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Steamship Freshspring Trust - Update 8

Posted on 21/05/2020 by Anne Budd

The mast work is going well – have a look at this aerial view. Jet washing the exterior of the ship has been started – a necessary maintenance task to ensure that there aren’t any ‘nasties’ being hidden by the discolouration that has accumulated on the hull. Today’s papers suggest that there may yet be a holiday…

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Steamship Freshspring Trust - Update 7

Posted on 12/05/2020 by Anne Budd

The weekend is a time when the ship should be busy with visitors, all eager to go below deck to see our triple expansion steam engine, visit the Captain’s cabin, climb the steps to the wheelhouse to look at the navigation and communication equipment – and the view of the river – and see the quarters where the crew would have slept…

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Steamship Freshspring Trust - Update 6

Posted on 06/05/2020 by Anne Budd

Lockdown goes on, and so does essential work on the ship! We need to keep oiling and shaping the new mast and the activity is welcome by those volunteers who would otherwise be shut up at home feeling detached from life and people. Mental wellbeing is very important. We will be jet washing the exterior of the ship in due course once the weather…

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Steamship Freshspring Trust Update 5

Posted on 21/04/2020 by Anne Budd

Lockdown has meant a slowdown in activity on the ship, but we are still working on the new mast as it will start to crack – and then become useless - if we do not regularly treat it. We are marking it in readiness for rounding from its current ‘squared’ state. We are hard at work putting the final touches to the Lottery report following…

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14th April - Steamship Freshspring Trust Update 4

Posted on 14/04/2020 by Anne Budd

As mentioned last week, the Lottery suspended all new grant applications and is making a £50m fund available to help existing grantees – of which Freshspring is one – to ensure survival over the next four months. We are evaluating the criteria and will apply if we can. Our bank – CAFBank – has also made a fund available…

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6th April - Steamship Freshspring Trust Update 3

Posted on 06/04/2020 by Anne Budd

As of late last week, the Lottery suspended all new grant applications so our intended next submission is on hold. Instead the Lottery is drafting guidance for a £50m fund aimed at helping existing grantees to weather the effects of the Covid virus so, in effect, protecting their investments made to date. The grant criteria is expected this week…

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That broken propeller

Posted on 03/04/2020 by Stephen Attenborough


To make a change from news regarding Covid, here's a reprint of an article from our Winter 2017 newsletter by Stephen Attenborough. You can get the latest newsletters and help support our work by becoming a member. Have a look at this page on our website for further information Many times while…

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Coronavirus - SSFT Update 2

Posted on 31/03/2020 by Anne Budd

An update on the last day of March – 1st April (April Fool’s Day) might not be the best day to pick! We have now closed the ship to all but emergency and safety work – ensuring watertight integrity and mooring lines. We have contacted the Police to explain our intention to visit with a maximum of two people at a time for those purposes…

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Coronavirus - SSFT Update 1

Posted on 24/03/2020 by Anne Budd

Another day, another set of Government guidelines! Following the Prime Minister’s broadcast last night (23rd) we will effectively be closing the ship for all but essential safety work, and any activity will follow guidelines on distancing etc. Pete Gillet, the ship’s manager, will be in charge. The ship will definitely not be opening at…

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Posted on 18/03/2020 by Anne Budd

The Trustees held their latest quarterly meeting on Friday 13th March. One of the topics was Coronavirus and the effects it may have on both our plans for the year but – most importantly – our volunteers. We decided we must keep an eye on developments on a day-to-day basis and react accordingly. This Monday’s Government update –…

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