A Model of Excellence

Jimmy Waters wrote to us after the recent Summer Reception at Osbornes - which he reported enjoying very much and noted Endeavour looked absolutely splendid (he lamented the fact that wife Barbara hadn't brought her camera to capture some shots of her dressed overall) - to give us an update about Endeavour's model replica, which we've featured before.

Dunkirk at the Docks

The Association of Dunkirk Little Ships (ADLS) puts on a reunion of its members each year—the ADLS Memorial Cruise—around the end of May, the anniversary of the evacuation, and Endeavour always tries to attend.

This year, St Katharine Dock Marina was chosen as the venue from Thursday 23rd to Monday 27th (next year it will be in the Port of Dunkirk itself).

Summer Reception 2024

On Friday, 14th June the Trust hosted its annual Summer Social at its regular venue of  Osborne Bros on Billet Wharf. Entertainment was from the always entertaining Hoy Shanty Crew.  

The Summer Social is an opportunity for our members to get together to enjoy local seafood and each other’s company with Endeavour sitting dressed overall on her mooring nearby. With high water at 1900, members could really enjoy seeing her at her very best.

A Trip in Memoriam

Our esteemed membership secretary, Chris Burls, and his wife Connie recently took a trip to the National Memorial Arboretum near Alrewas in Staffordshire, where they took the time to view the Dunkirk memorial. They were able to reflect on that momentous day and how we are connected to it via Endeavour and the other Leigh ships that went over to rescue the men from the beaches, most especially, of course, Renown and her crew.

Dates for the Diary

The annual Laying Up Supper will take place on Friday, 1st November; full details will be announced shortly, but save the date!

We are also planning a meal and quiz evening at Osbornes in mid September - date tbc. Another opportunity to enjoy their delicious food and great company while raising a few pounds for the Trust.

More news when we have it—keep an eye on the website and our socials!

New Trustees

The Trust is very pleased to announce that our Secretary Cameron McGregor and Treasurer Carl Pullen have been appointed as Trustees.

This important role ensures that the Trust caries out its purposes for the public benefit and for the purposes for which it is set up. Trustees ensure compliance with the law and ensure that the money that is donated to us is spent in the best interests of the charity and accountably, including making our annual filings with the Charity Commission, and ensure that the Trust is not exposed to undue risk.

A Recipe for Success

Back in early November, we were delighted to be able to meet famous chef Michel Roux Jr, who was filming a section for his show, Roux Down The River, for the Food Network channel.

The original plan involved Michel taking a trip out on Endeavour with a crew including Alan Barttram and Chris Burls and learning about the Leigh boats at Dunkirk.

A Fish(ing boat) Out of Water

Endeavour came out of the water for her annual maintenance on 26th February.

Floated into the cradle at Leigh Marina, she was winched out of the briny where many weeks of hard graft await her.

The first job was to pressure wash the bottom and remove a year’s worth of Leigh mud and algae.

Old Leigh Shanty Festival Announced

Old Leigh Shanty Festival 2023 - who will we attract this year?
Old Leigh Shanty Festival 2023 - who will we attract this year?

This year’s Old Leigh Shanty Festival, organised by our good friends, the Leigh Lions, will run from Friday 17th to Sunday 19th May.

On May 17, the Crooked Billet will host a ‘sing-around’ session. On the Saturday, around 15 crews will perform all over Old Leigh. On Sunday, May 19, more shanty crews and folk musicians will perform. All of the musicians give up their time for free to raise funds.

Schedule of Activities 2024 — Book a Trip on Endeavour

The new Schedule of Activities for 2024 has been uploaded to the Endeavour website on the Trips on Endeavour page. We'd love to print it in the newsletter, but we'd have no room for anything else if we did! If you are unable to access an online copy, please let Chris Burls (01702 553274) know, and we'll arrange for a hard copy to be delivered.

The Schedule of Activities lists all of the potential dates when tides mean Endeavour could possibly make an excursion, plus lists existing commitments including - amongst others - the Classic Boat Show at St Kats, the ADLS Commemorative Cruise and the Old Leigh Shanty Festival.