Updated Documents

These documents have been updated and are available on our Downloads page:

Health and safety policy including risk assessment

Consent form

All Change At Sea-Change

A painting by Walter Douglas. Contribution from sales to Sea-ChangeWelcome to the summer 2014 edition of our quarterly newsletter.

There is much to tell including: Sailing stories … Case study … Feedback … New help … Art sale … Fundraising success  … New barge phase two … and more, enjoy!

Read it here. Please subscribe to receive future copies direct to your inbox.

Supporting The Preservation Of Traditional Maritime Skills

Reminder's new leeboards are lifted into placeHere is a photo album showing our National Historic Ships (NHS-UK) sponsored trainee Tom Cook. he is assisting Topsail Charters‘ Paul Jeffries to build and fit new wooden leeboards to SB Reminder.

NHS-UK received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund Skills for the Future Programme for the Shipshape Heritage Training Partnership Project (SHTP). This will develop traditional skills and techniques in young people, focusing on the conservation, handling and maintenance of historic vessels at a time when these skills are in serious decline. Sea-Change is proud to be a member of SHTP. More here …

Weaving The Dream

Richard Humphries and Jim LawrenceOur Richard Titchener recently met with weaver Richard Humphries and retired sailmaker Jim Lawrence to discuss the possibility of sourcing flax for the sails of our new sailing barge.

She is to be as authentic a replica as possible of Blue Mermaid, which was built in 1930 but did not survive the war.

Colchester Institute Workprep Group

Heave Ho Me HeartiesColchester Institute offers full and part-time courses for 14 – 19 year-old’s who have a range of learning or behavioural issues. Work Preparation aims to support students into employment through development of their skills both in numeracy and literacy and a range of vocational options.

All course have a wide range of enrichment activities to make learning enjoyable and meaningful. Their 5 day residential with Sea-Change is a regular event in the calendar.

Here is an album of photos taken during this year’s successful trip aboard SB Reminder.


St Joseph’s Trip Makes It In Print

Click to enlargeTwelve pupils from St Joseph’s School in Ipswich have taken part in their annual sailing exercise with Sea-Change, reports the East Anglia Daily Times.

The Year Four students trained on board the Thames barge Reminder from Maldon, Essex under the expert eye of Richard Titchener and his crew. Read the whole piece here… 


New Appeal Document Launched

Construction of our new barge’s hull and deck will soon be getting under way.

Now we have launched a new brochure all about phase two of our New Thames Sailing Barge Appeal, which is to raise the funds needed to fit-out, rig and complete the project.

View and download your own copy here

A contribution, however small, is greatly appreciated and brings closer the moment when we can work in a more adaptable way aboard our own vessel. Please give via MyDonate, we can claim an extra 20% through Gift Aid if you are a UK tax payer – it makes a difference.

New Development Officer Appointed

AmandaWe are pleased to welcome Amanda Dangerfield onto the team here at the office in the role of Development Officer.

Bringing a career’s experience in office and accounts management she will grow the systems and further develop our bursary and long term fundraising aims. Promoting the charity, organising fundraising activities locally and developing our evaluation process are all part of her remit.

Amanda is an excellent communicator and we wish her every success.

A Salty Adventure For Dagenham Park

Experiencing the wheel. Dagenham Park School June 2014A pictorial record of a five day residential with Sea-Change for ten pupils from Dagenham Park School and two of their teachers aboard Thames sailing barge Reminder.

Sailing out of Maldon they experienced a whole range of weather, helped to handle the barge, cooked and washed up, rowed and discovered the delights of crabbing. A great time was had.

Sailing Barge Course 2014

Going aloftThis year Sea-Change will again be offering a course for aspiring barge crew.

The purpose is to offer intensive sailing and seamanship experience in a short period, which would otherwise take a considerable number of standard passages made up of deliveries or charters and is intended to supplement other experience. 

It will take place between 25th – 31st August and includes periods of study, demonstration and practice led by qualified instructors. For more information and to apply please click here.

Trinity House Grant Significant

Cdre Jim Scorer presenting Trinity Houses's grantSea-Change and Maritime London co-hosted a reception aboard SB Lady Daphne in London’s St Katharine Docks last week, which was kindly sponsored by CIRM.

A presentation on behalf of Sea-Change was made by Rear-Admiral David Snelson CB, the charity’s Chairman of Appeal Patrons. During the event, which coincided with Trinity House‘s 500th birthday week, Sea-Change’s Don Ramsay was presented with a grant of £25,000 towards their New Barge Appeal by Trinity House’s Director of Operations, Commodore Jim Scorer RN.

More photos

Log Of SB Xylonite

SB XyloniteOver Easter we took Xylonite away for a fortnight’s sailing and maintenance training for our Youth Sailing Scheme (YSS).

Skipper Richard Titchener recounts a passage from London to Maldon, some maintenance work and then a week’s sailing with YSS. This ended on the blocks at Pin Mill where they painted topsides and antifouled the bottom, followed by a passage back to London. 250 miles in total.


Feedback From Dementia Adventure

Click to read letterLast week Dementia Adventure again joined us for a five day residential period at sea. This community interest company successfully organises holidays for people living with dementia and their partners.

Subsequently they received this testimonial from one of the participants, who cares for her husband.

Feedback from the other participants was also very good and they are joining us for another trip during October. If you are interested please contact them here or on 01245 230661.

Support Sea-Change And Get High Quality Prints

Walter Douglas paintingLast year the father of our trustee Professor Francis Douglas died and those attending his funeral were invited to make a contribution to Sea-Change.

Walter Douglas was an artist who won the Ruskin Prize for drawing before the war. The family have collected 16 of his pictures and had high quality prints made of them.

These pictures are now for sale and a donation from each one will be made to Sea-Change.

News Updates In Snippets

Blue Mermaid in the 30s…News…News…News…

1. Local news coverage of our new barge plans

2. Receiving a donation from the Maldon Town Regatta

3. Receiving a donation from the Mayor of Maldon’s Charity Fund

4. Receiving a donation from Maldon Little Ship Club

5. It is so gratifying when one of our Youth Sailing Scheme members moves on

6. We have a new referral and client information form on our Downloads page