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Summer Dorfold Magazine

Posted on 29th May 2020

Helen's Summer Dorfold Magazine is available for download via this link.

In her e-mail to club members, Helen said - Hello Everyone, Hope you are all well and enjoying the beautiful weather. I hope you enjoy the read and that it keeps your mind off the lack of boating and social events for a little while. Let's hope we can all get back to normal soon. I could ramble on but I do enough of that in the Editors letter! There will be paper copies available in the "signing in hut" sometime next week all being well. Keep safe and well.
Best wishes

Mooring plan

Posted 27th May 2020

George's mooring plan for spring 2020 ..... is available here.

Message from the Commodore : A couple of pieces of news

Posted on 14th May 2020

Hi Everyone,

The first message was from Jim Forkin who has let me know that he has been in contact with CRT about the lack of facilities at Barbridge Junction. Liam Cooper, their Boating and Customer Service Manager has let Jim know that the small road bridge connecting the Barbridge rubbish facility to the main road is now too weak to safely drive the collection vehicles over. Overflow from the skips had also been causing a rat and vermin problem at the site. CRT have therefore decided to close the site for rubbish deposit and collection. Liam told Jim that CRT will continue to consider whether to re-open the site or just let boaters use the facilities at Calveley instead. Should anyone have useful information about possible alternative sites, CRT would be happy to hear from them. In the meantime this means that there are no public rubbish disposal facilities for the Middlewich Branch for which the Barbridge site served.

As a consequence of the cancellation of the club's social calendar for this year, John Snook has been thinking ahead to making a provisional booking for the Chester Weekend cruise at the "Ring of Bells" for next year. I have told John to go ahead and make a provisional booking. John has asked if it would be possible for members who think they may be interested for next year, to let him know just to help give him some idea of numbers. Clearly there is a lot of time between now and then and we shall continue to publicise the event and contact members further nearer the time as well but, if you could let John know at this early stage, it would be very helpful for him.

Many thanks and kind regards
Neville Lacey (Commodore NBCYC)

Message from the Commodore : Easing of the coronavirus lockdown

Posted on 13th May 2020

Hi again Everyone,

I will try to get important information out to you regarding how government instructions are affecting our activities at the club but, should you have any queries please do get in touch, check our website and/or join in the discussion on our facebook page. The C&RT latest memorandum is here.

Supplementary notes from Neville :

C&RT suggests that the canal system will be opened up again on the 1st June for cruising. Essentially this new update does not affect the advice for members of NBCYC albeit, that those who do come down to the club would now be permitted to take local trips on their boats.

No decision has been taken yet about removing the "no overnight stays" restriction.

The fridges in the club house will be kept switched off because we are still being advised to practise social distancing, which in itself would be quite difficult on-site and particularly so in communal areas were there to be a large influx of members.

Also, since the majority of our membership are in the "at risk" categories, we feel that it would not be advisable for them to visit unless it is just to check that all is well with their boats

For anyone that does visit, we would ask that you continue to diligently respect the social distancing rules. Remember to regularly wash your hands and to clean any of the communal areas you do visit where practically possible.

Many thanks, stay safe and all the best.

Thanks again to those who contacted me to let me know of these clarifications.

Kind regards
Neville Lacey (Commodore NBCYC)

Boat Safety Scheme Examinations : update

Posted on 7th May 2020

If you are on the C&RT mailing list you will have received an update in respect of a further extension to the temporary suspension of the boat safety examinations. Verbatim from Damian at the Canal & River Trust -
"It is our firm intention to re-start BSS examinations as soon as possible, and we will be reviewing the position in light of the Government announcements about the next phase of the lockdown, expected on Sunday 10 May."

"In the meantime, we have agreed with participating Navigation Authorities to further extend the current waiver on boat safety scheme examinations. As BSS examinations have been suspended since 23 March, there is now a considerable backlog of boats needing to renew their certificates; and in recognition of this, the waiver will now be extended until 31st July 2020 to provide all boaters awaiting their examinations with sufficient time to arrange this, once restrictions are eased."

