Heritage Open Day

See the six rescued and restored heritage canal boats, all over 100 years old, were used commercially, now for community use. Talk to volunteers and step on-board ‘Hazel’ and ‘Forget-me-not’

Friday, Saturday & Sunday 8, 9 & 10th September 2017 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Portland Basin Wharf, Portland Place, Ashton Under Lyne OL7 0QA

This is part of Tamesides “Behind Closed Doors” of their most treasured heritage sites event contribution for the national Heritage Open Day weekend.

http://www.ashton-under-lyne.com/resources/HODs-Tameside-2017.pdf

Crew Induction Day – Wednesday 7 June, 2017

If you are thinking of volunteering as crew, this is a good time to start.

All current trainee crew are required to attend an induction day if they haven’t done so before, it will count towards your CCC (Community Crew Course), BHC (Boat Handling Certificate) or CCBM (Certificate in Community Boat Management) training, when we have full NCBA (National Community Boats Association) accreditation.

If you want to attend but can’t make this date please reply anyway as we may be having another session on a Saturday in July.

RSVP please to atc@wcbs.org.uk (this will forward to Phil, Tony & Claire)

Schedule

  • 9:00am Registration
  • Volunteer Crew Agreement
  • Volunteer crew training record
  • Volunteer questionnaire
  • Medical form – Sealed (what ambulance services need to know when carting you away)
  • Medical form – Open (what the Skipper needs to know)
  • DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) Form – fill in now or later
  • Photo Consent Form
  • Hand Out Crew Handbook
  • Membership Form (not essential but volunteers are encouraged to be members as well)
  • (anything I’ve forgotten)
  • 10:00am Start
  • Intro to Society
  • Intro to Hazel Project
  • Society’s Expectations of Volunteers
  • Volunteers Expectations of Society (ask!)
  • Vulnerable Adults/Volunteers Policy
  • Equality & Diversity Policy
  • Safeguarding
  • Crew Handbook
  • Guided Tour of Hazel
  • Operating the Wheelchair Lift
  • (anything I’ve forgotten)
  • 2:00pm Finish (canal time – i.e. very approximate time)

The induction will be on Hazel in Portland Basin. Lunch included, please inform us if vegetarian etc.

 

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

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

January’s General Meeting

All full members of the Society are entitled to attend the General Meetings which are held every 3 months in the Ashton shop and vote on decisions affecting the Society. The April meeting is the AGM, this year to be held on Sunday April 23rd at 12 noon.

The minutes of the January General meeting are attached.

General Meeting, 11th Jan

RECYCLING DATES 2017

We start bright and early in the New Year with an evening trip on Tuesday 3rd Jan and then as follows……..

DATES OF RECYCLING TRIPS 2017
SUNDAY DAYTIME TRIPS
commence 9.30am until approx 4pm depending on number
of donations. Bring your own lunch.
MONDAY & TUESDAY EVENING TRIPS
commence 5.30pm until approx. 9pm
ALL TRIPS START AT PORTLAND BASIN MUSEUM.
Tues 3 Jan 2017
Sun 8 Jan 2017 Mon 9 Jan 2017
Sun 5 Feb 2017 Mon 6 Feb 2017 Tue 7 Feb 2017
Sun 5 Mar 2017 Mon 6 Mar 2017 Tue 7 Mar 2017
Sun 2 Apr 2017 Mon 3 Apr 2017 Tue 4 Apr 2017
Tue 2 May 2017
Sun 7 May 2017 Mon 8th April
Sun 4 Jun 2017 Mon 5 Jun 2017 Tue 6 Jun 2017
Sun 2 Jul 2017 Mon 3 Jul 2017 Tue 4 Jul 2017
Tue 1 Aug 2017
Sun 6 Aug 2017 Mon 7 Aug 2017
Sun 3 Sep 2017 Mon 4 Sep 2017 Tue 5 Sep 2017
Sun 1 Oct 2017 Mon 2 Oct 2017 Tue 3 Oct 2017
Sun 5 Nov 2017 Mon 6 Nov 2017 Tue 7 Nov 2017
Sun 3 Dec 2017 Mon 4 Dec 2017 Tue 5 Dec 2017

Bollington Historic Boat Gathering 14th – 20th Sept. An Epic Journey

Our Hazel crew member, Tony Hewitson writes about this trip………….

