Historic Narrowboat Skipper & Crew – Volunteers Wanted

This is an opportunity to work with the Hazel project, which uses a 100-year old wooden boat as a resource, to promote wellbeing in general and provide respite and short escapes for people experiencing mental health difficulties.

Learning boating skills and boatcraft opens up a whole friendly world of other boaters and empowers you to explore Britain’s fantastic network of historic waterways. Being on a boat changes your perspective from the everyday. It’s a slower pace and closer to the outdoors.

Crew might be steering the boat, paying attention to the engine, welcoming people on board, giving instructions to passengers or telling them about the canal, tying up, loading and casting off and calmly carrying out emergency procedures, if they are ever needed.

The Skipper is in overall charge, so they need to understand how to do all these things and coordinate the rest of crew to make sure they are done safely. The Skipper also needs to take care of the passengers, who may have a range of support needs. A vital part of this role is taking care of the boats and keeping them in good condition, so you need to be willing to stay and tidy up at the end of a trip.

Volunteers take trips on Hazel, a restored historic narrowboat, stopping along the way to collect donations from the local community. These are either recycled or sold in our charity shop. You will be helping keep our charity afloat (ahem), allowing us to continue conserving heritage and working with people with poor mental health. You will also be contributing to a recycling initiative, all whilst reconnecting with the outdoors.

You also need attention to detail, awareness of surroundings, understanding of hazards, communication and listening,and working with people. The role requires moderate physical fitness and the ability to keep balance and move about in small spaces and around the boat.

Experience of mental health issues is desirable but not essential; however an inclusive attitude is a must.

The most important quality we need in crew and skipper is reliability, as without them the boat cannot operate!

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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.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

3 old ladies at Portland Basin

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR OUR MONTHLY RECYCLING TRIPS

On the first Sunday, Monday and Tuesday of each month we collect donations for sale in our shop or for recycling.

WE NEED MORE HELP TO DO THIS.

You will get a free boat trip from Portlad Basin to Droylsden and return, learn about our Society, meet other volunteers and get a chance to steer the boat.   In Droylsden we collect from the local houses.

Sunday trips are from 9.30am to around 4pm dependant on how much is collected.

****** Bring your own lunch ******

Trips on Mondays and Tuesdays are from 6.30pm to around 9pm

DATES FOR 2016

APR     SUN 3rd      MON 4th      TUES 5th

MAY     SUN 8th      MON 9th      TUES 3rd

JUN      SUN 5TH   MON 6th      TUES 7th

JUL       SUN 3rd    MON 4th       TUES 5th

AUG     SUN 7th      MON 1st      TUES 2nd      

 Ring Chris Leah on 07931 952037 for more info.

RECYCLING TRIPS; DATES FOR APRIL 2015

An enjoyable way to help the Society is to come on one of our monthly recycling trips. The next ones are APRIL 12th, 13th and 14th because of Easter week falling the first week in April, our usual time.

For those of you who don’t know about these trips – on the first Sunday, Monday and Tuesday of each month we take some of our boats from Portland Basin, Ashton-under-Lyne for about one hour into Fairfield where we collect donations from the houses around. The previous week leaflets are taken round these houses with a reminder of the next dates.

This way we manage to collect a lot of useful items, mainly for selling in our charity shop at 173 Stamford Street, Ashton, but also for scrap or recycling.

The trips are great ways to enjoy the canal, learn about the boats and how to steer them and meet other volunteers.

On the Sunday trips we start at 9.30 a.m. and take three boats, usually Southam with the engine pulling Forget-me-not and Lilith the ”butties” or unpowered boats.We return around 3pm.

On the Monday and Tuesday trips we start at 6pm and just take Southam.

Please feel free to come along whether you are a member or not; it’s a great way to find out about the Society and meet everyone. Just remember to wear old clothes (life-jackets are provided for children) and bring lunch on the Sunday trips. If there’s a group of you it’s best to check with Chris Leah – 07931952037 – as we are restricted as to how many people we can legally carry.

Make a New Year’s resolution – come recycling with us !!!!

An enjoyable way to help the Society is to come on one of our monthly recycling trips. The next ones are this weekend but all the dates for 2015 can be found at the end of this post.

For those of you who don’t know about these trips – on the first Sunday, Monday and Tuesday of each month we take some of our boats from Portland Basin, Ashton-under-Lyne for about one hour into Fairfield where we collect donations from the houses around. The previous week leaflets are taken round these houses with a reminder of the next dates.

