Wells Harbour Maritime Trust

Through his activities in supporting and promoting the work of Wells Harbour, Robert Smith MBE, the Harbour Master at Wells-next-the-Sea, has been developing a fund of money which he earmarked to support young people in the Wells area to enjoy maritime activities. He particularly has in mind those young people who would otherwise not experience the challenge and fun of water-based activities. From Robert's original idea the Wells Harbour Maritime Trust (WHMT) has been developed to support a range of maritime activities for young people.

The Trust is one of the Wells Harbour Commissioners' activities in support of the local community.

The Trust's aims

  1. To advance the education and training of young people between the ages of 5 and 20 in sailing, seamanship and associated watersports, in particular through the award of bursaries.
  2. To promote the personal and social development of such people by enabling them to participate in sailing adventures and training.

The Trust supports young people who live in or within a ten mile radius of Wells-next-the-Sea.

Maritime activities

The Trust will consider making grants to support young people...

  • At local approved sailing schools where they can experience sailing for the first time or develop their sailing skills. The Trust will make a contribution (directly to the sailing school) per applicant to cover the costs for a two day sailing course at beginner, intermediate or advanced standard. This will cover the cost of the course including any specialist equipment. The Trust will not cover travelling costs to and from the local sailing schools and will not provide any meals.
  • On a sail training vessel for a week's experience at sea. The Trust will make a contribution (direct to the sail training agency) of a maximum of £750 at 2011 rates. This figure may be increased in subsequent years to match inflation. The Trust will not cover travelling costs to and from the sail training vessel and will not provide any meals.
  • On maritime courses to extend maritime skills such as a Sea Survival course. The maximum funding per course per applicant (paid directly by the WHMT to the training agency) at 2011 rates is £200. This figure may be increased in subsequent years to match inflation. The Trust will not cover travelling costs to and from the course and will not provide any meals.
  • On swimming courses so that young people can learn to swim with confidence. The Trust will make a contribution (directly to the swim school) per applicant to cover the costs for an appropriate swimming course (number of sessions at the discretion of the Trustees). The Trust will not cover travelling costs to and from the local swim school and will not provide any meals.

Awards

Only one award will be made to any individual in a calendar year unless the Trustees deem otherwise. The trustees' decision on making awards is final.

Application

An application form is available at the harbour office or can be downloaded from this website (see below). For applicants aged under 18, parents or guardians will be required to give their written approval for the applicant to take part in the chosen activity.

Interview and feedback

Successful applicants will be visited on the course by a Trustee who will discuss the experience of the course with the young person who is on the course through a WHMT grant.

Supporting the Trust

Many residents in and around Wells and visitors to Wells appreciate the benefits and joys of sailing and boating as a leisure activity. The Trustees welcome donations from anyone who wishes to support the work of the Trust. If you are a British taxpayer you can add value to your donation by using Gift Aid. Please ask at the harbour office for a donation form. The Trustees thank you for your support.

The Trustees

Robert Smith MBE, Wells Harbour Master
Mike Woodroffe, Chairman
Tony Pannell, Treasurer
Duncan Marshall-Andrew, Trustee
Joan Price, Trustee
Louise De Lisle, Secretary

Documents and downloads

Adobe PDF document Application for Funding
12 Mar 2015 10:10
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Adobe PDF document Donation & Gift Aid form
Form to make donations to the WHMT
23 Jun 2011 10:48
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Adobe PDF document NNTri Terms & Condtions 2016
25 Feb 2016 14:59
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The Wells Harbour Maritime Trust (WHMT)
is a charity registered in England and Wales No. 1136392

Photographs by kind permission of Campbell MacCallum, Robert Smith MBE, Trinity Sailing, Waterfront Yachting

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