Queen's Diamond Jubilee Pageant

All aboard the Skylark. Trust members and guests on  the river taxi. Next step to board Endeavour!On Sunday 3rd June, over 1,000 boats mustered on the Thames for the Diamond Jubilee smashing the world record for the biggest parade of boats in history. The Pageant was also the largest collection of historic vessels ever assembled on the Thames. Millions of people braved the weather, lining the banks of the river Thames, to watch the seven mile flotilla, in honour of Queen Elizabeth II reaching her 60th year on the throne - a feat only equalled by Queen Victoria in the last century.

The Trust is extremely proud of our little ship and is delighted that Endeavour was part of this historic, once in a lifetime event. It seems such a long time ago that the committee discussed Endeavour's participation in the Pageant. Should we be part of the flotilla joining fellow Dunkirk Little Ships within the historic vessels section or should we enter in the 'Avenue of Sail', moored below London Bridge?

In August, after much debate, we agreed that Endeavour would lose much of her authenticity and uniqueness with the mast down and we should apply to participate in the 'Avenue of Sail' section along with other vessels with too high an air draft to pass under the bridges. This section included tall ships, sailing barges, cockle boats, oyster smacks, herring drifters and fishing trawlers.

We thought and assumed that an 'Avenue of Sail' would provide a splendid part of the Pageant route for Her Majesty's barge to pass through. In the June edition of Classic Boat we read "The Pageant will weave through the heart of London to Tower Bridge, then through an Avenue of Sail, made up of hundreds of traditional Thames sailing boats, oyster smacks, square riggers, naval vessels and other impressive ships". 

We were not informed that our mooring position was downriver of HMS President until a very late stage. This transpired to be beyond the pier used for the Queen's disembarkation from the Royal Barge. Also and very unfortunately the on board view from Endeavour was restricted by HMS President, moored, as she was, between us and the disembarkation pier.

This was extremely disappointing for our members and guests including our Mayor Sally Carr, who had been on board for several hours braving appalling weather.

We have written to Lord Salisbury, Chairman of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant, acknowledging the success of this remarkable tribute event but at the same time expressing disappointment in the role given to the 'Avenue of Sail' participants, some having travelled from Wales, the South West and Continental Europe. 

Trust members and sponsors sailed Endeavour from Holehaven Creek, Canvey to London to take her place in the Avenue of Sail. The picture left, shows Paul Gilson and Jeremy Squier casting off, ably assisted by Esther Brown.

The picture above, shows all on board and just some of the crowds on the river bank and balconies.
Endeavour looked her best thanks to Paul Lawrence and his team of helpers who spent so much time rubbing down, painting and varnishing. Many positive comments have been received on her appearance. 

Well done to everyone involved!

Our thanks also to Dauntless Chandlers who continue to supply paint and other items and to Leigh Marina for the use of their facilities during the weeks of maintenance work.

Row boats passing through the Avenue of Sail with Endeavour in the left foreground

Waitrose in Leigh - Community Matters

In recognition of the Trust's restoration of Endeavour and it's continuing community and educational work telling the story of Leigh's historic involvement in the Dunkirk Evacuation, we were nominated as one of the three causes to receive support in May.
Waitrose in Leigh were pleased to help us in our quest to raise funds to cover this work and our ever increasing maintenance and running costs. Their customers support of the Trust, shown by placing green buttons in our community box, resulted in a £230 cheque.

Change of Committee Chairman

Peter Dolby has decided to step down as Chairman of the Management Committee after four years at the helm. Peter remains an officer continuing in his joint roles of Treasurer and Membership Secretary.

Peter reported to a recent meeting, "I have enjoyed chairing meetings but have found it increasingly difficult to continue my officer roles and the work involved with the educational and community programme with that of Chairman. I am delighted that Chris Bailey, who has a wealth of experience both in sailing and business matters, has agreed to take over from me and we are in very capable hands".

Reta is On The Mend

Many members will know that Reta was admitted to hospital in May. We are pleased to report that Reta is recovering well and has been home for a few weeks now. Although her voice is quieter than normal it is slowly coming back to full power and hasn't stopped her from keeping a firm control of George, even though he can't be trusted with the shopping yet!

Carry on the recovery Reta; we need you back fit and well to keep the boys on the committee in order!

It's Official - Endeavour is 'Good for Leigh'

The Endeavour Trust has been awarded a 'Good for Leigh Community Award' by Leigh-on-Sea Town Council. The award is made in recognition of the Trust for its work in bringing Endeavour home to Leigh and restoring her as a lasting memorial of the sacrifice made by Leigh men during World War II.
The award was accepted at the Council's Annual Town Meeting by Endeavour Trust Chairman Mike King, who thanked the Council for their recognition of the Trust's work for the community and made special mention of all of the sponsors without who the restoration could not have happened.

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Trust Chairman , Mike King, acknowledges the Good for Leigh award received from Council Chairman,
Cllr Pat Holden, at Leigh Town Council's Annual Town Meeting. Mike is flanked by Graham Garner of the
Cory Environmental Trust and Peter Dolby.

Dates for the Diary

LEIGH FISHING FESTIVAL - Sunday 19th August between - 11am and 4pm

Come and see Endeavour moored at Bell Wharf and visit our display in one of the marquees and take the opportunity to talk to the committee members. There may be an opportunity to see the facilities on board at around the high tide at 2.30 pm.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING - Friday 19th October at 7.30 - New Road Methodist Church Hall

Come and hear what has happened over the last year and our plans for the year ahead. Plenty of time is allowed for questions and comments and we very much welcome members' thoughts and ideas. Agenda and minutes will be sent out well in advance of the meeting

ANNUAL DINNER AND QUEEN'S DIAMOND JUBILEE PRIZE DRAW - Friday 26th October at The Estuary Club, London Road, Leigh-on-Sea

Tickets available at £20 to include three course meal and wine.

Click the Word Icon below to view the menu and the RSVP form.


Endeavour Photo Gallery

We are extremely pleased to have been sent some excellent pictures charting Endeavour's progress from the sorry state she was in when first re-discovered to some of her many high points since.

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Found in Rochester, 2001 Found in Rochester, 2001
Found in Rochester, 2001 Rechristening, April 2005

Rechristening, April 2005 Sea Trials, April 2005
At Bell Wharf ready for Dunkirk, May 2005 Leaving for Dunkirk, May 2005
Across to Dunkirk, May 2005 Across to Dunkirk, May 2005
Across to Dunkirk, May 2005 Dunkirk harbour, May 2005
Leigh Fishing Festival, 2007 Leigh Fishing Festival, 2008
At Marconi ADLS Reunion, 2009
EYC Cadet Week, 2009 Leigh Creek, 2009
Leigh Creek, 2009 Leigh Creek, 2010
Dunkirk Harbour, May 2010 Dunkirk Harbour, May 2010
Dunkirk Harbour, May 2010 Leigh Creek, Dec 2010
Ramsgate May 2011

Association of Dunkirk Little Ships Online

Two links that you might be interested in: the Association of Dunkirk Little Ships' official Facebook page can be found here and their Twitter account can be found here.

We hope you enjoy them.

New Merchandise

We now have new caps emblazoned with our logo available to buy. The caps come in one-size-fits-all white at £7.50 each.

To find out about these and the other merchandise available to purchase, including t-shirts, caps and prints, please contact Reta or look at the Merchandise page.