SUMMER NEWSLETTER

This should now be in your in-box, or snailing it’s way in the Royal Mail system if you requested a paper version.

If you are expecting one and don’t receive it let me know at membership@wcbs.org.uk, but before that please check down the back of your sideboard for that application form & cheque that you know you sent last October.

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

Sponsorship & Membership Secretary

The Sponsorship Secretary will keep the current sponsorship spreadsheet 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 spreadsheet of members, send out the newsletters and help with membership drives and publicity.

We are looking for someone that can use Microsoft Excel spreadsheets. We need someone that is able to talk on the phone liaising with potential sponsors and businesses.

Find other voluntary roles at the WCBS: Do-it.org search.

Membership application form or Online application form (needs printing)

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New opportunities with us

We are now well into the first year of Hazel being in service as a well-being boat around Tameside.

This has brought us lots more work and, therefore, some opportunities. We shall soon be needing a part-time, paid, Community Boat Co-ordinator and we also need volunteer help with all the administrative work in the Society.

For volunteers who are able to help with administrative tasks we need people who have knowledge of spreadsheet maintenance to maintain our membership and sponsorship details plus who would also be able to help with the production of our regular newsletter to these people.

The paid position is as a COMMUNITY BOAT CO-ORDINATOR. An exciting role which has become available due to the success of the Lottery funded HAZEL PROJECT. The Project Manager worked within the funding to set up Hazel as a Well-being boat within Tameside and we now need a co-ordinator to carry on that work, liaising with the management team and our volunteers, to carry on Hazel’s work. DOWNLOAD DETAILS AND THE APPLICATION FORM HERE………Community Boat Co-ordinator_person specification Community Boat Co-ordinator_job description

 

NEW BANK ACCOUNT

PLEASE NOTE……..

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

Thanks.

 

GENERAL MEETING

Our next General Meeting is to be held at the shop – 173 Stamford Street, Ashton – on Wednesday 11th May at 5.30pm.

All full members are invited to come along to vote on any matters arising.

All volunteers and people who are interested in finding out more about us are also very welcome. We always need more people to help to volunteer and give input to the Society.

Do email general@wcbs.org.uk if you’ve any queries.

 

AGM REMINDER

Please don’t forget our Annual General Meeting this coming Sunday, April 24th in the shop at 173 Stamford Street, Ashton under Lyne OL6 7PS.

We need more members to support our work going forward with Hazel now fully operative as Tameside’s only wooden Well-Being boat. Especially a treasurer to work with our new online banking and QuickBooks – training given.

Also general help and folk who can come to monthly Council of Management meetings with a possibility of becoming a Trustee after a period of getting to know each other.

We’ve still got 5 old boats needing care and attention so even if you can only spare small amounts of time on these, do contact us.

Please leave a comment on this post with any questions. THANK YOU – see you on Sunday.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

It’s time once again for the WCBS AGM.

On April 24th the members, Trustees and Council of Management will meet at 2pm in the shop, 173 Stamford Street, Ashton under Lyne. The Trustees then resign and, if they wish, can stand for re-election together with others who are interested.

IF YOU ARE A MEMBER OF WCBS YOU CAN ATTEND THIS MEETING. ALSO, EVEN IF YOU CAN’T ATTEND, YOU CAN NOMINATE NEW TRUSTEES.   IF YOU ARE A MEMBER AND ARE INTERESTED IN HELPING THE SOCIETY MORE BY BECOMING A COUNCIL OF MANAGEMENT MEMBER OR BEING NOMINATED FOR A TRUSTEE PLEASE LET US KNOW AT general@wcbs.org.uk

If you’re not yet a member, please either complete the attached form GiftAidDeclaration_singleformforemail         or come to the meeting and join on the day. Annual membership is just £12 pa. and you’ll also receive the quarterly Newsletter.

If you pay membership but haven’t received a letter inviting you to the AGM by one week today (ie Thursday April 7th) please contact us at general@wcbs.org.uk     Maybe when you joined you ticked ‘Associate Member’ instead of Full Member in which case you’d just receive the Newsletter and not AGM and General meeting invites.

Many thanks to all our loyal supporters.

GENERAL MEETING INVITATION

Hello all members, don’t forget it’s our quarterly General Meeting this coming Wednesday 10th February. To be held at 7 pm – prompt – in our shop at 173 Stamford Street, Ashton under Lyne – parking available outside the shop.

Paid up members can vote on issues at the meeting and have their say regarding the onward direction of the Society. We are always looking for help, especially now that we’re starting with Well-Being trips on Hazel for real; she’s already had her first paid trip and this year is the real start of her being busy again on the canals with lots of bookings in the pipeline.

So, if your membership’s lapsed or you’re new to the Society, worry not !! Subscriptions will be happily taken at the meeting.

Look forward to seeing you there.

November GENERAL MEETING

On the 11th of November a lively general meeting was held in the shop premises. Many of our volunteers and members attended and heard about the recent happenings and future plans of the Society.

The minutes of the meeting can be read here   2015_11_11GeneralMeetingminutes.doc

To be invited to these quarterly meetings and have some say in the running of the society simply complete the Membership form – membershipapplicationform.odt  and if you’re a tax payer then also please complete the Gift Aid form – GiftAidDeclaration_singleformforemail