With the current challenging trading conditions (many customers are having to work to increasingly tight budgets), we have decided that we need to try and develop the business by expanding our round. Last year we had quite a few requests from boaters on the Bridgewater Canal to trade on there, but Liam Hewitt with Kerry Dainty have started trading (as Longford Canal Services) on the Bridgewater last autumn with NB Ariel and we wish them a sincere "Good Luck" in their new venture. So then we considered trading south of Etruria our current limit on the T&M, but we have heard that another new venture has been established by Viv Scraggs retailing coal from her butty Grimsby, paired with her motor Monarch, based around Fradley. So we also wish Viv the very best of luck also with her new business. It's great to see more fuel boats trading. So back to our plans, we have decided that the most obvious way to extend our Cheshire round is to continue north on the Shroppie from our current limit at Bunbury Staircase, down to Chester and to the end of the line at Ellesmere Port. We have been in discussion with Steve Stamp, Chairman of Ellesmere Port Boat Museum Society, the musuem and the society are very keen to encourage more boaters to visit Ellesmere Port throughout the year. They realise that boaters want more facilities, such as elsan disposal, pumpout as well as diesel and solid fuel. They plan to install elsan disposal facilities and pumpout equipment at the museum and are keen for us to trade the "Wirral Canal" from Chester to be able to regularly supply fuel to boaters. Our plan is to deliver on this whole Cheshire round on a monthly basis alternating between boat delivery and road delivery (stoppages allowing). Hopefully we can build upon the customer base that we have developed on Altons Easter Runs to Ellesmere Port over many years.
|Alton & friends at Elesmere Port Easter Gathering 2009|
So if you need supplies and are on our route below please get in touch by phone, text or email, alternatively just look out for us and flag us down!
12th - 13th Feb: Oakgrove (nr Macclesfield) to Marple, Bugsworth & Whaley Bridge
14th -15th Feb: Whaley Bridge to Kidsgrove
16th - 17th Feb: Kidsgrove to Middlewich & Nantwich
18th - 19th Feb: Nantwich to Chester & Ellesmere Port
20th - 21st Feb : Ellesmere Port to Chester , Middlewich & Anderton
22nd - 23rd Feb: River Weaver, to Preston Brook (wind), back to Wheelock
24th - 25th Feb: Wheelock to Etruria (wind), Kidsgrove to Oakgrove (nr Macclesfield)
26th - 27th Feb: Oakgrove to Marple, Bugsworth & Whaley Bridge
28th Feb: Whaley Bridge to Oakgrove
Note: We hope to maintain this schedule but it can vary depending on traffic and customer demand, but if possible please call us on 07791345004 to place your order or to check our progress.