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Trinity Skipper Hosts Signing Event Posted on

Trinity skipper Toni Knights is hosting a signing event for his 2014 calendar this week.

The Brixham-based artist spent some time this season capturing colourful scenes of boats and maritime festivals in his trusty sketchbook.

Copies of the calendar, which costs £15, will be available to buy at The Blue Anchor, in Fore Street, this Friday, November 15.

Toni said: “I’ll be there from 7pm, if anyone wants to come in and get a signed copy.”

 

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For those not able to attend the event, you can order a copy directly by sending an email to toni.p.knights@gmail.com

Community Urged to Support Torbay Lass Posted on

Residents, business leaders, retailers and politicians from across Torbay are being urged to attend an open day this month to see how then can play a part in saving one of the last surviving Brixham Trawlers.

People will be able to find out how they can get involved in the Save Torbay Lass campaign at Brixham’s Scala Hall, in Market Street, on Thursday, November 28.

Between 9am and 5pm members of the steering group, tasked with trying to bring the back the vessel and restore her for future generations, will be available to answer questions and explain the background to the £1.3 million project.

The campaign is seeking a major Heritage Lottery Fund grant to cover the majority of the cost that will be involved in restoring Torbay Lass, which is currently lying on the River Thames in a very poor condition.

As well as highlighting the major task of restoration, which will be carried out ashore in Oxen Cove over a two to three year period, the event will highlight other aspects of the project, which include:

*Apprenticeships in shipbuilding and repair

*Training courses for young people in marine skills, from engineering to shipwrighting

*Opportunities for volunteers in various roles, including assisting with practical work, acting as guides and carrying out research for a community project

*The creation of a Heritage Trail in the town

*The launch of a Conservation in Action programme, led by volunteers

*Logo Dk blueOpportunities to learn traditional seamanship on board vessels run by the Trinity Sailing Foundation – Leader, Provident and Golden Vanity, as well as Torbay Lass once restoration is complete

The organisers want to attract as wide a range of people as possible, including individuals, members of community organisations and local business people.

A steering group spokesman said: “This is a community project, and we want the whole of Torbay to be aware of it and have a chance to participate in it.

“Torbay Lass is part of Brixham’s history. Bringing her back and restoring her will be the last, missing, in the maritime heritage effort that began 15 years ago and has seen the Heritage Fleet become a major feature of the harbour area.”

The campaign backing of local MP Dr Sarah Wollaston, Mayor Gordon Oliver and TV personality Jonathan Dimbleby – as well as Brixham Town Council, the Chamber of Commerce, Torbay Council, Torbay Development Agency, South Devon College and others.

Torbay Lass was built in 1923 and fished under sail until 1938. She was used as a sail training vessel for more than 50 years, but has fallen into disrepair and was in danger of being lost until the Save Torbay Lass campaign was started. The Heritage Lottery Fund has provided a grant to fund temporary repairs and the cost of bringing the boat back to Brixham, so that restoration can begin. She is ready to leave the Thames when weather conditions improve.

 Notes to editors

About Trinity Sailing Foundation

Trinity Sailing Foundation is a registered charity (No: 1137405) dedicated to supporting the personal development of disadvantaged young people through offshore sail training and to conserve the nationally important historic sailing vessels in its care. Based in Brixham, its fleet of four historic sailing vessels, including Provident, also provide opportunities for traditional sailing holidays around the UK and Europe. Website: www.trinitysailing.org

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) sustains and transforms a wide range of heritage for present and future generations to take part in, learn from and enjoy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage.  HLF has supported over 30,000 projects, allocating £4.7billion across the UK. Website: www.hlf.org.uk

For further information, images and interviews, please contact
Harry Gottschalk, Office & Sales Manager

Trinity Sailing Foundation, The Sail Loft, Pump Street Brixham, Devon, TQ5 8ED

Tel: 01803 883355  Email: team@trinitysailing.org

Trinity’s Fleet Prepared for Winter Posted on

Leader's resting place for the winterWith the 2013 season now finished, Trinity’s three vessels are being prepared for their winter refit.

Crew members from all of the boats have been stripping out all of the interiors and components, as well as de-rigging all ropes and spars.

Leader has now been moved in to Brixham’s inner harbour, and placed under a cover to protect her from the winter elements.

Provident remains at the town’s heritage pontoon but will soon be joining Leader for the winter, near the old fish market.

