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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

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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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

Barge Matches

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

Please click here for the 2018 results https://thamesbarge.org.uk/features/the-championship/

Dates for the 2019 Barge Match program are:

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.

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

Proposed Second Orwell Crossing

 

 

The AOB understands that the “Lower Orwell Crossing” Project has been “called in” on cost grounds and that all preparatory work has been suspended. The outcome is due to be released in September, and there is a strong possibility that the main bridge element will be cancelled. We will continue to monitor the situation and lobby for an outcome that keeps the Wet Dock open for Sailing Barges.

As can be seen elsewhere on the site, access to the Island site for future development does remain a significant priority and is likely to continue whether or not the main bridge is ever built. It is important that we continue to fight for an opening bridge over the New Cut to allow barges up as far as St Peter’s Dock and Stoke Bridge. Once the island has been developed this may well become an attractive destination (with a bit of money and work) and of course avoids the lock.

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

St Peter’s Dock, Ipswich

On Tuesday 11 September 2018, Ipswich Maritime Trust arranged for a small group of historic craft to congregate in Ipswich’s St Peter’s Dock. St Peter’s is the site of the original Saxon dock at Ipswich and therefore has considerable historical significance. A number of AOB members attended, with three Thames Sailing Barges, Thalatta, Victor and Melissa providing a spectacle for passers by and invited media. The barges were joined by the tug Fenland and Bawley Gladys. As there was a good high tide, the flotilla was able to stay at the top of the New Cut for an hour or so, giving plenty of photo opportunities to passers by on Stoke Bridge.

The event draws attention to the significance of St Peter’s Dock which potentially could be cut off for larger craft should the proposed new bridge to the Island site go ahead without an opening section. 
The AOB will continue to lobby for either a swing or lifting bridge. This may well be the final surviving element of the “Lower Orwell Crossing” project which is currently called in on cost grounds and potentially destined to be dropped.

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.

Bun Fight 2018

 

The 2018 Bunfight will be held at Pin Mill Sailing Club on Saturday 24 November.

We look forward to as many members as possible attending the annual bunfight this year. The “bunfight” continues to be a winter highlight for the Thames Sailing Barge community with the opportunity to get together with friend old and new. The SSBR will again be making their award to an outstanding young bargeman (or woman) and we hope that the event will be well, supported by our younger members. 

For those that have not previously attended, this is a great way to get some time with fellow barge sailors, to chew over the past, and make some plans for the new season. 

Note, buns ate no longer fought over, and lunch will be a civilised sit down affair!

 

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.

AOB backs Shotley Pier

Shotley Heritage Community Benefit Society Ltd

The AOB has decided to purchase shares in the Shotley Pier project, in a gesture of support for this important facility.

With the prospect of finding suitable berths for Thames Sailing Barges in the Rivers Orwell and Stour becoming more difficult, any investment in this area must be welcomed. Anybody wishing to become involved with the Shotley Pier team, can get full contact information through aob.sec@gmail.com