February Sunday WorkParty
We had a great day on Sunday 2nd February! There were 10 of us clearing weeds and brambles from around the dry dock at Winwick Quay, including a litter pick as far as, and around, Hulme Lock.
The rain held off and we even had blue sky for much of the time that we were at work.
Here are the before and after photos:
On Wednesday 9th January 2019, another milestone was installed at the side of the canal. This one is labelled '10 Mile to Ferry Lock' and was positioned approximately half-way between the Old Double Locks and the Blackbrook Road bridge.
February WorkParty with WRG (NW)
On Sunday, 3rd February, we had the services of the WRG(NW) with us when we tackled the bushes and trees growing out of the canal wall on the towpath side between the bridge to Bewsey Old Hall and Bewsey Lock. Here are before and after views showing the difference that has been made.
Also work was done on the Bewsey Lock Island cutting back nature's growth which was nearly 2 years since they were last cutting down trees there.
There were about a dozen people working in generally lovely weather conditions.
On Thursday 6th December 2018, another milestone was placed at the side of the canal. This one is labelled '9 Mile to Ferry Lock' and is positioned between the Havannah Flashes and the Engine Lock.
The last event that SCARS Sales & Exhibition Gazebo attended in 2018:
Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th September 2018: Vintage Vehicle Rally at Victoria Park, Widnes WA8 7SU
On Wednesday 26th September 2018, two replica milestones were installed at the 8 mile and 6 mile points from Ferry Lock. So, now we have 3 mile markers within the St Helens Borough boundary. The 6 Mile milestone is situated a short distance North of the Newton Brook, the 7 Mile milestone is alongside Bradley Lock and the 8 Mile milestone is at the North end of the watered stretch from Penkstone Bridge. Our thanks go to Dr Barry Pennington of the Milestone Society, and Pete Morris and the crew from St Helens BC.
Sankey Canal Heritage Weekend
Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th September 2018 from 11.00am until 4.00pm
At the Sankey Valley Heritage Visitor Centre, Blackbrook, St.Helens WA11 0AB
Come along to the Sankey Valley Visitor Centre and view Archive Photographs and Documents about the history of England’s first industrial canal.
There will be slide shows and people on hand to answer question etc.
We will also be leading guided walks along the canal and surrounding area.
Plus our sales stall will be there with our usual supply of Bric-A-Brac and second hand Transport & Local History Books
Previous Show stall:
Sunday 19th August 2018 Victoria Park Rural Craft Display, St.Helens, WA10 2UE
Saturday 4th August 2018: Newton-le-Willows Town Show in Mesnes Park, Newton- le-Willows from 11:00 until 17:00.
Sankey Canal Heritage Weekend
Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th June
11.00am till 4.00pm
At the Sankey Valley Heritage Visitor Centre,
Blackbrook, St. Helens WA11 0AB
Come along to the Sankey Valley Visitor Centre and view Archive Photographs and Documents about the history of England’s first industrial canal. There will be slide shows and people on hand to answer questions etc.
We will also be leading guided walks along the canal and surrounding area, including a visit to the site of the old copper works on Stanley Bank.
Plus our sales stall will be there with our usual supply of Bric-A-Brac and second hand Transport & Local History Books.
During the week leading up to our event there will be an archaeological dig taking place at the site of the old copper works on Stanley Bank.
The Annual General Meeting 2018
The SCARS Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday 29th March 2018 at 19.00 at the Newton-le-Willows Fire Station Community Centre, Borron Road, WA12 0EL.
The Guest Speaker will be Steve Higham, North West Waterway Manager from the Canal & River Trust, and he will be talking about the work of CRT in the north west and the reorganisation of the Trust.
It is with great sadness that we have to report the sudden death of David Smallshaw, our Chairman.
Please click the button to read his Obituary.
Plans for the transformation of St Helens town centre announced.
16th August 2017
In the last couple of days, St Helens Council has announced ambitious plans for the transformation of St Helens town centre. The full brochure can be read here:
The Sankey Canal Restoration Society broadly welcomes the importance accorded to the canal in the scheme. The young town of St Helens was the terminus point of the first canal of the industrial age in this country and it is right and proper that the borough not only recognises its unique place in history but also now aims to utilise this precious asset to regenerate the town centre.
The ambitious plans for the town include provision for an active waterfront environment to complement retail and residential development and the Society is keen to get involved in the study on how best to maximise the benefits this will bring to the town centre.
Attractive waterfronts need boats to make them work and part of the development must be to facilitate how the town centre stretch of the canal can provide this, as isolated lengths of water will not support this ideal.
In this respect, the Sankey Canal Restoration Society looks forward to being able to work with the Borough and its partners in the Sankey Canal Partnership, amongst others, to achieve this.
Exhibition at the Catalyst Museum, Spike Island, Widnes.
17th July 2017
There's a new exhibition at the Catalyst Museum called the 'Sankey Canal Story'.
If you're in the area of Spike Island, Widnes, why not visit this exhibition?
Also, why not pay a visit to the exhibition while you are at Spike Island for the next work party which is on Wednesday 30th August?
The events of 2017...
The North West Vintage Vehicle Rally, due to be held on the weekend of Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th September 2017, had to be cancelled due to heavy rain in the preceding weeks causing the park to be saturated, so we were unable to have our stall at the event in Victoria Park, Birchfield Rd, Widnes WA8 7SU.
On Saturday 5th August 2017, our stall was at Newton Town Show, Mesnes Park, Newton-le-Willows WA12 9TA from 11:00 until 17:00.
On Sunday 25th June 2017, our stall was at the Lymm Historic Transport Day from 11:00 until 17:00. The address is: May Queen Field, Pepper Street, Lymm WA13 0JB.
The Previous Event was on Saturday 24th June 2017 where we had our stall at the Willow Park Armed Forces Fun Day at Earlestown from 11:00 until 17:00. The address is: Southworth Rd, Newton-le-Willows, WA12 0BG.
Come along to the Open meeting at Fidler's Ferry Sailing Club this evening 13th June 2017 at 19:30.
There will be a talk on the progress of the Society and on the projected plans for the foreseeable future!
Postcode: WA5 2UJ.
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