Golden Vanity will be placed on a mooring during the winter, before the crew return in early 2014 to begin varnishing work on all three of Trinity’s boats.

The full refit will get underway in late January, where the vessels undergo full systems serving, paint and varnishing throughout as well as upgrades and larger repairs. It is also Leaders turn for the slipway this year for a fresh coat of paint and servicing of her underwater components.

In April they should be gleaming ready for the full season ahead.

Torbay Lass Delayed by Bad Weather Posted on

The anticipated return of one of the last surviving Brixham sailing trawlers to her home town has been delayed due to bad weather.

Brixham sailing trawler 'Torbay Lass'

It had been hoped to bring the 1923-built vessel back home shortly after receiving crucial funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). However, now the weather has taken a turn for the worst it is unclear when the boat will return.

Councillor Mike Morey, the Leader of Torbay Council’s Non Coalition Group, said it is imperative that Torbay Lass is not brought back to port until it is safe to do so.

He said: “We have reached the point when the safety of the boat and crew are paramount and therefore because of likely inclement weather conditions it is necessary to delay its return.”

“However, when it does return and the work on her is completed it will form yet another piece in the jigsaw of Brixham’s proud maritime heritage.”

Councillor Vic Ellery, who represents the council’s Berry Head ward, said although the boat cannot come back immediately it is important that Torbay individuals and businesses get behind the plans to restore her to her former glory.

He said: “It is vital that the community and commerce get behind this project with both financial and public commitment to it.

“The boat must only be moved when all the elements for safe and secure passage have been confirmed.”

The Steering Group that is coordinating the project, headed by the Trinity Sailing Foundation, is seeking a £900,000 grant to restore and preserve the vessel.

The first stage of the application to HLF has now been approved*, providing funds with which to carry out temporary repairs to the ailing vessel and draft the detailed application for the major grant.

When the time is right, Torbay Lass will be able to return to Brixham under her own power, and there await the final decision about her future.

 

Jubilation as Torbay Lass wins first stage backing… Posted on

Politicians, business leaders, and community members from across Torbay are celebrating after hearing the last surviving Brixham sailing trawler could soon be returning to her home town.

Following the news that 1923-built Torbay Lass is to receive crucial funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, figureheads from across the region have been welcoming the announcement.

Totnes MP Sarah Wollaston has described Torbay Lass as a ‘national treasure.’Torbay Lass appeal

She said: “What better use of Heritage Lottery funds than to save Torbay Lass?

“The importance of our wonderful maritime heritage deserves greater recognition, especially where projects such as this present in real opportunities for young people to get out on the water and experience that heritage in person not just observe it from a distance.

“Thank you to the team at Trinity Sailing for all their hard work towards saving this national treasure.”

The MP’s sentiments were shared by Torbay’s Mayor, Gordon Oliver, who is himself a member of the Torbay Lass steering committee.

He said: “We are extremely pleased to have helped with the project and to welcome her back to the bay.

“Torbay is steeped in maritime history and it is right that we look at how, as a community, we can help save this Brixham sailing trawler, which forms part of the National Historic Fleet.

“This boat is local living history and has a story to tell our residents and visitors of all ages.”

Brixham-based councillor Mike Morey, who heads the Torbay Council’s Non-Coalition Group, has called on people in the town to support the restoration project.

He said: “The return of the Torbay Lass completes another part of the jigsaw in the history of Brixham’s maritime heritage.

“We now need the community to get fully behind the venture to take it through to completion.”

Steve Parrock, Chief Executive of the Torbay Development Agency, who helped put the bid together, said: “This is good news and I am very pleased that that the TDA was able to assist in both the survey costs and the preparation of the funding application.

“We will continue to work in partnership to help to secure the future of this important historic vessel.”

Councillor Dave Butt, Torbay Council’s Executive Lead for Culture and the Arts said: “Speaking from a cultural perspective I am confident we will be organising some really innovative activities as we work towards achieving the match funding.

“To that end I intend to challenge our arts team to surprise us with their ideas.”

Brixham Harbour Master, Captain Paul Labistour said: “This is extremely good news that the project has achieved HLF stage one funding.

“The Harbour Authority will be working towards providing a safe berth for the return of the vessel during the next stage of her funding application and providing technical support where needed to the project management team.”

