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Association of Bargemen

Association of Bargemen

 

Founded in 1981 the Association is open to all who have an interest in Thames sailing barges. The current membership is over 100 members who are all barge skippers and mates, owners, and enthusiasts for these craft.

The committee works hard to protect the interests of members and the barge community. We participate in the running of the joint board that examines sailing barge masters for the MCA to award Certificates of Competence and the committee that is appointed by the MCA to administer the Thames Sailing Barge Standard exemption scheme. This scheme issues certificates to barges after checking that they are surveyed as sufficiently seaworthy and safety equipped to allow them to sail outside of the MCA Codes of Practice.

Working with the Sailing Barge Association we strive to ensure that these wonderful craft and the skills in sailing them are not allowed to die.

If you would like to learn more please get in touch with us via the Contact page.

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Barge Matches

Dates for the 2018 Barge Match program are:Association of Bargemen

 

 

Apply for Membership

Association of Bargemen

The Association of Bargemen was set up to promote the enjoyment of Thames sailing barges and to support and promote the interests of the Thames Sailing Barge community. We organise regular social meetings, boat rallies and technical seminars. We are always happy to hear from people interested in the Association and with Thames sailing barges.

 

Use the following link for the Association of Bargmen Membership Application Form

Training Initiative

Following a number of discussions, we have decided to create a register of people looking to develop their skills in barging, using the information to put skippers and owners in contact with potential crew and help develop experience and skills.

We hope that by creating this register, younger people looking to become Mates and potentially Skippers will be able to experience sailing on different barges, with different Skippers in a variety of situations.

If you or somebody you know would like to be included on this register, please contact AOB Sec at aob.sec@gmail.com or download a registration form, and send to AOB Secretary

Peter Taylor, 10 Toga Close, Colchester. CO2 9JJ

AOB trainee registration form

Bun Fight 2017

 

The 2017 Bunfight was held at Pin Mill Sailing Club on Saturday 25 November.

Around 40 members attended the annual AOB Bunfight at Pin Mill Sailing Club. The members enjoyed excellent “bargeman’s” food and the chance to catch up with some old friends. The highlight was the presentation of the SSBR Bargemen’s Award to Laurie Watkins. Laurie joined the TSBT training scheme at the beginning of the year and has been seen on a number of barges during the season. In addition he has been helping with the restoration of “Lady Daphne” at Faversham. In his spare time Laurie is restoring his own 1870’s Dutch Barge as both working vessel and home for his family.

 

AOB backs Shotley Pier bid

Shotley Heritage Community Benefit Society Ltd

Shotley local community formed this society in December 2016 to buy and renovate the derelict pier at Shotley Suffolk. After purchase, it will take about a year to refurbish, and they have not yet raised the funds to do it, so its work in progress.  They will be taking donations with Giftaid, and investors can buy community shares, which are more about sharing community ownership than a financial investment, as the returns are likely to be zero for at least 5 years, and no dividend payable due to its constitution for charitable aims.  The society is aiming to achieve HMRC capital gains relief for investors and more information will be provided in the share documents on the website, as a 30% or 50% scheme under SEIS is possible.

Once the pier is renovated, it is hoped that Thames Sailing Barges will once again use it as a regular stopping point both for embarking and disembarking passenger, and also for overnight stops. The AOB welcomes the potential for additional facilities in Harwich Harbour, and wishes the Shotley Heritage Community Benefit Society Ltd well.

A Facebook group has 150 members has been set up, and has had over 700 views of a short video of the water lapping under the pier. The website www.shotleypier.co.uk has an interactive pledge section as well as a request for a commemorative plaque. www.shotleyheritage.co.uk is the parent page and shows the history of the group as well as the governance arrangements.

Contact Us


Association of Bargemen

We are always happy to hear from people interested in the Association and with Barges…..
Joining the AOB cost £20 per year for individual members and £30 for joint membership.

If you would like to join the Association, please contact:

 

aob.sec@gmail.com

 

or complete the AOB membership application form and send it to;

 

Peter Taylor AOB Secretary, 10 Toga Close, Colchester. CO2 9JJ

 

Together with a cheque to cover the membership fee. If you would like to have a Log Book for Skippers and Mates, these cost £15.00 and are available via the Secretary at the above address.

