New electric boat arriving soon!

The Marsden e-Shuttle is arriving soon.  Official launch at the 2 May Bank Holiday event at the Standedge Visitor Centre celebrating 21 years since the canal was restored.

Marsden e-Shuttle

Main features:

  • All electric – zero local pollution
  • Disability friendly – wheelchair lift onboard
  • Increased outside space – large open front deck
  • Heated cabin
  • Low running & maintenance costs
  • Can be used in the dark

Official launch by Robbie Cumming the star of BBC TV’s Canal Boat Diaries

Bob Gough retires

Bob receives a farewell gift from HCS, a digital camera, from Society Chair Alan Stopher on his last day of the office.

Our Administrator, Dr Bob Gough, retired on 18th February 2022 after 33 years service. He is pictured here receiving a gift from the Society. We wish him well for a long and happy retirement  and hope that he will keep in touch now that he has been given Life Membership of our Society. Continue reading

Tunnel End Fest – 21st July 2019

What a great day at Tunnel End, Marsden!

Thanks to Paul Thompson and Kim Warren for all their work in making it happen. Great credit should also be given for the 50 musical performers who gave their time so generously. Also a big thank you to Bev and her team at CRT for pulling out all the stops to ensure its success.

Here are some great pictures of the day, all courtesy of Alan Stopher, Chairman HCS.

The Marsden Shuttle was busy all day

Enoch’s Hammer entertain a young visitor

The Blackbird Family craft stall was popular with children and adults alike

The Ticket Collectors entertain

Some French dancing getting ahead of Brexit

The Uketeers warm up the wrist action for a Woo or two

An unexpected visitor

Blues Band Green T get into the Groove

We even had a cruising boat through, right on cue

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

Marsden Shuttle on the BBC

Recently we told you about the BBC hiring our Marsden Shuttle to film sequences for “The Road to Chelsea”;  now you can click this link and watch the program, screened on Sunday 12 May, on your iPlayer connection.

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!