Endeavour Comes Ashore



Endeavour has left the water in order to undertake the annual checks and maintenance on her hull. You can see her in the cradle that lifts her from the water, then at rest on the hard.

Endeavour Colouring Book




The following article was published in the Leigh Times: The Leigh-on-Sea Endeavour Trust is a charity established to ensure that Leigh's very own Dunkirk Little Ship, The Endeavour, is maintained to the highest possible order for future generations.


Although the Trust has a variety of sales items, it had been clear for some time that there was a need for something aimed at younger people. It all came together when Paul Gilson, Endeavour's skipper, met Amy Ellen, a young, talented, and local illustrator at the Leigh Town Council Youth Market event in July.

They both saw the potential of designing and producing a children's colouring book about the Endeavour story, and the team immediately set out to scope the project.

The A4 colouring book is now complete and available to buy! It is 28 pages and made up of many illustrations of Endeavour's activities – examples below.

The excellent colouring book can be bought for only £5 from rob@endeavourtrust.co.uk – with free delivery in the Southend area or postage from just £1.50 or call/text 07854610777 for further details.

All the proceeds from our sales go towards the upkeep of Endeavour. She is currently undergoing her yearly maintenance in Leigh Marina, and will be back on her mooring between The Peter Boat and Osborne's in the spring.

The Endeavour Trust has been very impressed with the professional work that Amy has produced and we hope to work with her again in the near future on other projects for the Trust.

Check out our website for further details, where you’ll find our shop: www.endeavourtrust.co.uk and you can see more of Amy's work on her website: www.amyellenillustrator.co.uk

Can you identify these people on Endeavour?


If you know any of the people shown here with Endeavour, please drop us a line and let us know!

Endeavour and Pudsey Bear


Viewers of the BBC Children in Need telethon on the 16th November may have been surprised to see Endeavour crop up in a section of the show relating to a quest being undertaken by Pudsey Bear!

From the sea defences outside Osbourne's, Finlay Marshall gave Pudsey an excellent potted history of Endeavour and her part in the Dunkirk evacuations, rescues from Canvey during the '53 floods and up to her rediscovery and restoration by the Trust.

There are lots of lovely shots of the boat on the Estuary, so well worth setting the screen to maximum size!

The Leigh-on-Sea Endeavour Trust would like to thank Mark Hardie at BBC Essex and BBC Children in Need for their permission to use this section of their show on our website.

2019 Calendar Available



The Leigh-on-Sea Endeavour Trust has produced a quality A4 calendar for 2019, featuring an eclectic mix of photographs by various photographers. Photographs include Endeavour at past and recent events and vintage black and white photographs.
The calendars are for sale at £8.50, with free delivery in the Southend borough, and are available now.
All proceeds will be used towards the maintenance and running costs of Leigh’s Dunkirk ‘little ship’ Endeavour.
Trust members will be able to buy at the Annual dinner on November 29th at The Chalkwell Park Rooms…
Please contact Rob Everitt at Robert@everitts.org for more information, including P&P details, and to place an order.

AGM Documents 2018

Papers for the 17th AGM of the Leigh-on-Sea, Essex Trust are below.

The AGM will be held on Friday 9th November 2018 at 7.30 pm in Room 5, Leigh Community Centre, 71-73 Elm Road, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 1SP.

AGM Agenda

AGM Chair's Remarks
Remittance Advice and Reminder 2018
Annual Accounts 2017-18
AGM 2017 Minutes

Welcome to our Autumn Newsletter

This edition contains a report on Endeavour at Ostend at Anchor, details of the annual dinner including our speaker, a tribute to George Cocks, former Endeavour hand and supporter of the Trust, who has died aged 92, a thank you to everyone that supports us, and a report from Endeavour's trip to Windsor.

Please drop us a line if you have any comments, or visit us on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/EndeavourTrustLeigh/

Boat Manoeuvres in the Dark



Endeavour's participation in Ostende at Anchor provided another first for the boat; crossing the Channel in the dark. She would not be alone for the trip however as well-known fisherman Steve Meddle would be with us aboard Birgitta, his Dutch-built motor yacht.

Skipper Paul Gilson had a crew of three for the voyage, Allan Bartram, an experienced RNLI man and Finlay Marshall as tea-maker and general hand.

Author Dick Durham on Sailing on the Thames


Our annual dinner this year is at Chalkwell Park Rooms on Thursday, November 29th where our guest speaker will be local author and sailor, Dick Durham. He began cruising the local creeks in a dinghy, crewed for barge legend Bob Roberts aboard Cambria, was mate on a brigantine.

George Cocks RIP

George Cocks (right) with (l-r) Peter Wexham, Reta Cocks and Mike King

George Cocks, known in Leigh as “Reta Deal’s Husband” died in July aged 92. George helped raise funds for Endeavour and worked on her in Thames Marina repainting her hull and decks.

An Eastender, the Cocks family evacuated to Leigh during the War when he was 15 years old. In time he worked in London docks driving cranes unloading ships from  around the world.