Monthly Archives: April 2015

Happy in his work!

Here’s SSBR Committee Member, Dave Brooks, at work today.   But what is he doing?

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(Picture courtesy of Maggs Casey Kelly)

TSBT to have Sea Songs & Shanty Evening

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Fambridge River Festival – Sunday 24 May 2015

Here’s the flyer for the Fambridge River Festival on Sunday 24 May.   SSBR will be there.   We shall have our Archive open for the day and will also have a tent by the riverside with lots of information about Thames sailing barges.  

Fambridge Festival flyer 2015

Topsail Charters reaches finals of national tourism awards

Great news that Topsail Charters is in the final of the national Visit Paul Jeffries, owner of Topsail & skipper HydrogenBritain Tourism Awards.

My tourism event won the Essex award in 2010 and was a finalist in the Eastern Region, so I know what Topsail will have gone through to get as far as the national final.

Anyone interested in Thames sailing barges will be well acquainted with Hythe Quay at Maldon where they will always see Topsail’s charter barges.

Having got through to the national competition, Topsail Charters is one of five companies in the best small attraction category, and the only business from Essex out of the 75 finalists in all categories.

Stephanie Valentine, Managing Director of Topsail Charters, has said she is thrilled for the recognition of all the hard work of her fantastic team and the effort they make to give their customers the best possible experience.

Well done to Topsail Charters on a great achievement so far, and the very best of luck for the finals at an awards ceremony on 11th May.

You can read the whole story here.

 

SSBR will be at Fambridge Festival

Great news  –  there’s going to be a Fambridge Festival at North Fambridge DSCF0857Yacht Station on Sunday 24th May, and SSBR will be there.

Our Archive will be open and one of our committee will be there to show you the vast collection of photographs, books, documents and other artifacts about Thames sailing barges.   Sterling work has been done over the years by our Archivist, Don Wright, ably assisted by Society Secretary, John White, in getting all this treasury of information catalogued and properly stored.  (Picture shows John and Don outside the Archive.)

Then down by the river, we shall have a gazebo with display panels and literature about the Society of Sailing Barge Research, and our committee will be very

Membership form

Membership form

happy to talk to visitors about barges and the Society.   Our books and magazines will be on sale and we shall, of course, also have membership forms there.   At £20 a year it is great value and you will receive our two excellent publications, Topsail annually and Mainsheet twice a year.   And members receive occasional books published by the Society for Sailing Barge Research free of charge;  last year there were two excellent such freebies, Still in the Samphire, the Society’s 50th anniversary history, and The Prowess of Charlie Fielder. 

The festival will coincide with the Old Gaffers Association 30th Anniversary Crouch Rally visit to the North Fambridge Yacht Club.   There will be gig racing on the river, and stands including those taken by the Coastguard, the RNLI, a sail-maker, and many more.   sb Ironsides will be present. 

More details nearer the date.