A date for your diary if you can be anywhere near our home port of Faversham in July, the 2014, this year’s Faversham Nautical Festival. This is once more the product of the Kentish Sail Association and takes place on Sat/Sun the 12th and 13th of July. More info on the Kentish Sail website, to which I will put a link on our Useful Links page.
Hi. The call has gone out on Facebook and via email. We have some big, busy weekends coming up and if you can see your way clear to giving us a few hours as a volunteer then either contact us via CambriaTrustSecretaryt@live.co.uk, or come and find us moored at Standard Quay in Faversham. As Dave Brooks puts it…..
Calling All Cambria Volunteers and anybody else who would like to get involved.
We have a massive weekend coming up.
8/9 March. We are taking the poly tunnel off and the gear is going back up. We need volunteers especially on the Saturday as we need to get the polythene folded. 8.30 to 9.00 am start.
15th March. Continue with the rigging
22/23 March General Maintenance and Painting
Urgently require painters.
29th Mar to 14th Apr dry dock and hull painting.
Please can you let me know via the email@example.com address if you are able to attend any of the above dates.
PLEASE HELP OUT IF YOU CAN.
Some more excellent pics of our poly tunnel cover as seen from inside, taken by Mick Nolan and used, naturally, with his full permission. It looks like a good job to my untutored eye and will work well this winter and for future winters. I am not sure how or where we will store it but I presume the guys will have something up their sleeves. Incidentally, one of the shots includes a Birthday Boy, namely our own Boss of Volunteers, Basil Brambleby. Many Happy Returns for today, Basil. I hope they spoil you rotten and you don’t have to work too hard, at least not on the barge. Still look just as young, handsome and fit as when I first met you. 🙂 Happy Birthday.
Just a quick post today to show you that the guys have now finished the poly tunnel – the cover is on! These two pictures were taken by Skipper Ian Ruffles and posted on FB by Dave Brooks. This was mainly to try out the cover and make sure they could make it work. It is actually only going to be on for a couple of weeks as we will then be headed for the dry dock and raising the gear again ready for the new season, but at least we know we have a working poly tunnel for the 2014/5 winter. Well done the winter re-fit team and thank you for sharing the pictures.
Read all about it! Read all about it! Sorry for sounding like some Cockney paperboy hawking the latest edition in a black and white movie from London, but the latest edition of our Newsletter is now ‘out there’. The paper ‘hard copies’ have been printed and are in the post, so should either be with the off-line group of Members, or will be there very soon. Meanwhile, you can read the document as a PDF file downloaded from our link in this website – look under News, Latest Newsletters. I hope you enjoy it. You should know though that producing this has completely scraped out the bottom of my barrel of material – I have absolutely nothing to put in the next edition. If you have an inkling to see your journalistic skills in print and would be good enough to send me any news, gossip, anecdotes, historical pieces, comment, suggestions or anything else, I will be very grateful but also almost certain to include it in the next newsletter. This can be in any format, even hand written – we will happily transcribe it into the f0rmat we need and you will, of course, be fully attributed.
Meanwhile a nice pic by Basil Brambleby of how the smaller spars are stashed below decks for storage through the winter. They sit neatly on top of a main beam at one end and get wedged into the aperture let into the wall of the new cabin at the for’d starb’d corner of the main hold. I had thought when I saw this hole it was some kind of ventilation but I guess our shipwrights know exactly what they are doing and have lots of experience of barges, so would KNOW that you need somewhere to stash these smaller spars so that you do not trip over them. Clever stuff, lads.
This is a story we, and probably you too, have been following since the hull of the Westmoreland was rescued from the mud of Standard Quay just before I moved from Kent to Ireland. Our frequent contributor David Rye has tipped me off to the most recent stage, following the Council at High Halstow having now given tentative permission for the hull to be moored there for her restoration pending gaining Lottery Money.
David sends me a link to an article in Kent On Line as follows
where you can read all about the project. As they say
“A berth has been offered for the next 25 years by the parish council to allow the restoration and operation of the vessel provided the trust, which was set up to oversee the £1m project, is successful in its bid for Heritage Lottery funding.
Until then it only has a temporary lease of 27 months during which volunteer members of the Westmoreland Trust Community Interest Company (CIC) must submit their application.
As a result she will remain in the creek on a mooring until it is approved.
A total of £2,000 was needed to move her from Otterham where she had been moored for the last couple of years.”
The main reason for the post today, though is that…..
THEY NEED YOUR MONEY!
Any amount you could spare will help them reach their target of £2000 to pay for the move. This is dead easy nowadays, if you are on line, as it is working through the ‘Just Giving’ website at https://www.justgiving.com/yimby/Westmoreland
The way this works currently is that you go in and pledge your cash, giving debit card details, but no money is taken yet, till they see if they will reach their target.
Get in there and give generously; help save this fine old Conyer Brickie and former Faversham mud-wallower.
Moored alongside Faversham, Cambria has now taken delivery of our new poly tunnel, our winter cover which will keep the barge snug and safe from the weather while our volunteers get on with jobs such as cleaning and painting, which we are getting few opportunities to do as this succession of powerful anticyclones spiral through; another is due overnight with its predicted lashing of coasts by wind and rain and tidal surges. We are , of course, hunkered down in Standard Quay, miles up the Creek from any of that violent wave action but we still get the wind, rain and scary tides threatening to lift us high enough for us to sneak a chine onto the quayside concrete. Happily the tides have not recently come ‘that’ high – we draw 2-3 feet even when empty, so the tide would need to be 3 feet above the concrete – and also we moor where there are massive baulks of timber leaning up the wall from the Creek bed, we rise gently up these ‘fenders’ and slide back down into the Creek as the tide goes out. That’s the theory, anyway but out here in Ireland, 500 miles away, I am always pleased to know that we have Skipper Ian Ruffles checking our warps and SB Greta’s Steve Norris keeping an eye out from his own barge moored nearby.
