On Thursday night, 30 members of the Faversham Business Partnership visited the Purifier for a presentation about what the Trust is doing, and an opportunity to develop better links between the Trust and the other Businesses in the Town.
Chris Wright welcomed everyone with a short history of the Trust, our aims for the Basin, and why we are collecting funds for the Swing Bridge.
Chris Bichard talked about the need for better networking within the Town amongst all the businesses and organisations with an interest in developing the Town.
Brian Pain described the Apprentice Scheme and showed what they would be building, a replica of the Mayhi.
Simon Grillet is progressing with setting up the Mayhi ready for the first two apprentices to start soon. Here, Simon is transferring the complex shape of the stern frame onto a jig for laminating the frame, which cannot be steamed into place, like the others, due to its compound curves; not a task for an apprentice. In this way the tooling and the course are being developed to suit the level of apprentices that will eventually take their City & Guilds at the end of their course.
The keel has already been laminated, allowing the building jig, the moulds, around which the planking will be fitted, to be assembled ready for the apprentices to start planking. At the end of their course, they will be in a position to set up the frames for the next course.
The course is as much about learning to use the tools and machinery as it is about the process of building a boat. Due to the continuously changing layout of a boatbuilding shed, depending on what is being worked on, machinery has to be easy to move.
Upstairs, Alan Thorne has turned his hand to making all the windows for the Purifier. They will be double glazed, some with opening lights, and fitted from inside behind the original cast iron frames. Painted the same colour, Green, they should hardly detract from the original Victorian industrial windows.
The Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports, Admiral the Lord Boyce KG, GCB, OBE, DL formally opened the Purifier last night; Chris Wright introduced the building and its current status and the plans for the future. Admiral Boyce talked about the history of the Cinque Ports and Faversham’s role, and how pleased he was to see the movement to restore the the Creek to a working condition. He then stayed and talked to volunteers and friends of the Trust and the Creek.
The Mayor, David Simmons also attended on behalf of the Town Council, accompanied by the Town Clerk, Jackie Westlake, as did representatives of other local organisations including the Faversham Sea Cadets.