I am delighted to advise you that today The Supreme Court upheld the registration by Essex County Council of part of the Port of Mistley as a Town and Village Green. This is an outstanding achievement by the action group FREE THE QUAY and ECC which has been a long 12 years battle. I understand that the fence on the edge of the Quay will not automatically be removed but it is now an unlawful obstruction on the Village Green and steps can (and I am sure will) be taken to remove it. Power to the people!!
It is now with much sadness I must advise you that Jim Pittock passed away on 10th February.
Jim was a member for many many years and when he was introduced to sailing around 1956 by Alan Sorrell. Alan’s first boat was called Shellduck and then his next boat was called The Thrill.
Jim went on to build his own punt which he regularly entered in Club Regattas sweeping up many trophies over the years.
Alan lived for many years in the house on the corner of Quay Street (Cyril’s old house for those that remember) – at that time it was a small general shop/tobacconist/sweet shop. Around 1970 the house next door (10 Quay St) was offered to the Club for purchase.
Quick to realise the potential for a clubhouse the property was purchased by the Club via loans and donations from Club members and the bank. Up to this point Club meetings were held in the Masonic Lodge or a back room in the Crown. There were lots of weekends taken up by a number of members, led by a clubhouse committee which included Jim as a member, getting the 2 bedroom house ready to be a clubhouse. Jim was also one of the Trustees for many many years.
Jim continued to be a regular in the clubhouse bar even when his health started to deteriorate and he would come down on his mobility vehicle which we would see parked out front. Later on Gill and Ivan would bring him for a drink on a Sunday lunchtime.
Note – John Fairhall wrote an interesting and detailed account of the Stour Sailing Club between the years 1936-2006.