Category Archives: Talks


Maud’s Story – the Life of a Norfolk Trading Wherry

The trustees of Wherry Maud Trust are keen to speak to interested groups in order to:

  • increase public awareness of the part Norfolk wherries played in the transport history of the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads
  • show how people can get involved in preserving and sailing these boats today

The talk uses up to 50 good quality slides (mostly colour) and lasts approx. 1 hour + time for questions. We will always endeavour to tailor the talk to the interests of our audience on the day.

We can bring a set of information boards with photos illustrating the life of the boat. Those interested can look at the photos at their leisure during the interval or after the talk.

Themes covered by the talk are:

  • Introduction – a brief history of the Norfolk Wherry
  • Maud’s working life and her owners and skippers
  • The rescue of Maud from her watery grave in Ranworth Broad
  • Restoration of the boat – it took 18 years to get her sailing again – materials and methods
  • Use of the boat post restoration and before the Trust was formed
  • Wherry Maud Trust formed in 2015. How it operates + current and future events

Further information can be found on the National Historic Ships website and on Facebook.

See below for upcoming talks

Upcoming Talks

Normally lasting a maximum of 1 hour.


Date Time Group Name Venue Address Speaker
15 Jan 2020
12:00 Ranworth Yacht Squadron TBA Linda
20 Jan 2020
2:45 Redbridge Pensioners’ Forum Ilford Central Library, Essex Linda
12 Feb 2020
13:45 Wherry
Probus Club
Sutton Staithe Hotel, Stalham, NR12 9QS Linda
26 Feb 2020
7:30 Great Yarmouth Naturalist’s Society Priory Centre, Priory Plain, Great Yarmouth Linda
3 Mar 2020
8:00 Stalham Old Boys’ Association TBA Linda
4 Mar 2020
12:00 Ingrebourne Probus Club Hornchurch, Essex Linda
11 Mar
2:00 Smallburgh WI Dilham Village Hall Linda
11 Mar
2:00 Ditchingham WI Ditchingham Village Hall Linda

Non members of the groups listed may be able to attend for a small fee. We suggest contacting the group if you  or your friends wish to come along.