Reopening of Great Yarmouth Seafarers Centre
The Seafarers Centre on the South Quay in Great Yarmouth was officially reopened with a buffet lunch reception on Friday September 24.
The Great Yarmouth Seafarers Centre is in association with the ‘Mission to Seafarers’ and is helping seafarers who come into the Port of Great Yarmouth. Hundreds of vessels visit Great Yarmouth and surrounding areas, such as Lowestoft.
The centre was officially reopened at midday by Catherine Spencer, Chief Executive Officer of the Seafarers Charity, who unveiled a plaque in the bathroom, toilet and laundry facility part of the centre. The event was hosted by Reverend Peter Paine, Port Chaplain.
The reception was also attended by the centre’s Patron, Henry Cator, OBE, DL, High Steward of Great Yarmouth and Adrian Thompson, Deputy Mayor of Great Yarmouth and his wife Jenny, plus volunteers and members of the public.
Rev Peter Paine said, “In the past we have helped seafarers who were left here by their company, due to financial problems, and helped the crew by supplying food and water plus arranging and paying for fuel to allow the vessel to function with heat etc, until negotiations went on and eventually we helped them to return home after two and a half years”
The Centre will open 24/7 when the seafarers can get Wi-Fi to enable them to talk to families back home and have refreshments, watch television and a place to rest, from their ship, for a few hours’ break. They also have someone to talk to if they have any personal problems, even on board, in various languages.
The Centre is currently open, with help from local Authorities, between 6pm and 8pm weekdays and between 1pm and 3pm at weekends .
The Mission to Seafarers was set up to provide vital help and support to seafarers as they undertake their essential work. Offering practical and emotional support and spiritual guidance when asked, to all seafarers regardless of nationality, faith or no faith, the Mission to Seafarers is represented at over 200 sea ports across 50 different countries. Her Majesty the Queen is Patron of the National Mission to Seafarers and The Princess Royal is their president.
Contact Revd Peter Paine on 07788 111823,
or the Centre on 01493 850270
or email the Port Chaplain:- firstname.lastname@example.org
This story is based on an article by Maurice Gray on Network Yarmouth.
Visit the Seafarers Centre website.
For more about the Mission to Seafarers, click here.
The picture shows, from Left: - Henry Cator OBE, Adrian Thompson, Jenny Thompson, Revd Peter Paine, and Catherine Spencer. The picture is courtesy of Maurice Gray.
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