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IN THE ARM

THE STORY

OF NORTH CHESHIRE CRUISING CLUB

 

 

Individuals have owned boat houses in the High Lane Arm of the Macclesfield Canal since at least 1910. These individuals came together in 1943 to form the North Cheshire Cruising Club (NCCC). A chance discovery whilst clearing a store room revealed an almost complete set of Club minutes which has allowed the author to piece together the story of the Club from earliest times to the present day.

The club was formed in the middle of the Second World War and it was therefore an act of great optimism. This optimism continued in the early years of peace but was soon dashed by the threat of widespread canal closure. The campaign to save the Macclesfield, Peak Forest and Ashton Canals was central to the National campaign being mounted by the fledgling Inland Waterways Association to preserve the right of navigation on threatened waterways and reinvent the canals as a leisure facility. This book documents the role played by NCCC in this fight, describing the early Cruising Queen celebrations, Macclesfield and Marple rallies and canal clearing activities on the Ashton Canal, as well as other contributions setting the NCCCs part in context.

Concurrently with these nationally important activities the NCCC worked towards full occupation of the arm and provision of boating facilities. The most ambitious projects were the conversion of the stone warehouse and the second slipway. It also catalogues the regular activities of a thriving cruising club on the Macclesfield Canal and how they have changed with time.

The book of 80 pages utilises over 40 photographs from the club archives and other sources, many not previously published. The author is an honorary life member of the NCCC and their archivist. He is therefore uniquely qualified to write this history.

 

Price per copy is 5 + 1 p+p and can be ordered from NCCC Ltd, The Wharf, Buxton Rd, High Lane, Stockport, Cheshire, SK6 8AA.

 

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Copies of Club DVDs are available to purchase please email for more information.

A small clip from the DVD "The Voyages of 'Beyond' - 1971 The Upper River Thames" is shown here:-

In 1971 the wooden cruiser 'Beyond' made the journey from the North Cheshire Cruising Club to Letchlade - The Head of Navigation on the River Thames. This DVD which includes commentary (total length: 33 mins) is a record of that journey.

Cost 2.50 plus postage & packing.

 

 

A small clip from the DVD "The Voyages of 'Beyond' - 1972 To The River Avon" is shown here:-

In 1972 the wooden cruiser 'Beyond' made the journey from the North Cheshire Cruising Club to Evesham - on the River Avon via the Trent and Mersey, the Staffs & Worcester and the River Severn. The return journey is made via the Shroppie, Middlewich Branch, Trent & Mersey and the Macclesfield Canals. This DVD which includes commentary (total length: 44 mins) is a record of that journey.

Cost 2.50 plus postage & packing.

 

 

A small clip from the DVD "The Voyages of H & E Tetlow, 1961 -1968" is shown here:-

This video opens with the slipping of their first boat, "Oakhurst" and the NCCC Opening Cruise of 1961 in their boat "Anastina" (shown in this short clip).

Many other voyages are covered in this DVD including Southern Stratford (1964), Blackburn Rally (1965), Marple National Rally (1966), LLangollen (1961 & 62), Trent & Mersey and Lancaster (1962) along with many others.

Total length: 1hour 55mins, including commentary - Cost 2.50 plus postage & packing.

 

 

There are still copies  of the book "Diamond Reminiscences - Celebrating 60 Years of NCCC" available - please email  or contact the club with your orders.

DIAMOND REMINISCENCES

 

CELEBRATING 60 YEARS OF NCCC

 

INCLUDING

 

  THE WHARF IN THE 1930s

  BUGSWORTH BASIN

  THE MACCLESFIELD RALLY OF 1953

  THE GOLDEN JUBILEE

  NCCC HIRE CRUISERS

  DINNER DANCES

  RALLIES OF THE 60s & 90s or BEER BY BOAT

  MEMORIES OF A BOSLEY LOCK KEEPER

  GARDENIA

  THE BUILDING OF TWO SLIPWAYS

  OPERATION ASHTAC

  ANDERTON LIFT

  PIT BUS BOMBED

  THE HUDDERSFIELD CANAL CRUISE

 

INCLUDING OVER 25 PICTURES AND MANY MORE TOPICS

 

NOW AVAILABLE: 4 EACH ( + 50p pp by post)

 

 

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