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.