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Bideford Fair 29th June 2019 Victoria Park

Posted on 01/07/2019 by Anne Budd

Bideford Fair 2019 Victoria Park

Bideford Carnival day 30th June. The Freshspring team manned a stand on the day and ran steam engine rides a round the park. SS Freshspring was also open on the day.   We had a busy day both on the stand and on the ship. Steam engine rides, as always, were popular with adults and children. The rides were supported by a donation to the Trust of…

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Upcoming Events for July 2019

Posted on 28/06/2019 by Anne Budd

Easter Open Day 21 Apr 19 On Deck

Thursday 18th July Chumleigh Academy Aspire Day Sunday 28th July Bideford Water Festival on Bideford quay 12:30 to 6:30pm. the Ship will be Open as usual and there will be Steamboat rides from the old bridge.

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SS Freshspring united with her siren on 19th June

Posted on 21/06/2019 by Anne Budd

Freshspring Siren

On the 19th June, SS Freshspring was reunited with her siren, which was removed some 30 years ago. This represents another step towards the ultimate goal of bringing the ship back into steam. Navy ships used a special type of siren not used on other ships. It was designed to be an effective signalling system in fog.

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National Volunteer Week TTVS held a celebration event at Bideford Rugby Club on Wednesday 5th June 2019

Posted on 10/06/2019 by Anne Budd

TTVS Volunteer Awards 2019

At this event awards were given to two Freshspring Society Volunteers for the work they do in supporting the Trust. Anne Budd has brought very valuable IT and Management skills which have elevated both communications and potential of the charity. Bill Slipper has been a stalwart volunteer on the ship, providing support and advice for all those who need…

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Saturday 25th May Bideford Bike show and SS Freshspring was Open to Visitors

Posted on 31/05/2019 by Anne Budd

Bideford Bike Show 2019 (1)

Saturday the 25th May was the Bideford Bike show. It was the biggest show ever with bikes all along the quay. SS Freshspring was open for the day and attracted over 111 visitors. She was open again on Sunday with her, now usual, over 70 visitors. The tour guide leaflets are proving very popular and visitors typically spend up to one hour on board. Our…

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