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Welcome developments at Faversham

It feels as if there has been a welcome change in the atmosphere in Faversham: the town now has a new draft neighbourhood plan including improvements sought by the Faversham Creek Trust and others, and the to vote on in October.

What’s more, the town’s new mayor Shiel Campbell has chosen to make the FCT her appointed charity – after the furious arguments that were going on in the town a few years ago, this seems like an excellent development.

What’s the photo above? It’s a half-scale replica Anglo-Saxon boat based on a 9th century craft found on Graveney marshes, and I happened across it while it was at the FCT’s Purifier Building premises recently as a fund-raising attraction.

Aboard Cambria for the Medway barge match

Read about Cambria here, and about the Medway Barge Match here. Our new friend photographer Rob Powell was on board and I guess he may put some of his shots on his weblog, On the Thames.

Spot the Lady of the Lea stuck on an island. I hope she and her folks are all right…

PS – While we were racing, East Coast ditch crawling maven Nick Ardley was attending the launch of a new steel built Thames sailing barge, the Blue Dolphin. They do say with her smooth bottom, she’ll be quick and could be an interesting contender in barge racing in future years… See Nick’s weblog piece here.

Fabian Bush builds a winkle brig

FaithThis one was built by Fabian Bush of Rowhedge in Essex. I wish I had more information about winkle brigs to share but I haven’t – there’s very little online that I can find – and Google is full of the very different little plastic weekender of the same name.

Here’s just a little information from the book Inshore Craft, scanned by Google.

Anyway, I can say that the sharp-eyed can sometimes spot one sailing out of Brightlingsea, just down the river from Rowhedge…

My thanks to Boat Building Academy student Sam Robinson for letting me know about this one, ahd for the Google Books link! Cheers Sam, and good luck with the boats you’re working on.

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