Welcome to the Summer Newsletter

This edition covers the release of the Dunkirk movie, a distinguished guest at Endeavour's trip to meet the Windsor Knights, updates on our Summer Reception in the Old Town, the Trust's financial position and recent community and educational talks.

Sadly, we also have to announce the death of Bill Reynolds, our Honorary Vice President. Rest in Peace, sir.

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‘Dunkirk’ Released in Cinemas Across Britain and the USA

The Christopher Nolan directed film was released to rave reviews on July 21st. The film’s stars are: Fionn Whitehead, Aneurin Barnard, Harry Styles, Mark Rylance, Tom Glynn-Carney, Barry Keoghan, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Jack Lowden, James D’Arcy, Kenneth Branagh, and of course, the Endeavour. Opening weekend box office receipts exceeded £10m in Britain and $50m in the USA.

Events Calendar

Date and time (* approx. dates)
Event and Venue
Sunday, 27th August Southend Barge Match Mike King
Sunday, 10th September Leigh Regatta, Leigh Old Town
Peter Dolby
Friday, 20th October, from 7.30pm
AGM, Leigh Community Centre, Elm Road, Leigh-on-Sea
Peter Dolby
Friday, 24th November, 7.00pm for 7:30pm
Annual Dinner, Essex County Bowls Club, Imperial Avenue, Westcliff-on-Sea
Finlay Marshall or Peter Dolby

Knights of Windsor - Finlay Marshall

Endeavour with other of the ADLS fleet alongside at Windsor
Endeavour's trip to Windsor had a bit of mystery about it; we knew we and other Dunkirk little ships were privileged to be allowed to moor alongside Windsor Great Park and we were to receive a 'visitor' but, who?

Bill Reynolds RIP

 A very moving ceremony took place on Wednesday 12th  of July to celebrate the life of our Honorary Vice President, William Charles Reynolds, who had died aged 97.

Annual Summer Reception

Over one hundred members and guests attended our fifth summer reception. This was held once again at Osborne Bros. on Billet Wharf in the Old Town.

Financial Position - Peter Dolby

Well, what a difference a year makes! Twelve months ago funds were at the lowest level I can recall. Now I am pleased to report funds at their highest level for a number of years. There are a number of reasons for this marked improvement, but the one single major contribution is from the Co-op Local Community Project.

Educational and Community Talks

Jamie Campbell of Friars Primary School proudly shows his sketch
with the Endeavour print as a back cloth in his class room
Peter has been busy giving talks to local community groups, schools and cub scout groups. Particularly pleasing was an invitation to  visit Friars Primary School in Shoeburyness. Talks to two different classes were well received with the children thoroughly enjoying the presentation. They followed Peter’s talk with a visit to the Old Town and spent a great deal of time making sketches of Endeavour.

Subscritptions Reminder

Dear Member

Forgive me mentioning that subscriptions are due on September 1st and, as agreed at the AGM, have been increased for the first time since the Trust was formed. If you pay by standing order you will need to inform your bank of the new amount, as follows: -

Individual: £17.50, Senior Citizen and Under 18: £12.50, Family: £25

If you would like to pay your subscription by standing order in future please contact me either by
[Contact details removed as no longer current - please refer to Shop and Membership tab above].

Peter Dolby

Photo Gallery

Photograph taken by Anne Hinton van’t Hof at this year’s Summer Reception

This photograph of Endeavour, second from the left, was taken post war
and has been kindly provided by Stuart Emery from his vast collection
of photographs of Leigh boats.

The boat on the left of picture, LO504, is the fellow Dunkirk ’little ship’ Defender.