May we take this opportunity to wish all of our Members a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
We would also like to thank you all for your overwhelming response to our appeal "in our hour of need" and are pleased to be able to tell you that we are now in a good financial position. Our application to various "funding bodies" has also been successful.
The Society is aware that many of our Members have been very disappointed not to have received the latest Full Ahead for which we apologise. Due to recent urgent cost cutting measures it's publication had, unfortunately, to be cancelled for the time being. It is hoped, however, that it will make an appearance in 2015. In the meantime we are in the process of bringing out a News Letter for the early part of the New Year which will include updates on progress and future plans.
Once again we wish you all the best for the Season and thank you again for your continued support.
Brian Burton, Chairman
John Kempton, Vice Chairman
Medway Queen Preservation Society
PLEASE NOTE that the Medway Queen Visitors' Centre and Office will be closed from Friday the 12th December to Monday the 6th January 2015.
Any orders placed on our On Line Shop from the 17th December will not be sent until Monday the 6th January 15. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
On Monday the 4th November 2014 the Dedication Ceremony of the new Ship's Wheel, which operates the forward rudder, took place on board the Medway Queen. The new wheel is dedicated to the memory of the late Michael Ratcliff, son of Mr and Mrs Bob Ratcliff.
The wheel and brass plaque, which was covered by the Ships Flag were unveiled by Bob Ratcliff and his wife Margaret. Bob spoke of his experiences on board the ship and also his memories of his son Michael. Vice President, Mrs Noreen Chambers, spoke of the early days when Bob was a Committee Member of the Medway Queen Preservation Society. Vice Chairman, John Kempton, thanked Mr & Mrs Ratcliff, on behalf of the Society, and escorted our guests on a tour of the ship.
A group photograph was taken which included those who had worked on the installation of the new wheel together with Chris Camp, Chief Engineer, and Brian Hulley, Site Manager.