Can You Help Us, Please?

Dear member of the Leigh-on-Sea Endeavour Trust,

You will probably have seen our stall at events such as the Leigh Maritime Festival and Leigh Regatta. We now need somewhere to store the stall, gazebo and sale items - mugs, clothing, tea towels, cards etc. Until now a member has kindly provided some space in his garage but as he is preparing to move away from Leigh we need to find a new home for these items. Part of a garage would be ideal, or anywhere it could be stored that is secure and weatherproof.

Can you help us, please? If so, please email Peter Dolby.

Yours sincerely,

Chris Bailey
Committee Chairman

Co-Op Local Community Fund

We're delighted to advise that the Leigh Co-op food and funeral care outlets have once again approved the Leigh-on-Sea Endeavour Trust as one of the groups  they are supporting for the next eleven months though their Local Community Fund.

This is how the scheme works.

Welcome to the Autumn Newsletter

This edition covers the a trip out to Radio Caroline, the veteren's cruise to Hampton Court, news of some new equipment to enhance our public presence, a report on our appearance on Countryfile, an award for Peter Dolby, and some winter maintenance news.
We hope you enjoy this newsletter!

Oh, and you may have noticed we've updated the website a little. We hope you like it - do let us know!
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All Aboard a Pirate Ship! - Fraser Marshall

The Ross Revenge, home to Radio Caroline since 1983

I've been responsible for maintaining the Trust's website since 2010, but although I'd been on board Endeavour while she's moored up at Leigh, I'd never had the privilege of enjoying a trip until this summer. A grey August day saw my wife, Kate, and I rendezvous with my father and our daughters, Olivia and Grace, who'd been staying for a week with their grandparents, at Bradwell Marina on the Blackwater.

Veteren's Cruise to Hampton Court - Paul Gilson

Our Dunkirk little ship, Endeavour, was again invited to take part in the Veteran's cruise this year. It took place over two days, with its base at Hampton Court. Twenty vessels took part, all members of the Association of Dunkirk Little Ships.

New Equipment for Events and Community Talks

We reported in the last newsletter that we had purchased various items of equipment and awaited delivery of a gazebo. 

Media Publicity

Alfred Smith being interviewed for Countryfile

We are delighted that our ‘little ship’ continues to feature in our local newspapers and are particularly indebted to the continued support we receive from the Leigh Times

Award for Peter Dolby

Peter receives his award from the Princess Royal

We are delighted to announce that Peter Dolby has been awarded through the National Historic Ships UK the 'Engaging with the Public Marsh Volunteer Award'.  It was presented at Trinity House London by HRH The Princess Royal. 

Officers and Committee

We are saddened to report that both Mike King and Michael Dolby announced at the recent AGM that they would be standing down from the committee. We are pleased that Mike will continue in his role as Chairman of Trustees. Mike has been an integral figure of the Trust since it was formed back in 2001 and we are extremely grateful for all his hard work. He was there at the beginning when Endeavour was first found in a parlous condition in Rochester and was instrumental, amongst others, for the successful restoration project. Mike has provided wise counsel on the committee and has overseen Endeavour’s continuing maintenance programme.

Calendars and Christmas Cards

Photo Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

We are pleased to report that the calendars have been selling very well. We have more than covered the printing costs and have about 50 available for sale at £8.50.