Actually, these photographs come from a small trip down Faversham Creek in just about the smallest imaginable boat that could be used by an adult with a pocket camera – a Mouseboat.
I think it also shows clearly why the Creek must be defended, and how much is has been affected by housing development. Surely, it’s time for the town to take a new, maritime activity-friendly approach. I so hope it does…
These photos from HMS Pickle’s brief time in Dover Harbour following her momentous trip from Gibraltar under Mal Nicholson’s command were kindly sent by Neil Batey, the Sailors’ Children’s Society’s local community engagement and family support officer for Dover & Ramsgate. Thanks Neil!
The charity looks after the children of seafarers who are disadvantaged in some way. See also the website for seafarer’s families Find the Sea Families.
Folks in Dover enjoyed and appreciated her visit so much that on the 31st October Royal Cinque Ports YC is holding a Pickle Night with entertainment by Dover Tales and The Old Lone Gin Band from 7.30pm, with profits to be divided between the Sailors’ Children’s Society and the RNLI. I’m told the event will feature a debut song rendition of The Ballad of the Pickle.
And here’s Mal talking to BBC Radio Kent (for Facebookers only, sadly).
Just in case you haven’t heard the good news… So now we can expect the top end of the Creek to once again be open to vessels.
Read more here. Very well done Faversham Creek Trust folks – you’ve done something great for Faversham, but I also think you have given great heart to the people of port and waterside towns and villages around our coasts.