Facebook Donations Go Live

From time to time the Trust receives correspondence from individuals who might not be a member of the Trust, but would like to make a donation to help out. To help out, we added a PayPal Donate button to our website a little while ago, but now we're  delighted to announce that the Trust has been approved to recieve donations from users on Facebook.

This means that you will now see a blue 'Donate' button on our Facebook page via which you can make a donation of whatever amount you please to the Leigh-on-Sea Endeavour Trust. 100% of your donation comes to us; Facebook does not charge us fees.

Both means of donating to us are pretty self-explanatory, and full instructions are given on the screen.

We have added information about Facebook Pay, the mechanism for making a payment, to our website (http://endeavourtrust.blogspot.com/p/donate.html) to answer questions and reassure users that their information will be handled securely and in compliance with all relevant data protection legislation.

Furthermore, if you would like to support our fundraising from your own Facebook page, for example, by asking if people would make a donation to us on your birthday, for example, or simply because you value the work of the Trust and wish to see it continue, you can now do so simply by including the following link on your page: https://www.facebook.com/EndeavourTrustLeigh

If you are in a position where you are able to make a donation, no matter how big or small small, you can be assured it really does make an enormous difference, particularly in the current trying circumstances where normal fundraising has been extremely difficult.

To all our members and supporters, we would like to thank you all from the bottom of our hearts.

Without you, our work couldn't go ahead.

Welcome to the Summer 2020 Newsletter

This edition contains news on Endeavour's return to Leigh, memoriam notices to two of our key supporters and news about veteran status. We also have a couple of requests to make of our supporters.

As it has for many people, lockdown has been a very difficult period and will have serious implications for the Trust's ability to operate. If people are in a position to provide assistance, whether financial (see the Donate button in the left hand menu or going to the Donate menu link on mobile) or by volunteering their time, effort and expertise, it would be greatly appreciated.

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

Home at Last!

Endeavour on Leigh Beach
Endeavour arrived back in Leigh in the early hours of June 9th having been sailed from St Osyth. Tide times meant skipper Paul Gilson and Alan Barrtram, his crew, had extra hours at sea waiting for Leigh Creek to become navigable. They were finally able to tie up at Bell Wharf at around 2am.

Little Ships Deserve Veteran Status

The Association of Dunkirk Little Ships has asked Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Johnny Mercer to give the boats veteran status.

Ian Gilbert, the vice admiral of the ADLS has written to the Minister, “That it be considered that the Little Ships be recognised for their unique role in our heritage” by being designated as “veterans” under the Armed Forces Covenant.

Michael Guy RIP - Leigh Times Editor Backed Restoration of Endeavour

Michael Guy, RIP
When Mike King and Peter Wexham and John Porter discussed finding and restoring one of the Leigh Dunkirk boats they were considering Resolute which had been traced to Rochester, Kent. The group asked Michael Guy, editor of the Leigh Times to join them.

Come And Join Us!

Your historic boat needs you! We know there are younger and fitter members of the Trust out there.

We would rather they - you - took a more active part in running the boat and managing her future.

John Milgate RIP - A True Craftsman

When Endeavour was rescued from Rochester in 2001 it was clear that expert help was needed to restore her. My first thought turned to John Milgate who spent 14 months re-decking my 86 year old boat, Hypatia.

May We Have Your Email Address?

Give us your e-mail addresses and help save us money!

In a bid to cut expenses and cut our print bill, Membership Secretary, Chris Burls would like to ask technology-savvy to let us know your e-mail addresses.

Facebook Quiz Alleviates Lockdown Blues

In the evening of Tuesday May 12th, followers of the Endeavour Trust Facebook page were able to take part in a Lockdown Quiz. 28 teams (mostly solo or duos due to lockdown rules) took part in the event which was delivered via Facebook Live.

Endeavour is Home!

Endeavour at Bell Wharf
We are delighted to announce that Endeavour is home again! We would like to thank Brian Kennell and Shaun White of Brian Kennell Boatbuilders for their excellent care and restoration of Endeavour over the last few months. 

Following the completion of anti-fouling and painting at St Osyth, Paul Gilson and Allan Barttram brought her home on Monday 8th June.

Here are some photos by Paul of her return and resting against Bell Wharf (click to enlarge). It's lovely to have her back on her home mud again!


...Now the Antifouling!

Paul and Heather Gilson have been antifouling Endeavour today. This is an essential stage otherwise poor Endeavour would end up with barnacles on her bottom, and no one wants that!

Click for bigger versions of Paul's photos.



The Paint is Going On!

Massive thanks are due to Finlay Marshall, Allan Barttram, Chris Burls and Rob Everitt for their sterling socially-distanced efforts to paint Endeavour at Brian Kennell Boatbuilders over the last couple of days.

Here's a few of Rob's photos of the work!


Endeavour Lockdown Quiz

Come and join us on Facebook for a live trivia quiz on Tuesday 12th May at 19:45!

The quiz will be five rounds of ten questions each and should take about an hour. The quiz will actually start at 20:00 but we'll be online from earlier to give people a chance to get online and resolve any issues. There is no charge to take part!

Full instructions on how to view the quiz will be released nearer the time, but for now, if you plan to join us, simply respond to the event  invite with 'Going'.

Questions will be read out but will also be displayed on the screen in case there are any issues with the connection being a bit flaky.

It is entirely "for fun", but we will ask people to post their scores at the end of the quiz. You will be marking your own work, but feel free to compete with friends and family - the more the merrier!"
You have to have a Facebook account in order to participate. The link to do so is https://www.facebook.com/events/272767933896356/

Endeavour in Isolation as Virus Halts Work

Endeavour, Leigh's iconic Dunkirk Little Ship will not be back in town thanks to the corona-virus. The boat is currently in a shed at St Osyth where urgent repairs have been put on hold as the yard is in lock-down.

March Maintenance Update

We wanted to share some more photos of the work being done on Endeavour at Brian Kennell Boatbuilders at St Osyth in order to have her ready to be re-launched next month.

We'd already decided to work leaks in the decking, then Brian discovered the rot behind the locker in the cabin, on around the stern post.

As you can see from the photos, there really has been a lot of work necessary to get Endeavour shipshape for the upcoming season, but she's starting to look back to her best!

Brian reckons they’ll be done with the replacement work within the next 2 weeks – it’s nice to see some deck and the transom appearing! We’re planning another members' maintenance trip  during the last weekend of March to oil the mast and blocks and antifoul her bottom with some ‘Tiger Red’.

We'll then have her top sides caulked and painted, and she’ll be ready to return to Leigh outside the Peter Boat around the end of April.

Feb Maintenance Update

Some more photos of the team hard at work on Endeavour at Brian Kennell Boatbuilders at St Osyth getting her ready to be re-launched in April.

Finlay Marshall, Rob Everitt, Chris Burls, Andy Leonard and Cameron McGregor donned their overalls and got busy sanding the decks and painting to get Endeavour back to the desired state.

January Maintenance Update

A small team of dedicated folks went over to Brian Kennell Boatbuilders at St Osyth today to scrape, sand and prime Endeavour's bottom.  

The poor thing is looking rather sad inside the shed without her transom and lots of decking missing, but Allan Barttram, Chris Burls, Andy Leonard, Finlay Marshall, Paul Burden  and Rob Everitt spent the day scraping, sanding and painting. It was very hard work, we're informed, but Endeavour looked a lot better when the team left… although they didn’t!!

There are plenty more jobs to do, but the plan is to have her back in Leigh in April, looking her best for the year ahead.