Faversham Creek Trust has now opened its membership to the public in support of its ambitious and dynamic plans for bringing work and local jobs back to Faversham Creek.
The Trust is fundraising to train young people in the skills required to build and repair traditional barges and other wooden craft. Based on the Creek, the new maritime apprenticeship scheme will revitalise one of Faversham’s historic industries,
Details of the scheme will be announced soon. It is hoped that the courses, leading to City & Guilds Level 3, will be approved for student loans and grants. The Trust also plans to offer bursaries for local young people. The course will be run by master-shipwright Simon Grillet, who works on barge and traditional boat repair and until recently ran a similar successful apprenticeship scheme at Standard Quay.
The Trust has been formed by people with maritime, regeneration, educational & business backgrounds. There will be a special meeting for members on 11 November at Creek Creative, Abbey Street, at 7.30pm.
HOW CAN YOU HELP
Would you like to support this far-reaching project? Faversham Creek Trust would like to hear from you! By joining the Trust you are offering real support. You will find a link to an application form below, on the back of which you will find the charitable objectives of the Trust.
Individual donations for this exciting enterprise are very welcome. Keeping the sailing barges and other traditional wooden boats afloat and seaworthy is not just part of our heritage – it’s a sustainable project which will provide training and jobs for local young people, and importantly provide the impetus for the wider regeneration of the creek.
The famous Sailing Barge Cambria was extensively rebuilt at Faversham’s Standard Quay in a £1.5m project. She will now work as a sail-training vessel. The Trust aims to follow this wonderful example of traditional boatbuilding.
TRUST GETS OFF TO A GOOD START
Faversham residents have given a resounding ‘thumbs up’ to the newly formed Faversham Creek Trust. FCT had stands in the market, at the new Creek Creative art centre and on the Creekside during the Faversham Festival and collected hundreds of signatures – we hope you will translate those into membership.
We know the wholehearted wish of the townspeople is to see the Creek active again as a working waterway, with sailing vessels able to get in and out and not stuck on the mud.
We will be working with all the other bodies to get the Basin gates and sluices working again, which will help remove the build-up of mud
Why should you join the Trust and what’s in it for you? What’s in it for Faversham and its residents and businesses?
The Trust is a not for profit community enterprise with the main aim of regenerating Faversham Creek so that it becomes once more a flourishing waterway. This will include access to the Basin for boats and traditional vessels, with thriving traditional maritime industries, training and job opportunities, environmental improvements and the restoration of Faversham Historic Port.
As a voting member you will have:
• Regular newsletters – e-mail or delivered
• Members section on the website where you can discuss projects and your ideas
• The opportunity to attend members open meetings and have an input into the work of the Trust
• A chance to join one of the Trust’s working groups –e.g publicity and communication, project development, events, fundraising.
• Free and/or discounted tickets for events for you and your family
For more information contact Brenda Chester on 07857 042525.
Click here for APPLICATION FORM and Print out
Just complete the application form and attach a cheque payable to Faversham Creek Trust and send/ drop in to us at The Fleur de Lis, and we will send you confirmation of your membership and an invitation to the next open members meeting. Membership is also open to businesses, local voluntary groups and organisations.
During the next few months a new planning document for Faversham Creek is being prepared , which will identify what sort of development will be allowed after 2013. For those of us who care passionately about the creek being once more a working traditional waterway with access for boats and traditional vessels this is a last chance to make our views known.
DO JOIN US – A WARM WELCOME AWAITS YOU!
INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIP Annual subscription £10 • Unwaged and students £ 5
http://www.favershamcreektrust.com FAVERSHAM CREEK TRUST . c/o The Faversham Society . Fleur de Lis Heritage Centre . Preston Street . Faversham . Kent . ME13 8NS