Cambria is relaunched!

Relaunch of sailing barge Cambria at Standard Quay

The relaunch of Bob Roberts’ old sailing barge Cambria at Standard Quay, Faversham just after noon on the 21st March 2011. Hoorah!

Roberts was the last working barge skipper, and Cambria the last working barge. She’s now being refurbished, and this short film shows the first short trip she has made on her own bottom for some time.

I should add that old Bob was also a noted singer and melodeon player – although the sound track I’ve used on this clip is not by him, but an old recording of mine. Read all about the Cambria here .

Very sadly, this launch may be one of the last from Standard Quay, as there are plans to develop the area. To support the campaign to save Standard Quay and Faversham Creek’s traditional maritime industries, see

PS – Graham Phillips spotted this clip of Cambria arriving at Standard Quay. Thanks Graham!


A splendid new Faversham Creek poster

Faversham Creek Trust poster

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Click on the images for a much bigger view!

Bob Telford of the Faversham Creek Trust has sent me this splendid poster telling the story of the creek and its industries, including boatbuilding at Standard Quay. It also outlines the trust’s proposals for its future.

The pdf version is Faversham Creek Trust poster.

I’m reminded that there’s a meeting tonight that will provide an important opportunity for voices in support of preserving to creek to be heard. See this earlier post for details. I’m sorry to say I won’t be able to attend as I’m currently battling a nasty bout of bronchitis, but I’m hoping some local readers will be there, and I’m very much looking forward to hearing how the event went.

Also on the subject of Standard Quay, don’t forget the petition calling on the council and planners to preserve this historic working quay and boatyard for the future – it needs your signature now!

PS – Regular readers will be pleased to know that it looks like the meeting on Tuesday went well from the campaign’s point of view!



Meeting a chance to save Standard Quay?

Save Standard Quay and Faversham Creek

Faversham Creek campaigners are calling on supporters to attend a public local engagement meeting at at Faversham’s Alexander Centre at 7pm on Tuesday 15th March in at attempt to persuade planners not to swamp the town  with new developments.

‘Come to the meeting and make sure the planners understand that developers are not wanted,’ says campaign spokesperson Sue Cooper of Standard Quay.

‘Faversham has the skills itself to regenerate the creek as has been amply shown at Standard Quay. It is no coincidence that during the past 20 years the only part of Faversham Creek that has seen regeneration, new employment creation and substantial silt removal is Standard Quay. We just need Swale to stand up to the developers.’

A petition to save maritime jobs and skills at the threatened boatyard at Standard Quay has already attracted local, national and international support with 1,200 signatures.

Supporters are now preparing to voice their concerns at Swale Borough Council’s Local Engagement Forum at Faversham’s Alexander Centre at 7pm on Tuesday.

‘It is time to say no more,’ says Sue Cooper.

Campaigners fear Faversham is in danger of being ‘sold down the river’ by a council hungry for developers’ cash. They fear pleas to save skilled jobs at the town’s last working traditional boatyard are being ignored, while Swale seeks ‘developer contributions’ towards plans likely to kill off creekside industry.

Cooper argues the council is looking to raise money through ‘developer contributions’ or ‘local infrastructure levies’, which she says are unlikely to benefit the town even half as much as the£500,000 the campaign says was generated on the Quay in the past year, and won’t replace the tourism and other spin-offs, such as photographs, postcards and paintings depicting Standard Quay that are sold all over the world.

The plans won’t regenerate the Creek she says, but will lead to ‘real mud and nails employment’ being lost to the town.

For more information, see

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