Canalside visit for town’s MP
Open evening for air cadets
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
●● MP David Rutley with volunteers from the Canal and River Trust alongside the Macclesfield Canal