Saturday, 30 March 2013


The timetable for Waverleys Bristol Channel sailings is now available on the Waverley Excursions website and appears below:-

The annual Milford Haven sailing out to and around the Pembrokeshire Islands - is provisionally scheduled to take place on Tuesday June 25th.

Peter Havard

Saturday, 23 March 2013


Some news from todays meeting:

Waverley will be sailing on the Bristol Channel from 3rd June to 23rd June inclusive.

Waverley timetable for the Bristol Channel should be on-line in the next few days - the paper timetable should be out in the next two weeks.

Ways of utilising Balmoral in a static role (for 2013) are being pursued - with the assistance of our contacts in Bristol City Council.

There will be a small fund raising appeal (to raise £3500) to prepare the ship for the static role.  About £2.5K needed to finish the ships sewage holding tank system. About £500 needed to set up a 'heritage display' with the assistance of Andrew Gladwell.   The appeal got off to a good start - a member at the meeting immediately wrote a cheque for £500 - well done that person!!  Full details of the appeal and the scope of the work required  will be sent to members in the next week or so.

It is likely that there will be a larger fund raising appeal later in the year, to raise the funds necessary to get Balmoral ready for the 2014 season.

Peter Havard

Tuesday, 19 March 2013


Members will no doubt be interested in the following announcement that was posted on the PSPS web site on 13th March:


Following the withdrawal of Balmoral, and aimed at strengthening the way in which the PSPS supports Waverley’s operations, Douglas McGowan and Terry Sylvester return to key positions within our Society. Members will remember Douglas and Terry, along with Capt David Neill were the three stalwarts who masterminded Waverley’s entry into operational preservation back in 1973. Additionally Terry planned (in association with the Masters) timetables for the whole of Great Britain and Isle of Man and Southern Ireland together with fares, advertising and passenger management etc., and was closely associated with arrangements for Balmoral’s return to service. Douglas has become interim Chairman of the PSPS following Myra Allen’s decision to stand down, and Terry becomes the PSPS nominated Director of Waverley Excursions Limited and Waverley Steam Navigation Limited, in Myra’s stead. Noel Kemp (Chairman of Bristol Channel Branch) joins Terry as the other PSPS nominated Director of Waverley Excursions Limited taking over the finance watching brief on the Board, enabling Martin Longhurst to concentrate on his other important role as Treasurer of the PSPS.