Volunteer Working Groups

Our barges are un-rigged for winter maintenance. A working party meets on Maldon Hythe Quay on the weekends listed below and concentrate their work on Centaur. Working volunteers are welcome to stay aboard the barge if they wish to work on both days.

Another group meets every Thursday throughout the year and concentrate on keeping Pudge and our workshop ‘Sailorman’ maintained.

Weekend Dates

The Weekend Working Parties for 2020/21 are detailed below.
Please note that due to Covid 19 restrictions we will only have Weekend Working Parties on a Saturday for the foreseeable future.

If you wish to attend a working party, please contact Tim Jepson on 01621 851817 a few days beforehand to check space availability. If you are a member of the Trust's Trainee Scheme, please call Mick Nolan on 07976 559492

  • Saturdays 17th & 24th October & 5th & 19th December
  • The dates 7th & 21st November have been cancelled due to Government Lockdown Regulations

Dates for 2021 will appear here during December 2020.

Thursday Group

This is a group of people who meet regularly every Thursday on the Hythe Quay, Maldon from 9:30 in the morning and 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 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 experience at all. Their main interest is seeing these majestic vessels continue to sail. They 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.

Due to Covid 19 restrictions we are not taking on any new volunteers at present for the Thursday Group. Any work required by existing volunteers is being arranged by John Rayment who will make contact existing volunteers as required. Once the current restrictions are removed we hope to be able to re-open tp new volunteers.

Becoming a volunteer

If you are interested in becoming a member of our working groups, please contact John Rayment at membership@bargetrust.org or telephone 07587 141054

Newcomers are always welcome to both groups, so pop along on a Thursday and ask for John Rayment or give him a call first and you will be made most welcome. Or call Tim Jepson on 01621 851817 if you would like to be part of the Weekend Working Party.

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.

Become an Events Volunteer

The Trust holds Open Days and Events throughout the year when they open Centaur and Pudge to the public. We are always in need of volunteers to help act as deck stewards. Some general knowledge of the barges would be useful, but we can give training. These stewards are responsible for answering the publics questions but also to help make sure that the general public are safe whilst onboard.

If you would like to become and Event Volunteer, please contact John Rayment on 07587 141054.