Welcome to our Spring Newsletter

This edition gives information about events for this year, a report from the Annual Dinner, changes to the management commitee, an update on the Co-op Community Fund, an Endeavour-themed tap handle, a story of sat-nav's going wild and a bit more screen time for Endeavour in Dunkirk.

 We hope you enjoy this newsletter!

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Come and Join Us!

Endeavour at Ostend in 2015
Endeavour will be taking part in several events this summer both at home and abroad. Trust members are welcome to be part of the crew and places are available.

Along with other Dunkirk Little Ships we have been invited to Ostende at Anchor from May 10th to 13th. This is an exciting event with 150 boats from all parts of the North Sea taking part. You can see and talk to those who preserve our maritime heritage, and watch demonstrations of ship building, plus enjoy music and good food on the quaysides.

Tales from History

Above: Col Harding addresses members and the Mayor of Southend at the annual dinner

Seventy members and their guests attended the annual dinner held at Essex County Bowls Club in November. Our guest speaker was Colonel Michael Harding, a Windsor Knight who explained how the order was formed by King Edward 111 following the Battle of Crecy in 1346.

Committee Changes

The Endeavour Trust Management Committee has undergone some changes over the winter.

We have a new Chairman, Councillor David Norman, who has been a committee member since our inception. Former chair Chris Bailey is to be treasurer and Chris Burls will be membership secretary.

Also new to the Committee are Bob Everitt and Colin Sains who crew on board. Finally, Finlay Marshall takes over the Newsletter in conjunction with his son, Fraser, who looks after our website and Facebook page.

David and Chris take up their new appointments on April 1st.

The changes come about because of Peter Dolby's resignation as Secretary and Treasurer and his impending move to the West Country.

Co-Op Local Community Fund

Once again the Trust has been chosen by the Co-operative in Leigh Broadway to be part of its charity appeal. This year we shall be on their charity programme for eleven months. We have just received £1,115.88 from them, for which was say thank you to everyone who supports us. We can't do without you!

Going Out of our Way!

An Invitation to Bradwell Quay Yacht Club to give a talk gave Peter Dolby and Finlay Marshall an interesting and embarrassing trip around Essex. Having loaded computer, projector, screen and merchandise into the car Peter set his Sat-Nav for Bradwell and set off.
Unfortunately he programmed in just Bradwell and guess what? There are two Bradwells in Essex! So having gone through Maldon suddenly there was Bradwell near Coggeshall and not a yacht club or water in sight.
A phone call to Bradwell Quay to apologise and the duo arrived over an hour late. Our hosts were most gracious and forgiving and Peter's talk went well.
Our excuse is that it was dark, poorly signed and some roads were closed...

You Can Drink To Us!

Endeavour's crew enjoy a pint or two especially after some of our rougher trips! For some time now The Peter Boat in the Old town has sponsored events for us and now has beer with our name on it. Having road-tested it the crew has pronounced it “very fine”. 

Under the name Hilda B is a picture of Endeavour under sail and the legend: “The Peter Boat is proud to sponsor The Endeavour”.  

We're Hatching Something

We are in the midst of refitting for the coming season with Endeavour in Leigh Marina ready for re-painting and some repairs. Rot has set in again on the bulkhead between the engine room and the hold.

More Dunkirk

Our appearance in Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk wasn't enough to win an Oscar for Best Picture. However it did win statuettes for Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing and Editing.

If you haven't bought the DVD of Dunkirk you miss seeing more of Endeavour than appeared in the film. A second disc has shots of the boat on the beach taking on soldiers as well as interviews with ADLS crews and skippers including our own Paul Gilson.


Here's a lovely shot of Endeavour being admired at last year's Veterans Cruise to Hampton Court, courtesy of Peter Dolby.