Business Café
Event: 'Business Cafe AGM (open To Non Members) Plus Pioneer Sailing Trust' Print
  Breakfast Meeting
Date: Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 06:45
Duration: 1 Hour 45 Minutes

Following the formalities of our (brief) AGM, we will be hearing from Felicity Lees, Sail Training Co-ordinator with the Pioneer Sailing Trust and finding out more about their charitable activities. Originally built in 1864, the 70ft Essex smack Pioneer fell into decay after a life spent dredging oysters in the North Sea. An audacious restoration project by the Pioneer Sailing Trust recovered the wreck in 1998 and restored her.

Felicity will be speaking about the inspiration and motivation behind Pioneer Sailing Trust and how it all started. She will briefly go through the history of the restoration of Pioneer and how that formed the charity which now works with young people. It takes them sailing on Pioneer as well as providing boat building apprenticeships. The framework of these apprenticeships centres around building rowing gigs and she will explain how this has linked into the local communities.

The Trust also run corporate days on Pioneer as a fundraiser to help young people in the area go sailing.

So make a note in your diary to come along and hear more about the Trust’s activities and their exciting plans for the future.


Please note that there are roadworks on the road from Chappel/Wakes Colne to Great Tey and the road will be completely blocked for the next couple of months.  You will need to find alternative routes to the Barn, possibly via Aldham or Earls Colne.  For people travelling from the A120 direction please ignore the road closed signs and proceed to the Barn as usual.

(Venue: The Barn Brasserie, Great Tey)

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