The steering group, headed by the Trinity Sailing Foundation, is seeking a £900,000 grant to restore and preserve the vessel.

As the first stage of the application to HLF has now been approved* — providing funds with which to carry out temporary repairs to the ailing vessel and draft the detailed application for the major grant — Torbay Lass will be able to return to Brixham harbour under her own power, and there await the final decision about her future.

It is hoped that, given favourable weather, this could take place in the coming weeks, but if necessary the move could be delayed until next year when the outcome of the major Lottery bid has been announced.

The second, more detailed, application needs to be submitted in February to fund the main restoration work. A final decision on her fate will be announced next June.

The steering group are now tasked with raising £371,000 in match funding that will be required to supplement the HLF main grant, if that is approved. The total cost of the project to save the vessel is estimated at £1.27 million.

The Trinity Sailing Foundation already owns and runs three of the surviving Brixham trawlers – Leader, Provident and Golden Vanity. It is a registered charity dedicated to the preservation of historic local vessels and providing sail training for young people and sailing opportunities for members of the general public with an interest in traditional craft.

Among those also supporting the project are: Brixham Town Council, the Chamber of Commerce, Torbay Development Agency, South Devon College, Tor Bay Harbour Authority, as well as prominent local people including former Pilot Captain Bob Curtis, shipwright Bob Cann and enthusiast Bill Wakeham.

Torbay Lass is one of 200 vessels that form the nation’s National Historic Fleet, vessels that include HMS Victory, Cutty Sark and SS Great Britain. Six of the vessels in the Fleet are former Brixham sailing trawlers, a testimony to their reputation as an iconic class of working vessel in the days of sail.

Five of the six have already been brought back to Torbay and restored. The aim is to complete the locally-built heritage fleet based in Brixham by restoring Torbay Lass in the harbour area, with the work open to the public. The work will take two years to complete.

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Restoration of Torbay Lass takes a dramatic step forward Posted on

One of the last surviving Brixham sailing trawlers is to make a dramatic and emotional return to her home town.

Fears that 1923-built Torbay Lass might never head out to sea again have been allayed thanks to the efforts of a Torbay-based campaign group and crucial funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

The group, headed by the Trinity Sailing Foundation, is seeking a £900,000 grant to restore and preserve the vessel.
The first stage of the application to HLF has now been approved, providing funds with which to carry out temporary repairs to the ailing vessel and draft the detailed application for the major grant. That means Torbay Lass will be able to return to Brixham harbour under her own power, and there await the final decision about her future.

Brixham shipwright John Cuthbertson and local trawler skipper Toni Knights, who have both skippered Trinity’s other traditional sailing trawlers, will head the crew on the voyage back from the River Thames, where Torbay Lass is currently lying. As a precaution, Torbay Lass will be shadowed by an escort vessel as she needs to undergo a complete restoration.

Struan Coupar, Chairman of the Trinity Sailing Foundation, said he is delighted that boat will be heading back to Torbay. “Everyone at Trinity is obviously thrilled, as we hope everyone else in the local community will be. The fact that she is the last Brixham trawler, that needs restoration, especially with the name Torbay Lass, makes it all the more exciting. It has been a real group effort from an ever-growing and supportive steering group, composed of a number of organisations and individuals from across Torbay.”

Had the initial bid been turned down, the boat’s future looked bleak. Her current owners do not have the funds to maintain or restore her, and the owners of Tilbury Docks, where she has been kept, wanted her out earlier this year.
Torbay Lass was given a stay of execution until the Lottery bid result was revealed after Totnes MP Sarah Wollaston and Torbay Mayor Gordon Oliver intervened with letters of support.

The second, more detailed, application needs to be submitted in February to fund the main restoration work. A final decision on her fate will be announced next June.

Torbay’s mayor has now joined the steering group and will sit on the committee tasked with raising £371,000 in match funding that will be required to supplement the HLF main grant, if that is approved. The total cost of the project to save the vessel is estimated at £1.27 million.

The Trinity Sailing Foundation already owns and runs three of the surviving Brixham trawlersLeader, Provident and Golden Vanity. It is a registered charity dedicated to the preservation of historic local vessels and providing sail training for young people and sailing opportunities for members of the general public with an interest in traditional craft.

