It is with great sadness that we have to inform you of the death of one of our Vice-Presidents, John Chambers. John was a great guy and we owe him so much, without doubt he was one of the great heroes of our project to save Medway Queen. We will post further details regarding funeral arrangements etc. as soon as they become available, however we understand there is to be an inquest and that might mean that the funeral will be delayed. Please keep Noreen and their family in your thoughts and prayers at this sad time.
We understand that Noreen would like to have an idea as to how many people would hope to attend John’s funeral although the date has yet to be arranged. Mark and Pam Bathurst have volunteered to coordinate numbers for Noreen, so please let them know if you are thinking of attending. Email:- firstname.lastname@example.org
The photograph above shows John and his wife, Noreen, at the re-dedication of the Medway Queen at the Albion Dockyard, Bristol, in July 2013
Photo: Richard Abels
Brian Burton has stepped down from being a director of the New Medway Steam Packet Company. This follows 17 years of work with the ship, and I want to thank Brian on behalf of myself and the society for all his work. Brian first heard about MQ at a GMB conference in Belfast in 20000, and along with Mick Laws and the GMB Union the first thing they sorted was the new funnel and fiddly, made by the apprentices at Appledore shipyard in 2002. Following this via their union contacts, they raised several thousand pounds for the ship. They, and the union, working with the MQ team of course, lobbied before our third application to the Heritage lottery fund, with a meeting with the Culture Secretary and a debate in Parliament, which led to our being awarded the money for the rebuild of the ship’s hull. In tandem with the rebuild, Brian and the team over a number of years of talks and meetings helped to secure the EU funding we received under the Heroes 2C project. This saw funds for 11 trainees/ apprentices at the workshop and also additional funds for the work in Bristol. I thank Brian again for his work for the ship. The above is only a brief account of his efforts, for which again we are very grateful, and wish Brian all the best.
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