Restoration projects by Abingdon & Skabardis
Kyle Abingdon of Abingdon & Skabardis Marine Carpentry has been in touch to say that he is looking for a part-time apprentice to work at his company’s workshops at Dargate near Favershhsam.
No knowledge or experience is required, but a driving licence and transport would be useful.
Kyle adds that the yard has lots of work at the moment including building four Oxford punts and restoring an ex-RNLI Oakley class lifeboat. CVs should be sent to Kyle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Faversham Creek Trust is making impressive progress with its building (which now has electricity, for example), and a successful application to the apprenticeship charity The Hedley Trust to have the FCT’s apprenticeship scheme accepted as a continuation of the original Standard Quay scheme – which has led to a transfer of funding.
It also has a new patron, Professor Sir David Melville, who has tremendous experience in higher education and training, is a new resident in Faversham and a boating enthusiast.
And following the failure of the FCT’s original Heritage Lottery Fund bid a new more widely drawn bid is being formulated.
But of course there’s still much, much more to do. Swale Borough Council’s consultation ahead of a new master plan for the area ends on the 18th May. Those of us who want to see the Creek flourish as a traditional working waterway should make sure we have our say before that date. See what the Faversham Creek Trust folks have to say about it here.
Finally, if you’re in the area on Saturday, do call in on the FCT’s stand in Faversham’s historic market place from 10am to 4pm to find out more, perhaps join the organisation and take part in the ‘sponsor a slate’ scheme, which aims to replace the roof of the purifier building, which is to become the new workshop.