Lockdown update from the Commodore

Posted on 21st April 2020

Hi Everyone,

I hope you are all keeping well, that you have managed to avoid the virus and are coping with the lock down. I should imagine that we boaters are doing better than most because we are used to living in confined spaces but Helen and I, like most other people, will be glad when it is all over with.

The reason for my message is more one of keeping in touch rather than having much to report. I have been delighted to see that members have continued to communicate and keep in touch with each other, for example through the NBCYC Facebook page. I don't do Facebook myself but I do take part vicariously through Helen's page. One of the things that I have found quite heartwarming, very entertaining and hugely funny is the large number of people who are posting insane things of the humorous variety on social media in order to keep us all sane.

Unfortunately, as you will all presumably know, we are locked down for the next 3 weeks at least and can therefore still not visit our boats. I'm sure that Helen and I are not alone in finding this very stressful. One thing that is very good to know is that we have 3 members living on site at the moment who are keeping an eye on things, monitoring site security and carrying out some maintenance work. Those of you who use the club Facebook page will doubtless be aware of the fact that Jan and Ian Moyes are on site as is Stuart Robinson. I for one am very grateful for the work they are doing and would like to thank them accordingly. I just hope that we are able to join them at the club in the not too distant future albeit, I suspect that we will still be subject to some social distancing regulations even after the full blown lock down has been ended. I will plan to get timely advice out to members as soon as I know anything for sure. However, the decision to cancel our social calendar up to and including the Hog Roast, although regrettable, is certainly soundly based. Any further changes to the calendar will be announced in due course.

Although I have not mentioned this until now, I have been waiting on updates on the lock down to decide what to do about the Contribution and Service scheme that was launched in January following approval at the AGM. I was hoping that we may be able to modify the Contribution aspect to just requiring 2 event attendances to reduce the mooring fee but, it is now clear that too many events will have been affected to make this tenable. My plan now is to consult council about restarting the Contribution part of the scheme in January 2021. Members will still be able to earn service points as per the information that has been circulated albeit, the opportunities to earn points will be reduced until members are able to return to the club without restrictions. Having said this, our Media Editor is still working on the next edition of the Dorfold so, anyone who would like to contribute to keeping the rest of our members entertained is more than welcome to send articles, puzzles, jokes, etc to Helen. Well done, by the way, to Howard Maunders for the digital jigsaw puzzles that he has posted. For anyone who likes jigsaws and hasn't tried them yet, they come with good recommendations from those I know who have tried them. You can get to them from the following link:

Anyway, take care everyone and I will continue to be in touch once I know anything worth passing on.

All the best,
Neville Lacey (Commodore NBCYC)


Reposted 14th April 2020 (Original posting 26th March)

Hello Everyone,

I hope you are all keeping safe and well.

Unfortunately, the suspension of our Social Calendar because of the corona virus situation has also had to include council meetings otherwise we would not be keeping to the government recommendations. For this reason I have been in touch with members of council to discuss the measures that we need to take and what we will be doing going forward. The points below represent what we believe to be the best advice and information that we can give to NBCYC members at the moment:

1. The government recommendations are changing and becoming more stringent each day at the moment. Government advice changed significantly whilst council members were considering our response so rather than try to modify our advice regularly, please could NBCYC members use the government rules where their advice is more strict than our guidance. If in any doubt please click on the following link to see the current government advice.

2. Following the Prime Minister's announcement on Monday 23rd March stating that all but key workers should remain at home, NBCYC members should avoid coming to the club until this restriction is lifted.

3. It is probable that even when the current instruction to stay at home is relaxed that we will still be advised to continue the practice of "social distancing" so, whilst this "social distancing" is required, NBCYC members should avoid coming to the club unless it is absolutely necessary or in the event that they are going to move their boats off site.

4. In light of the Prime Minister's statement, the Canal and Rivers Trust (C&RT) have requested that no non-essential travel is undertaken by leisure boaters. This advice will doubtless remain in place whilst the governments "stay at home" instruction is operative. Whilst corona virus restrictions are in place, NBCYC members should check with C&RT what the current position is with respect to cruising and can do so by clicking on the following link

5. For as long as "social distancing" is required, access to the clubhouse and sheds will be restricted to council members and even then, only for essential purposes. For this reason, benches will not be put out nor the fridges in the clubhouse switched on.

