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It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our patron, Admiral of the Fleet, The Lord Boyce KG GCB OBE DL on Sunday 6th November aged 79.
Created a life peer in 2003, upon retirement from the military at the end of that year, he succeeded The Queen Mother in the historic post of Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports. In 2014 he was created Admiral of the Fleet, the Royal Navy’s highest rank.
Lord Boyce became patron of the Sandwich Medieval Trust on its foundation in 2018. Right from the start he took a great interest in the Trust and its aims, in particular the building of the medieval cog, the Nicholas. His foresight, enthusiasm and imagination will be very difficult to replace. He will be sadly missed.
The thoughts of the Trust and its supporters are with his family at this time.
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The Trust is most grateful to the Bernard Sunley Foundation for its generous donation towards the cost of the transforming the Nicholas into a medieval cog.
The Trust is most grateful to the Sandwich COOP for its generous donation towards the cost of the transforming the Nicholas into a medieval cog.
The Trust is most grateful to the Roger De Haan charitable trust for a grant towards the cost of the transforming the Nicholas into a medieval cog. This support will help us progress just as quickly as other circumstances allow.
The Trust is most grateful to the Garfield Weston Foundation for a grant towards the cost of the transforming the Nicholas into a medieval cog. This support will help us progress just as quickly as other circumstances allow.
* Cinque Ports Scribes Donation *
The Cinque Ports Scribes have made a £250 donation towards Calligraphy and Illumination Workshops, held at the Centre, as part of their annual support for a calligraphy associated cause. A list was compiled for suggested materials, both permanent and consumable, that these funds could be used for. These included items that would assist in creating the medieval workshop experience, including wooden boards, ceramic water pots, ceramic pen rests and a set of cut quills. The group voted for this donation at their AGM, from members who were strongly in support of the continuation of this craft, particularly the school workshops. An article featuring the Centre was published in one of the groups newsletters and a follow-up with be included in a future edition. A group visit was planned in September, 2020, but was understandably cancelled. They are very keen to make the visit in 2021.