is pleased to announce the formation of its

Maritime Heritage Apprentice Training Centre,

to be housed in the

Purifier Building on Faversham Creek Basin.

Thanks to the generous co-operation of the building’s owner, the supermarket company Morrisons, the trust has secured a long lease on this historic site – in return for restoring the building and equipping it as workshops for the Apprentice Training Centre and allied maritime trades.

A spokesman for the trust said: ‘We cannot thank Morrisons enough for their imaginative contribution to this project, which will provide training and jobs for the young people of Faversham and Kent.’

The trust is actively engaged in fund-raising for the restoration of the building, which will take the best part of a year to complete. This will enable the first apprentices to start their courses in the New Year of 2013.

Simon Grillet, Master Shipwright, explained: ‘This will enable students to gain a City & Guilds qualification up to NVQ level 3. This builds on the scheme that was started with the restoration of the Thames sailing barge Cambria, which was completed this year.’

‘We have had enormous support from our members and the people of Faversham, who are very keen to see the the Creek Basin used by traditional craft again,’ said the spokesman, adding: ‘We hope the Apprentice Training Centre and its need for waterborne suppliers and customers will be helpful to other Faversham Creek restoration projects.’

Anyone wishing to support this important project financially, or by becoming a Member, is kindly invited to write to:

Faversham Creek Trust

c/o The Faversham Society

Fleur de Lis Heritage Centre

13 Preston Street ME13 8NS

All contributions will be eligible for gift aid.

For further information write to

Trust Press contact:

Griselda Mussett 01795 538821 / 0797 492 1913


  1. What an excellent thing to do! Most appropriate project and must be supported with enthusiasm. Well done and let us hope it is the start of something that will last for a long time. All praise to the sponsors for lending their names and money to such a worthwhile enterprise.

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