Friends of Bridgewater Canal



Rotary Club award to Helen Bayliss

Congratulations to FoBC committee member Helen Bayliss who was presented with the "Tom Morrison Community Commendation" by Sale Rotary Club on 30 October 2018. In addition to all her work for the Friends of the Bridgewater Canal (Sale), Helen was one of the founders of the Sale Wombles litter picking group. This award recognised all the work that Helen does for the community in the Sale area and beyond.


Friends Group AGM 2018

Please note that the 2018 Annual General Meeting of the Friends of the Bridgewater Canal (Sale) will be held at 7.30pm on Tuesday 6 November 2018 in the upstairs room at the Volunteer Hotel, Cross Street, Sale. All are welcome to attend!

Click HERE for 2018 Accounts and HERE for annual report of Secretary.


Canal Cruises - Summer 2018

In conjunction with Bridgewater Cruises Co., the Friends Group are organising two return cruises to Dunham this summer. Both cruises depart from the moorings at the King's Ransom pub, Britannia Road, Sale.

The first cruise is on the evening of 5 June 2018, departing at 6.30pm. This includes a hot pot supper and there is a cash bar on board. Tickets £26.

The second cruise is an Afternoon Tea Cruise on 16 August 2018. This includes a high quality afternoon tea. Cash bar on board. Departing the moorings at 2.30pm. Tickets £24.

Tickets must be bought directly from Bridgewater Cruises


Litter Pick 30 May 2018

The next litter pick will be on Wednesday 30 May 2018. This will be an evening event starting at 7pm. We usually finish this litter pick in the pub.

As usual meet at the canal steps on Sale Waterside piazza. Litter pickers, hi-vis jackets and bags will be provided but please come dressed for gardening.

Children 12 to 16 years old are welcome if accompanied by a resonsible adult. However, our safety regulations and insurance cover does not permit younger children.


Spring Meeting - 1 May 2018 - CHANGE OF VENUE

Due to unforeseen circumstances, our Spring Meeting will now be held in The Studio, Waterside Arts, 1 Waterside Plaza, Sale M33 7ZF at 7.30pm on Tuesday 1st May 2018.

Dr. Alex Mitchell, archivist of the Bridgewater Canal, will give a talk on "Unlocking the Bridgewater: Artefacts from the Bridgewater Archive."

Dr Alex Mitchell will introduce the Bridgewater Archives and outline the records held relating to the Bridgewater Canal. The Archive was set up in August 2013 with the aim of capturing and preserving the history of the Bridgewater Canal and its assets. The talk will include references to the history of the Bridgewater Canal and will be illustrated with material from the archive.

Free and all welcome...


Litter Pick 24 March 2018

Now that the weather has improved,the first litter pick of 2018 will be on Saturday 24 March starting at 10am. Meet at the canal steps on Sale Waterside piazza (opposite VAO restaurant). Litter pickers, gloves etc. will be provide but come dressed for gardening!

All welcome!


Friends Group AGM 2017

Please note that the 2017 Annual General Meeting of the Friends of the Bridgewater Canal (Sale) will be held at 7.30pm on Tuesday 7 November 2017 at Sale Sports Club, Clarendon Crescent, Sale. All are welcome to attend!

Click HERE For 2017 Accounts.


New Litter Bin installed September 2017

The new litter bin has now been installed on the towpath a couple of hundred yards on the Stretford side of White's Bridge (Dane Road). Many thanks for the grant from "Make Sale Smile" and to the Peel team from Bridgewater Canal Company for the installation work. The bin will be maintained and emptied by volunteers from the Friends of the Bridgewater Canal (Sale).


Litter Picking on 7 October 2017

Our last litter pick for 2017 will be on Saturday 7 October at 10am. Meet at the canal steps near Sale Waterside plaza. Litter pickers and bags etc will be provided. Please wear stout shoes and "gardening" clothes.


We win a "Make Sale Smile" grant!

Many thanks to all those who voted for us and enabled us to get a grant from the "Make Sale Smile" fund.

Ian Stuart, our Chairman, and Mark Eaton, our Treasurer, received the cheque from the Mayor and Mayoress of Trafford.



More Flower Beds

The Friends Group has planted out with daffodils the triangle area, informally known as "Helen's Bed", near White's Bridge (Dane Road).

These "before" and "after" pictures show the improvement.

The bluebells which were planted on the towpath near Roebuck Lane are now also in bloom.



Litter Bins

The Friends Group has provided two litter bins. One is on the opposite bank to the Bridge Inn at Sale and the other is on the towpath near Raglan Road. The bins are regularly emptied by a rota of volunteers from the Group.



Trafford Ramblers claiming new Right of Way

Trafford Ramblers are trying to establish a claim of a new public right of way along the offside of the Bridgewater Canal, i.e. side opposite the towpath, between the Baguley Brook and Park Road, Timperley at the Metro Tram station.

Ramblers have been talking to both the Bridgewater Canal Management and Transport for Greater Manchester about the proposed claim.

An early decision is the start and end points of a 20 year period of access, by the public at large, as of right and without hindrance i.e. people considered they had a right to walk on the path and no one stopped them.

Could you let me know the date you started to use the path, the date you stopped (you may still be using it so 'stopped' will be today's date) and, if it applies, any dates between which you did not use it and the reason why.

You can email this information to me, post it or phone me. This will be a small part of the details you are required to write down in a form called an 'Evidence of Use' (EofU) form. Once I know the dates between which there is ample evidence of use, then I will let you have the EofU form. I will offer guidance on how to complete the EofU form although of course, the information you enter onto the form must be yours.

If you know of anyone who would like to help us claim the path, please pass this email onto them.

Many thanks for your support and for your patience so far.

June Mabon

Footpath Secretary

Ramblers Trafford Group

t 0161 928 3437

e Email June Mabon

post 15 Churchfields, Bowdon, Altrincham WA14 3PL




Helen Bayliss wins Award

Leading member of the Friends Group, Helen Bayliss, has won Trafford Partnership's Green Volunteer of the Year Award. The awards were presented by the Mayor of Trafford, Cllr Jane Baugh (who is also a member of the Friends Group) at the award ceremony at The Point (Lancashire Cricket Club)on 7th March 2012.

Helen organises the regular litter picking events along the Canal. However, she doesn't limit her activities to the Canal and regularly carries out clean up operations at Sale Water Park and in other parts of Sale and Altrincham.

Congratulations to Helen for this well-deserved award!

Helen with Leader and Acting Chief Executive of Trafford Council and other award winners.