River Douglas

Started by: jo anne (33546) 

An exciting new project on the River Douglas has started & Groundwork CLM needs volunteers.

Groundwork Cheshire, Lancashire & Merseyside:
Website / Facebook / @GroundworkCLM / @DouglasPilot

Started: 16th Dec 2016 at 09:26
Last edited by jo anne: 7th Jul 2017 at 12:53:14

Posted by: jo anne (33546) 

Green Leaders is a free 12 wk volunteer programme for people aged 14-19.
Starts Feb for 2 days a week. Find out more: Link

Replied: 10th Jan 2017 at 09:33
Last edited by jo anne: 10th Jan 2017 at 09:34:47

Posted by: jo anne (33546) 


A survey by @PrincesTrust said 28% of 16-25 year olds feel out of control of their lives. Is that you? We can help.

The Prince's Trust Team Programme is a free personal development 12 wk course.

The next programmes in both Wigan and Leigh start on 16th January 2017 - Link

Replied: 10th Jan 2017 at 09:45

Posted by: tonker (23570) 

Why is 'Groundwork Cheshire, Lancashire and Merseyside' doing projects in Greater Manchester?

Replied: 10th Jan 2017 at 20:32

Posted by: jo anne (33546) 

Just go with the flow, Tonker!


Replied: 17th Jan 2017 at 08:27

Posted by: jo anne (33546) 

^ Community Clean Up Day - Elnup Wood, Friday 24th Feb, 10am - 3pm (link) ^

Replied: 19th Feb 2017 at 16:46

Posted by: baker boy (15555)

jo anne tell tonks the marvellous duggie flows through other districts.

Replied: 4th Mar 2017 at 21:19

Posted by: tonker (23570) 

Jo anne, point out to baker boy that, although the River Douglas does flow through other districts, the headline - "An exiting new project has started on the River Douglas and tributaries in Wigan and we're looking for volunteers to join us" - points to the Wigan district, which isn't in Cheshire, Lancashire or Merseyside.

Also ask him what's so 'marvelous' about the Douglas? It's no more than a brook that, half a mile or so of it, flows through Wigan!

Replied: 5th Mar 2017 at 23:25

Posted by: jo anne (33546) 

The Douglas Navigation by Mike Clarke - Link
Tuesday 20th June, 12 - 1pm, Museum of Wigan Life, £2.50 per person (incl. tea/coffee)

Back by popular demand Mike Clarke looks at the story of Wigan’s River Douglas as it was turned from a natural waterway into an industrial highway. The Douglas Navigation was authorised in 1720 and finally opened in 1742 before it was closed in 1781. Find out more about this important part of our industrial heritage.

Booking is essential on (01942) 828128 or

Replied: 24th May 2017 at 21:23

Posted by: aussie94 (2384)

Remember when the Dougie turned a diferent coluur every day, blue and orange . The Bleach Works had a lot to answer for. The owners should have been put in jail

Replied: 25th May 2017 at 06:43

Posted by: jo anne (33546) 

There's an interesting WW Forum thread about one such polluting incident: River Quink (Jul'09)

A recent Photo-a-Day by Mick Byrne featured a Canal Weir in Crooke: 6/6//17

Tomorrow's talk by Mike Clarke is full, but he has info online: The Douglas Navigation

Replied: 19th Jun 2017 at 23:03

Posted by: GOLDEN BEAR (3633) 

Jo-anne ,Pass it on to tonker i still do not accept the name ( GREATER MANCHESTER) not until they do something really great for Wigan. IT was Lancashire before they arsed around with it and it's still Lancashire to me .

Replied: 21st Jun 2017 at 14:41

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Most vehicles labour at 70 my ARSE.

Replied: 19th Jun 2017 at 06:35

Posted by: GOLDEN BEAR (2716) [View GOLDEN BEAR's page] [2,500+] Report abuse

OK noddy or big ears i suppose i was carried away but please try and curb your language we dont like it.

Replied: 19th Jun 2017 at 18:39

A case of don't do as I do do as I say.

Bloody hypocrite.

Replied: 21st Jun 2017 at 19:02

Posted by: aussie94 (2384)

Great to see the "Dougie"in such a pristine condition compared to what it was. I remember back in the early sixties it changed collour every day, subject to the Bleach Works pumping out its waste, they should have been jailed those managers total grubs. How good to see that pollution has gone.
Well Done

Replied: 22nd Jun 2017 at 11:07
Last edited by aussie94: 22nd Jun 2017 at 11:13:28

Posted by: jo anne (33546) 

February 2021

Facebook - Your River. The River Douglas

Douglas Rivers Association CIC is an active company incorporated on 19 Dec 2020 with the registered office located in Wigan. There are currently 3 active directors according to the latest confirmation statement submitted on 19th Dec 2020.’ (Endole)

Replied: 18th Feb 2021 at 21:04

Posted by: jo anne (33546) 

The Association is also on Twitter - @River_Douglas_


Replied: 18th Feb 2021 at 21:24


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