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Raffle Tickets and tickets to the Dance can now be bought at
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Tel; 01795 227564.
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Events have been moving rapidly this year with the Opening of the Purifier building, a local fundraising campaign, and the reorganization of the Trust Board and working groups, all against a background of public consultation over the Creek Neighbourhood Plan and the Trust’s response.
This year we will be holding our members’ meeting in July to let everyone know what has happened and to ask your views about where we should be going next. It will be in the Purifier Building from 7.30pm on Tuesday 23 July, so if you haven’t seen it yet this will be a good chance to view the astonishing progress the building volunteer group has made with the refurbishment programme.
Not all the news has appeared on this site because we’re not in a position to report anything substantive yet. For example we are pressing forward with negotiations about the Brents Swing Bridge and Sluice gates. Other matters have been put aside because we are short of help in some key areas.
Please come along and see for yourself – the work of the Trust has roughly doubled in volume this year and we’ll be asking for your help as a volunteer with things like fundraising, helping with stalls, short courses, artwork, web content management, building work, committee admin, accounting, and door-to-door mailing.
The meeting will be informal so you can look around the building; Board members will be on hand to answer questions. There will also be a thirty-minute session during the middle of the evening when we’ll be reporting on recent events and asking your views. We look forward to seeing you.
If you would like to see the great progress that has been achieved at The Purifier Building during the last year, why not visit us during The Faversham Society’s Open House Scheme?
We will be open from 10.30 am to 4.30 pm on each Saturday. This is an Open Day for the Purifier – all are welcome to visit the building, with or without the Open House Programme.
Alan Staley, Boatbuilder at Chambers Wharf, recently won the Craft Skills Award for ‘Encouraging Craft Skills in the Workplace.
Go to: http://ccskills.org.uk/news/story/craft-skills-awards-winners-announced, and watch the video, Alan and his staff star at 3minutes along.
It is interesting to simply summarise the recent past, the current, and the developing crafts and skills presence on the Creek;
Ironwharf supports several self-employed boatbuilders, and a Chandlery, and accommodates large craft, including Thames Barges, alongside the Quay and in their floating dock for repair.
Chambers Wharf is Alan Staley Boatbuilder, with a slip and moorings for small to medium sized craft, and a history of successful projects.; more on that later.
Standard Quay, over a period of 18 years, up to 2011, supported up to 10 craftsmen, several of whom were Shipwrights, and included a nascent apprentice scheme, a Block Maker, a complete £m1.4 restoration of a historic craft, but more importantly, developed a supportive management style and resources, that attracted large traditional craft to the Quay, for berthing and maintenance.
Swan Quay has been the home of the Sail Maker, Wilkinson Sails for several years, where they have trained 2 young sailmakers,.
Faversham Creek Trust is developing a maritime Craft Centre at the Purifier, with a specific mandate to develop the training of Apprentices Shipwrights, starting in August.
Another important near-creek success story is Creek Creative, maybe not maritime, but certainly craft and small business oriented and supportive.
And yet, some commentators have recently argued that there was a lack of maritime businesses rushing to take up the available spaces on the Creek, and that therefore the only viable way forward is for these spaces to be given over to speculators and developers of upmarket exclusive housing, or to converting simple sheds in to bijou restaurants, or worse, museums of past maritime glory for the titilation of tourists.
Wrong; if we ignore the history of success above, by failing to build on it and create the waterside space needed for its future, then we must all carry the blame in the years to come. What is needed now for the success of that future, is the time to develop small businesses, supported by an infrastructure of affordable space and a network of complementary crafts and businesses; that is what hubs are all about.
That is sustainability. That is what the Presumption in Favour of Sustainable Development quoted in the National Planning Policy Framework is all about. It is certainly not about banging up a few more houses on every available tired industrial site, extracting some small penalty, or is it a bribe, ostensibly for the benefit of the community, which will disappear into some distant pot.
Amongst the site owners, are long standing businesses that have prospered in Faversham, but who, due to changes in the commercial opportunities, have been left with sites that need reviving; they are not developers themselves, and generally have been in no hurry to sell off to speculators. It is to these owners that we should turn, in humility, and ask for their support for the future of the Creek as a thriving busy waterway, with relevant businesses, and community areas.
As Arthur reminds us, Henry Hatch gave his fortune to the benefit of the Town and Creek; we must make sure that we can build on that legacy.