The Society – Open Meetings

Meetings are held at the Whitefield Garrick Theatre, Bank Street, behind the Porada Restaurant, Whitefield, Manchester, M45 7JF. Click here for directions.

Getting There:
Metrolink Whitefield (cross to the opposite corner of the junction from the Metrolink station. Go along the un-named and unlit Bank Street. The theatre is the first building on the right – also un-named).

Buses 95, 98, 135

Arriving by car: Whitefield is on the A56. Parking at the theatre is very limited; the best place to park is at Whitefield Metrolink Car Park.

Meetings start at 7.30pm; members and non-members are welcome. At each meeting there is an update on news, events, meetings and publicity about the MB&BC. The sales stand is usually present, and a raffle is held (proceeds split 50/50 between the Society and the winner).

Upcoming Meetings:

Tuesday 3rd February, 2015: Malcolm Tranter – The Ports of Lancashire
Tuesday, 3rd March, 2015: The O'Gradelys Folk Group
Tuesday, 7th April, 2015: Alan Davies – Photographic History of the Lancashire Coalfield

Why not come along and join us? You will receive a warm welcome, have a chat with other canal enthusiasts, and have a cuppa.

If you would like an alcoholic drink, please bring your own.

Recent Meetings:
The AGM and October monthly meeting – 7th October, 2014
The AGM was conducted in its established speedy manner.

A talk was then given by Geoff Taylor of Taylor’s boatyard in Cheshire. Geoff light-heartedly and humourously took us through two hundred years of boat building in the Chester area and how the company established itself in Toronto, Canada. The company’s wooden boats ranged from skiffs through canal cruisers, sailing yachts to small World War 2 minesweepers. The ferries crossing Sydney harbour, before the construction of the Sydney harbour bridge were built by Taylor’s boatyard.

An update on recent Society activities was then given.

The next open meeting of the Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal Society will be held on Tuesday 4th November 2014. There will be a talk by Alf Molyneux on "Life in the Slow Lane with Fred Dibnah" where Alf relates tales of his televised experiences helping Fred, both in the workshop and on the road with the Traction Engine and the television programmes they made together. This will be followed by an update on current society activities.

Harry Taylor, Publicity Officer

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