Canal­side visit for town’s MP

Open evening for air cadets

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CANAL vol­un­teers met MP David Rut­ley to dis­cuss ef­forts to main­tain the wa­ter­ways.

The Mac­cles­field MP learned more about the im­por­tant work done by the Canal and River Trust in Mac­cles­field when he met with David Bal­dacchino, Manch­ester and Pen­nine wa­ter­way man­ager, Gil­lian Ren­shaw, de­vel­op­ment and en­gage­ment man­ager and lo­cal vol­un­teers by the canal at Cafe Water­side in Bolling­ton.

They dis­cussed the ob­jec­tives for the Trust in the year ahead and what work was be­ing done to en­sure that Mac­cles­field Canal can be en­joyed safely by as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble.

Mr Rut­ley met vol­un­teers from the Trust and from Mac­cles­field Canal So­ci­ety to find out how they are sup­port­ing the canal.

He said: “I’m re­ally pleased to have had the op­por­tu­nity to meet up AN AIR cadet squadron with an ex­cit­ing year of an­niver­sary events is hold­ing an open day for new re­cruits.

The young­sters at 236 (Bolling­ton) Squadron Air Cadets en­joyed a suc­cess­ful 2015 with ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing at­tend­ing camps, tak­ing part in in­ter­na­tional ex­change pro­grammes, gain­ing bronze, sil­ver and gold Duke of Ed­in­burgh Awards, hon­ing their shoot­ing skills and achiev­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

Now 2016 is the 75th an­niver­sary of the air with all the vol­un­teers at the Mac­cles­field Canal.

“The Canal and River Trust does great work to main­tain our wa­ter­ways and I would like to take the op­por­tu­nity to thank our lo­cal vol­un­teers for all of their hard work in mak­ing the Mac­cles­field Canal such an at­trac­tive leisure spot for lo­cal res­i­dents.

“I hope that more lo­cal res­i­dents will take the time to en­joy all that our canal has to of­fer and learn about its rich her­itage.”

The Mac­cles­field Canal was one of the last canals to be built in the UK, open­ing in 1831.

It is re­garded as one of the most beau­ti­ful and clean­est canals in the coun­try – be­com­ing the first canal in the coun­try to re­ceive the pres­ti­gious green flag from the Trust, last year.

Al­most aban­doned in the 1940s, the canal is con­sid­ered a lo­cal her­itage as­set, which is cadet or­gan­i­sa­tion and 236 Squadron plans on do­ing all this again and more.

The squadron is hold­ing an open evening to sign up new re­cruits to join the fun.

Dan Cryer, from the squadron, said: “If you would like to find out more about air cadets, who we are and what we do, come down, meet our cadets and staff and see what we have to of­fer.

“You can start your air cadet ca­reer from the day you start year eight at school or if you fancy used for walk­ing, canal boat­ing, ca­noe­ing, fish­ing and many other out­door recre­ation ac­tiv­i­ties. get­ting in­volved as an adult vol­un­teer we would love to hear from you.”

The open evening is on Mon­day, March 7, from 7.30pm to 8.30pm at the Slaugh­ter House, Shrigley Road, Bolling­ton.

For in­for­ma­tion or to re­serve a place con­tact 01625 576956 (Mon­day and Thurs­day evenings) email 236atc­newslet­ter@ gmail.com or go to face­book.com/236. Squadron.ATC

The squadron pa­rades ev­ery Mon­day and Thurs­day night at 7pm at The Slaugh­ter House.

The Air Cadets at 236 (Bolling­ton) Squadron ATC and some of the ac­tiv­i­ties they get up to

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●● MP David Rut­ley with vol­un­teers from the Canal and River Trust along­side the Mac­cles­field Canal

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