There seems to be a great deal of interest centred around the Ashton canal and this month we have two more sites in addition to the three or four sites that cover it in some detail and The Stockport Branch of the Ashton Canal www.jemsabi.uklinux.net which was mentioned on this page in March 2003. The first of the new sites is the Manchester & Stockport Canal Society http://homepage.ntlworld.com/nb.jemsabi/html/canal_society.html a society that was formed on the 3rd February 2004 for the sole purpose of restoring the Stockport Arm of the Ashton canal to its head of navigation in Stockport. The other Ashton Canal website is that of the Hollinwood Canal Society www.hollinwoodcanal.co.uk which aims to see the restoration of the canals within Daisy Nook Country Park, the re-connection of the Hollinwood Branch with the Ashton Canal and the creation of a new canal link through to the Rochdale Canal.
The only new personal site this month is Narrowboat Polly Anna http://homepage.ntlworld.com/naylorjj/pollyanna/index.htm about a 63ft all steel narrowboat bought second-hand from Valley Cruises, her history and a log book of her cruises. Fairfield Control Systems www.fairfields.co.uk is unusual as it belongs to a company that has provided control and instrumentation services for the Falkirk Wheel, River Weaver Sluice Gates and Anderton Boat Lift. Robin Smithett Waterways Photography www.smithett.co.uk are the pages of someone well known as a waterways photographer. He is a professional photographer offering a photo library, commissions, brochure design and copywriting. Another new photography site is that of Canal Stock www.canalstock.co.uk supplying canal photographs and fenders. Wildcat Enterprises www.wildcatenterprises.co.uk is a small family run company, based on the Oxford Canal near Banbury, offering individual tuition in all aspects of boat handling on rivers and canals. Michael Carter www.mcarter.co.uk was born on his family's Royalty Class Narrowboat in the 1960's and is now a Marine Surveyor & Consultant based in Cheshire.
I now have an amazing 64 boat building and fitting websites listed on my links pages at www.jim-shead.com five of them having been added this month. Barry Hawkins Narrowboats of Distinction www.barryhawkins-narrowboats.com is the site of a boat builder situated at Baddesley Wharf on the Atherstone flight of the Coventry Canal. Elton Moss Boatbuilders www.eltonmossboats.com are narrowboat boatbuilders based on the Trent & Mersey Canal and are part of the share boat company Carefree Cruising Limited. Delta Marine Services www.delta-marineservices.co.uk are long established specialist boatbuilders of wide beam river barges and of narrowboats based on the Grand Union Canal at Warwick. Sims Leppard - Silver Sisters www.slsilversisters.com is an experienced builder of high quality and strength Dutch barge designs in marine grade aluminium. They are based at Newport on the Isle-of-Wight. The last of our quintet of boat builders is Russ Hubble Boats www.russhubbleboats.co.uk who produce narrowboats, wide-beams and barges of all types from fit outs using hardwoods to more basic specifications with clean simple layouts.
Site of the Month
The Macclesfield Canal Society www.macc-cs.org.uk was founded in 1984 and has had a website for many years. These are pages full of information about both the society and the canal. There are two main sections of the site one dealing with the 'Society' and the other with the 'Canal'. Some parts of the site, books, videos & maps for example, appear on the navigation bar in both sections of the site but for most other items the navigation bar in the 'Canal' section is different to that in the 'Society' section. Once you have realised this navigation is very easy and there is plenty to see on the site.
For visitors to the canal there are detailed maps of each section of the canal containing information on navigation, facilities, shops, pubs, restaurants, history and tourist information together with links to other pages or sites giving additional details. There are also separate pages on walks from the canal, pubs, boatyards and canalside services, trains and buses and history plus a few more you can find for yourself.
Those interested in the Society are equally well served with pages on the latest news, membership, meetings and pdf files of recent editions of Milestones, the society newsletter. Tim Boddington edits the newsletter and is the webmaster of the website and applies the same high standards to both. So much has been packed into these pages that in comparison the average canal society site is made to look skimpy.
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