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MMBC Clubhouse in Lydiate
With the easing of social lock down on pubs and restaurants, the club bar will be open for a trial session on Sunday 5th July 2020 from 2pm to 5pm.  In accordance with guidance from Sefton Environmental Health, strict distancing guidelines will be in place and all members attending the bar will be expected to abide by the safety measures.  We will be adopting a one way system and special arrangements to avoid members standing at the bar.  There will be clear signs and instructions for a safe return to the bar and hopefully we will be able to open on a regular basis.  A review of the session will be undertaken before confirming a regular Friday night session.  I’m sure you can agree we would all like to see our lovely club back in action safely and soon.  Please see link below for our risk assessment in reopening the club bar.
Due to some members concerns regarding the Coronavirus it has been agreed that the planned Curry Night will now be postponed.  A new date will be decided once the immediate crisis has reduced.
From January 2020 the Club House and bar will be open on Wednesday and Friday Evenings instead of Tuesday and Friday evenings.


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 Wednesday and Friday evenings from about 8pm.


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-out and refuelling berths. Loading and unloading of craft is also permitted for a reasonable interval.

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-out berth by the bridge and a slipway that may be hired by members for a reduced rate.