Programme of Presentations to Macclesfield Canal Society for 2023/2024
|15th December 2023
AGM Meeting including Christmas Social and also Presentation from Members
For 2024 we are trialling holding the January and February talks using Zoom. One reason for this is to prevent speakers and audiences having to travel in the difficult winter months. Another reason is that it allows us to get speakers who are not in easy travelling distance of Macclesfield. This applies to the speakers we have for the meetings in January and February 2024. It is becoming increasing difficult to find local speakers. It also allows members who live some distance from Macclesfield to participate in the talks.
Up the Macc in 1966
This talk follows a cruise in 1966 from Fradley Junction all the way north to the Macclesfield and Peak Forest Canals…where the official signs at Marple said ‘not recommended for boating’. It includes pictures of the ‘famous’ IWA rally at Marple.
The Lives of the People who worked on Narrow
Boats in the 20th century
During this time, the majority of long distant narrow boats were crewed by a boatman and his family. Their work and lives were largely unknown by most people - we will look at their living accomodation, the hazards they faced and the work they did. (Zoom talk)
Northwich- A Heritage Port
Jim Mole Chairman of the River Weaver Navigation Society will talk and discuss the 19th century buildings and structures adjacent to the River Weaver. Centred on the Navigation Yard, this one time maintenance yard of the British Waterways Board is now up for sale and there are concerns for the preservation of its heritage aspects. Jim will also outline the major Chemicals Industry - water born by the river Weaver from Northwich to the sea.
Scenes of the Midi-the beauty of Southern France
Patrick will describe his adventures with a boat of shared ownership, exploring the Canal du Midi in France.
Braunston - canal age transport hub
A look at the history of canals in and around Braunston, Northamptonshire, in the wider context of the history of transport, from Roman roads to early river transport, through turnpikes, the canal age, the railway age and the motorway age. Although the talk concentrates on Braunston, it includes many references to the wider history of the narrow canal system of the South Midlands.