I have been wrangling the crew for a few months now, but this was logistically the most difficult by far and I thank everyone who helped over the 7 days.

We started early on Wednesday, preparing Forget-Me-Not and Hazel, the first job was to shaft Hazel to Portland Marina to pump out the black water tank. So on top of Hazel with the shaft in hand I started moving her over toward the aqueduct, not realising that Aaron was pulling me round with the line. The shaft got trapped under the boat and I had 2 choices, hold on and end up like a dyke jumper or let it go and fish it out of the cut. I quickly retrieved the shaft much to the amusement of the guys from Still Waters.

Chris had tried to sell space on Hazel for the trip but without success, so at the last minute 2 guys from Greystones called Grant and Chris joined us staying until Friday,

Once we had finished at the Marina we joined up with Forget-Me-Not and we started to head up the Peak Forest Canal, The crew for that day were Chris, Joan Wainwright, Aaron Booth, Phil Hanscomb, Andy Smith and myself. We moored up at Marple Aqueduct. Andy, Joan, Chris and myself stayed on the boats, whilst Aaron cycled home.

The second day was through The Marple Flight and we had a lot of help, thankfully as this is never an easy exercise. We were joined by Aaron cycling from Ashton. George Hewitt a CC who was moored near Hyde Bank Tunnel, Mick Owen with Gary and Kath Bailey, Hazel Mayow who brought Neil Morley who stayed with us until Monday. And not forgetting Tom Blackburn who worked lock side and by his own admission was completely shattered by the end of the day. His sterling work helped Joan and I get Forget-Me-Not through with only one small stem up. He did work really hard. We moored the boats just past the start of the Macclesfield Canal for the night. At this point I had to leave the boats and cycled back home as I had an appointment on Friday. Aaron also cycled back and returned on the Friday

After checking the boats at Portland Basin I cycled up the canal rejoining them at Bollington, Just had time to say hello to Chris when he headed back to Ashton and said goodbye to our guests from Greystones, Aaron set off again back home, that boy is fit! Leaving Joan, Neil and myself on the boats. We had a really lovely evening and I recruited Neil to the Hazel crew.

Next day, Chris arrived with the van and Aaron arrived, as always, by bike, we set up some tables and put out the leaflets, signs and Anne Riley’s artwork. I again donned the Victorian boaters garb, I also ran a slide show of the pictures of the Hazel restoration on my laptop. There were lot of people walking dogs and Aaron had the brilliant idea of putting some water out for the many dogs that were being walked. Chris and Joan showed people around the boat I mostly sat outside and enjoyed the beautiful weather and sold some most of Anne’s artwork with 2 of the items heading to Madeira. We even showed a lady who was visiting from The Falklands around the boat. Barry came with his brother to show him the boats.

The new pictures of the restoration on the side of the boat brought over a lot of people, when steering the butty you can see people stop and look at them as you go by.

Later in the evening we were joined by Maxine Bailey who stayed for the rest of the trip. We said goodbye to Aaron who again cycled back to Ashton.

We were surprised on the Sunday morning when all the other historic boats began to leave, We had believed it was a 2 day event but I was only the Saturday. We didn’t care I dressed up and we set up our stalls and again we showed people around the boat.

In the afternoon we were joined by Christine Roberts and Lesley Smith

At the end of the day Chris took Joan  home and Neil, Maxine and I enjoyed a chilled evening on the boat. Over the weekend we took around £90.00 selling almost all of Anne’s work and hopefully made some good connections.

On the Monday we headed a little way along the Macclesfield Canal to wind in a very silted winding hole, with the engine cooling intermittently working. and headed back to Marple with Chris, Neil, Maxine and myself crewing, I had to head back home in the evening having a rather scary ride home down the towpath in the dark. We also said goodbye to Neil. I caught them up the next afternoon just after Forget-Me-Not had got down the Marple flight, There was a lady from Towpath Talk taking photos for an article she had been interviewing Chris for, we were joined by Hazel and George to help through the locks.

With Chris, Maxine and myself on board we moored once again at Marple Viaduct and prepared for a wellbeing trip with Macclesfield Mind the following day, but that’s another story.

I would like to thank everyone who in anyway helped make this trip an unforgettable experience and if I have forgot anyone I do apologise.  And of course there are volunteers that work mostly at either The Heritage Boat Yard and Portland Basin such as Clare and Barry.