Showing off Hazel and promoting her and the Society

To promote the Society and show off Hazel she has been taken to a couple of fairly local festivals this summer, with fare-paying customers on board where-ever possible to defer costs and boost the coffers for trips for folk who have the need but not the cash. Here she is, with her necessary companion motor-boat Forgetmenot, at Bollington with Chris on the towpath talking to folk attending.

If you’re interested in making a trip on her – maybe, like the people yesterday, to celebrate a birthday or other occasion or just because – then do contact Anne-Louise Black at or . chris-talking-to-folk-with-boats

New opportunities with us

We are now well into the first year of Hazel being in service as a well-being boat around Tameside.

This has brought us lots more work and, therefore, some opportunities. We shall soon be needing a part-time, paid, Community Boat Co-ordinator and we also need volunteer help with all the administrative work in the Society.

For volunteers who are able to help with administrative tasks we need people who have knowledge of spreadsheet maintenance to maintain our membership and sponsorship details plus who would also be able to help with the production of our regular newsletter to these people.

The paid position is as a COMMUNITY BOAT CO-ORDINATOR. An exciting role which has become available due to the success of the Lottery funded HAZEL PROJECT. The Project Manager worked within the funding to set up Hazel as a Well-being boat within Tameside and we now need a co-ordinator to carry on that work, liaising with the management team and our volunteers, to carry on Hazel’s work. DOWNLOAD DETAILS AND THE APPLICATION FORM HERE………Community Boat Co-ordinator_person specification Community Boat Co-ordinator_job description


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



Guinea Pig Boat Trips

‘What ??’ I hear you cry !!!


Do not panic. No animals will be harmed during these trips !!

The guinea pigs will be our members, sponsors, funders and volunteers who have been invited to come along as a Thank You on one of Hazel’s first public trips. Our volunteer crew members have had their skills honed to perfection by Chris Leah, Hazel’s skipper and Hazel Mayow, Hazel’s volunteer co-ordinator, and they, plus Anne-Louise Black. Hazel’s Development Officer, have ensured that the boat has had all the tiniest snags on the snagging list de-snagged so – now it’s time.

We shall be running Hazel as a well-being boat for folk who have poor mental health so, of course, we want those trips to be relaxed and trouble-free.

Photos and reports will follow – watch this space.


Hazel at Marple Locks festival

Last week Hazel enjoyed a trip along the Peak Forest canal to Marple for their Locks Festival. It was a great outing and another wonderful opportunity for some of the potential crew trainees to find out about the work involved – especially as her final destination was at lock number 12 !!! Lots of hard work and fun involved.

Here are two photos of the journey, one across the Marple Aquaduct and a lovely one showing her newly painted name.

Hazel on way through Marple Locks Hazel going over Marple Aqueduct towed by FMN


The festival stalls were in the park next to the canal and the Wooden Canal Boat Society had a stall there promoting the Society, selling canal art and donated items, and running a Mini-Toy tombola.  StallMarple stall July 2015.JPGAnne Riley’s canal art was as popular as ever, especially her new range of mugs.

At the boat there was a constant queue of people eager to look inside Hazel.

Boat tours


The volunteers on hand had a really busy, successful day; we couldn’t have done it without Team Hazel – many of whom are shown here with Anne-Louise Black leading in red. Thanks to everyone involved in the trip and on the day.

Team photoRemember, the Society always needs more volunteers – could YOU be in our next team photo? Or help in the shop or boatyard? Do let us know if you’ve any time to offer by a comment on this post.

Hazel leaves the boatyard !!

Hazel is at last where she belongs, on the canal !!

The photos show our long-time volunteer, Maxine, repainting Hazel’s old name and adding her new.

Maxine painting Hazel's name

Then Hazel sets off to the Peak Forest canal towed by ForgetMeNot for a little filming. This trip’s a great opportunity for the new skipper and volunteer crew trainees to practise their new-found skills. Do comment on this post if you’d like to get involved in any way.

Hazel off to Marple with FMN

If you want to see Hazel in all her glory do come along to Stalybridge Boat Gathering at the Carnival weekend 27th and 28th June where she’ll be on show after her trip out on the canal.




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 !!!

Our Flickr photographs

Don’t forget, you can click on the ”Flickr Gallery” tab on the frontpage to see a few hundred photographs of the Wooden Canal Society’s history.

The latest batch record the trip at the end of March 2015 when Hazel was bowhauled to Mossley and back by Chris Leah and some welcome volunteers with Colin Scrivener steering. Just shows what fun you can have if you come along and help us !!!