Volunteers Day starts new season on the Medway Queen

The Medway Queen in October 2016. PHOTOS: RICHARD HALTON

A VOLUNTEERS Day on Saturday February 11 will kickstart the new season for the Medway Queen.

The Visitor Centre on Gillingham Pier, and the ship herself will be open from 11am to 4pm with last admissions strictly at 3pm.

Volunteers are being sought by the Medway Queen Preservation Society to build the Visitor Centre team to show people round the ship and to operate the souvenir and coffee shops.

An interest in the ship and her history will help as will the ability to talk to people and pass on that knowledge. Behind the scenes there are myriad administration tasks to be undertaken and more pairs of hands are needed there too.

The lower aft saloon.

On the more technical side there are two teams of volunteers specialising in woodwork and mechanical fitting. More hands here will enable MQPS to progress more quickly with the fitting out phase of Medway Queen’s restoration and in time to extend the number of days in each week that work is undertaken. Volunteers with any level of skill will be made welcome and we can schedule work that suits your interest and abilities.

For both volunteers and trustees willingness and enthusiasm are the most important ‘qualifications’ as that allows MQPS to tailor a role to suit the individual’s other capabilities. Phone 01634 575717 or email info@medwayqueen.co.uk for more details.

Please note that disabled access to the ship may be restricted by the tides and below decks requires the use of short flights of stairs, but no ladders. Toilets are available on shore and Visitor Centre access is via ramps. Admission to the Visitor Centre is free but there is a charge of £5 (for an annual ticket) per adult to go on board Medway Queen. Accompanied children under 16 have free admission to the ship.

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