A 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!
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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 …
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 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.
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…
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.
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.
We 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Last 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.
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.