Working Parties

Upcoming Working Parties

See Gallery page for photos of Working Parties

Next Working Parties:
     Saturday & Sunday 9th & 10th September, 2017
     Saturday & Sunday, 14th & 15th October, 2017
     Saturday & Sunday, 11th & 12th November, 2017

Email Ian at
or ring him on 07855 471117 to confirm

Details are posted in advance on our Facebook pages - Manchester Bolton & Bury Canal Society

What is a Working Party (WP)?
Well, ‘work’ they aren’t, fun they are. They’re a great way for everyone to pitch in and make a difference to our local canal. Unless it’s snowing or raining hard, they are really enjoyable and we always get a lot done. It’s surprising how many walkers, runners and cyclists stop to chat and congratulate us on whatever we are doing.

Flyer & Joining instructions: these can be downloaded here.

What sort of things get done on WPs?
Is there something I can do?
Have you seen the Meccano Bridge? Well, most of that was built by volunteers.

  • Re-building and re-mortaring walls
  • Vegetation control
  • Putting up signs
  • Re-laying cobbles
  • Repairing fences

You name it, we do it…

When and where are they?
Usually once a month, over a weekend.
We work anywhere work is needed, whether it is on the Bury, Bolton or Salford arms of the canal. We have a work plan which we update regularly.
Have you got an idea for a WP where you think work needs doing? Please let us know.

Dates and locations are posted here, on our Facebook page, or by contacting us:
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Can I just turn up? Do I have to be a member of the Canal Society?
Yes, you can just turn up but it will help the Working Party Officer if you notify him beforehand, for job organisation (and providing brews!) and you don’t need to be a member of MBBCS (although we would love you to join of course). Young, old, male, female, new to the area or lived nearby for years, everyone is welcome.

What do I need to bring with me?
Enthusiasm, food, suitable clothing, gloves and sturdy boots – and that’s about it. You don’t need any specialist skills, but if you have some, then that’s great.

Brews, food, loos and tools….
Please bring something to eat with you. We will supply brews and biscuits – and sometimes cake and chips are on offer!
Most of our work locations don’t have loos available on site, but pubs and cafes may allow you to use theirs, if a public loo isn’t nearby.
We supply most tools, but if you want to bring your own, please do so.

Do any other groups work on the canal that I can get involved with?
Yes, lots of different groups work with us along different stretches of the canal, such as the Canal & River Trust, Bolton Wildlife Trust, Conservation Volunteers, and the IWA’s Towpath Taskforce. These groups are often out during weekdays so if this suits you better than weekends, contact us and we can put you in touch with them.

Please click on the small images below for a larger version

  • Showing the area to be cleared during the WRG work
  • The line of trees alongside the locks at Nob End have been cleared during the last few working parties


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