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Working Parties

There are two working groups within the Thames Sailing Barge Trust.

The two groups work throughout the year carrying out repairs and maintenance on both Pudge and Centaur. The busiest time is during the close season of October to April when we are preparing the barges for the next seasons sailing.

Winch handles ready for top coat of paint

Thursday Group

This is a group of up to 15 people who meet regularly every Thursday on the Hythe Quay, Maldon  from 9:30 in the morning. They work specifically on Pudge, although do also help when necessary on Centaur to make sure that both barges meet their maintenance plans.

It is a very social group, made up of a group of people with varying backgrounds and skills. You do not have to have any specific skill and many of the group  have no sailing or boat building skills at all. Their main interest is seeing these majestic vessels continue to sail.

We meet ‘rain come shine’ but if the weather looks particularly bad then please give John Rayment a call on 07587 141054 to check that the group will be meeting.

Newcomers are always welcome, so pop along on a Thursday and ask for Dave Gibson or give him a call first and you will be made most welcome.

Teas and coffees are served during the day, but you do need to bring your own lunch. You should also have a stout pair of shoes/boots, and a set of overalls or old clothes which you do not mind getting dirty.

If you cannot attend during the week, then why not get involved on one of the Weekend Working Parties (see below for details).

Adding anti-fouling paint to the hull of the barge

Weekend Working Parties

This group meets during the winter months to help get Centaur ready for sailing in the new season. The group meets every two weeks on Saturday and Sunday (dates below).

You do not have to stay the whole weekend or even the whole day, just come along and lend a hand and meet some new friends. No specific skills are required.

Please have a set of stout shoes/boots, and a set of overalls or old clothes which you do not mind getting dirty.

If you would like to spend the weekend, then sleeping arrangements can be made on one of the barges, although you will need to bring a sleeping bag with you.

On some weekends an evening dinner will be cooked for those who are working although a small charge is made for this.

Painting the end of the sprit

The Weekend Working Parties for 2019/20 are detailed below.

November 23rd and 24th

December 7th & 8th and 21st & 22nd

January 4th & 5th and 18th & 19th

February 1st & 2nd and 15th & 16th and 29th & 1st March

March 14th & 15th and 28th & 29th

April 10th, 11th & 12th (Easter rigging out)

If you are interested in coming along, please arrive at Hythe Quay at 9:30 and ask for Tim Jepson. If you wish to spend the whole weekend working, then accommodation can be made available on Centaur.


Removing old deck timber ready for new wood

The 100 Club

Help Raise funds buy joining the exclusive 100 Club

The 100 Club helps raise extra funds towards the upkeep and restoration of the barges Pudge & Centaur.

Depending on the availability of shares, members can join for a period of 12 months, and pay for a share in the 100 Club.

Each members pays a membership fee of £1 per share per month.

There are six prize draws per year and results are published in the ‘Golden Chaffcutter’.

The first share drawn is awarded £50, the second £25 and the third £10.

Members can hold as many shares in multiples of £12 subject to availability.

Over the years significant additional funds have been raised in this way and used to help keep the barges in good condition.

For more details, contact Terry O’Sullivan on Tel: 01621 788276 or complete and post 2014 Application Form



Open days and events

The Trust attends a number of events each year, some of these are based locally near Maldon but others further afield. In order for these to work well, volunteers are needed to help with the setting up and running of the events.

Trust Open Day at the Maldon Regatta 2013

Some open days and events are arranged around having one of the barges with us. This makes it a much bigger event, however on some occasions this si not possible, but we still need people to help operate and run a stand.

Volunteers are expected to talk to the public about the Trust and its aims and also if we have a barge, answer questions about the barges and their history. The Trust has a booklet which all new volunteers for these events will receive which gives the information needed to answer the majority of questions.

Volunteers Guide to Open Days and Events

The events give you the opportunity to meet other members, help us raise funds and also gain new members to the Trust.

For more information please email John Rayment, Events Organiser at or call him on 07587 141054.

For details of events being attended see the Events page.