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The Faversham Creek Trust Swing Bridge Fund

Faversham Creek Trust is collecting donations towards the new Swing Bridge. 

The benefit of donating via the Trust is that donations can attract Gift Aid if donors agree. Members of the Trust generally have agreed for Gift Aid to be collected from HMRC, but new donors need to sign a BRIDGE GIFT AID FORM

THIS ADDS 25% TO THE VALUE OF DONATIONS

These donations will be forwarded to the KCC Bridge Fund, along with the Gift Aid when it is claimed from HMRC.  The Terms and Conditions are exactly the same as those published by KCC;  An important condition is that in the event that the target is not reached, all donations will be returned to donors.

For that reason, it is important that if you are not a member of this Trust for whom we have contact details, then you must give your Name, Address, Email address, Telephone Number. None of this information will be passed on by FCT or KCC to any third party.

Donations can be made by direct transfer to the Trust’s Bank account;

Bank: HSBC   Sort-code: 40-21-35   Account number: 30076414

If possible, please add the transaction reference BRIDGE

if you are a Trust Member, please add your FCT Membership Number before ie 123BRIDGE.   This will allow us to refer to your Gift Aid agreement.

If you are paying by cheque, please make it payable to Faversham Creek Trust and send to;

The Treasurer
Faversham Creek Trust
Purifier Building
Morrison’s Wharf
North Lane
Faversham
KENT
ME13 7DY

 

The Faversham Creek Swing Bridge Fund

A new fund has been launched by Kent County Council to support plans to replace Faversham Creek Bridge.

KCC has already set aside £400,000 for work to start replacing the fixed bridge in 2016/17. However, the bridge was originally designed as a swing bridge that opened to allow access for boats. KCC would like to raise the extra £500,000 to help meet the aspiration of bringing it back to its former glory rather than remaining a fixed bridge.

Mark Dance, KCC Cabinet Member for Economic Development says; We already have the money set aside to replace the bridge. The bridge hasn’t been able to be opened for at least 25 years and we think we should be more ambitious and return it to a fully-fledged swing bridge. This means not only will it allow access to larger boats; it will lead to further benefits for the Inner Basin of the Creek.

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If the additional money is not raised, work will continue to replace it, except it will remain a static bridge. So we hope that local people and businesses will support the Fund via the website

http://www.kent.gov.uk/favershamcreek

and help us to raise the additional £500,000 required.

Our Chairman, Chris Wright, says ‘ the Trust has been pleased to be part of the steering group for the last year or two, which has worked hard to realise the aspirations of the town in having an opening bridge, so that barges and other craft can once more enter the basin and revitalise the whole area, providing a marine hub for traditional sailing vessels and shipwright training in the Purifier Building. The Trust welcomes the launch of the bridge fund and looks forward to helping raise the necessary amount of money needed’

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Brenda Chester, who co-ordinates the bridge steering group added ‘ I look forward also to seeing the Basin opened and local people and groups such as the Sea Cadets being able to use it for recreational purposes; also the increased tourism potential for our historic Cinque Port town is exciting. An opening bridge and dredged Creek and Basin will enable the annual Nautical Festival and other events to expand and be even more successful which will be good for residents and businesses.’

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A Faversham Town Council spokesperson said ‘ A swing bridge would be an important contribution to the regeneration of the Creek. The Fund, which would raise money in addition to that guaranteed by KCC would enable all interested parties in the private and public sector to demonstrate their commitment to such a worthwhile cause,

Councillor Mike Cosgrove, Swale Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said ‘this is great news, after chairing the Faversham Creek Consortium for 8 years, our dream of getting the funding to deliver this iconic project is almost there. Swale, I am sure, will also make a contribution and stand shoulder to shoulder with KCC and the Town Council’.

So there we are, and now it is up to all of us, individually and corporately, private and public sector, to put our hands in our pockets and offer a contribution, however small, towards something that would not just be the visible restoration of a major historic part of the Town, but also play a part in the future prosperity of the town. 

