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 kathwcbs@gmail.com 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 !

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 !!

Contacting us

If anyone is trying to contact us via a comment on a post, or has done so and not had a reply, please be aware that we’re getting a lot of spam comments and so may have missed an important one.

Apologies, but if you’d like to get in touch (and you are a real human being!), please do so either by the webmail on this website or by emailing myself at kathwcbs@gmail.com

Many thanks and we’ll try to get this sorted a.s.a.p.

Recruiting for exciting new post of VOLUNTEER CO-ORDINATOR

Volunteer Co-ordinator, ‘Hazel’ the Well-being Boat

Big Lottery Funded

Salary: £18,000 to £20,000 (pro-rata)

22.5 hours per week, 25 days annual leave (pro-rata)

Location: Aston-under-Lyne, Tameside

Can you help The Wooden Canal Boat Society to recruit and train volunteers to help run our restored 100 year old wooden canal boat, ‘Hazel’, as a Well-being boat?  ‘Hazel’ will provide canal boat trips for people with poor mental or physical health, respite carers or those who are suffering from social isolation.We are looking for a volunteer co-ordinator with the experience, enthusiasm and knowledge to recruit and manage new and existing volunteers for the ‘Hazel’ Well-being boat project, helping it to become a new sustainable enterprise in Tameside.

Working to the Project Development Manager and with the Boat Manager, you will identify, develop and advertise volunteer roles.  You will undertake one to one assessments with prospective volunteers, match them to suitable roles, develop and deliver an induction and identify and organise relevant training and support for each volunteer. The successful candidate will have experience of managing volunteers and working with people from a diverse community.  You will be an excellent communicator; both written and verbally.  You will have an enthusiastic and positive approach and will be able to motivate and support volunteers within their roles.

The Wooden Canal Boat Society is a registered charity, dedicated to preserving and restoring wooden canal boats of national heritage significance for community benefit.

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To request a paper copy of the application pack or more information or email A.Black@wcbs.org.uk

Please email applications to A.Black@wcbs.org.uk or post them to Anne-Louise Black, The Wooden Canal Boat Society, 173 Stamford Street, Ashton, Tameside, OL6 7PS.

The closing date for applications is Friday 28th November 2014.

Interviews will be held during the week commencing Monday 8th December 2014.

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Congratulations !!!

Marsh award photo - CopySome great news for W.C.B.S. today – read it here from this website: http://www.marshchristiantrust.org/Historic_Vessel_Conservation

Marsh Volunteer Award for Historic Vessel Conservation

This Award is run in partnership with National Historic Ships, the official voice for historic vessels in the United Kingdom. This award regonises those who have made a valuable contribution to the conservation, or operation of historic vessels in the UK and is an opportunity to recognise and thank outstanding volunteers.

The 2014 winner is Chris Leah

Chris set up the Wooden Canal Craft Trust in 1987, which changed its name to the Wooden Canal Boat Society in 1997, to maintain and restore two boats which he had been working to repair for many years: Forget Me Not and Lilith. Over the next few years, the organisation gained a strong reputation and acquired four more historically valuable boats, often working with British Waterways to do so.

Chris has been central to raising significant funds for the organisation. He was key in securing support from Tameside Council, which provided a boat-yard for the organisation. On the first Sunday of every month, Chris takes two boats out into the local community near the Ashton Canal, and with the help of other volunteers collects donations, whilst giving people the opportunity to learn more about the boats.

Perhaps Chris’s most significant contribution has been to bring historic boats to people in the community. Volunteers reported that spending time on the canal and boats helped to alleviate anxiety or depression. This encouraged Chris to rebuild the vessel ‘Hazel’ as a wellbeing boat for people recovering from mental health problems, people with disabilities and those who are marginalised within their community, to spend time on the boat and even learn new skills.

Chris has committed vast amounts and time, energy and passion to the conservation of historic vessels and to the community. The majority of his work is done as a volunteer and his vision and beliefs have helped the Wooden Canal Boat Society develop into the successful society it is today.