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Our Society’s Summer Newsletter

Our summer newsletter will be hitting your doormats (or your inbox) very soon giving lots of chat about what we have done and are planning to do – with lots of photographic evidence too.

If you’d like to receive one of these three times a year just fill in the membership form attached and send to the membership secretary at the shop address on the form with your cheque or email the form to membership@wcbs.org.uk and pay via BACS to our account. Please ensure you state your name on payments and state on the emailed form that’s how you’re paying. Our (newish) bank details are:-

Co-op Bank Community Direct Plus Account

Sort Code        08 92 99

Acc. Number  65789829

As many of our members now receive the newsletter electronically, keeping our costs down, we’ve been able to maintain our membership fee at the same level for some time and also offer a lower fee for unwaged or regular volunteers.

Gift Aid Declaration form for email

Membership form

Hazel sponsor form

Thank you

Reminder: WCBS on Twitter and facebook

As well as having our web site here at http://wcbs.org.uk, the society has a number of other Internet presences.

Twitter

The society’s Twitter account handle is @wcbsorg.

If you are not familiar with Twitter, you may not be aware that you do not need a phone or portable device to use this social media platform, nor do you need to have an account you log-in to to see what is being posted by us.

You can find our page online at  https://twitter.com/wcbsorg.

facebook

The society has four facebook pages

For a full list of WCBS related online links, go to our Links and Archives page, which you can also find from our main menu above.

Bargain Canal Trip: Ashton to Middlewich

Via Chris Leah.

In June, Wellbeing Boat Hazel will be travelling from Portland Basin, Ashton-under-Lyne, to Middlewich, Cheshire, to take part in the annual Middlewich Folk and Boat Festival.

Hazel will leave Ashton at midday on Sunday 11 June and arrive in Middlewich on Thursday 15 June.

She will be skippered by Chris, the famous Ashton Boatman, and towed by 90 year old wooden motor narrow boat, Forget Me Not. The route taken will be via the Peak Forest, Macclesfield and Trent & Mersey canals. It is a one way trip.

Public transport back to Ashton, if you need to collect a car, is fairly easy. There will be trained crew to deal with navigation of the boats, though you will be welcome to help with steering and lock working if you wish to.

This auction is for the back bedroom aboard Hazel which can be configured as a single, a double, 2 bunks or a double with bunk over. The boat has a 5 star kitchen and a bathroom with wetroom shower and flushing toilet. Wheelchair access is not possible to this bedroom but the lift is useful for accessing the boat if you find steps difficult.

Hazel is here to raise your spirits, come and join us for this wonderful trip.

 

New WCBS facebook page

Fb Logo

Due to issues with facebook, the society has had to set-up a new facebook page. The page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/WoodenCanalBoatSociety/.

The new facebook page has been linked-up with the new-look web site so that postings will now appear on facebook simultaneously, as they already do on our Twitter feed.

We would be grateful if our facebook followers would now switch to following the new page.

The old page still exists but should be regarded as an archive, so we would appreciate it if you no longer posted items there.

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

♥♥  ♥♥  ♥♥  ♥♥  ♥♥  ♥♥  ♥♥  ♥♥  ♥♥  ♥♥  ♥♥  ♥♥  ♥♥  

            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……

Original Ashton beer to be recreated with help of people of Tameside

The following was found on Twitter. The original article is from the Tameside Reporter.

Portland Basin Museum is working together with artist Magnus Quaife to brew a beer made using the same recipe as Old Tom, a strong dark ale which was popular until the brewery closed down in the 1960s.