Leigh Co-Op supporting Endeavour Trust

Dear members

I’m delighted to advise that the Leigh Co-op food and funeral care outlets have approved the Leigh-on-Sea Endeavour Trust as one of two local community groups  they are supporting for the next six months.
This is a completely new initiative by the Co-op and this is how the scheme will work.

Every time Co-op members choose Co-op branded products and services and use their Co-op membership card, 1% of what they spend will go to their chosen cause.
Co-op members can change their choice at any time until the end of the giving period on 18th March 2017.
If members don’t pick a cause then 1% is shared equally between all the local causes in their community.
Any funds raised will be distributed to the local cause shortly after the end of the giving period.

If you have a Co-op membership card go to  https://membership.coop.co.uk/sign-in , input your membership card number and please choose the 
Leigh-on-Sea Endeavour Trust as your preferred local good cause. If you haven’t a membership card you can visit this same web address and register for one.

My account shows that after my visit today 9p of my spend has gone to the Endeavour Trust!! ...........From small acorns.......

I hope that you do not mind me contacting you as this is a golden opportunity for us to accumulate some much needed funding.

These are the Co-op outlets in our community......
Food: Leigh On Sea - The Broadway - SS9 1AW
Food: Leigh on Sea - Leigh Rd - SS9 1BZ
Food: Leigh On Sea - London Road - SS9 3JE
Funeral care: Leigh on Sea (TCF) - SS9 2AT 
Happy spending at your local Co-op’s branded products.
Peter Dolby

Welcome to the Summer 2016 Newsletter

This edition covers the Commemorative Cruise to Ramsgate, the Endeavour memories of Dunkirk evacuee Bill Brewster, the veterans' cruise, Endeavour's age is settled once and for all, the summer reception, an adendum to last issue's Margaret White Wrixon piece and very importantly, a reminder that subscriptions are due.

Please drop us a line if you have any comments, or visit us on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/EndeavourTrustLeigh/

Commemorative Cruise to Ramsgate and Beyond - Paul Gilson

As many of you will know the Endeavour will be part of a feature film about the evacuation of Dunkirk. She will be in the thick of it, on the beaches loading troops and taking them to bigger boats offshore. She has done this before, its old hat, this is old news.

Bill Brewster Recalls His Father's Dunkirk Memory - Finlay Marshall

Every time Bill Brewster visited Leigh and looked at the cockle boats lined up in the creek he pointed to Endeavour and said, "I was rescued at Dunkirk by that boat!"

Back in 1940 Bill Brewster was a badly wounded soldier; shot three times and carried to the beach by his comrades.

Veterans on Board - Finlay Marshall

In May, ahead of sailing to Ramsgate, we were delighted to welcome on board, for a short sail, two Dunkirk veterans; David Wightman, who we featured in our April newsletter, and 97 year old Alfred Smith from Shoeburyness. Alfred served with the Royal Army Service Corps. He was evacuated from Dunkirk after surviving two days on the beach without food or water and under constant shelling and bombing.

92 Or 11 Years Old?


How old is Endeavour? She was first launched in 1924 the year that Imperial Airways was formed, Ramsay MacDonald was Prime Minister and Lenin died. Fully restored in 2005, re-launched and back to Dunkirk was the year YouTube was created and Tony Blair was re-elected Prime Minister.

Summer Reception

A record one hundred and thirty-five members and guests attended our fourth summer reception. This was held once again at Osborne Bros. on Billet Wharf in the Old Town. The weather, although breezy and a bit chilly for a June evening, was thankfully dry. This year we welcomed the Hoy Shanty Crew who entertained us with a blend of traditional shanties and choral songs.

Margaret White Wrixon

In the last newsletter, we reported that Margaret had attended Caitlin Davies’s lecture at the Museum of London. Margaret has contacted us to advise us that this wasn’t the case. Rather, Jenny Landreth from the Guardian was the author of the Wikipedia  entry stemming from that lecture. Margaret  did not meet Jenny Landreth; in fact, Caitlin engaged the assistance of Jenny after asking the group in attendance for assistance in getting a Wikipedia entry on her. We are happy to correct this and confirm that the Wikipedia page entry, where Endeavour is mentioned, is live at
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_White_Wrixon

Annual Subscriptions

A reminder that subscriptions are due for renewal on 1st September.  This is such an important revenue stream, and this year perhaps more than any other , we really need them paid on a timely basis. You can if you wish pay your subscription by standing order thus ensuring that your subscription is paid on time, or, you may wish to use internet banking. If you want to change to either of these payment methods please contact Peter Dolby, either on 01702 473781 or by email to prd10@btinternet.com, who will provide the details required.

Rates remain unchanged, as follows:

Individual - £15
Family - £20
Senior Citizens and under 18’s - £10
Life Membership - £130

Photo Gallery

Rob Everitt liked Endeavour’s tin man impression  and was impressed with the Endeavour Hub livery at the Belfairs Academy.



Anne Hinton van’t Hof took this photograph of Endeavour at the Summer Reception.