The MMBC was founded at Litherland in 1932 and is one of the oldest Inland Waterways cruising clubs in existence (click for press cuttings). The club’s objective is to encourage interest in boat building, cruising, popularise inland waterways and social contact with people interested in these and allied activities. The MMBC is affiliated to the Inland Waterways Association and the Association of Inland Waterways Cruising Clubs.
The MMBC Clubhouse (built 1953) is situated at the side of the canal off Pilling Lane, Lydiate. During the boating season the clubhouse is open most weekends, some of which are taken up with rallies or other boating activities. The clubhouse is equipped with a function hall with a dance floor and separate bar area. The MMBC has a licensed bar which conforms to local licensing authority regulations for the district. Extensions are arranged as circumstances dictate for social and special events. The clubhouse is not open every day or evening but members can usually be seen on or around the premises on most Tuesday and Friday evenings and at weekends.
The club has three sets of linear moorings on the Leeds Liverpool Canal as follows:
Opposite the towpath on both sides of bridge number 17 Pilling Lane, Lydiate. The area immediately in front of the clubhouse is kept clear of permanent moorings for the use by the Commodore, visitors and access to the pump-
Opposite the towpath adjacent to bridge 22 and close to the Ship Inn.
Opposite the towpath adjacent to bridge 27a . These moorings also have a pump-