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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

We're Back & September Schedules

We'll it's been a long while since we posted on our Blog & there's been a lot going on with plenty of water under the bridge. 

We're been work hard on new plans which have fnally come to fruition, this means that's we're now working as part of a team of 3 fuel boats. On the Llangollen Canal we are working with Hannah & Jon on Fuel Boat Mountbatten, whilst on the Four Counties we've established a new joint venture working with Martin Catterall & Fuel Boat Halsall. 

All three boats will be supplying the same fuels, ropes, fenders & other goods at the same competitive prices, we're had a great reaction from new & existing customers to ‎the new boats & are in the process of setting up new websites for them. 

Our SEPTEMBER schedules for the boats are as follows:-

ALTON

12-13th:  ‎Oakgrove (Br49 Macc) to Whaley Bridge & Bugsworth via Macclesfield, Bollington & Marple 
14th:  ‎Return Whaley Bridge to Oakgrove (Br49 Macc) 

‎26-27th:  ‎Oakgrove (Br49 Macc) to Whaley Bridge & Bugsworth via Macclesfield, Bollington & Marple 
28th:  ‎Return Whaley Bridge to Oakgrove (Br49 Macc)

HALSALL

16th: Calverley (nr Barbridge) to Wheelock via Middlewich
17th - 19th: Wheelock to Winsford (River Weaver) via Middlewich, Anderton, Preston Brook & Northwich
20th - 22nd: Winsford (River Weaver) to Ellesmere Port via Anderton, Middlewich, Barbridge & Chester
‎23rd - 25th: Ellesmere Port to Autherley Junction (Wolverhampton) via Chester, Barbridge, Nantwich, Audlem, Market Drayton & Norbury
26th - 28th: Autherley Junction to Oakgrove (nr Macclesfield) via Penkridge, Great Heywood, Stone, Stoke & Congleton
29th - 2nd Oct: Oakgrove (nr Macclesfield) to Acton Bridge (River Weaver) via Congleton, Kidsgrove, Wheelock, Middlewich & Anderton
3rd - 4th Oct: Attending Acton Bridge Steam & Boat Gathering at Leigh Arms, River Weaver

MOUNTBATTEN

14th - 17th: Wrenbury to Llangollen, 
18th - 20th:  Llangollen to Hurleston
21st - 23rd: Hurleston to New Marton
28th - 1st Oct:  New Marton toTrevor /Llangollen


Please note the above schedules are our plan, but this is subject to change due to weather, traffic,customer volumes, good pubs,stoppages or other factors outside our control. During the Autumn & Winter months, at times we struggle to stock sufficient fuels tomeet ad-hoc demand, so to ensure a delivery please pre-order with a text or call, for ALTON (Macclesfield & Peak Forest) use 07791 345004, for Halsall (Four Counties Ring, Shroppie, T&M and Weaver) use 07491 149149 and for Mountbatten  (Llangollen Canal) use 07756 170860.

Cheers from the Renaissance Team,

Brian, Ann Marie, Martin, Hannah & Jon

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Winter Draw On ;-)


Well once again we've had a busy month & trade is definitely picking up as autumn ends & winter draws on ;-). One bit of good news is that the price of diesel continue to fall, with our current base price being 82p/ltr. 

A quick update on Alton's latest schedule is as follows :-

This weekend 22nd/ 23rd Nov we're running from Oakgrove (Br 49 of the Macc), through to Whaley Bridge & Bugsworth, then back over Mon/Tues.
Then Wed 26th to Fri 28th Nov we'll be delivering from Oakgrove (Br49 Macc) to Acton Bridge on the T&M via Congleton, Kidsgrove & Middlewich.
Sat 29th Nov to Mon 1st Dec:- Acton Bridge to Ellesmere Port via Middlewich, Nantwich & Chester.
Mon 1st to Thurs 4th Dec:- Ellesmere Port to Oakgrove ( Br49 Macc) via Chester, Barbridge, Middlewich, Kidsgrove & Congleton.
Sat 6th Dec to Tues 9th Dec:- Oakgrove (Br49 Macc) to Whaley Br & Bugsworth & return.

Please note the above schedule is our plan, but is subject to change due to weather, traffic, customer volumes, good pubs or other factors outside our control. During the winter months, at times we struggle to stock sufficient fuels to meet ad-hoc demand, so to ensure a delivery please pre-order with a text or call to us on 07791345004.

Cheers, Brian & Ann ‎Marie



Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Summer Time and the Living is Easy

Well over the Summer we've been kept fairly busy mainly with fendermaking & diesel sales. But we've also managed to take a bit of time off relaxing with friends & family. Ann Marie spent a couple of weeks with her family in Canada, whilst I've had a couple of breaks aboard Bad‎ger with my good mate George Boyle including attending the Braunston & Alvecote Historic Boat Gatherings. We've also had a few good family get togethers, the highlight being a journey on the Paddle Steamer Waverley from Liverpool to Llandudno with my Dad, brother Mike & Ann Marie, this was something to tick of the "bucket list" for both myself & Dad, it surpassed our expectations & was a truly memorable day. 

