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We are attending the London Boat Show 10th - 14th January 2018 with our range of New Affordable Boats.

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South Cheshire Chamber Finalists

We are pleased to announce we have been short listed for the South Cheshire Chamber Contribution to the Community award 2017 sponsored by Cheshire Connect and South Cheshire College. After completing an application form and attending interview we are delighted to have been selected as one of the four finalists short listed for the award. […]

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Downsize your boat not your lifestyle

Church Minshull Aqueduct Marina will be attending the 2018 London Boat Show with their new entry level affordable 25ft Beetle show boat which is part of the new Beetle range. From 25ft to 40ft these compact, quality narrowboats are priced from 35k to 55k and are available in 8 configurations with various options for different […]

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Christmas Opening Hours

Our Christmas hours are out now. Take a look to see when our Reception, Chandlery and Café will be open over the Christmas period…

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Front of House Operative required

The Galley at Church Minshull Aqueduct Marina is looking for a confident, hard working individual to join our upbeat, welcoming café team as a part time, Front of House Operative, who ideally would also be able to assist in the kitchen. You will be the face of The Galley Café at our marina side location […]

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October Newsletter

This month we are delighted to share with you a copy of our October Newsletter available for download featuring all our latest news and events in one place including: Workshop Heating Installations, Spooky Special Psychic Evening, Johnny the Painting Professional, Marina of the Year 2018 and much more!

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Farewell Joe and Hello Nick

We would like to say a fond farewell to Joe Sheen who has been working for the marina for eight years. We would like to wish Joe to best of luck for the future and thank him for his hard work whilst he has been at Aqueduct. Welcome to Nick Lambert who has taken the […]

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Johnny, the painting professional

Johnny, part of our boat painting team, is a talented and professional boat painter. He can usually be found, paint brush in hand, in our paint workshops so we thought we’d use this opportunity to introduce him

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Photo Competition

Vote now for your favourite photo in our Aqueduct Adventure competition. Over the past few weeks we have been busy receiving your votes however there is still two weeks left to pick your favourite! To vote go to www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/T9QT23P Voting closes Tuesday 31st October.

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Heating Installations

Over the past couple of weeks we have been busy crew members installing new heating systems into our painting workshops. Since the recent success of applying for a Cheshire East, European Rural Development grant to develop the workshops we now have a new fully operational heating system in place allowing boats to cure more efficiently.

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Boaters’ Christmas Meal

Join us for a glass of merry mulled wine and a scrumptious Christmas Dinner as we invite you for an evening of jollity at our Boaters’ Christmas Meal. Enjoy three delightful courses including a complimentary glass of mulled wine on arrival with your fellow moorers, whilst testing your boating knowledge in our after-dinner Christmas quiz! […]

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C&RT Workboats

After successfully completing our first work boat “Blaby”, our maintenance team have a respectable line up of C&RT craft at the marina, for either blacking only or more major complete overhauls.

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Channel Five Debut

In June, the marina was in front of the cameras again, this star on My Extreme OCD, a documentary series exploring Brits suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder.

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Painting at Aqueduct Marina

Church Minshull Aqueduct Marina has been successful in applying for a Cheshire East, European Rural Development grant to help pay for the recent improvements to the new workshop.

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Cheshire East Funding Event

On Wednesday 6th September, we were joined by Cheshire East Council to take part in a special Rural Funding event held at the Marina.

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A Crazy season for the Caravans

Church Minshull Aqueduct Marina’s caravan site is coming to the end of its first full season in operation. Over the Spring and Summer (do you remember that heat wave in June?!) we had plenty of caravans, motorhomes and campervans staying from one night to several weeks.

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Matt – The Man Behind the Mask

One of the friendliest faces to be seen around the marina is Matt Simpson, our Master Shot Blaster and one of the paint spraying team. Unfortunately, he’s generally hidden behind his safety mask so we’d like to introduce him.

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Going for Gold

After being voted as your Marina of the Year 2016 we thought we’d give it another go and try our hand at achieving your Marina of the Year 2017.

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Moorers’ Moment

This month join Sue and Barry Flint narrowboat Tiller Girl as they tell us all about their experience of swapping a narrowboat for a campervan…

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The Galley goes Five Star

In August, Aqueduct Marina was visited by the Food Standards Agency. For those of you clued up on your food production and hygiene it is a nerve wracking time and we were delighted to have been awarded a five star rating.

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September Newsletter

To break you into the weekend we are delighted to share with you a copy of our September Newsletter available for download featuring all our latest news and events in one place including: Tough Mudder Challenge, Celebrity Canoe Challenge, Painting Work, Five Star Galley, Going for Gold and much more!

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Tough Mudder Challenge

Aqueduct Marina had a 14 strong team in the Tough Mudder at Cholmondeley Castle on Saturday 9th September, raising money for Anne’s Wish (Muscular Dystrophy UK).

