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June Newsletter

To get you into the summery spirit please enjoy a copy of our June Newsletter available for download below highlighting all our latest news and events in one place including: Liverpool Boat Show, Bric-a-Brac Sale, BBQ and Bingo, Workshop Updates, a Meet the Moorer feature, Anne’s Wish Kayak challenge and much more!

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Meet the Moorer

Dave Tarpey is a fellow Aqueduct Marina moorer and if he seems more than vaguely familiar to you, then indeed he should!  We hope the photo is a sufficient clue – because, as you depart or return to Aqueduct during your cruising, Dave will almost certainly have helped you through a lock.

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Bric-a-Brac Sale, BBQ and Bingo

Don’t forget that 24th June is also a big day at the marina. In support of “Anne’s Wish, Muscular Dystrophy” Aqueduct Marina’s Charity of the Year, we shall be holding a Bric-a-Brac Sale in the Galley Meeting Room between 10.00am and 4.00pm on Saturday 24th June.

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Annual Boaters’ Bash and Family Open Day

Move aside Henley you are “so last year darling”. The truly discerning boater knows that during “The Summer Season”, there really is only one Weekend Event at which to be seen.

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Anne’s Wish Kayaking

Thanks for your support to-date. It was great to return to the boat and see so many flower pots appearing for the Flaming Orange competition. I hope to meet many more of you at the Boaters’ Bash.

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Fathers’ Day

Whether you’ve arrived by caravan or simple fancy spending a weekend at the boat, you might be looking for some ideas for days out in June. We’ve done some of the hard work for you and as it is Fathers’ Day this month, here is our pick of local “dad-friendly” events this June:

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Rampant Reeds

We hope you agree that the reeds, whispering gently around the marina, add greatly to the attractive ecosystem here at Aqueduct Marina. Providing a home to invertebrates, small mammals and birds, the reeds also offer safe nesting for the swans and ducks.

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SUMBA Wardle Lock and Mooring Repainting Project

To complete SUMBA’s (the Shropshire Union Middlewich Branch Adopters) Spring/Summer schedule, fourteen volunteers on Saturday 20th May tackled work at two locations. Wardle Lock – technically outside SUMBA’s adoption area but, at C&RT’s request, in need of a spruce up prior to the Middlewich Folk and Boat Festival – and at the 48 hour moorings […]

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Congratulations to New Dads

It is somewhat apt that Fathers’ Day falls this month because we’re in the midst of a staff “Daddy Epidemic” here at Aqueduct Marina.

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June Cruising Information

By now many of you will be planning and researching your summer cruising. As well as the usual online and printed guides Aqueduct Marina has sponsored the list of Visitor Moorings provided by the Shropshire Union Canal Society SUCS. www.shropshireunion.org.uk 

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Going Potty for Pots!

Woody is now in full planting mode, decorating the Marina ready for the Open Day and the Flaming Orange Aqueduct in Bloom Competition. The bedding plants are starting to flower providing an array of colour around the marina.

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Crick Competition

We would like to say a BIG thank you to everyone for coming and meeting us at the Crick Boat Show. CONGRATULATIONS to narrowboat Meridian winners of our free boat blacking competition!

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Crack it at Crick

Whatever your boating needs Crack it at Crick! At Aqueduct Marina! All aboard the Aqueduct Bus! Leaving our main car park at 8.30am, Aqueduct Marina is offering complimentary travel (2 per boat) to our customers on Saturday 27th May, to Crick (tickets to the show not included). The return journey will depart from the show […]

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Boat Yard Operative Vacancy

We are looking to recruit one more member of staff for our increasingly busy and successful boat yard. Church Minshull Aqueduct Marina is an award winning 150 berth narrowboat marina and boat yard.  We are constantly looking to grow and improve the facilities and services we offer. We are looking for applicants who will enjoy […]

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May Newsletter

May is upon us and therefore it means that Crick Boat Show is only three weeks away! To get you in the mood please enjoy a copy of our May Newsletter available for download below highlighting all our latest news and events in one place including: Workshop Developments, Crick Painting Offer, Aqueduct in Bloom Competition, […]

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Welcome Mags

We’d like to introduce Maggie (call me Mags) Peach whom we’ve been delighted to welcome to The Galley front of house team. It was true serendipity when Maggie, her husband and 3 children came to stay for 3 weeks in the Caravan Park whilst waiting for completion on their new home in Crewe. Mag’s past […]

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Aqueduct in Bloom Competition

‘Calling all gardeners! With the theme of ‘Flaming Orange’ our competition will be Judged Sunday 23rd July (Open Day). The orange theme aims to support Anne’s Wish & Muscular Dystrophy, our chosen charity for 2017, by dressing the marina in their fund raising colours.

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Channel Swim for Anne’s Wish

The team I am swimming the channel with consists of 6 members varying in different ages backgrounds and interests. We meet regularly to discuss training, technique, team names and for the two charity nights we have has so far. We have gone for the name Sea Snails.

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Yard Improvement Works

Look towards the rear of the show blasting sheds and you’ll notice the arrival of a digger. This comes with the advent of works to create a new shed behind the existing units.

