14/11 WORK PARTY 150

In somewhat cold conditions our hedge layers celebrate our 150th work party.by laying another 13 metres of hedge at Cholmondeston.


It's announced today the Middlewich Branch plus the Shropshire Union Main Line from Barbridge to Audlem (22miles) has been awarded Green Flag status along with the River Lee Navigation in London (4 miles), Chesterfield Canal in East Midlands (14 miles of the SSSI section, Stockwith to Retford), Peak Forest Canal in the Peak District (12 miles) and the Macclesfield Canal in Cheshire (26 miles) - all judged to be ‘quality green spaces’.

We are delighted about this as we worked hard on our section to bring it up to Green Flag standard.

5/11WORK PARTY 149

We hold an interim work party to try to complete the work at Sykes Hollow which was interrupted by bad weather on 21/10. We start off in rain again but the sun comes out and it turns into a wonderful autumn day. As it's a Sunday for a change we are also accompanied by Church  Minshull's church bells. 7 volunteers at Sykes Hollow replaced the CRT welcome sign, install a plaque on the door of the hut, gravel the plinth beneath the interpretation board and install disabled priority totem posts. We mange to transport the picnic table and Neville the model for the hut too. 4 volunteers litter pick from bridge 15 to bridge 11. as part of the start of our winter clear up.


19 SUMBA volunteers put in over 350 hours of work in baking hot weather to help out at Middlewich FAB. This involved helping boats through the locks,  running and manning the trip boat and coming to the rescue of an unfortunate boater who fell in the canal!

21/10WORK PARTY 147 

In somewhat stormy conditions a team of 10 volunteers travel to Sykes Hollow in Malvern to install a replacement 48 hour totem post and the new interpretation board. Brash projecting from the towpath side is also cut back. Due to the weather, lack of a second boat and less volunteers than usual, offside vegetation work is put back for a month

26/10WORK PARTY 148

6 volunteers continue laying another 30 metres of hedge above Cholmondeston lock, fortified by the hospitality of historic boat Greenlaw moored nearby. 


Our team of 7 volunteers continue laying the hedge above Cholmondeston Lock, plus give the hedge below the lock (finished in early 2105) a bit of a tidy up.


Gloucester Boat Museum has kindly given us an unwanted model for our Sykes Hollow Hut. Liaison between Gloucester Museum and Ellesmere Port Boat Museum resulted in his arrival at Venetian Marina today. He's dressed as a navvie and will need to look more like a clay pit manager but we can manage a transformation. He'll be moved to Sykes Hollow next time we have a boat going down as he's fairly heavy. We'll be putting together a scene within the hut that will  be visible from the window.

16/9  WORK  PARTY 141

Great autumn day for the resumption of our work parties after the summer break. Volunteers travel aboard workboat Gowy to Sykes Hollow to install disabled friendly matting and tidy up the hut. There's still the interpretation board to install, a totem post to replace and more vegetation to cut back which we'll do next month.


​Working towards completion, the window frame is inserted and painted and the double glazed toughened glass put in. The fabulous door is fitted with a lock and handle and hung. The site is tidied and the students take their last trip in the boat, happy with their work = and so are we! What a difference it has made. The students have put in over 250 hours work.