AVIVA voting started 9am TODAY. Please vote ASAP
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Voting in the AVIVA Community Fund donation competition has started. The "rules" seem complicated but basically each person who registers gets 10 votes. To be considered for a donation we need 1000 votes so if just 100 people give us all 10 of their votes we are there!
John Kempton has registered a project that would give us funds to set up a scheme whereby young people could stay on board overnight and learn about Medway Queen and her role in peacetime and war. If we get our 1000 votes quickly enough we get the £1000. Otherwise we need as many votes as possible to be in with a chance.
PLEASE VOTE FOR "NEW MEDWAY STEAM PACKET CO"
AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AFTER 9AM ON 24TH OCTOBER.
IT WON'T COST YOU ANYTHING.
The formal business included appointment of The Rt. Hon. the Lord West of Spithead GCB DSC as President of the society and the appointment of ex-Chairman Brian Burton as a Vice-President. Lord West has been a supporter and Patron of the society for a number of years and was instrumental in securing grant funding for the ship’s visit to Ramsgate for the 75th Dunkirk Anniversary two years ago.
Bob Stokes was re-elected as a Trustee of the New Medway Steam Packet Co. and three new Trustees were also confirmed. Janet Dyjak has served as Treasurer for some time and Judith Swinney puts in huge efforts to keep our working practices in line with modern safety and regulatory requirements, as well as shouldering part of the fund-raising burden. Richard Halton has worked in the society’s PR team for longer than he cares to think about. All three will continue in their previous roles but as Trustees will be able to contribute to running the society on a wider basis as well. At a Trustees meeting a few days later David Howells was elected Vice-Chair, John Kempton remains as Chair and Bob Stokes as Committee Secretary. Pam Bathurst who, with husband Mark, tours the country giving presentations on Medway Queen’s story has also been co-opted to the management committee.
You are invited to the Medway Queen Visitor Center on Gillingham Pier for an exhibition of Granddad's (and Grandma's) toys. Come along and see how toys looked before the era of computers and electronic games. Some old favourites are still popular of course but others have been replaced by electronic gizmos.
Entry to the Visitor Center is free. There will be the usual modest charge for guided tours of the Medway Queen but accompanied children are free. The exhibition is open on Saturdays. 21st and 28th of October. Opening times are 11am till 4pm as usual. Enquiries: 01634 575717. Annual tickets are valid.
While you're there the gift shop has a great selection of books and souvenirs so you can treat yourself and do a bit of early Christmas Shopping. We also still have a number of second hand transport related books from an enormous collection donated to the Medway Queen earlier this year.