Hazel at Marple Locks festival

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.

Hazel on way through Marple Locks Hazel going over Marple Aqueduct towed by FMN


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.  StallMarple stall July 2015.JPGAnne 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.

Boat tours


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.

Team photoRemember, 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.

Volunteers update and urgent call-out

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!

Recruiting for exciting new post of VOLUNTEER CO-ORDINATOR

Volunteer Co-ordinator, ‘Hazel’ the Well-being Boat

Big Lottery Funded

Salary: £18,000 to £20,000 (pro-rata)

22.5 hours per week, 25 days annual leave (pro-rata)

Location: Aston-under-Lyne, Tameside

Can you help The Wooden Canal Boat Society to recruit and train volunteers to help run our restored 100 year old wooden canal boat, ‘Hazel’, as a Well-being boat?  ‘Hazel’ will provide canal boat trips for people with poor mental or physical health, respite carers or those who are suffering from social isolation.We are looking for a volunteer co-ordinator with the experience, enthusiasm and knowledge to recruit and manage new and existing volunteers for the ‘Hazel’ Well-being boat project, helping it to become a new sustainable enterprise in Tameside.

Working to the Project Development Manager and with the Boat Manager, you will identify, develop and advertise volunteer roles.  You will undertake one to one assessments with prospective volunteers, match them to suitable roles, develop and deliver an induction and identify and organise relevant training and support for each volunteer. The successful candidate will have experience of managing volunteers and working with people from a diverse community.  You will be an excellent communicator; both written and verbally.  You will have an enthusiastic and positive approach and will be able to motivate and support volunteers within their roles.

The Wooden Canal Boat Society is a registered charity, dedicated to preserving and restoring wooden canal boats of national heritage significance for community benefit.

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To request a paper copy of the application pack or more information or email A.Black@wcbs.org.uk

Please email applications to A.Black@wcbs.org.uk or post them to Anne-Louise Black, The Wooden Canal Boat Society, 173 Stamford Street, Ashton, Tameside, OL6 7PS.

The closing date for applications is Friday 28th November 2014.

Interviews will be held during the week commencing Monday 8th December 2014.

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