Volunteers’ Week

1-7th June is Volunteers’ Week and here at the Wooden Canal Boat Society we’d like to say a huge

THANK YOU           Vielen Dank         Ευχαριστώ                      Aitäh                      Dziękuję Ci

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            to all our volunteers, past and present. We couldn’t do it without you.

BUT (oh, there’s always a ‘but’ !!) we really need more of you to join our team. Our shop is always in need of good, reliable drivers and our management team in need of people to do the admin work to back up everyone else. So if you’ve any experience or skills in any kind of admin from basic stuff like keeping records to managing volunteers, fundraising or finance work please do get in touch.

If you email general@wcbs.org.uk your email will be replied to immediately.

Thanks again……

Voluntary Charity Shop Staff

We are looking for volunteers who can offer a range of help in the shop. Maybe you want to get some retail experience, sort donated items, meet new people, serve customers on the till, or help with general cleaning/sorting out? We welcome people of all backgrounds and appreciate any time and help that you can offer.

We invite all new volunteers to go on one of the monthly recycling trips so they can meet the society the boats we have and learn our objectives and what we do.

We are looking for volunteers who are reliable, honest and willing to learn. Volunteers will be offered a variety of tasks:

  • Sorting donations
  • Looking at and pricing clothes, shoes, books and toys
  • Cleaning and Hoovering the shop
  • Till work
  • Serving Customers
  • Moving Items including furniture
  • Informing the manager of any health and safety issues

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

Membership application form or Online application form (needs printing)

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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 !

WANTED !

CAN YOU HELP -as a volunteer restorer, skipper, crew member, finance person or trustee?

Restoring and using historic wooden boats takes lots of time and dedication.
Our wonderful team of volunteers, under the expert guidance of Hazel our volunteer co-ordinator, are working non-stop on the last tiny details on Hazel-the-boat also Forget Me Not and Southam.

The boatyard in Stalybridge never looked so tidy, all ready for Lilith’s turn for a bit of t.l.c.

But behind all that ongoing activity is crew and skipper training sessions, a shop to run and manage, accounts to keep on top of…………………….so, if you can help at all in any way please do contact us. You don’t even have to live near Ashton under Lyne as fund-raising, membership and newsletter management and various other things can be done online on the comfort of your own settee !!

Looking forward to the emails coming flooding in……………….. or come and see us in person at the General Meeting Wed 12th Aug at 6.45 in the shop at 173 Stamford Street, Ashton. Thanks

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!

Do you live near Ashton-under-Lyne…………..

……………….  and would you like to help us in the shop or driving our van? Our shop in Stamford Street, Ashton is very big and it has a huge range of books, records and C.D.s not to mention all the clothes, toys, furniture and bric-a-brac that are donated to us. We need volunteer van drivers and shop assistants to help our over-worked manageress. We aim to give our shop workers a range of retail experience they can take into paid work. We also welcome pensioners and those who are already rich with life experience. We offer bus-fares and lunches and can provide references for those who are job-seeking. Good atmosphere and nice people! If you’re interested please do call in or phone the manageress on 0161 330 8422 (Monday to Friday) and ask for an application. Thank you !