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.
It is a bit of a Faversham based post today starting with the fact that I have now received and been able to watch my copy of the latest film by Mike Maloney of ‘Red Sails’ fame; this one called Visions of a Creek. In this, which was never intended originally as a DVD for sale they tell the story of the controversial saga of Faversham’s Standard Quay being pretty much closed down as a barge-repair and maintenance centre (all be it we may see it retained as a safe haven for mooring in winter). It also discusses the current efforts to repair and reinstate the swing bridge which gives access to large craft to the Upper Basin and the project to establish the old gasworks Purifier Building as a venue for Marine Trades and related apprenticeships. Well worth a look if you can get hold of a copy. I think there were a limited number made; I bought mine through Mike’s Countrywide Productions website (link from our useful links tab).
Earlier I advertised the Faversham Nautical Festival as a ‘date for your diary’. This has now happened this weekend and by the look of all the pictures on Facebook, many by Nathalie Banaigs, it was a bright, warm sunny event well supported by folks clad in summer wear. I have now had from Griselda Cann-Mussett (Faversham Creek Trust) a lovely picture of our own effort, the manning of the Cambria Trust Shop by (pictured here), Hannah and Miranda Pihama with Cathy, Kes and Mark Chapman. Nice to see you all, guys and well done on keeping on the Volunteer bit. It must have been nice to do a bit in warm sunshine for a change.
I loved this picture which the current crew of Cambria sent of our old girl moored up among all the modernity of Harwich docks. It was taken by Don Ramsay of the Sea Change Sailing Trust.
Just a quick reminder that the Nautical Festival is currently on in Faversham, with Brian Pain’s SB Lady of the Lea and other attractions moored up down by the TS Hazard (Sea Cadet) building .The Faversham Creek Trust tell us ” festivities are in full swing at the Town Quay by the bridge – so many beautiful historic boats – steam and sail – all weekend – beer, music, exhibitions, fun! Bring the family! Well done all the organisers! Terrific show!”
A date for your diaries for Saturday Fortnight if you can get to Faversham. TS Hazard is the Sea Cadets building down on the southern Creek bank right by the swing bridge. Best parking might well be Bank Street main car park up by the swimming pool (pay and display on Saturday, possibly still free Sunday) or you could try down at Standard Quay (though I think Cambria will be off sailing) and enjoy the very pleasant walk back up the picturesque Abbey Street, parallel to the Creek.