This way we manage to collect a lot of useful items, mainly for selling in our charity shop at 173 Stamford Street, Ashton, but also for scrap or recycling.

The trips are great ways to enjoy the canal, learn about the boats and how to steer them and meet other volunteers.

On the Sunday trips we start at 9.30 a.m.and take three boats, usually Southam with the engine pulling Forget-me-not and Lilith the ”butties” or unpowered boats.We return around 3pm.

On the Monday and Tuesday trips we start at 6pm and just take Southam. Note; if the Monday is a Bank Holiday we go the next Monday.

Please feel free to come along whether you are a member or not; it’s a great way to find out about the Society and meet everyone. Just remember to wear old clothes (life-jackets are provided for children) and bring lunch on the Sunday trips. If there’s a group of you it’s best to check with Chris Leah – 07931952037 – as we are restricted as to how many people we can legally carry.

These are the dates…………………….

2015
JAN 4th 5th 6th
FEB 1st 2nd 3rd
MAR 1st 2nd 3rd
APR 12th 13th 7th
MAY 3rd 11th 5th
JUN 7th 1st 2nd
JUL 5th 6th 7th
AUG 2nd 3rd 4th
SEP 6th 7th 1st
OCT 4th 5th 6th
NOV 1st 2nd 3rd
DEC 6th 7th 1st

Recycling trips

A warm welcome will be given to anyone who would like to join in our next recycling trip.

Just be at Portland Basin next Sunday, November 2nd at 9.30am, wear old clothes and bring your lunch. You can join Chris Leah, our founder, and the other volunteers on 3 boats for an hours trip into Droylsden, collect the donations, have lunch and a chat and then enjoy the journey back knowing that you’ve helped the planet by collecting recyclables, met some new friends and helped one of the best community charities in Tameside !!!

We usually return to Portland Basin around 3-3.30pm.

See you there…………………

We also have trips on Monday and Tuesday, 3rd & 4th November leaving with one boat at 6pm again from Portland Basin.

 

Come for a canal trip with us – recycling trips – dates to end of 2015

For those of you who don’t know about these trips – on the first Sunday, Monday and Tuesday of each month we take some of our boats from Portland Basin, Ashton-under-Lyne for about one hour into Fairfield where we collect donations from the houses around. The previous week leaflets are taken round these houses with a reminder of the next dates.

This way we manage to collect a lot of useful items, mainly for selling in our charity shop at 173 Stamford Street, Ashton, but also for scrap or recycling.

The trips are great ways to enjoy the canal, learn about the boats and how to steer them and meet other volunteers.

On the Sunday trips we start at 9.30 a.m.and take three boats, usually Southam with the engine pulling Forget-me-not and Lilith the ”butties” or unpowered boats.We return around 3pm.

On the Monday and Tuesday trips we start at 6pm and just take Southam. Note; if the Monday is a Bank Holiday we go the next Monday.

Please feel free to come along whether you are a member or not; it’s a great way to find out about the Society and meet everyone. Just remember to wear old clothes (life-jackets are provided for children) and bring lunch on the Sunday trips. If there’s a group of you it’s best to check with Chris Leah – 07931952037 – as we are restricted as to how many people we can legally carry.

These are the dates…………………….

2014 
OCT 5th 6th 7th
NOV 2nd 3rd 4th
DEC 7th 1st 2nd
2015
JAN 4th 5th 6th
FEB 1st 2nd 3rd
MAR 1st 2nd 3rd
APR 12th 13th 7th
MAY 3rd 11th 5th
JUN 7th 1st 2nd
JUL 5th 6th 7th
AUG 2nd 3rd 4th
SEP 6th 7th 1st
OCT 4th 5th 6th
NOV 1st 2nd 3rd
DEC 6th 7th 1st

 

 

January Recycling Trips

This month has been one of mixed fortunes.

The good is that we had plenty of volunteers turning up on Sunday with a good amount of younger people who we need to get involved as they are the future of the society.

We have also added a new recycling day with a new route which went better than either me or Chris expected.

The bad news is that unfortunately all three trips were in the van as Southam’s engine has decided to stop working and Forget Me Not’s engine isn’t ready yet.

We had a good overall collection amount and now the shop is full to bursting with stock for people to buy and help us with restoring the boats.