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Bideford open meeting Wednesday 20th July 2016, 7.30pm

Posted on 14/07/2016 by Stephen Attenborough


Come and learn about the Freshspring project, meet the team and find out how you could get involved at our public meeting at the Bideford Conservative Club on Wednesday 20th July from 7.30pm The heritage steam ship Freshspring will be coming to Bideford late August 2016 and we are keen for people to learn of our aims and get involved in a wide range…

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We’re on our way

Posted on 26/04/2016 by Stephen Attenborough


Bideford waterfront will soon have a new addition, historic steamship the SS Freshspring will be coming to the town after a last minute grant of £155,000 was secured. The news was announced at a gala dinner on Saturday to raise money to bring the ship to Bideford by Earl Attlee, one of the Freshspring Society's patrons. Funding to save the…

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Freshspring Fundraising Dinner 2016

Posted on 23/02/2016 by Stephen Attenborough


Join us for what promises to be a glittering Fundraising Dinner on Saturday 23rd April 2016 at 6.30pm at The Royal Hotel, Bideford, Devon. Your attendance will help us to bring the unique steamship Freshspring to Bideford as a major heritage attraction and education resource, providing skills and employment opportunities to local young people and bringing…

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Heritage Open Day, thank you.

Posted on 13/09/2015 by Stephen Attenborough

A big thank you to all who made it to our Heritage Open Day today. We had over seventy visitors onboard across the day, many of whom had seen her from afar but had not had the opportunity to get onboard before. This was our only planned open day for the year, but we'll always do our best to accommodate visitors if you contact us.

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Heritage Open Day tomorrow, 13th September 2015

Posted on 12/09/2015 by Stephen Attenborough

Just one day to go until we open to the public for the only time this year as part of Heritage Open Days. Opening times are 11am to 4:30pm. The weather prospects have got better and it looks to be a fine and dry day. We have been able to arrange some limited parking on site, so look out for the signs just outside Newnham-on-Severn and we'll do our…

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Open day preparation and high tides

Posted on 31/08/2015 by Stephen Attenborough


There have been high tides on the River Severn this week, which means Freshspring has been afloat, giving us an opportunity to re-tension the mooring ropes and check that all of the compartments of the hull are watertight, which they still are. In preparation of the Heritage Open Day in just under two weeks time, John A has been busy fabricating a cover…

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Open day, Sunday 13th September 2015

Posted on 27/07/2015 by Stephen Attenborough

For the first time since forming the Steamship Freshspring Society, the former Admiralty water tender Freshspring will be open to the public as part of Heritage Open Days. You will be able to learn of our works so far and plans for the future and there will be access available down into the engine room and the original crew quarters.   Due to the…

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Bideford Press release

Posted on 20/05/2015 by Stephen Attenborough


Press release The Steamship Freshspring Society owns a 120 foot ex Royal Navy Auxiliary steam powered water tanker, which is in remarkably original condition. The aims of the charitable trust are to support maritime education, inspiring young people to engage in careers in engineering and within the maritime sector. In order to be financially sustainable,…

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South West Ship Show

Posted on 11/04/2015 by Stephen Attenborough

Next week on Saturday 18th April we will be exhibiting at the South West Ship Show at Parish Wharf Leisure Centre, Portishead, Bristol, BS20 7DD from 10.00am until 4.00pm. As an added attraction, the preserved tug John King will be in Portishead marina and open to visitors who have Show tickets.

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2015 AGM recap

Posted on 29/03/2015 by Stephen Attenborough


Our AGM passed off well yesterday, where we were able display the blank castings for the new engine turning gear and a more recent acquisition, a wheelhouse telegraph quite similar to the one stolen from Freshspring while in Bristol. We were also fortunate to be able to receive a couple of photos taken by one of our members, Billy Treloar, of two of…

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