Volunteers are our most valuable asset. A motley crew aboard SS Freshspring on 10th July.
Chairman's daughter following a seafaring tradition of hanging upside down from the rigging. Em Puddy performing aboard SS Great Britain on 11th July. Shows continue throughout the summer.
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…
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.
The ship will be open all day, we will have a stand in the park, ropemaking and there will be steam engine rides. Start 11.00, finish 5.00pm.
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.
It was a very successful day with discussions around local services and how we can be supportive of people in our community. A whole range oforganisations attended making it easier to understand what services are available locally. Talking face to face with many of these was a very positive outcome.
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…
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…
Thanks to a generous Member donation, SS Freshspring now flies her National Historic Ships ensign which signifies the importance of the only remaining small steam coaster with the potential to return to sea going condition.