Category Archives: Medway, Swale and the Kent coast

Medway, Swale and the Kent coast

Faversham Creek Trust’s appeal fund for a new swinging bridge reaches its target

Swing The Bridge Appeal Success

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.

The Swing the Bridge appeal reaches new heights!

Swing the Bridge 27 August 2015

The appeal is to pay for a new swinging bridge that will allow smacks, sailing barges and other traditional craft to moor (and to be maintained) at the top end of Faversham Creek. It’s a great cause.

Get more details including how to contribute here.

Matthew Atkin photographs Faversham

My globe trotting photographing brother Matthew Atkin usually sends collections of photos from exotic locations, but late last week he was staying in the old port of Faversham, and took a series of early morning photos that included competitors gathering for the weekend’s Swale Match.

I think he was particularly struck by the sight of sailing barge Repertor emerging from Faversham swathed in mist…

For more from this year’s Swale Match, see an earlier post.

The results for the match for barges only are here, but I haven’t found the results for other classes including smacks yet. However, I can tell you that Vic Maynard’s Emma and crew were first over the line among the smacks, and that they came third among the smacks on corrected time. For more about Emma, click here.

Here’s my mobile phone snap of grinning Vic with his cups, with crew member Arfur in the background.

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