The beautiful illustration encapsulates Faversham Creek Trust’s proposals for the Creek Basin. I think it’s wonderful. Read all about it here.
However, it needs support – strong and visible support from the public, and also money, because it depends on a new swing bridge being put into place, and the FCT is appealing for money for the project.
And while I’m on this topic, two upcoming FCT talks at the Fleur de Lys Centre are on the gunpowder history of Faversham Creek (19th March) and the wildlife of the creek (24th April). See the trust’s weblog.
The East Coast Events folks’ annual guide is out now! What a handy thing… it’s not a pilot, but it’s full of the kind of thing you want to know if you’re planning a trip, such as what each of the main East Coast towns and rivers offer, and the dates of the area’s big events of the sailing season.
The folks restoring lifeboat Little Ship Lucy Lavers are appealing for financial help to get her ready for a 75th anniversary trip back to the beaches at Dunkirk. If you can, chip in your few bobs here.
In May 1940 the then newly-built lifeboat was part of the fleet of ‘little ships’ that sailed to Dunkirk to evacuate the British and Allied forces stranded on the beaches. In May this year, 75 years after the great rescue from the beaches of Belguim, she is to make a return to Dunkirk after a loving restoration and repair job by the folks at Norfolk’s Rescue Wooden Boats.
It’ll be an emotional trip together with a convoy of other Dunkirk Little Ships. Before she leaves the UK, she is scheduled to call in at Lowestoft, Southwold, Aldeburgh and Harwich (see dates overleaf), before joining the fleet of Little Ships gathering in Ramsgate to make the crossing to Dunkirk.
The crew will include lifeboat men, and at each stopover there will be a land-based exhibition and an opportunity for the public to go aboard.
After Lucy Lavers returns from Dunkirk, visitors will be
able to book a trip afloat on her in Wells-next-the-Sea, as well as see her story displayed at RWB’s visitor centre at Stiffkey.