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Liverpool Boat Show

Four fab reasons: Beatles, Beetles, Boats, Caravans and us! (The fifth Beatle!) As part of the Mersey River Festival, Liverpool’s Albert Dock is hosting the 3rd Northern Boat Show on 23rd -25th June.

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Swans – is she or isn’t she?

In true celebrity paparazzi “baby bump” watching style, Aqueduct Marina boaters have been speculating about our swans. Specifically, whether the pen will, or won’t have cygnets this year.

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SUMBA Skyes Hollow Repainting Project

An unusual aspect of this work party was that they were joined by C&RT’s local Press Officer and cameraman to film some volunteer material for May 3’s launch of their ‘500 Miles Of Canals Up For Adoption’ media campaign. Therefore before we set off from Cholmondeston Lock in workboat ‘Gowy’, there was a lot of […]

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April Newsletter

Spring is upon us and it’s time to get afloat and pitch up in readiness for the season. Please enjoy a copy of our Spring Newsletter available for download highlighting all our latest news and events in one place including: Crick Boat Show Preparations, Aintree Beetle Agents, C&RT Boat Update, Bric-a-brac Jumble Sale, Sky Filming […]

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Cheshire and Warrington Funding Launch

Phil Langley, Operations Director, and Bernie McCrae, Marketing and Communications Co-ordinator made a successful presentation at the Cheshire and Warrington Rural Business Funding Launch at Reaseheath College on Friday 24th March.

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JCB British Marine Visit

On Monday 27th March Robert Parton, Managing Director, and Nick Beech, Brokerage Manager, attended a British Marine Inland Building Showcase at Rochester football club followed by a tour of the JCB headquarters in Staffordshire.

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Apprenticeship Week at Bentley Motors

On Wednesday 8th March two of our apprentices Alex Bebbington, Marine Chandlery Apprentice, and Lewis Martin, Engineering Apprentice, took part in a special Bentley Motors Apprenticeship career day in celebration of National Apprenticeship Week.

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Lights, Camera, Action

We’ve been busy in front of the cameras and this time it’s to star on the Sky Holidaying and Cruising Channel featured on Discover Britain. Keep a watch on our Facebook page for details of our debut!

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SUMBA Winter Hedge Laying

Despite the winter excesses of Mother Nature, egged on by her formidable Aunty Doris, SUMBA’s (Shropshire Union Middlewich Branch Adopters) hedge laying team have succeeded in laying their second section of hedge just above Cholmondeston Lock.

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Agents for Aintree

We are delighted to announce our new agency relationship between Aqueduct Marina Brokerage and Aintree Boat Builders.

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Bric-a-Boat, Bric-a-Caravan Jumble Sale

Bric-a-Boat, Bric-a-Caravan and General Jumble Sale Items required! “Hearye! Hearye!”  Bring out your dead…  brasses, unused tools, boat/caravan jumble and general “bitz n’ bobz”.

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Anne’s Wish Update

Whilst is might appear that little progress has been made with ‘Anne’s Wish’, our chosen charity of the year 2017, much has been, and continues to be, planned for forthcoming events.

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C&RT Boats Update

Take a short walk, cycle or cruise along any length of the canal system & it quickly becomes evident just how much pure graft goes into keeping the canals & rivers in good repair.  Indeed over 1600 C&RT staff & volunteers endeavour to maintain those 2000 miles of canals & rivers, 1583 locks, 55 tunnels […]

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Cracking on for Crick

The countdown for Crick is on and we are busy getting into gear for yet another exciting and thrilling three day event at the biggest UK Inland Waterways Show of the year.

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Welcome to Stuart Martin

We would like to wish Stuart Martin a warm welcome to the Church Minshull Aqueduct Marina team.

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Work Begins on C&RT Boat

As part of the extensive boat maintenance and painting services provided at Church Minshull Aqueduct Marina, we have now started work on Canal & River Trust work boats.

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Tough mudder

Please help support the Aqueduct Marina team as we take on ‘Tough Mudder’ on Saturday 9th September, at Cholmondeley Castle, raising funds for Anne’s Wish, our chosen charity 2017.

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Practical Caravan Filming

On 9th January we had the opportunity to get on camera when Alan Howard, video producer from Practical Caravan TV, came on site to film on our caravan park.

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Caravan Park Named Top-Seller

On 27th January, Aqueduct Marina Caravan Park was named the top-selling holiday site in Cheshire for 2016 by Pitchup.com.

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Chosen Charity 2017

Following a terrific year of fund raising for the Joshua Tree, we would like to officially announce our chosen charity for 2017 – Muscular Dystrophy UK, Anne’s Wish.

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Mothership Marine Climb on Board

We are pleased to announce a new agency relationship between Aqueduct Marina Brokerage and Mothership Marine.

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5 Gold Anchors Award

We are pleased to announce that we have successfully achieved our 5 Gold Anchors award for the second time running.

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Excellence in Customer Service

We are thrilled to announce that we won South Cheshire Chamber’s Excellence in Customer Service Award presented by Jones Sheridan at the Award Ceremony on Friday 25th November at Crewe Hall.

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