new trustees. Some new volunteers came to the meeting and between them and current people it was agreed that some would shadow the Council of Management for a while and then an extra-ordinary meeting would be held to elect one or more to join Tony and Dan without waiting for next year’s AGM.

However more admin people are still needed in all areas so please do look at the Vacancies page here on the website to see if there is any area that you can help us in………if you’ve any queries or doubts please do email general@wcbs.org.uk. Thank you.

 

Save money and help WCBS

Do you know how to raise money for The Wooden Canal Boat Society without spending a penny extra and maybe even saving yourself some money?
>>>>> Do you search online? Then use
http://wcbs.easysearch.org.uk/
>>>> Do you buy online? Then use
https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/wcbs/
>>>> Do you travel by train? Then use https://wcbs.trainsplit.com/main.aspx

PLEASE USE,
PLEASE SHARE,
THANK YOU !

INVITATION TO MEET US

If you would like to support The Wooden Canal Boat Society and have some time on your hands then why not become a volunteer? You don’t necessarily need experience just be adaptable, reliable and a team player who’s willing to work alone on something when necessary.

Currently we really need more people to be Trustees. To do this you need to gain knowledge of the Society and its aims then be able to look forward with maybe business or management skills to help us further our aims whilst keeping within the bounds of charity governance.

We also need people to do other admin work as below:-

  • Newsletter – we need someone to gather information for inclusion in our 3 times a year newsletters, initially to pass on to the current editor but also with a view to becoming editor in the future. This person could also use the information for the Annual Reports for AGM in March annually.
  • Similarly, someone to act as webmaster and update the website (on WordPress) on a regular basis with WCBS events, stories and photos.
  • We currently advertise Hazel on online accommodation websites but with her at 3 different sites. We need someone to oversee this work, to keep track of bookings at all the sites so she is not double-booked.
  • Manage Hazel’s bookings, arranging cleaning between trips, meeting the customers, being a contact point for them during their stay etc.
  • General handy-persons. We have a shop manager in Ashton shop but sometimes there are problems outside of her duties. We need someone who can deal with these or oversee getting a trades-person to do so. Similarly we have a boat-yard in Stalybridge which needs to be maintained regularly so people can go to work there knowing necessary tools etc are available, tidy and in place. There is also a small garden area at the boatyard which needs general maintenance.
  • General marketing person. Ensuring that the leaflet holders in our shop and at Portland Basin are kept well stocked: liaising with Portland Basin museum staff re our displays; general maintenance of all marketing materials by working with the relevant managers.
  • Publicity / Education person; arranging with volunteers to have people giving talks / showing the public around our boats and talking about their history. Visiting schools or societies to update them about our work and the boats’ industrial heritage (some material for this is available but an  interest in the history would be essential).
  • Marketing and Education manager. To oversee all publicity and help to produce new items as necessary. To find new areas for marketing and education to spread the word further about our work.
  • Sponsorship secretary. To keep the current sponsorship spreadsheet updated by liaising with the treasurer and membership secretary. To find new sponsors especially businesses to enable us to maintain Hazel for her well-being trips.
  • Membership secretary. As above, to maintain the current spreadsheet, send out the newsletters and help with membership drives and publicity.

If you like being online, we need people who can look out for funding opportunities, write bids and deal with the process or find sites where we can find more volunteers.  Also more help is needed selling things online which have been donated to us. This would entail working in a small office in our shop.

If any of these sound interesting, or you would like to help in our shop or with hands-on boat work, do get in touch-email  general@wcbs.org.uk

Thank you

AGM Reminder and Invitation

If you are interested in our Society or would just like to find out more, we should like to invite you to our AGM which is being held in our shop, 173 Stamford Street Ashton under Lyne at 12 noon on 23rd April so please come along and meet us there. To ensure there will be enough cake, please email general@wcbs.org.uk with numbers.

Anyone can come along, but only paid up members can vote (join on the day). If you would like to be part of our team then please send your name to us before the meeting so we can include it in the voting. To see what opportunities there are please look at the Vacancies page which you can find on the home page of this website, under our photo.

Thank you

Getting in touch with us

Please note that comments to posts here are not regularly monitored. If you wish to get in touch with us it’s better to email general@wcbs.org.uk

You could of course volunteer to monitor the comments ! Have a look at all the volunteering opportunities on the Vacancy page

Thank you

Invitation

If you are interested in our Society or would just like to find out more, we should like to invite you to our AGM which is being held in our shop, 173 Stamford Street Ashton under Lyne at 12 noon on 23rd April so please come along and meet us there. To ensure there will be enough cake, please email general@wcbs.org.uk with numbers.

Anyone can come along, but only paid up members can vote (join on the day). If you would like to be part of our team then please send your name to us before the meeting so we can include it in the voting. To see what opportunities there are please look at the Vacancies page which you can find via the link under the photo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Calendar

I’ve just updated the calendar to show Hazel’s whereabouts over the next few months. Just hover your mouse over the date. Most dates are still bookable for trips during the day and/or overnight stay wherever she happens to be at the time.

Valentines and goodbyes

Don’t forget to keep up to date with the doings of Ashton Boatman via the link in ”About us”

Especially the latest post…..There are some still some places for the Valentines trips to the Boundary pub

And, end of an era as we said ”Goodbye” to Hazel Mayow, who has been the Volunteer Co-ordinator for the Hazel Project until recently.

http://ashtonboatman.posthaven.com/collecting-hazel-and-saying-goodbye-to-hazel

Newsletter

The spring newsletter is out. Anyone expecting an emailed copy should have received it on 27th Jan. Anyone expecting a paper copy had it posted on 30 Jan or 2nd Feb so should have received it by now. Anyone not expecting a newsletter can click on “Join Us!” then “Application form” and follow instructions to get one…