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/.



The Wooden Canal Boat Society has changed its bank.

From now on please make all standing orders and direct debits payable to our new account –

Co-op Community Direct Plus (Business Account)

Sort Code 08 92 99   Account No.  65789829

We have made this change to avoid bank charges.

The Membership Application forms, Hazel Sponsorship forms and Standing order forms have been amended as per those attached to this post below.

.WCBS STO form 2016

Hazel sponsor form with STO-2016

Membership application form_2016



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.



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

A day out with some Lions

On Saturday 26th September Hazel left Portland Basin towed by Forgetmenot and travelled up to Marple. On board were some of her sponsors, Colin Scrivener – our newsletter editor – with his friend Angel Monroe plus three Lions ( no rendition of any song will be made here !) The latter were actually John Perkins, Terry Harding and George Tavener from Romiley and Marple district Lions club who are long standing sponsors of Hazel.

On arrival at Marple, where Hazel stayed the night before a return trip on the Sunday, the Lions made a presentation of their annual sponsorship cheque to Chris Leah and the Hazel team.Lions present their 2015 sponsor chq.Anne Louise Black, Hazel Project Manager, Nick Lowther and Dave Wilson, WCBS trustees. Lurking behind is Nigel Carpenter, a trainee crew member.

Without support from such as these, the funding for Hazel would not have had such a good start before our Lottery Grant. Going forward sponsorship is vital as many of our potential clients may not have money or funding to support their much needed trips on Hazel.

PLEASE DO CONSIDER BECOMING A SPONSOR – or, at this time of year, think of it as a present for ”the person who has everything”. Just complete this form  Hazelsponsorform  giving your preferred date and post to the address given with your cheque. If you wish to pay electronically please contact us at general@wcbs.org.uk

Many thanks.

Ssssh !! It’s a secret !

There’s a certain little girl who’s going to be very happy on Christmas Day because her mum won the dolls’ house in our raffle on Dec. 1st. So the happy winner’s name is a secret !

Here’s Chris a.k.a. Ashton Boatman doing the draw. Thanks to all who purchased tickets and gave us some much needed funds at this busy time and, of course, a special thanks to Tony Forward who made and donated it.

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Thank you

The Council of Management and all the volunteers would like to give a huge THANK YOU to all members who’ve bought raffle tickets and/or sent donations with their membership money.

Also THANK YOU to all who responded to our appeal on Facebook and have donated via the Donate button on this website. This money has been put in Hazel’s fund and she’s looking pretty good !!

She’ll be in Stalybridge tomorrow, 29th November, showing off her finery at their Victorian Market, being held during the day while waiting for Father Christmas to come and switch on the town lights later.

Hazel will be tucked up back at the boatyard by the time he arrives but it won’t be too long now before she leaves for good to become a well-being boat and it’s thanks to all members, sponsors, donaters and workers and volunteers.

Sorry to mention it but …………

…………  it’s that time of year again !


but we have the solution !! Especially for that certain someone who has everything!

For only £28 per day you can sponsor Hazel, our well-being boat.                                Or, contact us about sponsoring a day trip, or longer, on Hazel next year to give someone who really needs it a peaceful, relaxing day on the canals.

And that puts a smile on everyone’s face !

Just get in touch with a.black@wcbs.org.uk  for details.

BIG new sponsor for Hazel

Today we were very pleased to visit Portland Basin to accept a BIG cheque – that’s BIG in size and BIG in value as you can see !!

The BIG cheque from Dial2Donate

It’s from Hazel’s new sponsor – Dial2Donate. They say ”At Dial2Donate, we aim to be able to provide support for small, local charities, local organisations and individuals who are in desperate need of help.”

And today they came to prove that by sponsoring Hazel for the whole month of December every year.

Given their telecoms and I.T. experience they will also be able to help with some of our communications issues.

So, many thanks to them from Hazel and her team !!

Local news update about ”Hazel”

This is an extract from an article in the Manchester Evening News –

Oct 02, 2014 By Sue Carr 

Launch date set for Edwardian canal boat cruises

The restored barge, named Hazel, will run pleasure cruises for people with mental health problems.

An Edwardian canal boat which has been restored to run pleasure cruises for people with mental health problems will be out on the water by Christmas. The barge, named Hazel, was gifted to the Wooden Canal Boat Society charity in the 1980s. But it is only recently that volunteers have been able to raise the funds to get her back in shipshape.

After three years the team behind her transformation say they will be adding the finishing touches in the next few weeks and hope to take her out for test runs and on her first trips by the end of the year. Chris Leah, who founded the charity based in Ashton, Tameside, secured a £168,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund to carry out some of the work.

The rest has been completed thanks to donations and the hard work of volunteers.

He said: “It’s taking a little bit longer and costing a little bit more than we anticipated but we are hoping to have her doing test runs and maybe offering trips by Christmas, going into full service by next Easter. We took Hazel out of the water on July 8, 2011, and most people are quite amazed by how quickly we have restored her and to such a high standard. The work left to do is mostly internal. While the weather has been good we’ve been concentrating on anything left to do on the outside. The biggest problem we’ve got at the moment is getting the wheelchair lift up and running – it’s not our area of expertise!”

Chris will soon be in need of skippers but is currently looking for volunteers who are willing to share their skills – particularly carpenters, plumbers, electricians and engineers.