Fears Shipwreck Society will sink without treasurer

Spalding Shipwreck Society vice-president David Turner in 2012 (right) with the president Peter Bray, Andrew Elsden  of Barclays and oldest member Stefan Chybim (91).
Spalding Shipwreck Society vice-president David Turner in 2012 (right) with the president Peter Bray, Andrew Elsden of Barclays and oldest member Stefan Chybim (91).
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One of Spalding’s oldest active societies is in risk of folding unless it can find someone to take up a key role on its committee.

Spalding Society of Mutual Relief in Case of Shipreck, which is in its 171st year, is appealing for a new secretary/treasurer.

Since it was first established in 1844, it has supported benefit members who have worked at sea and their widows.

At the beginning of December, it paid a substantial sum to four widows of benefit members.

This is a discretionary monetary reward paid annually.

Better known as Spalding Shipwreck Society, it has 29 members and 113 honorary members.

Funds are raised at an annual dinner and sausage and mash suppers.

David Turner, vice-chairman, said: “The society dates back to when Spalding was a port and the river was tidal.

“My great-grandfather, Capt John Turner, was the last harbour master.

“It would be such a shame if the society folded because it couldn’t get a secretary/treasurer.

“It’s not high finance – it’s about keeping a bit of tradition.”

The position is paid and a suitable candidate would need to provide about 50 hours work per year.

They would not need to be a member of the society and would be offered an honorarium.

Anyone interested should call Andrew Elsden on 01775 766540 or email spaldingshipwrecksociety@gmail.com