Ribs for the Mayhi

The ribs for the first replica Mayhi have been steamed and bent in place, by Simon Grillet and the apprentices.


The tubular Steamer

Steamed oak ribs bent inside the battens

Steamed oak ribs bent inside the battens


Screwed from the outside to hold in place

Waiting for the planking to start

Waiting for the planking to start

Mouseboats on the Water

The mini Mouseboats, built by amateurs for fun use

The modelsIMG_2822 the finished boatsIMG_2408 personalisationIMG_2823And here they are, on the water, and watch the smiles on the faces of the kids, of all ages.










Gavin Atkin, the designerIMG_2812 Exploring, or lostIMG_2808 Family Version, the previous Course, and Bobby IMG_2820

Another Successful Creek Learning Programme

Another Successful Creek Learning Programme

for unemployed Faversham people

On Wednesday, 14 unemployed people hosted a networking event for local businesses at the Trust’s Purifier building. They have just completed a six week course which provided 1 to 1 support and team work to help them move into further training, employment, self-employment, or volunteering.

making a start

The group were able to proudly show off the four canoes they had built, designed by local boat designer Gavin Atkin, under the tutelage of local boat builder Alan Thorne and his son Mark. There was a rolling visual presentation of their course and also the results of the survey work they had done for the Creek Volunteer Warden scheme being set up by the Brents Community Association.

must get it right

Jude Sach, lead tutor said “ this programme has all been about working with the participants as individuals, giving them 1 to 1 support and guidance, helping them to overcome their barriers to moving into employment, and at the same time giving them confidence and skills through team work. I am delighted to see how people have progressed, and that one person has a fulltime job, two are entering self- employment, with another three working towards it. Three have benefitted from work experience and a further three now have permanent voluntary work”

precision work

Alan Thorne said “ I am pleased that boat designer Gavin Atkin has shown such interest in the Trust’s work and has allowed us to use his design. These small boats will be a great community resource for leisure use in the upper basin for local residents and youth groups such as the sea cadets, and can be put to good use now – we don’t have to wait for the new swing bridge and dredging!”

getting it right

In the meantime the group will be launching their boats on Stonebridge Pond Tuesday morning at 11am. The punt built by the last group will also be on show.”

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The Trust and the Brents Community Association are grateful for the support from local businesses, especially Macknade Fine Foods and Morrisons for contributing to lunches and refreshments, and to the Faversham Business Partnership and its members.

The next programme starts Monday November 9th and will run Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9.30am to 3pm for 6 weeks. If anyone is unemployed or a lone parent wanting to get into work, please

Contact Jude on telephone: 01795 342400 mobile: 07971 490462, or e- mail her on: info@creeklearning.uk

Editors notes:
i) The Creek Learning Programme is funded by the DWP Flexible Support Fund for small local projects which help the longterm unemployed and lone parents into work.

ii) Alan Thorne is a boatbuilder and one of the tenants of the Trust’s Shipwrights Centre

Press Enquiries to:

Brenda Chester
Project Manager
Creek Learning Programme Faversham Creek Trust

Tel: 01795 531849 mob: 07711961266

Sunny Sunday Afternoon on the Bridge


Imagine visitors watching the boats in the Basin


The new footpath will be twice as wide and much safer


Thank you

We’ve done it! We’ve raised £125,000! Join us for a photo call on the Bridge tomorrow (Sunday 27 September) at 2 pm
The final payment has been made into the KCC Swing Bridge Fund, bringing the total to £125,000.

We’ll be lining the Bridge tomorrow (27 September) at 2 pm, when photographers from our local newspapers will take pictures of everyone waving and thanking Faversham for our tremendous success.

What a fantastic fundraising summer we’ve had, with 53 events, and support and donations from dozens of local businesses and thousands of people. Most are from Faversham but others hail from much further afield – as far away as Australia, Brazil and California!

Now it’s time to say thank you to everyone who has contributed to Swing the Bridge. We’ll be putting up posters like the one above all over town. If you would like one to put in your window, it will be available to download soon from our website – Swing the Bridge Literature – or email us on favershamcreektrust@yahoo.co.uk to request one.

We will close our fund on 30 September, as planned. Any funds raised over the target will be held separately, and will be used for Bridge related projects in the Basin. As you know, opening the Bridge is the first stage towards regenerating the Basin, bringing back maritime activity and creating a waterfront for all to enjoy. Watch this space for future developments!

As always, please do keep spreading the word and keep those donations – big or small! – coming in, in this, the final few days of our fund-raising campaign. While we’ve reached the first target, it’s certainly not the last!

Thank you for your continued support for ‘Swing the Bridge.’

The Swing the Bridge campaign team

Test your Brainpower in our Arts Quiz this Friday!

Budding Brainiacs are invited to join us this Friday in our Arts Quiz at the United Reformed Church Hall on Preston Street, Faversham.

Questionmaster Ben Saul will be putting us through our mental paces; guests should arrive at 7pm for 7.30pm start. Tables are up to a maximum of 8 people, tickets are £5 per person – you are welcome to bring your own wine and nibbles.

To book, please call Marion on 01795 539853 or e-mail marionb8@btinternet.com.

As always, please do keep spreading the word and keep those donations – big or small! – coming in, in this, the final few weeks of our fund-raising campaign; it really does make a difference!

Thank you for your continued support for ‘Swing the Bridge.’

The Swing the Bridge campaign team

Swing Ball at the Old Brewery Store Friday 18th Sept

Step back in time to the 1940’s with the Beverly Big Band next week, as we invite you to take your partners at the Swing Ball on Friday 18 September. And don’t worry – if you’re hesitant about your dancing moves, the evening begins with an Introductory Lindy Hop class to get your feet moving!Swing Ball Poster new

You can find out more about the event on the Trust’s Facebook page – it promises to be a fantastic evening and we look forward to seeing you there!d095b842-59b2-46c0-90c6-2cc3402cff75