Inclusion Ventures 2014

Rowing back aboard at sunsetInclusion Ventures aim is to improve the lives of vulnerable young people from the most disadvantaged areas of West Clacton. They are regular clients and joined us again this season, this time to Pin Mill aboard Cambria.

En route we passed Reminder with another Sea-Change group aboard, Maldon based Action for Family Carers.

Here is our photographic record.


ITV Anglia Visits Cambria In Norwich

ITV photo cropped“Hundreds of sailing barges used to lug their cargoes up and down the east coast and along our waterways.

One of them was a barge called Cambria, which used to bring mustard seeds to the Colman factory in Norwich and it’s been back in the city again.”

Watch Natalie Gray’s report


On Friday 15th the gear was lowered for the tow through the bridges back to Gt. Yarmouth where it was raised again. Monday morning saw her setting sail to arrive back in Maldon on Tuesday’s evening tide, so completing another successful and educational Sea-Change cruise.

Sea-Change In Norfolk – Update

Cambria begine the task of lowering her gear before proceeding to NorwichThe Eastern Daily Press ran an informative article about Sea-Change’s arrival in Norfolk aboard sailing barge Cambria. The photo shows her mizzen mast being lowered, to be followed by her top and main masts so she could proceed up river.

Since then she has arrived in Norwich following an overnight tow through all seven bridges that would normally bar her way, duly reported by The Norwich Evening News.

Also, BBC Norfolk and the excellent Anglia Afloat have published articles about Cambria and the wherry Albion being reunited in Norwich.

All the above is accompanied by our own photo album of the story so far.

Sea-Change To Visit Norwich

Norwich RiversideA voyage to Norwich might have been routine in the 1940s but today it is less simple, getting all the 7 road and rail bridges between Gt. Yarmouth and Norwich to open for the first time in years will be quite a trick and the Thames sailing barge Cambria will have to lower both masts to pass under the A47 Southern bypass. As Sea-Change skipper Richard Titchener says “Well, it wouldn’t be worthwhile if it was easy!”

He added “Cambria used to be a regular trader to Norwich in 1940s and 50s so we thought it would be fun and very worthwhile to make the Port of Norwich the destination for our training voyage this year and re-establish Norwich’s almost forgotten links with the sea”.

The barge’s crew on the passages up and down the coast will be a mixture of experienced sailing barge hands and young people from Essex and Norfolk who are members of Sea-Change’s Youth Sailing Scheme, their places having been sponsored by charities and other organisations.

In Norwich, during the evening of Wednesday 13th August the barge will host a session of ‘Flying Folk’,  the  traditional music and singing group that usually meets each month in pubs around the county – especially appropriate as a previous owner/skipper of Cambria, Bob Roberts was a traditional singer and musician of note.

On 13th August  Cambria will be joined at her mooring near Carrow Bridge, Norwich by Norfolk Wherry Trust’s ‘Albion’ – The last engineless coastal sailing barge meets the last engineless trading wherry in the Port of Norwich!  Surely a notable occasion in the maritime heritage of  Nelson’s County!

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.

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