Happy Christmas from the Leigh-on-Sea Endeavour Trust

With our thanks to Leigh Marina for the facility and to Alan Barttram and the three other volunteers that did the work, Endeavour is now tucked up for the winter with a lift out planned for March.

Season’s greetings to all our members!

The Endeavour Committee

Endeavour Instagram

It was the Trust’s AGM last night, and a very decent turnout of members, supporters and volunteers enjoyed a review of the Trust’s year on shore, off shore and online courtesy of trustees and committee members.

One item about our website and social media led to an offer from Andrew Millham to set up an Endeavour Trust Instagram account.

AGM 2022 Documents

 Please find below a link to a folder with the documents from the 2022 AGM.


In the folder are the following; AGM 2022 Agenda,  Chair’s Remarks, AGM 2021 minutes - which received approval - Annual Accounts 2020/21 - also approved - and two reports relating to Endeavour’s year onshore and off. 

Back in the Marina

On Monday 24th October, a crack team of Alan Barttram, Chris Burls and Andy Lewis moved Endeavour into her more protected winter berth at Leigh Marina

The Marina have given her pride of place, on a pontoon berth. This was noted with much thanks, as it makes it much easier for some of our more senior volunteers to get on and off board!

Endeavour will remain at the Marina over winter allowing us to carry out essential maintenance to get her ready for next year. We would love to hear from anyone that would be interested in assisting with volunteering; do drop us a line by contacting membership secretary Chris Burls on 01702 553274 or droggy39@gmail.com.

Welcome to the Autumn Newsletter

Welcome to an issue of the newsletter that could have been half as big again! In fact, due to the additional space that the website gives us, we've expanded a few of our stories to give more photos and more information than we had room for in the printed version.

We were lucky enough to host both our MP and Southend's major on a recent trip. You can read all about it and see a short film we compiled. We have an extended version of a report about a model of Endeavour that two enthusiasts put together. Endeavour flew the red ensign at half mast during the Queen's funeral. We have details of the annual dinner, the AGM, and a report on the pub sign that features a certain boat plus more.

Please drop us a line if you have any comments, or post a message on our Facebook page

An MP, Mayor & Macebearer Go Motoring

As part of the Trust’s commitment to giving Endeavour a more prominent profile in the local area, we were delighted to take out some distinguished guests for a return trip to the pier on Friday 27 August. We were very lucky to have ideal conditions.

A Model Subject


In September, we received an email from Jimmy Waters containing some photos of Endeavour at Maldon. We posted the picture above on our Facebook page and it duly got loads of likes.

In the comments, we posted a further two pictures and said, "If you look a little closer, you might realise - if you hadn’t already - things aren’t quite what they seem!" This was because the boat hasn’t been to
Maldon recently, and as you will see from the other shots on this page, it was actually a beautiful scale model made by Barbara and Jimmy Waters.

RIP Your Majesty

Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, Endeavour displayed the red ensign at half mast for the day of her funeral, 19th September.

Annual Dinner 2022

 We are pleased to announce that this year’s Annual Dinner to benefit the Trust is set to be our best yet!  John Pearman and Mark Burns, who were responsible for the recent quiz night at The Hatch (see back page) have pulled out all the stops for this year’s event.

Hatch Quiz Night a Great Success

The quiz night at The Hatch at The Old Foundry at the start of August was a roaring success! John Pearman and Mark Burns organised an excellent evening’s entertainment.

2022 Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Leigh-on-Sea Endeavour Trust will be held on Thursday 10th November, 2022 at 7.00 pm at Leigh Community Centre, 71-73 Elm Road, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 1SP.

Papers will be available on the website in advance of the meeting.

The AGM is a great opportunity for members to meet up and find out about Endeavour’s year, so please do come along.

Help Wanted

 We are always looking for new volunteers to assist the Trust.

This could be anything from maintenance to crewing, back office help to assisting when we put the gazebo up at events. If you know someone that might be interested in helping out, please do ask them to contact our membership secretary Chris Burls on 01702 553274 or droggy39@gmail.com.

We’re a friendly bunch and there’s good companionship and a sense of achievement to be had from lending a hand!

Subscriptions are Due

The Trust depends on the support of its members, and we are extremely grateful that our members value the work we do.

The Peterboat Sign

Members will probably recall that if they go into the Peterboat, they can buy a pint of Hilda B, a session bitter from which the Trust receives 10p per pint.

Welcome to the Summer Newsletter

This newsletter contains so much stuff, it'll require more than one sentence to summarise it. We have a report of our Summer Reception, Endeavour's contribution to the Jubilee Weekend, and an announcement of a fund-raising quiz night. There's a long overdue story about a lovely civic recognition for our Chair, David Norman, plus news of some engine problems (boo!) and some lovely pictures from 4th/6th Leigh cubs.

Please drop us a line if you have any comments, or post a message on our Facebook page

Summer Reception a Great Success!

Building on previous years’ events, the Endeavour Summer Reception at Osbourne’s in Leigh Old Town was another resounding success, building on previous year’s events.  Over 50 of us were treated to an excellent seafood dinner from Jason and our brilliant hosts at Osborne’s.  

Platinum Jubilee Cruises

Endeavour was busy over the Jubilee weekend, taking members from Bell Wharf to Southend Pier on the afternoon tide. Rob Everitt was there to greet them, and pass them into the capable hands of Andy Wood, Alan Barttram and Chris Burls on board Endeavour.

Quiz Night at the Hatch

John Pearman and Mark Burns are to hold a quiz night on Friday, August 5th at The Hatch café in the Old Foundry, High Street, Old Leigh for Endeavour awareness and fundraising.

