Branch Socials

crowds_at_avonlock1Everyone is welcome to come along to our monthly socials (there is a bar and coffee lounge).  As well as listening to entertaining speakers these meetings are also a good opportunity to relax and enjoy catching up with the latest waterways issues and make new friends.

The meetings are held from October to April in the Cafe at the National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port, South Wirral, starting at 7.45 pm.  There is a bar and tea/coffee available before and during the interval.  If this is your first visit to our meetings, please introduce yourselves to members of the committee who will be delighted to meet you.

21/22 SEPTEMBER 2019


A FREE exhibition on steamship "Danny" in the Albert Dock, Liverpool.  This is a great opportunity to hear about all the current canal restoration projects taking place in the North West as well as seeing the wonderful Art Deco restoration work that has been done inside the steamship "Daniel Adamson" following the £5 million HLF grant.  See our Home Page for full details


8 October 2019 - "Construction of the Manchester Ship Canal" by Corey Estenson

Corey Estenson of Manchester Metropolitan University is also Mansion Researcher at Tatton Park, Weaver Hall and the Lion Salt Works in Northwich.  This has given her unrivalled access to the records of the construction phase of the Manchester Ship Canal and how the owner of Tatton Hall - Wilbraham, 3rd Baron Egerton, came to be Chairman of the Manchester Ship Canal company for the entire period of its construction.

Corey will also bring with her vintage postcards, illustrated with watercolour drawings by one of the engineers that worked on the ship canal, which could be given out free at the end of the talk (thanks to Weaver Hall for supplying them!).

12 November 2019 - "Restoration of the Runcorn Locks" by Graham Wallace

This long abandoned flight from the Bridgewater canal down to the Manchester Ship Canal is being revived with the redevelopment of Runcorn old town.  Major new boat moving structures are also proposed including an inclined plane, boat lift and marina.

11 December 2019 - "Restoration and operating schedule of the Daniel Adamson" by Dan Cross

Dan will be telling us about the restoration of this famous Mersey boat and its current sailing programme on the Mersey, river Weaver and Manchester Ship Canal.

As it is our Christmas social there will also be sherry, mince pies and our bumper Christmas raffle.


14 January 2020 - "The Restoration of the Sankey Canal" by Colin Greenall

The Sankey was England's first canal of the industrial era and runs from the Mersey to St Helens.  Colin has been a prime mover in the continued campaign to progress its restoration and he will be outlining its history, restoration progress and future plans.

11 February 2020 - A Canal & River Trust update by Liam Cooper

Liam is Boating and Customer Service Manager for the Canal & River Trust, Midlands Region, based at the Red Bull office.  He will be talking about the new C&RT organisation, maintenance challenges and future priorities in the area.

10 March 2020 - "The Royal Iris and the Royal Daffodil" by Derek Arnold plus Branch AGM

Derek Arnold is a very entertaining Wirral based expert on our local naval and maritime history.  He is going to tell us about their heroic history and how these two much loved ferry boats got their names.

14 April 2020 - "Liverpool's Maritime Heritage" by Ken Pye

Ken is  Director of Discover Liverpool and will be sharing tales of sea shanties, Maggie May and Liverpool's sailors' comforters!  He will also talk about Lord Nelson's coffin and 'the boy who stood on the burning deck', a life on the Ocean Wave, the Scouser who announced the Armada as well as telling us about privateers, sea monsters and ghost ships!