Volunteers

This page will be in place soon. Please if you are a volunteer, so send in a picture of yourself and a short pencil-portrait listing how you became involved and  what you have been doing to support the Cambria. You will also find a list of the Painting volunteers under About / Restoration / Shipwrights and the Team. I will start the ball rolling with mine.

 

Matt Care

Matt Care

Matt Care

I first heard about the Cambria in 2007 when she was first in Faversham (my town at the time) arriving for restoration. I got involved by hunting down the volunteers who then  did ‘work parties’ once a month. My first job was heaving scrap metal bits up out of the lighter on a very rainy August day. Much to the amusement of everyone I even came back next month! During the rebuild phase I was paired up with Richard Weekes on a 6 week rota manning the viewing gallery and Baltic House (Visitor Centre) and was able to watch progress closely and took a gazillion photo’s but somehow never managed to meet the shipwrights. Next I was heavily involved in the team of about a dozen volunteers slapping on umpteen layers of paint and anti-foul – while trying to learn the words of spoof sea shanties written by Dave Walsh to well known tunes but re-written to describe our paint roller antics. If painting be the life of man etc… Throughout this time I also wrote a blog about the rebuild.

Soon after Cambria was re-launched and back under sail again, my wife and I moved to the ‘wesht’ of Ireland but we have kept in contact and stayed ‘useful’. I now manage this Cambria website, still write the blog and, ably assisted by my good lady Elizabeth, we now edit and produce the Newsletter. I also get over to UK once a year, (lately that has been in September), to stay on board and fall in love with Cambria all over again. In 2013 that was the occasion of the stay in St Kat’s so I was once more involved in proudly showing her off to the public, that time in London, so up to 1000 people a day!

I love this volunteering stuff and I hope and trust that I will be able to continue for many years to come.