We've also been busy maintaining & preparing Alton for the Autumn & Winter, with engine servicing and docking for blacking, hull work & stern gear refurbishment. Due to a clash with Bank Holiday our docking has slightly delayed our usual schedule, so our current planned schedule is as follows:-

Sept 2014

Mon 1st - Tues 2nd:  Dry Docking at Ashton Packet Boat Company
‎Wed 3rd - Thurs 4th:  Ashton to Marple & Whaley Bridge 
Fri ‎ 5th - Tues 9th: Whaley Bridge to Nantwich / Bunbury via Macclesfield, Congleton, Kidsgrove, Wheelock & Middlewich
Tues 9th - Wed 10th: Bunbury to Anderton via Middlewich 
Thurs 11th - Sun 14th: Anderton to Whaley Bridge via Middlewich, Wheelock, Kidsgrove, Congleton, Macclesfield & Marple
Sun 14th - Mon 15th: Whaley Bridge to Ashton via Marple
Tues 16th - Wed 24th: Cabin repairs & maintenance in wet dock
Wed 17th - Thurs 18th:   Road deliveries to Hyde, Ashton under Lyne & Manchester
Mon 22nd - Wed 24th:   Road deliveries to all Cheshire round
Thurs 25th - Fri 26th: Ashton to Whaley Bridge via Marple
Fri 26th - Wed 1st Oct:  Whaley Bridge to Ellesmere Port via Marple, Macclesfield, Congleton, Kidsgrove, Middlewich, Nantwich & Chester
Wed 1st Oct ‎- Sat 4th Oct: Ellesmere Port to River Weaver via Chester, Barbridge, Middlewich & Anderton
Sat 4th - Sun 5th Oct:   Attending Acton Bridge Steam Engine & Boat Gathering
Mon 6th - Thurs 9th Oct: River Weaver to Oakgrove (Br49 Macc) via Anderton, Middlewich, Wheelock, Kidsgrove & Congleton
Sat 10th - Sun 11th Oakgrove (Br49 Macc) to Whaley Bridge & Bugsworth via Macclesfield & Marple. 

‎Please note, the above is our planned schedule, which may be subject to change due to traffic, customer volumes, stoppages & weather. If you require supplies, to ensure delivery, please text or call us on 07791345004. 

See you on the cut. Cheers, Brian & Ann Marie.


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Easter at the Port, followed by Dingy Dawdling on the Weaver

Once again I'm late updating our blog with our current schedule, thanks to all our customers who've called, texted & e-mailed to check our whereabouts, but I'd better get this done :-).

Our main event last month was attending the Ellesmere Port Boat Museums Easter Gathering. Ourselves & Alton have been supporting this event for the past 20 years (not always together) & it's one of our favourite events. The weather was fairly good & it was wonderful to catch up with family & old friends over a tea & hot cross buns or a pint or two in the Rolt Centre. On Easter Sunday we had a busy time making deliveries to many of the visiting boats at the Port, it's become something of a tradition for Alton's previous owner George Boyle to take the tiller & give Ann Marie the day off, it was great to see him skillfully manoeuvre Alton into all sorts of nooks & crannies around the Port.

Before heading back to the Macc, we returned via the River Weaver, its so lovely to get some deep water under the boat & we were treated to the Wonderful sight of Joel (powered by a Kelvin Paraffin engine) passing us near Barton, closely followed by Stamford, Severn, & Kenilworth all having returned from the Port via the Manchester Ship Canal. We had a good run up & down the river with deliveries down to Dutton & back up as far as Vale Royal.

After another hectic month, we've still not kept to our New Years resolution of taking a few days off, so the first weekend in May we decided to take a busman's holiday & joined the Carter Family & friends for their annual Dingy Dawdle on the River Weaver. It was just what we needed to let our hair down, simply messing about on the river. We had a great chilled out day, exploring parts of the river we could never reach on a narrowboat whilst soaking up the sun. We had a hoot & after a successful rescue of an outboard engine from the bottom of the river, the day was topped off with a barbecue & a good old natter around the fire, we do like the simple things in life. A huge thank you to the Carter Family for arranging a great day.

So far in May we've been trying to get on top of some much needed cleaning & maintenance on the boats without much success, we're also been kept very busy with fendermaking orders, so it's been a bit of a case of trying to make hay whilst the sun shines.

