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.


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.


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’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     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.

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



New fund-raising method for us

Hello fantastic Wooden Canal Boat Supporters,

  • ·          Do you shop online for your Christmas presents, weekly shop, music, business supplies, pet food, clothes etc…?
  • ·         Do you want to help WCBS raise some much needed cash with almost no effort and at no cost to yourself?

If you buy your goods online through our EASYFUNDRAISING page we get a small donation for each purchase.  It is very simple, you visit and sign up for FREE. When you want to buy something online you do it via the Easyfundraising site, search for your retailer, it directs you to their page, you buy your stuff as usual and HURRAH, we get a small percentage donated to us (it doesn’t cost you anything).

I’ve tried it already and it is really easy to use.  Please share this with anyone else you know who supports all our fantastic work and would like to help us fundraise.

GET SHOPPING! (please).


Any old iron ??

The Wooden Canal Boat Society and the Canal and River Trust (CaRT) are organising several combined environmental events. The first took place in Stalybridge on Wednesday 23rd September. Anne-Louise Black, the Hazel Project Development Manager says this… ”Thank you so much everyone who came along today to the canal clean up in Stalybridge, it was fantastic!  For those of you that were not with us today, we got about two and a half CRT truck-loads of stuff including about 20 bikes, a lot of trollies, lots of kids scooters and a very heavy metal bollard thing”

Canal clean up Staly Sp 2015This is what our boat Forgetmenot looked like after the clean up !! How impressive is that for a few hours work?

She added ”Thank you Chris Leah for providing the boat, the crew and the teas!

Hopefully we will arrange another one soon, given that we only did such a short stretch of canal, there is much more treasure down there to be found.”

Thanks, Anne-Louise

Invitation to all Hazel Sponsors

Here’s a boat trip invite to all Hazel Sponsors

We are running a special weekend of boat trips as a big THANK YOU to all of our Hazel Sponsors for their continued support.  The Hazel team have been busy recruiting and training crew and getting the boat looking fantastic to start running Wellbeing trips later in the year.

Inside Hazel Hazel is now looking fantastic inside.

We would love to get your feedback about the trip before we go in to service fully.

Please let us know if you are able to join us on either of the following trips;

Saturday 26th September – day trip starting 10.00 from Ashton and arriving in Marple early afternoon.

Sunday 27th September – day trip starting 10.00 from Marple and arriving in Ashton early afternoon.

If you could let me know if you are interested, I will send you more details.

If you would like to bring along a plus one please let me know (numbers are limited but we will try to accommodate). Kind regards, Anne-Louise

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.


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 or via this website.

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

Ssssh !! It’s a secret !

There’s a certain little girl who’s going to be very happy on Christmas Day because her mum won the dolls’ house in our raffle on Dec. 1st. So the happy winner’s name is a secret !

Here’s Chris a.k.a. Ashton Boatman doing the draw. Thanks to all who purchased tickets and gave us some much needed funds at this busy time and, of course, a special thanks to Tony Forward who made and donated it.

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