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More About Pocklington Canal Amenity Society

The Society was formed in 1969, to protect and restore the Pocklington Canal.

The aims of the Society set out in our Constitution are:


  • To promote restoration of the canal to a navigable standard for the benefit of the local community and the general public, as an amenity that can be enjoyed by all.


  • To stimulate public interest and appreciation of the beauty, history, flora & fauna, and structures of the Pocklington Canal and its environs, with respect for the legal protection of its heritage and wildlife.


  • To support the use of the canal for educational purposes.


The registered address of PCAS is that of our Secretary, Steve Ashby,  Contact Us.


Fund raising

Fund-raising is a vital task since it enables the Society to support restoration and maintenance. Whilst every opportunity is taken to obtain grants for projects, much of the money is raised through the efforts of our members and from donations. A common condition for grants is that part of the cost of a project must be raised by the Society.

Our trip boat New Horizons has become a useful source of income and publicity for PCAS. The Information Centre at the Canal Head also provides income and there is a collection point for aluminium drinks cans beside the Information Centre.  Events help to generate interest in the canal and attract new members, as well as providing funds for our work.


General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

From May 2018, charities are required to comply with regulations regarding how they hold and use personal information.  PCAS has a policy document relating to GDPR.


Annual General Meeting

The PCAS AGM is usually held in April.  All members are welcome to attend.  Details of the venue and how to stand for election to the Committee can be found in the PCAS magazine Double Nine, which is sent to members.  The 2023 AGM was held on Wednesday 14 June. and members will find the minutes of the meeting in the Double Nine magazine.  Information about how to stand for election to the Committee can be found in the issue of Double Nine published before the AGM.

The 2024 AGM will be held on Wednesday 17 April at 19:30 in Melbourne Village Hall.

​Corporate membership of IWA


PCAS has been a corporate member (No. 8090757) of the Inland Waterways Association since 1969 – the year PCAS was formed.  IWA members and local residents were responsible for setting up PCAS in this year, with a view to safeguarding the canal for future generations. IWA has given PCAS considerable financial assistance over the years. The East Riding of Yorkshire Branch of IWA awarded PCAS a grant of £500 towards refurbishment of our weed-cutting boat in 2013 and in 2017, PCAS received a grant of £106,400 from the Tony Harrison bequest towards our Bicentenary Appeal which helped fund restoration of two miles of canal.  Since it was formed in 1946, the IWA has fought for retention and restoration of waterways in the UK, many of which were in very poor condition at the time.

Many PCAS members past and present have also been members of IWA.  Perhaps you would like to be join us

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