There’s still time……………….

………….to buy that present for ”the friend who has everything”

Complete this and enrol them as a Hazel Sponsor.  Hazelsponsorform

If appropriate, please also complete a GiftAid form GiftAidDeclaration_singleformforemail

Hazel the boat is up and running, starting her Well-Being trips for folk with poor mental health. Unfortunately they don’t all get funding plus Hazel will still need long-term care to keep her in the necessary tip-top condition.

Becoming a sponsor means that, for just £28 p.a., you or the recipient will get updates via our Newsletter and the knowledge that you’re helping with Hazel’s work.

Thank you


We would like to invite all members to the General Meeting to be held at 7pm on Wednesday 12th August in the shop at 173 Stamford Street, Ashton under Lyne. Please let us know if you intend to come as we need numbers for seating and catering.

Obviously at this time the society has a great future to look forward to. Hazel will soon commence her new role and the other boats will hopefully be able to get more attention. During talks with the Canals and Rivers Trust about moorings for Hazel several opportunities have arisen for us to work with them in some very new (for us) and exciting projects.

We are always looking for more volunteers, members and trustees. If you are interested in enquiring about any of these roles please comment on this post, email us or come to the meeting whether currently a member or not.

Thanks to all our members for your continued support and we hope to see you on the 12th.

A.G.M. Notification

The AGM for the Wooden Canal Boat Society will be held at –
WCBS Charity Shop
173 Stamford Street
Ashton under Lyne
on Sunday 26th April at 2 pm.
 We should love to see all members there and have your input.
This invitation is being sent out to gauge numbers and ensure that everyone reads it before the Easter holidays. An agenda will be available later.
For catering and seating, please advise us as soon as you can if you will be able to attend either or via this website.
Many thanks.

Do you live near Ashton-under-Lyne…………..

……………….  and would you like to help us in the shop or driving our van? Our shop in Stamford Street, Ashton is very big and it has a huge range of books, records and C.D.s not to mention all the clothes, toys, furniture and bric-a-brac that are donated to us. We need volunteer van drivers and shop assistants to help our over-worked manageress. We aim to give our shop workers a range of retail experience they can take into paid work. We also welcome pensioners and those who are already rich with life experience. We offer bus-fares and lunches and can provide references for those who are job-seeking. Good atmosphere and nice people! If you’re interested please do call in or phone the manageress on 0161 330 8422 (Monday to Friday) and ask for an application. Thank you !

Volunteer Co-ordinator

We are very excited to welcome the new Volunteer Co-ordinator to our ranks. She’ll help Anne-Louise, the Project Manager, to get Hazel up and running in 2015 by finding more volunteers to help with the project and the Society’s running generally.

Coincidentally, she is called Hazel !! That’s Hazel Mayow, and Chris Leah says………

”Our new Volunteer Co-ordinator is Hazel Mayow.    She used to be volunteer organiser with CRT, BW and The Waterways Trust. She is part owner of a wooden boat and also a really good musician who played in the band at Hazel’s launch ceilidh.  She knows a lot about wildlife too     (And she can use a chainsaw) ”

Welcome Hazel !


The Wooden Canal Boat Society would like to thank all members and those who’ve donated money and volunteered their time to bring us to where we are today; with a 100+ yr.old narrowboat all renovated and ready to be in use early 2015.

We couldn’t have done it without you! Keep up the good work and we hope you have a marvellous New Year !

Happy Festivities and Good Wishes for a Great 2015

evergreen wreathMany, many thanks to all our supporters; we wish you good health and happiness for the future.

2015 will be a really exciting year for us as our first totally renovated boat goes into action. We hope that you will all follow her journey, tell others, and make this a bumper year for W.C.B.S.

Thank you


Good news; Flickr’s back !!

For all our visitors who’d like to see photos about the history of the Society and our boats there’s good news – the link to our photos on Flickr (all 8,154 of them !!) can now be seen by clicking on the link on our front page. Then, when one album comes up, click up at the top left-hand corner to see Kit-Crewbucket’s list of albums.

Enjoy !!