Local Support for Hazel Well-being trips

Two of our Society, Phil Handscomb and Daniel Cocker, were recently invited to an evening with Tameside Rotary Club, where their president, Andy Williams, presented them with a £200 cheque.

This generous donation will help fund a trip for those with poor mental health who will benefit from the well-being properties of time on the canal. Often those people, and the Societies who help them, do not have the necessary funds for the very help they need.

Many thanks from us all.

See more of what Tameside Rotary club do here:  http://www.tamesiderotaryclub.com/.

Volunteers’ Week

1-7th June is Volunteers’ Week and here at the Wooden Canal Boat Society we’d like to say a huge

THANK YOU           Vielen Dank         Ευχαριστώ                      Aitäh                      Dziękuję Ci

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            to all our volunteers, past and present. We couldn’t do it without you.

BUT (oh, there’s always a ‘but’ !!) we really need more of you to join our team. Our shop is always in need of good, reliable drivers and our management team in need of people to do the admin work to back up everyone else. So if you’ve any experience or skills in any kind of admin from basic stuff like keeping records to managing volunteers, fundraising or finance work please do get in touch.

If you email general@wcbs.org.uk your email will be replied to immediately.

Thanks again……

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 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.

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 general@wcbs.org.uk.



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  http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/wcbs 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   a.black@wcbs.org.uk