Wherry Yacht Charter
Caring for the Broads' last wherry fleet

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Our supporters

We are lucky to receive support in various forms from a number of organisations, and we are very happy to acknowledge them here. If you think your organisation could support us, please contact us.

Heritage Lottery Fund
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The primary funder of our restoration project for the base and the wherries themselves, the HLF supports our aims of sharing Hathor, Olive and Norada with the public, and providing education about their role in the history and cultural heritage of the Broads. The total amount awarded is £640,000, but must be match-funded - every £10 that we receive in donations and spend on the project allows us to unlock a further £5 from the HLF award.

Rural Development Programme for England
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We were awarded £57,000 by the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) towards Olive's restoration, under the general aim of improving sustainable tourism in the area. The RDPE is European funding and is administered by Defra under the Norfolk Coast and Broads LEADER Programme.

The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas

Geoffrey Watling Charity
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We have received generous support from the Geoffrey Watling charity, most recently £10,000 for restoration of Hathor's interior. We are also grateful for grants towards the replacement slipway, essential for the significant restoration work on the wherries, and to progress Norada's restoration in order to develop our educational programme.

Radcliffe Trust
Radcliffe Trust

A grant of £6000 from the Radcliffe Trust has been received to support our wherry apprentice.

J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust
J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust

£5000 has been received from the Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust has been received to support Hathor'sestoration.

Charles Hayward Foundation
Charles Hayward Foundation

A grant of £3500 from the Charles Hayward Foundation has been received towards the restoration of Olive.

Broads Authority Sustainable Development Fund
Broads Authority Sustainable Development Fund

We are also delighted to have been successful in an application to the Broads Authority Sustainable Development Fund which has granted us more than £3200 to buy an electric engine for Norada. This will enable us to continue our commitment to clean and quiet sailing when Norada is relaunched.

The Martin Laing Foundation
The Martin Laing Foundation

The Martin Laing Foundation has kindly granted us £2500 towards Hathor's restoration.

The Mercers' Company
The Mercers' Company

A grant of £1000 from The Mercers' Company is being put towards the purchase of an electric engine for Olive.

The Skinners' Company Lady Neville Charity
The Skinners' Company Lady Neville Charity

We are grateful for a grant of £1000 from The Skinners' Company Lady Neville Charity, who give small grants to grass-roots organisations.

Other grants received
National Historic Ships
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Grants have also been received from National Historic Ships, the Town Close Estate Charity (no website), the Lady Hind Trust (no website), Sir Jeremiah Colman Gift Trust (no website), and the Paul Bassham Charitable Trust (no website). In particular, the Town Close Estate Charity has supported our employment of a wherry apprentice so that we can ensure that traditional skills essential to our restoration work are not lost. The grant from Paul Bassham Charitable Trust was £10,000 towards the wherry base rebuilding project.

Woodforde's Norfolk Ales
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Renowned Norfolk brewers Woodforde's produce the multi-award winning Wherry bitter at their Woodbastwick brewery, and generously support our own wherries in various ways including printing our quarterly Friends newsletter. We are very grateful for their continued assistance and look forward to working with them further in the future.

BAM Nuttall
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Civil engineering firm BAM Nuttall donated some steel piles, which have been used to support the new slipway and allow it to safely take the weight of our wherries.


In February 2011, WYCCT received £166 through Waitrose's Community Matters scheme at their branch in Eaton, on the southern side of Norwich.

Wherry Lines
Wherry Lines logo

In 2009 the Wherry Lines Comunity Rail Partnership offered us the chance to have our very own beer - Hathor Bitter was brewed by Blackfriars' Brewery of Great Yarmouth as a limited edition bottled real ale, launched at the Great Yarmouth Beer Festival in May and made available in selected pubs as well as to our Friends. It was a great awareness raiser - and not a bad pint either... cheers!

A number of Broadland pubs and other businesses have a collection box on our behalf - see our map below or click to view it full-screen.