6. The signing-in hut and toilet block will be kept open but members should remember to thoroughly wash their hands after they have been in contact with objects or surfaces that may have been touched by club members other than their own boat crew.

7. All social events up to and including the Hog Roast have been cancelled. Council will keep in touch and meet up later in an official meeting once the social distancing advice is relaxed. Until these restrictions are relaxed, we should not be considering any social events. Council will continue to look at the possibility of running events once the "social distancing" rules have been stopped. The type of events that we would run will depend heavily upon the amount of time remaining in the year once the restrictions are lifted.

8. Having given it some thought, the only work that will be carried out at the club until restrictions are relaxed will be essential maintenance work.

I think this covers most things but, if any of you do have any questions that are not covered above or on the government and C&RT websites, I would be very happy to hear them and do my best to answer them.

Many thanks in advance for your help and co-operation in these difficult times.

Best wishes and take care,
Neville Lacey (Commodore NBCYC)

Downloadable Jigsaws for your Windows PC or Windows laptop

Posted on 31st March 2020

I have created a number of jigsaws that you can download and play on your Windows PC or your Windows laptop. All the photographs are from our canal holidays over the years and all are from the north west of England, at locations close to the NBCYC. The jigsaw page is here and a playing hints page is here. Just contact me directly by e-mail or use the Contact Us form if you need any further help. (Howard)

Commodore's latest newsletter

Posted on 16th March 2020

Neville's March newsletter is now on-line *

Message from the Commodore : IWA Calendar

Posted on 21st January 2020

Colin Pierce kindly forwarded to me a message see this link from Joni Duncan at the Inland Waterways Association (IWA), an organisation NBCYC is a member of. The letter is an invite for our members to submit photographs for the IWA calendar, the prize being a free copy of the 2021 calendar for anyone whose picture is chosen for inclusion.

Good luck to any of you who have a go!
Best wishes, Neville
Neville Lacey (Commodore NBCYC)

The Council of Management 2020 - Posted by Howard : (webmaster)

Posted on 10th December 2019

The contact details for the 2020 Council of Management and Council Members are now on-line here *.

Message from Haze Birchall : Macmillan Charity Event

Posted on 28th September 2019

Just want to say a huge thank you to everyone who made the charity event and also everyone for all the amazing gift donations for our raffle and for the cakes it was a great turnout considering weather etc we all still managed to raise £302.22 today I'm so chuffed thanks again guys couldn't have done it without u all xxx


Additional note from Marina (posted on Facebook 29th September) "Can you mention the £150 raised at the Spring Social for Macmillan Charity in the Dorford please."

Personalised Club Clothing

Posted on 10th July 2019

Andy and Marina Ashton have liaised with MIS Leisure Ltd. who are able to manufacture a range of clothing, personalised with the NBCYC logo. Items and prices are on the Club Clothing page with links to more information on the MIS Leisure website. Members are asked not to order directly from the MIS website but to e-mail the company. There is a pre-configured clickable link on the Club Clothing page.

Website search engine

Posted on 1st July 2019

The Club website now has a search engine. You can find it here and it's also visible on the side menu / fly out menu (mobile phone) that appears on every page of the website. For security reasons, search engines cannot access password protected pages but you will be able to search for any content that is not in the Members' Only section. The search engine is compatible with mobile phones, but if you get any problems, then please let me know. Many thanks (Howard - Webmaster)

Members' Handbook

Posted on 28th February 2019

New for 2019 Members' Handbook visible to all, including potential Club members.

Emergency Contact List

Posted on 25th February 2019

Reminder from Helen Lacey : "Thank you to all those who have replied to my previous email, sent 4th February, about requiring your permission to be contacted in case of an emergency concerning your boat on the moorings. I have had 27 permissions given so far and we will be getting the list together after the Council meeting this Saturday. So if you want to be included on the list please let me know."

Articles of Association

Posted on 21st January 2019

Companies House approved the boat club's proposed Memorandum of Association and Articles of Association on 10th December 2018. The documents are viewable here (Memorandum) and here (Articles)