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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Volunteers Fire Safety Training on board ship 5th Feb 2020

Posted on 07/02/2020 by Anne Budd

Fire Safety Training 050220 B

12 of our ship volunteers had Fire Safety Training on board this morning. The training consisted of a video tutorial followed by an hour of practical learning.   The training was well received, but we really hope that nobody has to use it!

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New Mast arriving at Bideford Quay and safely stowed on deck

Posted on 30/01/2020 by Anne Budd

Mast - arriving at Bideford Quay

On the 15th of January a squared Douglas Fir tree was delivered to SS Freshspring from Lord Clinton's estate having been selected and felled some months ago. This is the foundation for the creation of a new mast for the ship. The original having long since been removed as it was a danger. Our gallant ship volunteers under the guidance of highly…

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Volunteers get together in the crews accommodation

Posted on 24/01/2020 by Anne Budd

Ship Volunteers in the Galley relaxing after a hard day on deck

Ths was a volunteer led event in the newly painted crews accommodation. The wood burner helped with the cosy atmosphere and the festive spirit was enjoyed by all.  This event shows the team camaraderie and the ships material progress whiich made it possible to have hold this event onboard. If you’d like to volunteer on the ship, please…

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Steamship Freshspring New Awning for the Deck project has reached its target

Posted on 21/01/2020 by Anne Budd

SSFS Model with AWning on Lake

We are happy to announce, that thanks to all of our backers we have been able to reach our target of £7495. We plan to have the awning in place by the 31st March 2020, in time for the ships formal reopening to the public over the Easter weekend of the 10th April 2020. So come and join us in celebrating this new year at the opening…

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