Finalist in Heritage & Environment Category of the Year Award
The Medway Queen Preservation Society, legal name New Medway Steam Packet Co Ltd reg charity 296236, has worked for the last thirty years to restore and preserve the Paddle Steamer Medway Queen. We have been supported by a corps of some thirty volunteers, supported by a membership of around 900 people locally, nationally and internationally. We have just returned the ship to her berth at Gillingham Pier after being re-built in Bristol, to a great homecoming and welcome by people and ships and boats in November last year. With EU funding and support from Medway Council, we have employed some 9 apprentices and four instructors, though now we have some two instructors and three apprentices, the others having left for full jobs post their training with us.