 

Useful link to WHAT THE LAW LETS YOU DO WITH A SAILING BARGE 2016

2016 Bunfight Booking Form 2016-bunfight-form

Proposed Second Orwell Crossing

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The AOB attended a meeting hosted by Suffolk County Council, of organisations with specific maritime interests in the effects of the proposed “Upper Orwell Crossing”. The Thames Barge community was well represented and able to put forward our concerns that the proposals could severely restrict access to the Wet Dock at Ipswich for sailing barges, other historic vessels, and larger sailing craft.
The overall layout of the plan with a bridge over the New Cut, to the Eastern side of the Island, a pedestrian/cycle link to the Island at the lock, and an east-west bridge a short distance below the lock and New Cut entrance, seem to be set. There is scope for technical input from the maritime community, in particular around the opening section of the main east-west bridge, and the final layout of the bridge over the New Cut.
It is important that we keep up pressure to make sure that Ipswich remains a viable home for Thames Sailing Barges and is safely and easily accessed. 
Please pass any opinions and particularly technical issues to aob.sec@gmail.com

Members are encouraged to continue making their views known to Suffolk County Council.

Training

The AOB and SBA jointly produce a set of guidance note for Mates, and those seeking to become Barge Masters.

 

Proficiency Standard for a Sailing Barge Mate 07.10.09

Recommended Guidelines for Mates seeking award of Sailing Barge Masters Certificate 10.01.10

 

AOB Register of trainees and barge crew
Following a number of discussions, we have decided to create a register of people looking to develop their skills in barging, using the information to put skippers and owners in contact with potential crew and help develop experience and skills.
We hope that by creating this register, younger people looking to become Mates and potentially Skippers will be able to experience sailing on different barges, with different Skippers in a variety of situations.
If you or somebody you know would like to be included on this register, please contact AOB Sec at aob.sec@gmail.com or go on to the AOB website, www.associationofbargemen.org.uk to download a registration form.

Trainees join the TSBT Easter rigging out weekend.

A number of trainees from the 2016 and 2017 intake of trainees helped out rigging out and heaving up on Centaur and Pudge over the Easter weekend. I addition to tackling the complexities of a sailing barge rig on the deck, there were more practical sessions, such as the question on how many tea bags make proper barge tea.

The TSBT trainee scheme currently has 19 trainees registered, and looking to develop their experience during the season.

DBS Service

The AOB now have an arrangement to process DBS checks on behalf of members via the ASTO scheme.

An enhanced check costs £44.00.

Any member requiring a check should contact aob.sec@gmail.com for further information. Please note that it is a requirement of the system that any applicant must have an ID check in person. Normally this can be arranged in Maldon free of charge, but there will be a modest expenses cost if the checker is required to travel further.

Non members requiring a check, will be asked to join the AOB before processing.

 

2018 Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Association of Bargemen will take place on Saturday 3rd March 2018.

As usual we will be hosted by the Maldon Little Ship Club at Hythe Quay, Maldon.

The Bar will open at 12.00 and the AGM will start at 13.00.

As in previous years lunch will be provided after the completion of formalities.

Please note that the Chairman, Vice Chairman, Treasurer, Admin Secretary and Membership Secretary roles are due for re-election, and any nominations (with seconder) should be made to The Secretary at aob.sec@gmail.com or in writing to AOB Sec. 10 Toga Close, Colchester. CO2 9JJ.

Any member wishing to make a nomination for the General Committee please also let the Secretary before the meeting.

AOB Service Log Book

The AOB produces a Service Log Book for members to formally record time spent on sailing barges. The Log Book is a must for trainees looking to become Mates, and particularly Mates seeking to become a Bargemaster. A new Log Book cost just £15.00 and can be ordered through the AOB Secretary.

Barge Film Show at Faversham

Service Log Book

You can purchase an AOB Service Log Book for £15.00 from the AOB Secretary. A must for all Barge Trainees, 3rd Hands and Mates.