CALL OUT FOR NEW ADMIN HELP AND TRUSTEES

We need a larger team of folk to carry the society through our next stages. The Big Lottery paid for a full-time Project Development Manager and a Volunteer Co-ordinator. Now their grant has finished Claire Bebbington is employed as Community Boat Co-ordinator and runs the Hazel Project ongoing with a team of volunteers and volunteer crew, under our part-time skipper, Chris Leah.

We are also looking at the future of the boatyard in Stalybridge; whether or not we buy it from TMBC a lot of planning work needs to be done.

Plus we need at least three Trustees to carry the work forward and check compliance with Charity governance.

So – CAN YOU HELP US?

If you think you would be interested in any kind of admin work in any of the fields above, please don’t hesitate to let us know. Training is given, we just need some dedication and enthusiasm for the projects.

Our AGM 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. Or just email general@wcbs.org.uk

Thank you

General Meetings

As we had a couple of silly situations in 2016 re the dates of the General Meetings firstly in May with the meeting falling just one month after the AGM and secondly in August where we didn’t have a quorum due to people being on holiday.

So it has been decided to change the dates to the following………….

12th October 2016

11th January 2017

AGM April 2017 – exact date to be notified nearer the time

12th July 2017           and so one each year.

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.

AGM

A very useful and interesting AGM was held this afternoon in our Ashton under Lyne charity shop. Last year’s efforts and results were reported on, then we had lunch and then Colin Scrivener, our newsletter editor and a previous owner of our boat Hazel, gave a fascinating illustrated talk on her early years.

Some new volunteers attended and some networking was managed over lunch so it was a very worthwhile event, not just a compulsory meeting which had to be got through.

Colin Scrivener, a previous owner of our boat Hazel, gave a very interesting illustrated talk on her early life. A rapt audience for Colin Scrivener’s illustrated talk on Hazel’s early years. He was a previous owner of Hazel after she’d been converted to a live-aboard boat.

Hazel Mayow and Fiona Dunk chatting after the serious business was overHazel Mayow, our Volunteer Co-ordinator and Fiona Dunk, a Trustee, were first to the lunch table !!!

Annual Report

Hello to all members.

The 2014 Annual Report has been emailed to all members for whom we have a current email address and hard copies will also be available at the AGM on Sunday 26th April. (see the post below for more details of that).

Many members renew annually via their bank but forget to let us know new email addresses and emails are being returned ”failed to send”. If you’re a member and not getting email notifications or newsletters from us, and would like to, please can you contact me – Kath Walls, membership secretary – at kathwcbs@gmail.com or via this website.

This will save us valuable time and money otherwise spent on phone calls or postage  – many thanks for this help.

A.G.M. Notification

The AGM for the Wooden Canal Boat Society will be held at –
WCBS Charity Shop
173 Stamford Street
Ashton under Lyne
OL6 7PS
on Sunday 26th April at 2 pm.
 We should love to see all members there and have your input.
This invitation is being sent out to gauge numbers and ensure that everyone reads it before the Easter holidays. An agenda will be available later.
For catering and seating, please advise us as soon as you can if you will be able to attend either kathwcbs@gmail.com or via this website.
Many thanks.