Lynher's June Newsletter
The Bere Peninsula Scouts celebrates the Queen's Jubilee on Lynher!
Following a successful fundraising effort
We were delighted to welcome the Scouts, Cubs and Brownies of the Bere Peninsula during the Queen's Platinum Jubilee week of celebration. How befitting to go sailing on a historic Tamar barge for this event! There has been some serious fundraising effort from all the community of the Bere Peninsula this winter in order to provide the children with this exciting opportunity. The children and scout leaders enjoyed two days of great sailing. They started and ended at Weir Quay, thanks also to the support of Weir Quay Boatyard who let us access their landing stage. There is a wonderful feeling of community and regeneration in the area and Lynher's team felt privileged to be able to share Lynher's heritage and seamanship skills with some very enthusiastic young people. We created a special Lynher's workbook for the occasion for every child to bring home so that they can relive their experience and remember those funny names that traditional sailors gives to things. Sadly on Saturday the weather turned very wet and windy and the decision was made to postpone the last day of sailing for the sea cadets of the Weir Quay Sailing Club which will go ahead in the Autumn and we can't wait to have them aboard!
Lynher sailed from Weir Quay to Plymouth and back tacking all the way down the Hamoaze where at one point she made a pleasant encounter with the SD Tug 'Forceful' skippered by dear friend and enthusiastic historian Jan Carpenter. Jan helped us to unveil the heritage of the River Lynher and the story of Charlie Force when we were trying to fundraise for Lynher's restoration about five years ago. Jan's research of the history of the River Lynher is extremely detailed, during the years he developed an incredible body of work which we hope that one day will be published in tomes. As Lynher slowly tacked ahead of 'Forceful' plenty of bounty and cheers were exchanged by both crews!
Traditional Seamanship Skills Course  
More young talents joining the industry
There was no time to pause for Lynher's team as we turned the boat around and brought her back to Cotehele in order to prepare Lynher for the Traditional Seamanship `Skills Course which started the following Monday. It is always a pleasure to meet young adults who are enthusiastic about learning traditional boat skills. This time we had four wonderful people, from left in the picture are Ben, Ellis, Dom, Rebecca and Abi. I am always curious and ask people why are they interested in old wooden boats and everyone has a different reason for it and comes from a different angle, which I find fascinating.
For instance Rebecca is doing a PhD in medieval maritime activity in the English Channel so there's definitely no better way to breath in the experience of historic maritime trade than by learning to crew a Tamar Barge. Abi is an enthusiastic young person who started volunteering for the Britannia Sailing Trust and got hooked by the 'sail training bug' which we know very well so we can only encourage her to do more! Ben is a naval architect and proud owner of an original Plymouth Hooker which he maintains with tender loving care. Ellis is our new trainee sponsored by the The Philip Nicholas Trust and National Historic Ships UK who fundraised for Ellis' placement in order to consolidate a new framework of learning units in partnership with Lynher CIC. There is so much we can do by working together to create more learning content that young people who wish to enter the industry can refer to and it is so important that we facilitate this process for the sake of our industry.
 What is happening at the Gymnasium?  
Meet the Forever Blooms Metal Petal Team! 
Well it has been a strange winter and coming out of the pandemic has not been all roses but with a little help from our landlord, we started to sublet some of the space at the Gymnasium at Cremyll. It is a big space and sharing some of it is good for a number of reasons. We love to support ethical businesses based on the Rame Peninsula as we know how hard it is to find space in the "forgotten corner', as the peninsula is locally known. We are very lucky to have crossed paths with Chris, Louise and Emmaly, the core team behind the eco-friendly company Forever Blooms Metal Petals. They recycle aluminium cans and make the most amazing works of art out of them! Head to their website and Facebook page to appreciate the elegance of their work but I warn you, since Chris' appearance on ITV national news,  they are literally inundated with orders! It is an absolute delight for Lynher CIC to be able to support other ethical business to grow. In addition to all this, Chris, Louise and Emmaly are lovely, friendly people to have around for a cuppa when we take a break. And I can't tell you how delighted Tazio is to have the cutest Lhasa Apso girl around to play with and go for walks, he is in heaven! 
Kit French Woodwork
For all your carpentry needs!
If you are looking for a bespoke furniture maker, we have the answer for you at the Gymnasium's workshop. Our dear friend and collaborator Kit is starting to make furniture in the workshop. Kit has been collaborating with us for years on a number of projects and his craftsmanship is of the highest standard. From the bench with lifting feet for protecting the solar panels to many other items, including his own bespoke guitars, Kit is an artist of wood, as well as an amazingly talented electric guitar player. He is also a very ethical and considerate craftsman and takes particular care to source renewable materials that are not harmful to the environment. So if you have often thought that you need to commission a dedicated woodworker to make those cabinets, shelves or tables exactly as you desire, you know who to ring now!                                                                              Call Kit on 07506436604
Ibis FY519 
If you haven't completed this 1 minute survey, there is still time! 
Lynher CIC is looking at expanding its sailing outreach and produce transport by taking on another boat, the Cornish Lugger IBIS FY519. Ibis was built by Percy Mitchell, of Mevagissey and Portmellon, in 1927/28.  He was the best known and most respected of all the Cornish boatbuilders of his era.  Ibis was his first major commision after setting up for himself. 

Ibis is also one of the best documented boats of her type, both in the commercial fishing until the late 1980s, and latterly as a yacht. She is currently in need of extensive repairs. H
owever Lynher CIC sees a huge potential with Ibis to extend our reach out of the Plymouth Sound. There is no better boat than a proper Cornish lugger to sail and carry produce along the Southwest coastline and across the Channel.

Would you like to see IBIS FY519 restored and operated by Lynher CIC?
Please fill in our one minute survey now!  
Ibis Survey
Thinking of starting your own Social Enterprise? 
We have created a handy guide containing a wealth of information and resources drawing from our own experience, to provide some guidelines to anyone who would like to start a Social Enterprise or community business. Click on Lynher's image below to view the pdf file free to download.
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