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.

Historic Narrowboat Skipper & Crew – Volunteers Wanted

This is an opportunity to work with the Hazel project, which uses a 100-year old wooden boat as a resource, to promote wellbeing in general and provide respite and short escapes for people experiencing mental health difficulties.

Learning boating skills and boatcraft opens up a whole friendly world of other boaters and empowers you to explore Britain’s fantastic network of historic waterways. Being on a boat changes your perspective from the everyday. It’s a slower pace and closer to the outdoors.

Crew might be steering the boat, paying attention to the engine, welcoming people on board, giving instructions to passengers or telling them about the canal, tying up, loading and casting off and calmly carrying out emergency procedures, if they are ever needed.

The Skipper is in overall charge, so they need to understand how to do all these things and coordinate the rest of crew to make sure they are done safely. The Skipper also needs to take care of the passengers, who may have a range of support needs. A vital part of this role is taking care of the boats and keeping them in good condition, so you need to be willing to stay and tidy up at the end of a trip.

Volunteers take trips on Hazel, a restored historic narrowboat, stopping along the way to collect donations from the local community. These are either recycled or sold in our charity shop. You will be helping keep our charity afloat (ahem), allowing us to continue conserving heritage and working with people with poor mental health. You will also be contributing to a recycling initiative, all whilst reconnecting with the outdoors.

You also need attention to detail, awareness of surroundings, understanding of hazards, communication and listening,and working with people. The role requires moderate physical fitness and the ability to keep balance and move about in small spaces and around the boat.

Experience of mental health issues is desirable but not essential; however an inclusive attitude is a must.

The most important quality we need in crew and skipper is reliability, as without them the boat cannot operate!

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RECYCLING TRIPS 2016

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR OUR MONTHLY RECYCLING TRIPS

School holidays, family holidays, etc.etc. We know you’ve lots on your mind but please don’t forget these…..(and kids are welcome, under 16s must wear -provided-  life jackets and please ring Chris Leah on 07931 952037 first to ensure we bring enough)

On the first Sunday, Monday and Tuesday of each month we collect donations for sale in our shop or for recycling.

We need more help to do this.

You will get a free boat trip from Portland Basin to Droylsden and return, learn about our Society, meet other volunteers and get a chance to steer the boat.   In Droylsden we collect from the local houses.

Sunday trips are from 9.30am to around 4pm dependant on how much is collected.

****** Bring your own lunch ******

Trips on Mondays and Tuesdays are from 6.30pm to around 9pm

DATES FOR 2016

AUG SUN 7th       MON 1st      TUES 2nd      

SEP  SUN 4th MON 5th TUES 6th

  OCT    SUN 2nd  MON 3rd  TUES 4th

NOV SUN 6th MON 7th TUES 1st  

DEC SUN 4th MON 5th TUES 6th

Ring Chris Leah on 07931 952037 for more info.

 

RECYCLING TRIPS for 2016

Train of boats on a recycling tripEvery month we take our boats from their base at Portland Basin about one hour down the canal to Droylsden. There we collect donations from nearby houses which are later recycled or sold in our charity shop. On Sundays the trip is held during the day so there’s time to have a chat and some lunch after the collection before the trip back to base. On Monday and Tuesdays the trips are in the evening so the return is made straight away.

These trips are a wonderful introduction into canal life, working a boat, the industrial heritage of the canal system and to the Wooden Canal Boat Society itself. We encourage all new volunteers to come along and meet us in this way.

These are the details of trips for the rest of 2016 (however do ring Chris Leah on 07931 952037 first especially if there are a few of you coming)

SUNDAYS leaving Portland Basin at 9.30 am, probably returning around 4pm depending on how many donations are collected. Bring your own lunch.

MONDAYS & TUESDAYS leaving Portland Basin at 6pm, probably returning around 9.30pm

 SUNDAY                        MONDAY                      TUESDAY

JULY                      3rd                                  4th                                  5th

AUGUST               7th                                   8th                                 9th

SEPTEMBER        4th                                  5th                                 6th

OCTOBER            2nd                                  3rd                                4th

NOVEMBER          6th                                   7th                               8th

DECEMBER          4th                                   5th                                6th

NEXT STEPS

Now that Hazel is in action as Tameside’s Well-Being boat we have to think about the next steps. Every visit to Portland Basin smacks us in the eye of course as there are 5 more historic wooden canal boats sitting there all needing more attention ! Currently the trustees are having meetings regarding our vision for these – some are already in a decent enough state to be used for community projects like our monthly recycling trips for instance. These bring in lots of donations for us of course but they also provide respite trips for folk who would not normally get out into the peace and quiet of the canal system. If you are on Facebook have a look at Pauline Town’s posts about ‘Team Station’. She runs the Station pub in Ashton and many of her regulars are folk who regard the place as part of their family and know they can always find any needed help there.on the boatFor the past few months Pauline and Team Station have more or less taken over the Tuesday evening recycling trips; great for us and wonderful for them – being useful and in surroundings totally different to the town where they live their daily lives.

