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The Manchester Bolton & Bury Canal Society was formed in 1987, with the aims of maintaining and restoring the canal; the first major restored length was opened in Salford in 2008. The Society enjoys support from all over the country, not only from restoration enthusiasts, but from those who can see the need for environmental improvements and the wider benefits to local communities. The Society works with the Canal & River Trust and the three canalside local authorities (Bolton, Bury & Salford).

Members are kept informed of what's going on via the Society's full-colour quarterly magazine which reached its 100th edition in 2013. To see a couple of past issue of the magazine please click on the links below:

          No. 136 - November 2022

          No. 137 - February 2023

As a member, you support our efforts to maintain and restore the canal, you have opportunities for volunteering. We also hold monthly open meetings through the winter months with talks on canal-related topics.

We keep your personal data on our computer database solely to send you the quarterly magazine and for membership renewals and enquiries.

Click here to join the Society on-line or here to download a membership form.

Click here to renew your membership.

The MBBCS is a Registered Charity (number 1048407). If you are a taxpayer, you can increase the value of your subscription (and any donation), by asking for your payment to be treated as Gift Aid. Currently, every £1 we receive will then be worth £1.25 to us by reclaiming the tax you have already paid.

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