Volunteers needed

Please think about volunteering for admin work for The Wooden Canal Boat Society Help to spread the word about the history of our boats and local heritage. Work at Portland Basin, where our boats are, or in.our shop / small office in Stamford St, both in Ashton under Lyne.


GENERAL MARKETING VOLS work to broadcast the work of the Society by contacting local organisations and businesses, ensuring that the leaflet holders in our shop and at Portland Basin are kept well stocked, liaising with Portland Basin museum staff re our displays and ensuring general maintenance of all marketing materials by working with the relevant managers.
PUBLICITY / EDUCATION VOLS are involved with arranging for our volunteers to give talks / show the public around our boats, talking about their history. We are looking for volunteers to visit local schools or societies to update them about our work and the boats’ industrial heritage
We are looking for a GRANTS VOLUNTEER to help us find funding opportunities and to write bids
THE SPONSORSHIP SECRETARY will keep the current sponsorship records updated by liaising with the treasurer and membership secretary. They will also be involved in finding new sponsors especially businesses to enable us to maintain Hazel for her well-being trips. THE MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY will be help to maintain the current record of members, send out the newsletters and help with membership drives and publicity.
We are looking for someone that has some knowledge / experience of ONLINE SELLING, with websites such as EBAY.
DRIVERS are always needed for our shop deliveries and collections.



The Wooden Canal Boat Society, has been shortlisted to receive funding of £2000 from Provident’s Good Neighbour Community Programme.

It is one of nine organisations to be shortlisted across Central UK, and you are invited to vote to decide on the winners until 25th September.

You can cast your votes at


until 25th September 2016.

They will use the money towards a much needed van if they receive the most votes.

Provident’s Good Neighbour Programme recognises the projects or organisations which make a real difference to their local communities. It invested more than £1 million into communities across the UK during 2015. The Wooden Canal Boat Society believe their work makes a real difference in the local community by providing opportunities for better mental health of volunteers and also those who go for trips on Hazel, their Well-Being boat. ‘’We would love to do even better work in the area with the help of this funding, which will help us purchase a much needed ‘new-to-us’ van for collection of donations for our shop, delivery of goods bought there and general fetching and carrying of all the items our old boats need’’

Andy Parkinson, Provident Home Credit Director, commented:  “Our Good Neighbour Programme is all about recognising projects and organisations, no matter how small, which bring about positive changes in their communities. W.C.B.S. is a perfect example of precisely that, and we have been thrilled to see so many nominations from local residents. “Provident agents have always worked closely within the communities in which we operate, and we see first-hand the importance of community spirit. We’re encouraging the people of Tameside to vote for their local organisations to receive funding to continue their great work.”


Did you read that research shows fare rises are far outstripping wages?

Well, don’t worry !

We’ve teamed up with Trainsplit,a leading UK rail ticket site, to bring members a great saving on train travel. Their money saving booking engine uses a system called split ticketing.

This means that you save money but also we get a rebate from them.

So, next time you book a train ticket go to wcbs.trainsplit.com and support us as well as saving money.

Please do email us if you’ve any queries about this system; general@wcbs.com

Every search you make will now raise funds for us

The Society has linked up with    http://wcbs.easysearch.org.uk/     to raise funds.

By using easysearch instead of Google or any other search engine, you can make a real difference. easysearch is completely FREE and by making just 10 searches a day, you could raise around £20 a year for us.

Just change your search engine to easysearch. Or use the Search button at the top right hand corner of this website and link automatically.

It doesn’t cost you a penny but we benefit !!

New fund-raising method for us

Hello fantastic Wooden Canal Boat Supporters,

  • ·          Do you shop online for your Christmas presents, weekly shop, music, business supplies, pet food, clothes etc…?
  • ·         Do you want to help WCBS raise some much needed cash with almost no effort and at no cost to yourself?

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).

I’ve tried it already and it is really easy to use.  Please share this with anyone else you know who supports all our fantastic work and would like to help us fundraise.

GET SHOPPING! (please).