Trust Chairman Awarded Freedom of Southend-on-Sea

With apologies for late reporting, the Trust was delighted to learn at the start of the year that David Norman MBE, Chairman of the Leigh-on-Sea Endeavour Trust was awarded the honorary freedom of Southend-on-Sea, an award - which requires an unanimous decision from the entire council - made to exceptional individuals who have performed eminent services on behalf of their communities.

New Storage Space Sourced

For many years, we were graciously allowed to store our stall, gazebo and sale items - mugs, clothing, tea towels, cards etc (see our shop for details!) - in the garage of John Hill.

Engine Troubles

 In March 2005, two diesel tanks were fitted to Endeavour, one on either side of the boat, and then her engine was fitted. This was less than two months before Endeavour made her first return to Dunkirk since the Evacuation in 1940, so it’s no exaggeration to say that things went right down to the wire in terms of getting her fitted out!

Thanks from 4th/6th Leigh Cubs

After a couple of early July trips on Endeavour along the foreshore from Bell Wharf towards the pier, we were delighted to receive some drawings from 4th/6th Leigh cubs to thank us. 


Changes to Endeavour's Trustees

Following a number of recent deaths and departures, the Trust has reviewed its governance arrangements and is delighted to announce that Peter Wexham has taken up the role of Trustee Chair and Fraser Marshall, who is responsible for our newletters, social media and website has accepted an offer to become a trustee.

Welcome to the Spring Newsletter

This newsletter contains of our new patron, Endeavour's ongoing maintenance and return to the water, the sad loss of former chair and trustee Mike King and news of upcoming events.

Please drop us a line if you have any comments, or visit us on our Facebook page

Revision of Website Articles

We have undertaken some minor editing of articles on the website to remove contact details of people that have died or are no longer with the Trust, and where the events have long since taken place and it is no longer appropriate for them to remain online.

Endeavour Trust Summer Reception

We’re so very pleased to announce that we are able to hold our “Endeavour Summer Reception” this year!
The venue will be at Osborne’s, Billet Wharf from 7 pm (under the covers) on the evening of Wednesday June 8th.

An Osborne’s seafood platter, followed by strawberries and ice cream is included in the ticket price – an alternative meal can be arranged if agreed beforehand.

The Hoy Shanty Crew will be delighting us during the evening, and there will be the usual Endeavour raffle to build up funds!   (…offers of raffle prizes gratefully received…)

Entry is strictly by pre-booked ticket, – and we are restricted to a maximum of 60 people – so please get in quickly!

Endeavour will be on her mooring, and we hope to see you there!

Contacts for ticket info:

Cameron - 07711 847898
Chris - 07909 189746

Click links to email.

Tickets are £20 each. Details on how to pay available on request.

Downloadable flyer here

Spring Maintenance

Andrew Millham learns how to paint his overalls with direction from Chris Burls

Towards the end of March, Endeavour was brought out of her safe water berth in Leigh Marina, and made ready for this year’s maintenance. The covers came off and the framework was stored once again in Alan Palmer’s lovely container, and then it was simply a case of waiting for a good tide to bring her out of the water. April the first obliged, although while the tide was perfect, the snow wasn't really called for! It was only a light shower, but the joke was clearly on the volunteers!

Mike King RIP

The Trust is deeply saddened to learn of the unexpected death of Trustee and former Chairman, Mike King, on Monday 14th March.

An experienced and well-known sailor in his beautiful 1896 ketch, Hypathia, Mike was a mainstay of the Trust since it formed in 2001 and we are extremely grateful for all his hard work and companionship over the years. He was there at the beginning when Endeavour was first found in a parlous condition in Rochester. He recalled "When Mike Guy from the Leigh Times, Peter Wexham, a previous owner, the late John Porter and I went to Kent and saw Endeavour, it was obvious that we couldn't just leave her to rot."

Mike was one of the key people in the early days of the Trust, instrumental - with others - for the fundraising efforts, accessing Heritage Lottery money and putting together the business plans for other major sponsors. He was heavily involved in the restoration project sourcing Brian Kennell and Shaun White of Brian Kennell Boatbuilders, whom we use to this day. Mike always provided wise counsel on the committee and for many years was responsible for Endeavour's; annual maintenance programme.

David Norman MBE, our current chairman, had this to say about Mike:

"I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Mike King, who was very much the prime mover of the Endeavour restoration from its inception. I have had the privilege of working with Mike for the last 20 years and greatly admired his immense knowledge from the time we worked together on the Lottery bid which was crucial in financing our project.

"I always looked to him for advice as Chairman - most recently as a week before he died. He was helpful and supportive and sharp as ever.

"I had hoped that we would have had him around for a long time to come. Mike is simply irreplaceable and will be sorely missed by the people of Leigh whom he served so well in so many different capacities over a long period of time.

"We mourn his passing."
A private funeral will be held for Mike, after which he will be laid to rest next to the plot of his wife, Pat. The Trust understands Mike left plans for a memorial to take place in the summer.

Thank you, Mike, for everything you did for Endeavour and for your constant friendship. We will miss you enormously.

Mike King at Endeavour’s re-launch ceremony in 2005

Endeavour on TV


Endeavour, vets and film crew at Penton Lock last summer

Channel 5 is currently airing a three-part series about Dunkirk on Saturdays at 21:30, and Endeavour will feature in the as-yet unbroadcast episodes.

Dunkirk: Mission Impossible is presented by former Marine JJ Chalmers with Raksha Dave. The filming took place last year at Penton Lock during the Association of Dunkirk Little Ship's annual veteran's cruise. We should point out that as the film crew were filming from Endeavour's deck, she may not feature as often as other boats at Penton, but she *will* appear in the second and third episodes.
Episode 1 is available until 05/12/22 from here: https://www.channel5.com/.../dunkirk.../season-1/episode-1