Author Archives: Faversham Creek Trust


Faversham Garage Sale Safari Sunday August 6th

Abbey School boats launched

Sunday saw the launch of the launch of the two boats into the Basin. A big crowd of parents, well wishers and visitors to the Nautical Festival made it a great occasion. The boats were christened in the traditional way with fizzy stuff poured on their bows before the young builders embarked on their first voyage, none having ever been in a boat before. They showed that they could learn fast..

Introduction and briefing by Alan Thorne, the project leader

The Boat Builders sitting in their boats for the first time






































































and after the young boatbuilders finished

then Designer Gavin Atkin had a row


and his wife Julie, who gave her name to the boats

and James, who organised the course

and Alan and Malcolm who lead the build

Abbey School built two boats in a week at Boatcamp to be launched on Sunday 23rd at the Nautical Festival

Alan Thorne marking out the sheets to make the kits

Joining the sheets

This is what you are going to do…

Starting the Assembly – Teamwork


Tying the joints together


Ready for filleting

Filleting the joints

Sanding smooth

Cleaning off

Painting with primer

Painting colour topcoat


designing the names



Removing the stencil

the spray team



Ready for Launching on Sunday 23rd









And now a look at a bigger boat built the traditional way



Swing Bridge Progress

The Faversham Creek Bridge Steering Group has announced that a key milestone for the replacement of the swing bridge has been achieved.

An invitation to tender for the design and construction of the replacement of the bridge has now been issued to a number of companies who have expressed an interest.

Formal bids will be evaluated by KCC after the submission deadline of 3rd July. Subject to a satisfactory contractor being identified at an affordable price, work could commence on the design phase later this year.

Chairman, KCC Councillor Mark Dance said ‘delivering this ambitious project includes complex issues, such as ownership of the bridge itself and of course funding for the bridge’s replacement. I am grateful to all members of the steering group and I am especially grateful to the community of Faversham for its fantastic fundraising efforts so far.’

As the project progresses further regular updates will be published, there will be a project web page and it is intended, that as part of the contractual arrangements, there will be a Community Liaison Officer to deal with any day to day queries.

The Faversham Creek Bridge Steering Group was setup in May 2013, and comprises representatives from: Kent County Council Highways and Economic Development; Swale Borough Council; Faversham Town Council; Faversham Creek Trust and local volunteers with expertise in engineering and project management.

Apprentice Projects Update

In Faversham, the 24ft centreboard yacht Mayhi has reached the stage where the hull is caulked and ready for painting, and the deck to be laid on the beams.

In Truro, the keel of the 68ft Pilot Cutter Pellew has been laid and the frames will soon start to be raised. 

Below are some pictures of both vessels showing their different scales and current progress.

And in Truro

Members’ Coffee Morning Thursday 15th

Members’ Coffee Morning
Thursday, 15th June from 10.30 to 12.30 am
at the Purifier Building

You are invited to a Coffee Morning on Thursday 15 June from 10.30-12.30 at the Purifier Building. This is partly a social event, and partly because we want to encourage more people to come and join in our activities as volunteers.

We’ll have coffee and cakes on offer, and a short presentation from some of the people who’ve helped us out in the past, to say what they got out of it.

You can find out what’s involved, how to join our successful team of campaigners, fund-raisers, event organisers and socialisers.

We all feel tremendously pleased to have got such a great result in the recent Referendum on the Creek Neighbourhood Plan, but as the Basin project unfolds, there will be a great deal to do and we need more help!

Whether it’s helping on the stalls at the Nautical Festival, coming to workshops, delivering newsletters, putting up posters, doing some admin, or making cakes, if you think you could help we’d like to talk with you about that. We really need to know more about what our volunteers want from us, so maybe you can give us some ideas!

Do come! It will be fun and we hope to run these on a regular basis – maybe once a quarter – so that members can meet each other and keep in touch that way.

RSVP! Bring a friend! And if you can bring a cake, all the better! Thank you!

From Griselda Mussett and Debbie Lawther, FCT

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