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“Swing the Bridge” Community Fundraising Launched

The community fundraising “Swing the Bridge” Appeal was formally launched at an event on Monday evening at The Old Wine Vaults Faversham. £125,000 must be raised by 1st October 2015 to build a swing bridge which will allow the regeneration of the Creek basin. Members of the Faversham Creek Trust, the Faversham Society and the Brents Community Association came together to show their commitment to raising this target.

Mark Dance, KCC Cabinet Member for Economic Development said “It has been a great pleasure to be Chairman of the Faversham Swing Bridge Committee, and I have witnessed full support from everyone who sits around the table and will continue to drive this project forward.

However, what I have witnessed tonight is nothing short of amazing. This is about the organisations, the individuals and ex-bargemen and traditional boating folk.

The group I met tonight have assured me of their full support in raising the gap of £125,000 to make this project happen.

I have told everyone in the room ‘we’re gonna build a bridge’”

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Chris Wright, Chairman of the Faversham Creek Trust said “It was an enormous pleasure to see the three groups – the Brents Community Association, the Faversham Society, and the Creek Trust – affirming their commitment to work together to achieve the funding target of £125,000 to build the swing bridge. We value the support of the Kent County Council to achieve the aim of bringing the Creek back to life. We are all confident of success.”

Hilary Whelan, secretary of the Brents Community Association, said: “For people in the Brents and North Preston, the bridge and the area around it are an important part of our environment, our everyday lives. The Creek is a huge potential asset for our area, if only we can bring it back to life, with boats in the basin – we want barges and traditional boats, but we also want dinghies and rowing boats and other small craft, and things to do for all kinds of people of all ages. For that we need a better bridge, a working bridge, and this is why we’re happy to work in partnership with the Faversham Society and the Creek Trust in this big community fundraising effort.”

Mike Frohnsdorff, Chairman of the Faversham Society said “We pledge the support of the Faversham Society’s 1100 members and of the shop and Heritage Centre in Preston Street towards achieving the targeted total for the Bridge Fund. The co- operation of the three organisations augurs well for the future of Faversham and the preservation of its heritage and environment”.Launch tins

Talks on Spring Evenings “Faversham Creek Wildlife”

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A brand new presentation using beautiful wildlife pictures.

Fleur Hall, Gatefield Lane, Faversham. 7pm for 7.30pm

Admission free – donations please.

Refreshments

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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“Kingfisher” Launched Today

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The 14 foot traditionally made 2 man punt “Kingfisher” was launched on Stonebridge pond today . She will be used by volunteers for collecting weed and rubbish from the waterways of the old gunpowder works.

She was built by local, long term unemployed people as part of a course run by The Creek Learning Project in partnership with the Brents Community Association to help local unemployed people gain the confidence to get into work or volunteering. The programme was funded by the Department for Work and Pensions and under the expert guidance of Alan Thorne of The Purifier Yacht and Dinghy Co. the participants learnt team and boat building skills.

Constructed at the Purifier Building, the punt was made specifically to donate to The Friends and some course members have shown an interest in volunteering to use her.

Project Manager Brenda Chester said “Everyone enjoyed six weeks of training, advice and support”.

Fern Alder, Chair of The Friends of Westbrook and Stonebridge Pond, said “ I would like to say a big thank you, on behalf of the whole group, for the truly beautiful and very useful punt that has been made for us to use when we are clearing Stonebridge Pond.

We are thrilled to have had such wonderful support from staff and students of The Creek Learning Project who have all worked so hard with Alan Thorne in the Purifier building to create our new punt. “

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

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