TO DONATE     GOT TO

http://www.kent.gov.uk/favershamcreek

Queenborough Harbour Marina Reinstated after Consultation

After a public consultation and 70 Objections to the complete removal of the original Marina plan in favour of more houses, SBC reconsidered and reinstated an option for a Marina;

  • 􏱊  the majority of respondents wanted the adoption of the Alternative Marina Creek Plan by Messers Orpin, MacDonald and Bell; and
  • 􏱊  in the light of this, it is proposed that the Masterplan Addendum is altered to show the area to the south of the Creek as safeguarded for future Creekside leisure, commercial and open space uses. This leaves open the possibility of the Alternative Marina Creek Plan being implemented once the promoters gain funding for their scheme

Just shows what can be achieved by pushing back…

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MSBA Spring Conference Sat 7th March

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Sixer’s Birthday

Reproduced from the Comment, what a wonderful tribute…

A tribute to Brian “Sixer” Boorman, long time member and supporter of the Faversham Creek Trust, seaman, sailor aboard “Eye of the Wind” and many other vessels, spanning a lifetime of 70 years. In celebration of his 70th birthday on February 21st, here’s to you Sixer . . . . .

With an eye to the wind, strong hand on the wheel, for many a mile
Sixer would steal the ocean before him on ships big and small,
in vessels with squares, gaff or Marconi, Sixer was always there
for it all.

He has many tales of seagoing adventure on the miles he has
traveled on oceans frothing with foam, and for decades to come
this old salt will continue, with a twinkle of eye, his humor and wit,
sailing all kinds of vessels, no matter the weather, for he’s a true
seaman, to be envied by all.

So on this day of his birth, the 21st of February, a native of
the good city of Faversham, Kent, we salute this proud man of
many endeavours, come fair or foul weather, at sea or on land.

May the wind at your back bring you miles of fair travel,
wherever you roam on the oceans of blue, and may the
fair winds of good fortune always smile upon you, guiding
you safely o’er the miles that you roam.

With everlasting devotion and admiration, from your good friends,
David D. Murray and Diana Hui-kuan Tsai, Orange County, California, USA

Do you remember the Eye of the Wind

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The Trust and friends have invited a group of people who have memories of the fitting out of the Eye of the Wind, in Faversham in 1973 for an evening of reminiscence about the Eye of the Wind: The Faversham Years, on Saturday February 21st.

The evening will consist of  a three part film showing;  The History of Eye of the Wind,  The Restoration in Faversham, the Departure from Faversham 
 Party and the Beginning of the Voyage to Australia

David Beavan, skipper for the Leila Trust 
 will talk about the the Continuing Relevance of Tall Ships in the modern world – they are just starting a project to take 400 people from Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth to sea, possibly leading to apprenticeships or training for the offshore windfarms. An inspiring role for a Tall Ships Trust. They have also offered a berth to an unemployed or otherwise disadvantaged person from Faversham. Watch this space!

The invitations for this event were limited by the capacity of the Fleur Hall, but the hope is to use the evening to start to gather more information about relatively recent history in the Creek. The Eye of the Wind restoration was a big event which has not really been documented in Faversham’s records and the Trust would like to start to gather up more memories, not only of the Eye but of other events on the Creek.

If you have any memories, photos or other mementos of the time the Eye was here in the 1970s or of any other interesting restorations or other events in the last fifty years or so, please let us know. We are hoping to run another Eye of the Wind evening later in the year in a larger venue and hope to be able to run others along the same lines, sharing and recording living memories.

Westbrook Stream & Stonebridge Pond Litter Clear & Punt Launch this Sunday

Friends of the Westbrook and Stonebridge Pond, Faversham

The Westbrook Stream is a historic watercourse in the heart of Faversham. Like many rivers and streams it suffers from problems including litter, management issues and invasive species.

The Friends of the Westbrook have a vision to improve the stream and the paths that line it as an important green space for the community and biodiversity. To achieve this vision, we need your support. We are organising a:

Westbrook Stream & Stonebridge Pond Litter Clear & Punt Launch

Sunday, 22nd February, 11am – 1pm

If you can come along on the day, please:

– join us at 11am at the duck feeding area by Stonebridge Pond

– hear a short welcome, briefing and collect equipment

– see the launch of the new punt and take part in a litter pick and vegetation clear, either in or out of the stream/pond

Bring strong gloves (waterproof if possible ), wellington boots or waders and secateurs, rakes, loppers, nets , wheelbarrow etc if you have them. Please name any equipment you bring.

We look forward to seeing you! Thank you very much.

WE ARE SUPPORTED BY MEDWAY AND SWALE ESTUARY PARTNERSHIP, SWALE BOROUGH COUNCIL AND THE ENVIRONMENT AGENCY.

Find us on Facebook at Friends of the Westbrook, Faversham