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2024


February


Sunday 11th - We Love Gorton Family Fun Day, Gorton Monastery, 89 Gorton Lane, Manchester, M12 5WF.














Many thanks to Vicki Kennedy for inviting us to this event, which included an organ recital in the beautiful Monastery.  See more  photos  here (nine).



2023


October


Sunday 8th - The Manchester Book Fair, Gorton Monastery, 89 Gorton Lane, Manchester, M12 5WF.




















Many thanks to John Foley for his kind donation to the Society following his successful second-hand book stall at the Book Fair at beautiful Gorton Monastery.  Thanks also to Brian, Stefan, and Peter and Margaret.  See more  photos  here (ten).



July


Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th - Waterways Restoration Showcase at the ‘Daniel Adamson’ Steam Tug, Sutton Weaver Swing Bridge, Frodsham, WA6 7JA.
















Many thanks to IWA Chester Branch for organising this event.  Please click  here  for report and more photos.



Sunday 9th - Gorton Carnival, Debdale Park, 1075 Hyde Road, Manchester, M18 7LJ.



















It was a lovely day at the event.  Please click  here  for report and more photos.



May


Saturday 27th - Reddish Worker Bee Market and Family Fun Day, Broadstone Mill Car Park, Broadstone Road, Reddish, Stockport, SK5 7DL.


















We had a visit from the new Mayor and Mayoress of Stockport!  Many thanks to Clare Simpson from Worker Bee Markets for inviting us and offering us a free pitch!  Please click  here  for more photos (thirteen).




Sunday 14th - The Manchester Book Fair, Gorton Monastery, 89 Gorton Lane, Manchester, M12 5WF.


















We gained a new member at this event in the lovely Monastery.  See  photos  here (eight).



March


Thursday 2nd - Canal Path (yellow brick road) and Alston Road area clean-up.















The canal path just north of Alston Road canal bridge, showing improvement works in progress.  42 bags of rubbish were collected.  Please click  here  for report and more photos.


2022


November


Sunday 20th - Save Gorton House Community Consultation Day, The Aviary, Debdale Park, 1075 Hyde Road, Manchester, M18 7LJ.
























This 1950s map shows the location of Gorton House close to the Stockport Branch Canal which was next to the reservoir and continued under Gorton Bridge.  Please click  here  for more photos (nine).



Saturday 19th - Reddish Worker Bee Market and Family Fun Day, Broadstone Mill Car Park, Broadstone Road, Stockport, SK5 7DL.


















We had a visit from the Mayor!  Many thanks to Clare Simpson from Worker Bee Markets for inviting us and offering us a free pitch!  Please click  here  for more photos (sixteen).



October


Saturday 29th - Canal Path (yellow brick road) clean-up.


















Some of the 39 collected bags plus fly tip items at Gorton Central on Abbey Hey Lane.  Many thanks to Charles for organising the litter pick.  Please click  here  for report and more photos.



Saturday 22nd - “Walking Our Waterways:  the canals of Central Manchester” Guided Walk, The Castlefield Hotel, Liverpool Road, Manchester M3 4JR.  Many thanks to our guides Maarja Kaaristo, Sarah Jasmon and Jodie Matthews.


















Merchants’ Warehouse over the Bridgewater Canal.  Please click  here  to see photos of the walk (67).



September


Sunday 25th - The Manchester Book Fair, Gorton Monastery, 89 Gorton Lane, Manchester M12 5WF.


















Our black and white photos of the canal in the 60’s created some interest, and we gave out plenty of our leaflets.  Many thanks to John Foley for the use of the table alongside the WRG.



Saturday 17th - Daisy Nook Canal History Walk, Daisy Nook Country Park, off Stannybrook Road, Ashton under Lyne, M35 9WJ.


















Waterhouses Aqueduct, which carried the canal across the River Medlock.  Click  here  to see photos of the walk (45).



Saturday 10th - Manchester & Stockport Canal Society Guided Walk, Ashton Canal, near Greater Manchester Police Station, Claytonbrook Road, Openshaw, Manchester, M11 1PP.


















The end of the walk by Gorton Bridge, where the plaque installed by the Society can be seen on the left.  See  photos  here (49).



Tuesday 6th - Morrisons Supermarket, Lime Square, 1 Ashton Old Road, Openshaw, M11 1ND.


















Our stall in the foyer at the car park entrance, where some of the customers expressed an interest in the restoration of the canal.  See  photos  here (nine).



Saturday 3rd - Vine Street Park Family Fun Day, Vine Street Park, M18 8SA.























We had a visit from the Lord Mayor of Manchester.  See  photos  here (26).



July


Friday 29th to Sunday 31st - Chester Canal 250th Anniversary Celebration, Tower Wharf, Chester.



















Some of the lovely boats on the main canal, near to where we had our stall at this  popular event.  See  photos  here (44).



Friday 15th - Morrisons Supermarket, 408 Reddish Road, Reddish, Stockport.



















Our stall under the canopy by the entrance area, where we gained a new member.



Sunday 10th - Gorton Carnival & Car Show 2022 at Debdale Park, 1075 Hyde Road, Manchester.
























Our stall in the main event area.  See  photos  here (thirty).




Friday 1st - The “What’s On In My Community” event at Gorton Central, Gorton Community Centre, Gorton, Manchester.
























Our stall under the canopy in the beautiful garden area at this well attended event.  See  photos  here (eighteen).



June


Friday 24th - Canal path (yellow brick road) clean-up.





































Some of the 30 collected bags.  There were also fly tip items and two bags of cans which will be recycled, the proceeds from which will be donated to charity.  Please click  here  for report and more photos.




Sunday 12th - The Manchester Histories Festival Celebration Day at Gorton Monastery, Gorton Lane, Manchester.
























We gained two new members at this very popular event.  See  photos  here (ten).



Saturday 4th - Clayton Hall Open Day and Family Fun Day, Clayton Park, Ashton New Road, Manchester.



















We had a visit from the Lord Mayor of Manchester!  See  photos  here (three).



May


Saturday 28th - Reddish Worker Bee Market and Family Fun Day, Broadstone Mill Car Park, Broadstone Road, Stockport.
























We gained one new member and had a visit from the mayor!  Please click  here  for more photos (eleven).



Sunday 22nd - Manchester Book Fair at Gorton Monastery.  Many thanks to John Foley for his kind donation following his successful stall at the above event.  Thanks also to Carolyn Chafer and Brian Lomas from WRG North West.  See  photos  here (three).


April


The IWA Manchester Branch final Open Talk on 4th April from Maarja Kaaristo on “Short History of the Pomona Island” was very interesting (photo below).
























Please click  here  for some links to various articles and videos regarding Pomona Island in which you may be interested.


March


Please see the latest  newsletter  from the North West Waterway Recovery Group.


February


From this month Gorton Mill Cafe, close to the canal path (yellow brick road) on Abbey Hey Lane, is now open every day from 9am to 4pm.






















Please click  here  for more photos (total 13), and  here  to visit the Facebook Page for the cafe, “Pure Coffee Gorton Mill Cafe”.  It is part of the recent residential development, Gorton Mill House, which has been built on the site of historic Gorton Mill.  Please click  here  to see a report of the excavation of Gorton Mill carried out by Salford University in 2019, prior to the construction of this residential complex.



January


Please see this latest  newsletter  outlining further developments after last year’s highly successful meeting with Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham and members of Manchester City Council.




























































































































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