Among those also supporting the project are Brixham Town Council the Chamber of Commerce, Torbay Development Agency, South Devon College, Tor Bay Harbour Authority, as well as prominent local people including former Pilot Captain Bob Curtis, shipwright Bob Cann and enthusiast Bill Wakeham. The campaign is now seeking practical and financial support from the Torbay community.

Mr Coupar said: “Now the real hard work starts as we need to start raising the additional money that will be required, and for that we need businesses, other organisations, and individual members of the community to get behind us and help.

“We hope to see a big turnout to welcome Torbay Lass when she comes back.”

Torbay Lass is one of 200 vessels that form the nation’s National Historic Fleet, vessels that include HMS Victory, Cutty Sark and SS Great Britain. Six of the vessels in the Fleet are former Brixham sailing trawlers, a testimony to their reputation as an iconic class of working vessel in the days of sail.

Five of the six have already been brought back to Torbay and restored. The aim is to complete the locally-built heritage fleet based in Brixham by restoring Torbay Lass in the harbour area, with the work open to the public. The work will take two years to complete.

Sailing trawlers were first developed by the fishermen of Tor Bay and became the model for deep sea trawling in Europe during the 19th century. At one time more than 3,000 were in commission, based in ports like Hull, Grimsby and Lowestoft as well as Brixham and Plymouth. They vastly increased the catches made by previous methods, and linked up with the developing railway network to bring fresh fish to all parts of the country.

Nerys Watts, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund South West England said: “This is a historic vessel that is much loved by the local community. We look forward to receiving in due course the detailed plans for her restoration and hope to see the Heritage Fleet in Brixham working in partnership for the benefit of them all.”

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Notes to editors

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

The project has been awarded a First-Round Pass in the form of a development grant of £39,700. A First-Round Pass means the project meets HLF criteria for funding and HLF believes the project has potential to deliver high-quality benefits and value for Lottery money. The application was in competition with other supportable projects, so a first-round pass is an endorsement of outline proposals. Having been awarded a first-round pass, the project now has up to two years to submit fully developed proposals to compete for a firm award.

Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) aims to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities across the UK and help build a resilient heritage economy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported over 35,000 projects with more than £5.5bn across the UK. Click here for more info.

 

Brixham sailing trawler 'Torbay Lass'

Trinity skipper unveils 2014 calendar artwork Posted on

Trinity skipper, and Brixham-based artist, Toni Knights has spent some time this season capturing some colourful scenes in his trusty sketchbook. He is currently putting some of his favourite pictures together for a 2014 calendar.

Copies of the calendar will soon be available to buy. Here are a couple of images showing you what to expect when it is released in a few weeks’ time.

Toni Knights - Provident Toni Knights - Red Ensign

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please see our Facebook page to see a small selection of other paintings he is likely to include.

If you would like to see some colourful scenes, from the likes of Paimpol festival and some of our vessels, on your wall you can pre-order yours from today.

To order a copy, please email Toni directly using toni.p.knights@gmail.com

One week down, only five days to go… Posted on

Voting to support ‘Charting a New Course’, a local youth development project is well under way, so if you haven’t grabbed a copy of the Herald Express and voted….you only have a few days left!

Please note all votes have to be in by the 16th September

Please cut out the coupon in the current Herald Express (see what it looks like below) and the coupon in the new copy out tomorrow and please cast your vote – you can make the difference!

 Herald Express voucher

Learning session for primary & secondary schools Posted on

AFLOAT: DESIGN CHALLENGE – learning sessions for Key Stage 2 & 3 schoolchildren

Trinity Sailing Foundation, in association with Torre Abbey’s new LearningLab, is providing a series of exciting learning sessions during October.

Launched as part of the Heritage Lottery Funded ‘Provident Project’, schoolchildren will get involved in learning about boat design and development and will get the chance to create their own boat as part of a design challenge.

Call Trinity to book your school in today!

 

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AFLOAT exhibition starts 8th September Posted on

Don’t forget to visit the AFLOAT art exhibition in the Spanish Barn at Torre Abbey (Torquay) during September and October.

The last preparations are being put in place for the launch on 8th September and the exhibition also features the stunning ‘Collective Spirit’ (see photo). It promises to be a really spectacular exhibition with a range of 3D work, oils and watercolours by some of the regions best artists and makers.

Make sure you get along to this open exhibition where all the artwork is for sale (with part of the proceeds going to Trinity). We hope to see you there.

 

AFLOAT Art Exhibition

Collective Spirit