Weʼve raised £955 to keep us operating through the Lottery bid process
- Lower Halstow, Kent, United Kingdom
- Creative arts and culture
- Time left
- Funded on Wednesday, 9th March 2016
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The Westmoreland Trust Community Interest Company (CIC) is seeking to restore, and subsequently operate as a Heritage asset, the Sailing Barge Westmoreland.
Whilst the volunteer members of the Trust are working hard to complete and submit the Heritage Lottery bid (which – if successful - would fund both the restoration and establishment of operations) there are on-going costs which we must cover to allow them the time to do so.
Sailing Barge Westmoreland is the last surviving Kent brick barge. Built in Conyer in 1900, she worked from Lower Halstow for 60 years, taking bricks from the brickfields there up the Thames to London.
Both the Lower Halstow brickfields, and the Westmoreland are a vital part of the local heritage, and we hope to tell the story of this lost industry through the barge once she is fully restored.
The volunteer members of the Trust hope to submit the bit in the first half of 2016. If successful, the Westmoreland will be restored, and operate from the Lower Halstow dock once again.
Whilst not glamorous, there are costs in standing still and operating a company such as the Westmoreland Trust, such as liability insurance for the Westmoreland on her buoy in the creek, and the preparation and submission of accounts.
The money raised will cover such bills which will become due through 2016.
Gavin Carey started crowdfunding
Leave a message of support
Mar 7, 2016
Julian and Bridget Cass
Mar 5, 2016
Wishing you the best of luck with Westmoreland - I fondly remember sailing aboard her with the Barge Club many years ago.
Tony and Jennifer Clark
Feb 29, 2016
About the fundraiser
Lower Halstow, Kent, United Kingdom
Born in Kent, I grew up in various villages with links to the brick-making industry. Now a resident of Lower Halstow, I recently became a volunteer director of the Westmoreland Trust CIC. By day, I work as a Product Manager in the IT industry.
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