This month we're looking forward to attending Bollington Festival & Etruria Canal Festival, our May/June schedule is as follows:-

Thurs 8th: Road deliveries to Cheshire Run inc Congleton, Kidsgrove, Middlewich, Nantwich, Ellesmere Port, Northwich & River Weaver in addition Stoke, Stone and Audlem
Sat 10th - Sun 11th: Oakgrove (Br49 Macc) to Whaley Bridge via Macclesfield, Poynton & Marple
Mon 12th: Return Whaley Bridge to Oakgrove (Br49 Macc) via Marple, Poynton & Macclesfield
Thurs 22nd: Road deliveries to Cheshire Run inc. Congleton, Kidsgrove, Middlewich, Nantwich, Ellesmere Port, Northwich & River Weaver in addition Stoke, Stone and Audlem
Fri 23rd:- Oakgrove (Br49 Macc) to Bollington
Sat 24th - Attending Bollington Festival
Sun 25th - Mon 26th: Bollington to Whaley Bridge via Macclesfield, Poynton & Marple
Tues 27th: Return Whaley Bridge to Oakgrove (Br49 Macc) via Marple, Poynton & Macclesfield
Wed 28th: Road deliveries to Hyde, Ashton under Lyne & Manchester
Thurs 29th - Fri 30th: Oakgrove to Etruria, Stoke-on-Trent
Sat 31st - Sun 1st June: Attending Etruria Canal Festival

June 2014

Fri 6th - Sat 7th: Oakgrove (Br49 Macc) to Whaley Bridge via Macclesfield, Poynton & Marple
Sun 8th: Return Whaley Bridge to Oakgrove (Br49 Macc) via Marple, Poynton & Macclesfield
Mon 9th - Thurs 12th: Oakgrove to Ellesmere Port via Congleton. Kidsgrove, Middlewich and Nantwich
Thurs 12th - Fri 13th Ellesmere port to Middlewich
Sat 14th - Sun 15th: Attending Middlewich Boat and Folk Festival
Sun 15th - Tues 17th: Middlewich to River Weaver & Preston Brook.
Wed 18th - Thurs 19th: Preston Brook to Oakgrove (br 49) Macc via Middlewich and Congleton
Fri 20th- Sun 22nd: Oakgrove (Br49 Macc) to Whaley Bridge via Macclesfield, Poynton & Marple
Mon 23rd: Return Whaley Bridge to Oakgrove (Br49 Macc) via Marple, Poynton & Macclesfield
Wed 25th: Road deliveries to Whaley Bridge, Hyde, Ashton under Lyne & Manchester

Please note this is our planned schedule, which may be subject to change due to traffic, customer volume, stoppages & weather. If you require supplies, to ensure delivery please text or call us on 07791345004.

Cheers, Brian & Ann Marie
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Friday, April 11, 2014

Frosty Mornings & Fendermaking

Well our New Years resolution of taking more time off went straight out of the window in March. The frosty cold snap kept us busy with fuel deliveries & the days in between were taken up with trying to keep up with fender orders & running two fendermaking courses. We do enjoy running these courses & we've been lucky to have such enthusiastic trainees that its been a great deal of fun passing on our skills & knowledge.

By the start of April we were well & truly ready for a few days break, so we went up to the Wirral to be with family to help celebrate my Dads 79th birthday with a lovely meal & a walk around Chester's Roman walls. Then last Sunday was our wedding anniversary so we had a stroll around Leek's excellent farmers market, followed by a steam train ride on the Churnet Valley Railway including up the Cauldon Lowe line to Ipstones, which was very interesting. We finished the day off with Dinner at the Black Lion at Consall Forge. This pub has a magical location beside the river Churnet, the Caldon Canal & the Churnet Valley Railway. With a good choice of local real ales & good value home cooked food it's well worth a visit if your boating on the Caldon.

So to our plans for this month, our April schedule is as follows:-

Thurs 3rd - Fri 4th: Road deliveries to Whaley Bridge, Hyde, Ashton under Lyne & Manchester
Tues 8th - Thurs 10th: Road deliveries to Cheshire Run inc Congleton, Kidsgrove, Middlewich, Nantwich, Ellesmere Port, Northwich & River Weaver in addition Stoke, Stone and Audlem
Fri 11th : Oakgrove (Br49 Macc) to Whaley Bridge via Macclesfield, Poynton & Marple
Sat 12th - Sun 13th: Return Whaley Bridge to Oakgrove (Br49 Macc) via Marple, Poynton & Macclesfield.
Mon 14th - Fri 18th: Oakgrove to Ellesmere Port via Congleton. Kidsgrove, Middlewich and Nantwich
Sat 19th - Sun 20th: Attending the Easter Boaters Gathering at Ellesmere Port see:- http://canalrivertrust.org.uk/national-waterways-museum/events/2014/04/18/easter-boat-gathering-and-sea-shanty-festival-at-the-national-waterways-museum-ellesmere-port
Mon 21st - Wed 23rd: Ellesmere Port River Weaver & Preston Brook, via Chester & Middlewich.
Thurs 24th - Fri 25th: Preston Brook to Oakgrove (br 49) Macc via Middlewich and Congleton
Sat 26th - Sun 27th: Oakgrove (Br49 Macc) to Whaley Bridge via Macclesfield, Poynton & Marple
Mon 28th: Return Whaley Bridge to Oakgrove (Br49 Macc) via Marple, Poynton & Macclesfield
Wed 30th: Road deliveries to Whaley Bridge, Hyde, Ashton under Lyne & Manchester

Please note this is our planned schedule, which may be subject to change due to traffic, customer volume, stoppages & weather. If you require supplies, to ensure delivery please text or call us on 07791345004.

Cheers, Brian & Ann Marie
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