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Thames Match is next Saturday

Poster for Thames Match 2018

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The Times does us proud today

I often think that The Times doesn’t know this part of the world exists.   But today they have done us proud.   There’s a picture of The Maldon Mud Race last Sunday and a picture of sb Marjorie in the Medway Match last Saturday.   Rob Powell’s picture I think, (please confirm).   I like the caption too.   It says “…. the Medway Barge Match, the first of seven races this summer which celebrate the historic role of barges.”

Maldon Mud Racde 2018 from TimesMedway Match 2018 Marjorie from Times

Come and visit our Archive’s Open Day

We’re having an Open Day at the SSBR Archive at North Fambridge Yacht Haven on Saturday 2nd June. Great opportunity to have a lovely day out by the River Crouch and to see our collection – our treasure house – of 30,000 items of barge memorabilia. There will be books and paintings on sale too.   Do come along and see us.

Archive Open Day Poster

Decima on show at Dartford Nautical Festival

Some of us have been following with great interest sb Decima’s risky but brave journey up to the lock at Dartford Creek, where she has been during the winter.

This weekend there’s a chance to see Decima and to have a great day out at the Dartford Nautical Festival.   It’s on Sunday 27th May starting at 1pm.   Here are the details.

Dartford Nautical Festival

Topsail Charters wins Pride of Maldon

Another award for Topsail Charters Ltd who, last Friday, won “Best Business Contribution to the Community” at the first Pride of Maldon awards.

The company commented: “For the past 31 years we have been a huge part of Maldon’s waterfront and riverside heritage.   As a Maldon family-owned business we take special pride in sourcing as much as we can from our local surroundings…..from our food suppliers in Maldon’s High Street, to our 34 local staff, our work with Plume School vocational students, and our new apprenticeships schemes.

“A huge thank you to everyone who continues to support us and for helping us win this award!”

Congratulations to all at Topsail Charters on this well-deserved award.

Steph getting the Pride of Maldon Award 2018 Pride of Maldon certificate 2018

Trading Mates on Cambria

2017 was a quiet year for Cambria, which caused some level of worry.

2018 is proving much better.   Early in April the Sea-Change Sailing Trust started a charter of the barge for several months to be used for their work with young people and for other more unusual sails.

Top of the pile of such voyages must be the coming “Trading Mates on Cambria” weekend which will see Dick Durham and Phil Latham return to the barge where they spent long days as Mates in the last of the trading years in the 1960s.

And you can be part of that great experience by joining the barge for the weekend.   See below for full details and how to book.

Trading Mates on Cambria

Don’t forget it’s the TSBT Film Show on Sunday

This coming Sunday

Don’t forget the Film Show at Faversham

Not long to wait now for the Barge film show at Faversham.Film Show Poster white 2

Film Show at Maldon

Filmshow Poster Maldon Feb 2018

TSBT Film Show coming to Faversham

Film Show Poster white

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