The polytunnel is currently being built in situ by Ian Ruffles. Mick Nolan, Basil Brambleby and Maggs Casey Kelly, and it is from Maggs that I have been sent these fine pictures of the work. Thanks you Maggs.
Dave Walsh brings us news of the sad passing away of Chris Chataway. As Dave puts it, “Rest in peace Chris Chataway, first patron of the Cambria Trust. What a life you led. Pacemaker for the first four minute mile, presenter for BBC and ITV and politician. And of course you sailed on Cambria with Bob Roberts”
Wikipedia has more of course in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Chataway but he has his own special celebrity to us having been involved in the 1956 BBC series “Away From It All” (Episode 2 “Into the Backwaters”) in which he nosed around in the Essex backwaters looking up people who still worked the old traditional ways. You can buy this footage from our shop – it is the first piece on our DVD “Cambria – The DVD (Cambria Restoration Group”. Bob (plus Mate) and Chris visit Ted Gager raking white weed from the sea bed, Herbert Smith fishing for prawns (and dredging for coal), Douglas Mussett who fished oysters and Bill Linnet (Lynott?), the last of the wildfowlers. It’s a fascinating film to see and, of course, contains plenty of Chris Chataway interviewing them all.
It was on the strength of Chris’s interest in the Cambria that he was invited to be the Trust’s first Patron, the role now filled by David Suchet.
I have some more detail around the AGM in January as follows.
Annual General Meeting
To be held on Saturday 18th January 2014 at 1200
At London River House, Royal Pier Road, Gravesend, DA12 2BE
1. Welcome and Apologies
2. Adoption of the Agenda
3. Approval of the Minutes of the 2013 AGM held on 21st April 2013
4. Chairman’s Report
5. Operations Manager’s Report
6. Treasurer’s Report
7. Adoption of the 2012/2013 Annual Report and Accounts
8. Appointment of the Reporting Accountant for the financial year ending 31 March 2014
James Ruddock-Broyd, FCA, the current Reporting Accountant has indicated his wish to stand down but it is proposed that he be re-appointed until his replacement has been agreed.
9. Election of Directors
To elect Guy Peto to serve as a Director following his appointment by the Board on 2nd November 2013. He retires at this AGM in accordance with paragraph 29 of the Articles of Association.
The following Directors, having resigned in accordance with paragraphs 24 and 25 of the Articles of Association are eligible for re-election if willing:
10. Special resolution to approve the changes in the Trust’s objects and powers as agreed at the previous AGM and subsequently approved by the Charity Commission:
Memorandum of Association existing Clause 3 to be replaced by:
3. (a) To advance the education of the public as to the historic and cultural role of Thames sailing barges in the seagoing heritage of Great Britain including making available Cambria for the purpose of the instruction of all classes of boys and girls, students and other young and/or disadvantaged persons in the principles of discipline, loyalty and good citizenship by means of educational cruises and instruction in seamanship;
3. (b) to preserve and maintain in good condition the Thames sailing barge Cambria for the public benefit as part of the heritage of Great Britain;
Memorandum of Association existing Clause 4.(1) (a) to be replaced by:
4.(1) (a) to raise funds. In doing so, the Charity shall comply with any relevant statutory regulations.
11. Any Other Business
B J Brambleby, Hon. Secretary 10th December 2013
Our man, Boss of Volunteers, Basil is pictured above in this rare shot of him taken by Maggs Kelly of St Katharine Dock fame (above)
These AGM details will also be emailed to everyone on our current list as soon as I have had a chance to update the emailing list on that email account.
Our gear is down. I have these nice pics from Boss of Volunteers Basil. You can see that the bowsprit is now inboard (left of pic), the mainm’st and topm’st are lowered within their tabernacle and propped aft by the main horse, while the mizzen mast drops forward and is leaning on a prop by the crab winch near the photographer. The smaller spars (mizzen gaff, mizzen boom and the tops’l headstick) are stashed below decks along with huge piles of sails and ropes. It is a big job but now it’s done, its all down and we can get at everything for servicing, stripping and repainting, oiling or varnishing. We are obtaining our own poly tunnel to keep out the weather while we work.
Meanwhile, a date for your shiny new 2014 diaries, that’s the Cambria Trust AGM on Saturday 18th at the same venue as this year, London River House in Gravesend at 12:00 noon. Please do attend if you can make it. It is the members’ and subscribers’ main chance each year to hold the Trustees and ‘Management’ to account, to give them good feedback if you like or don’t like how the barge is being used and run or you simply have suggestions for how we could do things differently. It is also a good chance to ‘network’ and meet plenty of other barge-folk, to chat and yarn
Finally, I am on a mission to bring our e-mail ‘mailing list’ up to date. We have apparently failed to send the normal email to everyone advising them that there is a new newsletter. I will obtain a list from our Membership Sec (Cathy Chapman) and compare it to the list of users on the CambriaTrustSecretary account and sort out any discrepancies. I will then send an email to everyone and see what replies we get. In the mean time if you suspect that your email address is not on the list or it is incorrect, please email to CambriaTrustSecretary@live.co.uk including your real name.
Thank you for that. Have a good run in to Christmas.