OK, are you sitting watching rain at the window and yet more animated animals on the telly?
Why not make a New Year’s Resolution to help the Wooden Canal Boat Society?
If you live near Ashton under Lyne please consider volunteering for us……….as a starter, come and meet us on Sunday 3rd January. Meet us at 9.30am then we travel by historic canal boat for about 1 hour, collect donations from houses in Dukinfield., have lunch(bring your own), then return by boat to Portland Basin. Meet our volunteers, have a sociable day helping to recycle unwanted goods and raise funds for the Society.
Otherwise volunteer in our shop, train as a crew-member or help look after the rest of our fleet of historic Narrow Boats.
If you live elsewhere or aren’t able to give the time volunteering, then don’t forget that 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).
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL !
We would like to invite all members to the General Meeting to be held at 7pm on Wednesday 11th October 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.
Obviously at this time the society has a great future to look forward to. Hazel has been out and about on trips with volunteers and local sponsors to test the running of the boat and give the trainee crew some ‘hands on experience’ with guests on board. She 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 came up for us to work with them and some very new (for us) and exciting project days have been enjoyed with more to come.
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 11th.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
‘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.
CAN YOU HELP -as a volunteer restorer, skipper, crew member, finance person or trustee?
Restoring and using historic wooden boats takes lots of time and dedication.
Our wonderful team of volunteers, under the expert guidance of Hazel our volunteer co-ordinator, are working non-stop on the last tiny details on Hazel-the-boat also Forget Me Not and Southam.
The boatyard in Stalybridge never looked so tidy, all ready for Lilith’s turn for a bit of t.l.c.
But behind all that ongoing activity is crew and skipper training sessions, a shop to run and manage, accounts to keep on top of…………………….so, if you can help at all in any way please do contact us. You don’t even have to live near Ashton under Lyne as fund-raising, membership and newsletter management and various other things can be done online on the comfort of your own settee !!
Looking forward to the emails coming flooding in……………….. or come and see us in person at the General Meeting Wed 12th Aug at 6.45 in the shop at 173 Stamford Street, Ashton. Thanks
Last week Hazel enjoyed a trip along the Peak Forest canal to Marple for their Locks Festival. It was a great outing and another wonderful opportunity for some of the potential crew trainees to find out about the work involved – especially as her final destination was at lock number 12 !!! Lots of hard work and fun involved.
Here are two photos of the journey, one across the Marple Aquaduct and a lovely one showing her newly painted name.
The festival stalls were in the park next to the canal and the Wooden Canal Boat Society had a stall there promoting the Society, selling canal art and donated items, and running a Mini-Toy tombola. Anne Riley’s canal art was as popular as ever, especially her new range of mugs.
At the boat there was a constant queue of people eager to look inside Hazel.
The volunteers on hand had a really busy, successful day; we couldn’t have done it without Team Hazel – many of whom are shown here with Anne-Louise Black leading in red. Thanks to everyone involved in the trip and on the day.
Remember, the Society always needs more volunteers – could YOU be in our next team photo? Or help in the shop or boatyard? Do let us know if you’ve any time to offer by a comment on this post.
Hazel is at last where she belongs, on the canal !!
The photos show our long-time volunteer, Maxine, repainting Hazel’s old name and adding her new.
Then Hazel sets off to the Peak Forest canal towed by ForgetMeNot for a little filming. This trip’s a great opportunity for the new skipper and volunteer crew trainees to practise their new-found skills. Do comment on this post if you’d like to get involved in any way.
If you want to see Hazel in all her glory do come along to Stalybridge Boat Gathering at the Carnival weekend 27th and 28th June where she’ll be on show after her trip out on the canal.
We’ve got a couple of great events lined up this summer and really need the help of as many volunteers as possible. The events will help the society but they’ll be a great opportunity for volunteers to learn more about handling Hazel and about the canals in general.
Sat 27th and Sun 28th is Stalybridge Carnival weekend and on the Saturday there’ll be a boat gathering in Stalybridge town centre. Hazel needs help to get her there from her current home in our nearby boatyard so she’ll need some fit volunteers to help ‘bowhaul’ her down that stretch of the canal. When in the town she’ll then need volunteers to tell people about her history and her future and the Wooden Canal Boat Society in general. We may also be having stalls on the Sunday in a nearby park which is the finish venue for the carnival procession.
Marple Locks festival will be held on Sunday 5th July. This is a bigger challenge as we’ll need volunteer crew members to get Hazel to Marple over a few days during the week 29th June to 4th July. On the Festival day we’ll again be telling the public about her and the Society and probably having a fund-raising stall.
CAN YOU HELP? Please do get in touch if you have any time to spare at all during these periods for any kind of work – it’s not all strenuous !!. The events are great fun and being part of a team makes them even better. Please comment on this post, ”contact us” via this website or email the Hazel Project Manager, Anne-Louise Black at email@example.com THANK YOU !!
A little background to this – Hazel is a wooden-hulled, narrow canal boat with a heritage that dates back to 1914, and we are seeking volunteers to crew and skipper her.
This website charts Hazel’s early history as a working boat, carrying coal and other goods for the salt and chemical industries in Cheshire during the first half of the 20th century. From 1948, she became a fairly basic leisure craft and passed through the hands of various different owners.
In 1988, Hazel was donated to the Wooden Canal Boat Society. The years had taken their toll and a great deal of work was required in restoring the hull, before Hazel was put back into the water in May 2013.
With Big Lottery support, work has continued on Hazel’s superstructure, and we are now keen to see her back in regular use, with enthusiastic crew, skipper and passengers. Once things are in place, Hazel will begin her new role, providing short respite breaks and sponsored well-being trips for people recovering from stress, depression and other illnesses. It is for these reasons that Hazel is nicknamed the ‘Well-being Boat’. Whilst crewing and skippering the Hazel will demand skill and responsibility, it will also be a rewarding, enriching and life-affirming experience.
We’re therefore looking for people who are moderately fit, sociable, reliable and who love multi-tasking !!!
In return we will train you in boating skills of all kinds and the trips will enable you to work in the outdoors, in peaceful natural surroundings enhancing your confidence and abilities.
To find out more or to apply to volunteer, please contact Hazel Mayow on 07879 073 071 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Every year at this time we have to produce an annual report in time for the upcoming A.G.M.
Hazel Mayow, our Volunteer Co-ordinator, has written this –
The main priorities for volunteering in the last year have been progressing the rebuild of Hazel and keeping Forget-me-Not and Southam in suitable condition to be used for training and support to the Hazel project. It is for these purposes that money has been available from the Big Lottery Fund.
The three things Hazel (the person) has been recruiting new volunteers for have been Boat-sitting – lighting the ranges in FMN and Southam to drive out the damp, and doing general cleaning and small maintenance jobs – the Recycling trips, and Skipper and crew members’ training for the planned well-being trips.
The Shop has been kept going through difficult times – caused by a change in management – by a sterling effort on the part of volunteers – they all deserve medals. We could still do with more capable, self-motivating helpers though, and interested applicants should talk to Christine, our new shop manager.
Skipper and crew volunteers – urgent call out!
Crew training needs to be happening in March and April in order to give a suitable run up to the summer. A press release is being sent out to local press, and also various waterways publications in an effort to attract suitably boaty volunteers who would be able to commit the necessary time.
Woodland Wednesday. Chris and Hazel have started a liason with Tameside Countryside service with the aim of using one of their sites to sustainably harvest firewood for the boats. We are negotiating the paperwork for a longer term arrangement, but Hazel will hopefully be running a coppicing training day on Wednesday 25th March to gauge how it would work. All welcome!