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August Newsletter

To enjoy this summer we are delighted to present you with a copy of August Newsletter available for download below featuring all our latest news and events including: Family Open Day Highlights, Brokerage Update, Chandlery Challenge, Caption Competition, Green Flag Award and much more!

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Open Day Final

We’d like to say a HUGE thank you to everyone for coming along and joining in the fun at our Boaters’ Bash and Open Day on 22nd and 23rd July. We hope you enjoyed the weekend and are proud to announce that due to your generosity we have raised a fantastic £3,700.00 for Anne’s Wish, […]

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Aqueduct in Bloom Competition Winners

Congratulations to Neil & Helen nb Another Fluke, who won our inaugural “Aqueduct in Bloom” competition. Neil and Helen currently live in Texas and join us for the season. The judges felt they really embraced the orange theme and presented a display crammed with vibrant blooms and edibles. Well done – a real showstopper.

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Prestigious Green Flag Celebrations come to Aqueduct

The Canal & River Trust is celebrating after achieving Keep Britain Tidy’s coveted Green Flag Award along 22 miles of the Shropshire Union Canal/Middlewich Branch. And here at Aqueduct Marina we are celebrating too, because this award winning stretch – running from Audlem to Barbridge Junction and then down to Middlewich – encompasses our own […]

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Award-Winning Day Out for Aqueduct

In July, Aqueduct Marina took its show stall to join the thousands of cheese producers and retailers from across the world, who descended on Nantwich to compete in the annual cheese awards and agricultural show.

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Open Day Boat Trips

One of the most successful events of the Open Day was, what turned out to be, the non-stop trip boat shuttle. This was operated by Admiral Geoff Harris, Captain Dr Maurice Ward (and his boat Emilia Romagna) and Skipper David Roberts who acted as helmsmen/guides for the day.

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Bye Bye Blaby

It is gratifying that so many of you are expressing an interest in Aqueduct Marina’s restoration of the C&RT work boats.

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Selfies and Summer Snaps Competition

Don’t forget to click away during your summer adventure. Our Social Media competition is underway.Share your summer snaps of cruising/caravanning adventures on our Facebook and Instagram accounts, using the hashtag #aqueductadventure for your chance to win.

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James Harris and Chris Dunn

A special thanks to all our stall holders at the Open Day but an extra special thanks is due to James Harris nb Lock and Roll and his friend Chris Dunn.

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Can we find it? Yes we can!

Take the Aqueduct Chandlery Challenge!

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What an experience for Lucas!

15 year old Lucas Dalton is a student at Weaverham High School and undertook his two week work placement here at Aqueduct Marina.

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Nantwich Show Competition

We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone for meeting us at the Nantwich Show. CONGRATULATIONS to Wendy Mosley winner of our free two nights on a narrowboat competition!

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July Newsletter

July marks the start of the summer season and that means it’s only one week until our Boaters’ Bash and Family Open Day! To get you in the mood please enjoy a copy of our July newsletter highlighting all our latest news and events in one place including: final arrangements for our Boaters’ Bash and […]

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Boaters’ Bash and Family Open Day

Well here it is – the main event and seriously, if you haven’t got your Boaters’ Bash tickets yet, go and see Julie in Reception – they’re selling like the proverbial hot cakes, almost, but not quite, as quickly as Alison’s addictive quiche in The Galley.

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I’m ready for my close up…

NETV recently visited Aqueduct Marina to do some filming.

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Get the Big Picture at Aqueduct Marina

You are reading about marina news, but this summer let’s shift the focus to you!

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New Twin Paint Sheds

Our new deluxe twin paint sheds opened this month. You will probably have noticed that we have upgraded these workshops with roller shutter doors, concrete floors and new electrics.

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Nobody puts Blaby in the Corner

In the Engineering Sheds work continues on the second C&RT narrowboat. As you can see, a huge amount of skill and labour are going into sorting out her colander hull.

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An update from SUMBA

BRIC A BRAC STALL at AQUEDUCT MARINA’S OPEN DAY – SUNDAY 23rd JULY SUMBA will have a stall at Aqueduct Marina’s Open Day. The purpose is to raise funds to help with our ongoing work on the Middlewich Branch canal where we carry out much admired work to facilitate the upkeep of the adopted stretch for […]

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New Staff Welfare Facilities and Office

When our Boatyard Operations Manager, Stephen Wallace required new huts in the boatyard we suspect he was thinking along these lines…

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Nantwich Show

Another month another show…

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New Gates for Old

We have had new gates installed at the end of Jetties A & B, and the contractors will be on site removing the reeds that are growing through jetty A.

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Marina Manners

We’re not control freaks BUT can we just point out the correct way to do that…

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Kayakers Come to Aqueduct

Andrea Parton, Aqueduct’s Marina and Caravan Services Director spotted some kayakers in the marina.

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Angle Grinder 1 – Woody 0

Ouch! Wounded Woody, our groundskeeper, is out of action at the moment following an altercation with an angle grinder which caused bad tendon damage requiring an operation.

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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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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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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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