The Shipwrights’ Company has periodically given some financial assistance to the Sutton Hoo Ship’s Company who very generously hosted a party of Shipwrights’ to a fascinating and exciting visit to Woodbridge in 2017 shortly after the project began.  The Ship’s Company’s website states:

The Ship’s Company was formed in 2016 with the sole purpose of creating a permanent and authentic replica of the Anglo-Saxon ship. The team is made up of professionals, volunteers and enthusiasts who are working together to fully understand the dimensions and construction methods. The ship will be built in the newly opened, Longshed, a purpose-built unit gifted to the town and dedicated to the maritime history and education.

Philip Leech, a Director of the Sutton Hoo Ship’s Company has informed us that the keel blank will arrive in Woodbridge during the weekend of 17-18 April 2021 and writes:

As you know, in building the ship our objective is to extract as much scientific and cultural knowledge as possible as well as creating a beautiful object.  Professor Martin Carver describes our efforts as possibly opening a new chapter in English history.

Over the last three years (well, like everyone, two of them, in truth) we have made huge progress, with a digital plan drawn from the original excavation data by colleagues at Southampton University, building a 1:5 scale model and a quite massive 12′ midships section as an experimental rig to train our volunteers and work out rowing positions. We have, in the bank, several grants that we applied for in order to specifically train existing and new volunteers in woodworking techniques. This furthers the build and is a contribution to our community, who are closely involved.

After we lay the keel, whilst it isn’t exactly all downhill from there, we will progress quite quickly.

But before that we are running a crowdfunding effort.

We are aiming to raise £40,000, with a stretch target of £60,000.   And one of our sponsors has agreed to match every £1 we raise with £1 of his own.

The crowdfunding site has about two weeks to go.  I would be really pleased if you  would take a look at the site, which includes a CG animation and other videos The website link is Build the Sutton Hoo Ship – a Community crowdfunding project in Woodbridge by Annie Leech ( think it tells a good story.  There are some interesting “rewards” on the website, or people can just donate. The most popular reward is a signed book by Martin Carver.  Over 270 people have donated already but we need to increase both the numbers and the rate. Anyway you could help would be most welcome.

Philip Leech

The Sutton Hoo Ship’s Company, The Longshed, Tide Mill Way, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 1FP, UK

The Shipwrights’ Company is deeply saddened by the death of its former Permanent Master and Past Prime Warden, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.  His Royal Highness was elected to the Court in 1954, served as Prime Warden from 1954-55 and became the Company’s second Permanent Master after King George VI, a post he relinquished in favour of HRH The Prince of Wales in 2012.  His Royal Highness’s long association with the Shipwrights’ Company was coupled with a remarkable contribution to its relevance, modernisation and philanthropic focus and his influence as Prime Warden and Permanent Master has been profound.

The announcement from Buckingham Palace reads:

It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.

Further announcements will be made in due course.

The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.

Friday, 9 April 2021

There is a new Association of Apprentices, led by apprentices for apprentices, established to offer a range of support to apprentices and to help them to network. Membership is currently free. Details here.

The Minimum Wage for apprentices went up to £4.30ph from 1 April. The rate applies to apprentices across the UK who are under 19 or over 19 and in the first year of their apprenticeship. Details here. Research conducted by the Maritime Skills Alliance shows that most employers in the marine sector pay at least double the legal minimum.

The Education and Skills Funding Agency have today announced an increased incentive payment of £3,000 for new apprentices of any age who start their employment between 1 April and 30 September 2021. Employers can apply for incentive payments for these apprentices from 1 June 2021 via their apprenticeship service account. They can spend the payment on anything to support their organisation’s costs and they do not have to pay it back. Details here.



The Helford River Children’s Sailing Trust was founded in 1997 by John Green with the objective of offering as many children as possible the opportunity of learnng to sail.  In the intervening twenty four years the charity has grown and developed and is about to start operating from two separate locations so the trustees have determined that the time has come to change the name to the Children’s Sailing Trust.  The Trust’s new website can be found at:  and the attached letter provides the detail of the name change Children’s Sailing Trust.

Congratulations and good luck!

Kate Broxham, the Vice Commodore of  Sea View Yacht Club Ssent the following review of the club’s schools’ sailing programme 2020.  Review of Seaview Schools Sailing 2020 March 21_

In November 2019 the Education and Charity Committee agreed to grant of £,1000 towards National Coastwatch, Southend’s new Watchstation Premises Project at Shoebury East Beach near Southend.  National Coastwatch, Southend is now pleased to report that the project was successfully completed by end-October 2020 despite the setbacks of the pandemic and associated funding issues – a major achievement largely attributable to the dedication and hard work of a small team of volunteers supported by generous donations by various sponsors including the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights.

Tony Cooper of National Coastwatch, Southend writes: “We were able to re-start our watchkeeping activity over Shoebury East Beach albeit with single man watches due to Covid restrictions. The new watchstation premises are a great improvement and make us a more prominent feature in the area which is an aid to safety and also has prompted an increase in volunteer watchkeeper applications.”

The photographs below show the new premises and the view from within.


Last week Adventure Under Sail announced a new brand, “Seas Your Future” which is accompanied by and a new website and social media presence.  In July 2020 Adventure Under Sail agreed a 5-year development plan and decided that the brand needed a refresh to capture the passion they have for the work they do with young people.  Simon Thorrington, the Development and Partnerships Manager has stated that they are delighted with the result which has generated huge interest, so please do have a look at for more about this.

News from Roseland Youth Sailing Trust

In October 2020 the education and Charity committee awarded £1,000 to Roseland Youth Sail Training Trust to give 20 children the opportunity to receive 6 sailing lessons each.  Many of these children suffer from multiple deprivation and would not normally have the opportunity to sail.  The Trust’s spring newsletter can be found here.