We are very proud to report that our work sailing Service schoolchildren has recently been rewarded with a generous grant from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund. This Fund supports members of the Armed Forces and their families in the local community, helping them enjoy the benefits of family life. Thanks to the Fund, Boleh will now be able to continue her sailing programme for Pompey Military Kids and the Naval Families Federation in partnership with Portsmouth City Council
We are very grateful to the Whirlwind Charitable Trust for their generous grant towards the core operating costs of Boleh, enabling us to reach out and inspire children along the South Coast. The highlight of this year’s programme so far has been Boleh’s fortnight based in Portland Marina, working with local schools. Picture shows a group from All Saints School, Weymouth about to get afloat for the first time to share the Boleh experience
We are happy to report a successful Open Day for Boleh at Haslar Marina, Gosport last Saturday, with details of her history and HLF funded restoration on display. Among our visitors we were delighted to see Boleh reunited with members of Roger Angel’s family and with former Boleh Apprentice Will Wiltshire and his family
We have a unique opportunity to support the Boleh Trust by offering the chance to buy limited addition Wood products made in Norfolk by a craftsman/artist containing original material reclaimed at the time of the renovation and refitting of Boleh in Portsmouth 2009 to 2014.
There are 2 fantastic items on offer
- Tip Top Tables approximately 20 inches tall x 18 inches diameter (3) only 1 remaining £350 plus p & p at cost
- Bottle Stoppers (as shown in picture) only 20 available, boxed as shown £29 plus p & p at cost
Each product is accompanied by a short outline of Boleh history and voyage in 1950.
Enquiries to Jeremy Rusher 01832 273307 or firstname.lastname@example.org
We are pleased to report that the team from Teknis Ltd told us they had a fantastic day last week enjoying the unique Boleh sailing experience. Their bid at a City charity dinner for a day on the Solent brought them good weather, good company, good food and great sailing.
5 out of 6 from Team Teknis had never sailed before – now they all want to go again, and those not able to go are asking when the next trip is! Boleh looks forward to welcoming them again next year. Picture shows the team before embarking on their adventure.
Boleh is open for public viewing from 11:00 to 16:00 Saturday 4th August at opposite Trinity Lightship, Haslar Marina, Gosport, Hampshire.
Everyone is welcome, just pop in and take a look around our historic wooden boat and hear her fantastic story.
Thanks to the Chesil Sailing Trust and free berthing at Dean & Reddyhoff’s Portland Marina, Boleh delivered a fortnight’s day sail programme last month for Weymouth area schools. We are proud to quote 2 comments from the schools: “The transformation in the students from start to finish was amazing to see.” and “We would relish the opportunity again next year to send more of our students aboard BOLEH.”
The success of this programme reflects the dedication of our volunteers, Skippers Simon Springett and Chris O’Connell from the Boleh Trust, and Chesil Trust Mates, John Tweed and Fabian Malbon. We are very grateful to all those who give their time freely both to crew Boleh and to support her charitable operations. Picture shows Mate Fabian explaining a point of seamanship to one of the young sailors.
We are humbled by the generosity of three Charitable Trusts, all of whom supported Boleh’s lengthy restoration, who have now shown confidence in the operational use of this historic vessel to help young people and vulnerable adults. The Payne-Gallwey Charitable Trust, the Garfield Weston Charitable Trust, and the Coral Samuel Charitable Trust have each made a recent and significant contribution to the core costs of Boleh’s sailing programme.
The Boleh Trust needs to find some £30,000 annually to keep Boleh in tip top condition and available for her charitable work and we are extremely grateful for the continuing support of these charities. Picture shows Boleh sailing schoolchildren off the Dorset coast in idyllic conditions
We are delighted to announce that Vice Admiral Sir David Steel has kindly consented to become our Patron. On retiring from the Royal Navy in 2015 as Second Sea Lord, Sir David added to the considerable support he had already given the Boleh Project by joining our Board of Trustees. We are also very pleased to announce 2 new Trustees who bring considerable experience and expertise to the Board.
Toby Marris, long serving Sailing Master of the iconic Pilot Cutter ‘Jolie Brise’ and Chairman of Tall Ships International, is joined by Mark Minshull, a Chartered Mechanical Engineer with world wide experience of project management and vessel support. We welcome them both but have to say goodbye to Sara Lamond, with regret and thanks for her significant contribution both as volunteer and Trustee
With help from Sussex-based Ian Askew Charitable Trust, Boleh has again been able to introduce Service schoolchildren to our maritime heritage and the ‘can-do’ message. This time the students were from the North Parade Junior School – pictured here on completion of their sail with Skipper, Pete Green and Mate, Jeff Leigh-Jones.
Later this month Boleh is off to Portland to deliver a sailing programme for Dorset children