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Steamship Freshspring Celebrates 4 Years in Bideford on 16th October 2020

Posted on 16/10/2020 by Anne Budd

Follow this link for a message from our chairman on this special anniversary on Friday 16th Otcober 2020: On the 16th October 2016, Freshspring, towed by Severn Sea, made her way down the Bristol channel and up the Torridge to her new home in Bideford. During her early days at Bideford quay, she couldn't open to…

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Family Fun Days on board the Ship Bank Holiday weekend last year

Posted on 28/08/2020 by Anne Budd


Looking back at happy times when the ship was open and Families Fun days were in full flight..... Lovely to see children enjoying our family activities on board the ship. Come and have a go yourself!  Let's look forward to the reopening of the Ship as soon as lockdown rules allow when we can open every Sunday from 11:30am-4:00pm

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A rare insight of the Boiler room captured on video

Posted on 28/07/2020 by Anne Budd


Last week a boiler inspector visited SS Freshspring and gave us some indication of how much cleaning is required before the first stage of inspection. Buoyed up by this, preparation work continues in the boiler room and although the lighting in this space is not great, hopefully this little video will give you a little insight into the boiler room of…

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We are delighted to announce that Charlotte is returning from furlough!

Posted on 23/07/2020 by Anne Budd

Charlotte vertical

We are delighted to announce that on 1st August Charlotte will be returning from furlough to her two days a week employment. Charlotte was employed as our Project Manager under the OH project but before she was furloughed we had received grants from The Pilgrim Trust and Awards for All for further work, which Charlotte will manage. Looking longer…

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Work continues in the boiler room, crew bunk room and boatdeck

Posted on 20/07/2020 by Anne Budd

We are planning a survey of the boiler and currently we are preparing for this work. A rare picture of the inside of the boiler. Bill working in the crew bunk room. It will soon be as immaculate as the mess area. The woodpeckers are at work again, needle gunning the boatdeck in preparation for painting.

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Annual General Meeting of the Steamship Freshspring Trust

Posted on 17/07/2020 by Anne Budd


This year the Annual General Meeting of the Steamship Freshspring Trust will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday 1st August 2020 via Zoom online conferencing, The decision to hold the Annual General Meeting as an online meeting is brought about by Government recommendation on gatherings and social distancing due to Covid-19. If you are a member of the Trust,…

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What have Freshspring been doing during the lockdown

Posted on 03/07/2020 by Anne Budd

Repainted Crew Mess area

We are looking at the government guidance and are in the process of determining measures that we need to put in place to keep all of our volunteers and visitors safe before we announce an opening date. Our expected income from donations that would cover our essential maintenance and core costs this year has been severely reduced, you can help support…

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New Trustee for the Trust

Posted on 30/06/2020 by Anne Budd

New Trusteer - Annemarie Shillto

New Trustee! We have been very fortunate to recruit Annemarie Shillito as a Trustee to help us progress with fundraising and planning for sustainability - necessary both now and for the future. Rather than me summarising her background, this is what she wrote about herself: “Annemarie is a development consultant and practitioner, supporting organisations…

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