Medway Queen's “Reading Support Group” have re-branded themselves as “Medway Queen – West” due to Richard's house move last year. “Reading” no longer seemed appropriate. A few of our previous regular events are no longer viable from the new location so we need to find others within sensible travelling distance of Wootton Bassett. Suggestions/offers welcome.
The group are very close to passing the £100K milestone in funds raised for the society and intend to achieve that target by the time of the 95th anniversary of the ship’s launch on April 23rd. We have had amazing support from the media, event organisers and donors of saleable goods for which we are very grateful. The group has its own small band of volunteers who put in many hours of hard work. Thank you all; just because you enjoy it (I hope they do) doesn’t mean it’s not tiring!
We'll continue with creation of promotional items such as the model railway wagons and other items. The first new line for for 2019 will be a range of greetings cards. Two new titles will be added to the one printed in 2018 and it will then be possible to sell mixed packs of 6 cards online and over the counter. Watch the website for details shortly.
Below: The group's stall at "The International N Gauge Show" is now their largest annual event presence.
Not only did Bob remember the Medway Queen in service on the Medway but he was on board the ship as a passenger at the Spithead Coronation Review in 1953. In 2014 Bob generously sponsored a replacement bow steering wheel in memory of his son, Michael. An author, broadcaster, historian there was no limit to his talents nor his energy when campaigning for a local cause. John and I enjoyed time out on the sailing barge “Cabby” on race days in the company of Bob, he was always a witty companion.
Bob’s funeral was held at Rochester Cathedral on Thursday December 20th 2018 at 11.30 followed by a private service for the family at Medway Crematorium. To Margaret and Andrew and family we offer our condolences. Bob was respected by all and the world of preservation will be a poorer place without Bob Ratcliffe.
Come and see what we are doing for yourselves. Our last Fun, Food and Craft Day of 2018 on Gillingham Pier will be on Saturday 1st December from 10am until 4pm. Santa will be there and he has promised to switch on Medway Queen’s Christmas Lights during the afternoon.
Medway Queen’s wake. Courtesy PSPS Collection.