Stalybridge Festival 2019

All aboard!  © Alan Stopher/HCS

It was great to have our friends the East Manchester Community Boat Project joining us at this annual event. Their friendly crew gave around 400 local people a free boat trip on ‘Community Spirit 2’ during the two days. Pictured above are eager passengers going aboard and below their crew lining up to receive First Prize for the Best Presented Boat from HCS Council member Peter Rawson.

First Prize for the Best Presented Boat    © Alan Stopher/HCS

Pennine Explorer Cruise

Events conspired against us this year and with only 5 boats confirmed for the 12 boat cruise with only 10 days to go we decided to cancel the event.

It makes us even more determined to organise a successful repeat event in 2021 as part of the celebrations to mark 20 years of the reopened canal.

BBC on the Narrow – Chelsea Preview

On Monday 25th March, the BBC were filming on the canal at Marsden, featuring award winning garden designer Mark Gregory, whose ‘Welcome to Yorkshire’ show garden for Chelsea 2019 will be inspired by the Narrow Canal.  Our Marsden Shuttle and crew were used to good effect and ‘The Road to Chelsea’ is planned to be aired on BBC1 at 18.00 on 12th May.

Mark Gregory (red life jacket) interviewed at Lock 40E, Marsden

All aboard for Chelsea 2019.   Photos: Syd Barnett

Winter Notices for the Narrow

With the main cruising season over for another year, winter stoppages have now started in earnest on the waterways network.  All the ones programmed for the Huddersfield Narrow run till Christmas.  You can download a relevant extract from CRT’s published notices below, giving details of the work being undertaken and the nearest winding holes.

Happy Winter Cruising!

Marsden Shuttle Open Day

Afraid we were foiled by the weather and had to cancel last Sunday (18th March). It just was not safe to take the boat out, even if we had got there, so we decided to cancel.

But, if you’re interested in having a go at crewing, we’ll be very happy to see you Easter weekend (Friday 30th March to Monday 2nd April). Alternatively ring the HCS office (01457 871800) for more information and full contact details. You can see when the Shuttle is operating via this link to the Marsden Shuttle diary.

p.s.  Even the  office in Uppermill was a bit of a challenge!