Another place where action is very necessary is at our Heritage Boatyard on Knowl Street, Stalybridge. This was a hive of activity as the hub where Hazel spent her restorative years. Now beaurocracy is stepping in and we really have to sort it out to comply with planning regulations before taking our next project boat there.  

Plus, at the beginning, one of our volunteers created a garden for us between the outside wall and the pavement.outside garden Unfortunately that got a tad neglected during work on Hazel so that and an area just inside the gate is currently being worked on. Again – more beaurocracy – an out of work volunteer is happy to do the work but she is being stopped as evidently doing that doesn’t give her enough time to job search to the current regulations. Despite it giving her pleasure and fulfillment while unemployed.

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

3 old ladies at Portland Basin

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR OUR MONTHLY RECYCLING TRIPS

On the first Sunday, Monday and Tuesday of each month we collect donations for sale in our shop or for recycling.

WE NEED MORE HELP TO DO THIS.

You will get a free boat trip from Portlad Basin to Droylsden and return, learn about our Society, meet other volunteers and get a chance to steer the boat.   In Droylsden we collect from the local houses.

Sunday trips are from 9.30am to around 4pm dependant on how much is collected.

****** Bring your own lunch ******

Trips on Mondays and Tuesdays are from 6.30pm to around 9pm

DATES FOR 2016

APR     SUN 3rd      MON 4th      TUES 5th

MAY     SUN 8th      MON 9th      TUES 3rd

JUN      SUN 5TH   MON 6th      TUES 7th

JUL       SUN 3rd    MON 4th       TUES 5th

AUG     SUN 7th      MON 1st      TUES 2nd      

 Ring Chris Leah on 07931 952037 for more info.

New Year’s Resolutions

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 !

RECYCLING TRIPS; DATES FOR APRIL 2015

An enjoyable way to help the Society is to come on one of our monthly recycling trips. The next ones are APRIL 12th, 13th and 14th because of Easter week falling the first week in April, our usual time.

For those of you who don’t know about these trips – on the first Sunday, Monday and Tuesday of each month we take some of our boats from Portland Basin, Ashton-under-Lyne for about one hour into Fairfield where we collect donations from the houses around. The previous week leaflets are taken round these houses with a reminder of the next dates.

This way we manage to collect a lot of useful items, mainly for selling in our charity shop at 173 Stamford Street, Ashton, but also for scrap or recycling.

The trips are great ways to enjoy the canal, learn about the boats and how to steer them and meet other volunteers.

On the Sunday trips we start at 9.30 a.m. and take three boats, usually Southam with the engine pulling Forget-me-not and Lilith the ”butties” or unpowered boats.We return around 3pm.

On the Monday and Tuesday trips we start at 6pm and just take Southam.

Please feel free to come along whether you are a member or not; it’s a great way to find out about the Society and meet everyone. Just remember to wear old clothes (life-jackets are provided for children) and bring lunch on the Sunday trips. If there’s a group of you it’s best to check with Chris Leah – 07931952037 – as we are restricted as to how many people we can legally carry.

Make a New Year’s resolution – come recycling with us !!!!

An enjoyable way to help the Society is to come on one of our monthly recycling trips. The next ones are this weekend but all the dates for 2015 can be found at the end of this post.

For those of you who don’t know about these trips – on the first Sunday, Monday and Tuesday of each month we take some of our boats from Portland Basin, Ashton-under-Lyne for about one hour into Fairfield where we collect donations from the houses around. The previous week leaflets are taken round these houses with a reminder of the next dates.

This way we manage to collect a lot of useful items, mainly for selling in our charity shop at 173 Stamford Street, Ashton, but also for scrap or recycling.

The trips are great ways to enjoy the canal, learn about the boats and how to steer them and meet other volunteers.

On the Sunday trips we start at 9.30 a.m.and take three boats, usually Southam with the engine pulling Forget-me-not and Lilith the ”butties” or unpowered boats.We return around 3pm.

On the Monday and Tuesday trips we start at 6pm and just take Southam. Note; if the Monday is a Bank Holiday we go the next Monday.

Please feel free to come along whether you are a member or not; it’s a great way to find out about the Society and meet everyone. Just remember to wear old clothes (life-jackets are provided for children) and bring lunch on the Sunday trips. If there’s a group of you it’s best to check with Chris Leah – 07931952037 – as we are restricted as to how many people we can legally carry.

These are the dates…………………….

2015
JAN 4th 5th 6th
FEB 1st 2nd 3rd
MAR 1st 2nd 3rd
APR 12th 13th 7th
MAY 3rd 11th 5th
JUN 7th 1st 2nd
JUL 5th 6th 7th
AUG 2nd 3rd 4th
SEP 6th 7th 1st
OCT 4th 5th 6th
NOV 1st 2nd 3rd
DEC 6th 7th 1st