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Medway & Gravesend 
Maritime Volunteer Service (MVS)

Working Towards a Brighter Future

At Medway & Gravesend MVS, wellbeing is at the forefront of what we’re working together towards. Our programs and activities are designed to be a catalyst that helps community members reach their goals and fulfil their potential. Learn more about the positive impact we have and join us in bringing about positive change. 
The Maritime Volunteer Service is a recognised national maritime training organisation and a UK registered charity with more than 25 units around the country providing training to nationally and internationally recognised standards, serving local communities especially in times of need or emergency and taking part in resilience exercises ashore and afloat.
The Maritime Volunteer Service is a registered charity in England and Wales (1048454) and in Scotland (SC039269). A Company limited by Guarantee No. 3003565.

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Medway & Gravesend MVS at a Glance

Medway & Gravesend MVS knows that our strength lies not only in the words we stand by, but most importantly through the actions of our initiatives. In 2000, our Volunteer Organization realised that by working together we could overcome our challenges much more efficiently, which is why we ultimately decided to re-launch the Medway & Gravesend Unit of the Maritime Volunteer Services.

ESAN awards to Members Rosemary, Lucy, Jackeline, and Irene

Our Website Disclaimer

The Focus of Our Efforts

Our Website Disclaimer

Please read this disclaimer for our website carefully before using our “(website and services") this site is managed and operated by Volunteer  officers at our MVS Gravesend & Medway Unit.

The content displayed on the website is the intellectual property of the Head of Unit. You may not reuse, republish, or reprint such content without their written consent.

All information posted is merely for educational and informative purposes. It is not intended as a substitute for professional advice via National Maritime Volunteer Service. Should you decide to act upon any information on this website, you do so at your own risk.

While the information on this website has been verified to the best of our abilities, we cannot guarantee that there are not mistakes or errors.

We reserve the right to change this policy at any given time, of which you will be promptly updated. If you want to make sure that you are up to date with the latest changes, we advise you to frequently visit this page.

Recognising the enormity of the challenges our society faces,

Gravesend & Medway MVS is dedicated to making a lasting impact through our campaigns and programs. While our efforts are driven by our organisation’s singular focus, we spread a wide net by investing in a variety of progressive strategies. Learn more about our initiatives and get involved yourself.

For more information about the MVS  www.mvs.org   

Medway & Gravesend Unit Management Team

MVS  Training & Development Team

Alan Metcalf
Title Head of Unit

Project Manager MVS Patriot
 
Unit  Manager  

RYA Safety Boat

RYA PB2

Indorsed Day Skipper 

MVS  Engineer Advisor

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Jason Sibley
Title Deputy Head of Unit

Unit Engineer


 Unit Treasure

RYA First Aider

RYA PB2

RYA Day Skipper

RYA Sea Survival

RYA Safety Boat In training 2023

Lucy

Lucy Hornby
Title Unit Secretary Officer 

MVS Patriot (PA)
Volunteer 

(Unit Web Site Advisor)

First Aider
RYA ESAN
PB2 In training
Kent Resilience Flood Warden
IOSH Working Safely

2023 winner of the Peter Hamond Trophy 
the_lubi@outlook.com


Ben Eke 
Title Unit Training Officer 

Chief Volunteer

Day Skipper
RYA Radio
Bronze medallion Royal Society of Life saving.
RYA rescue boat
National sports boat certificate.
RYA seamanship 1
GCSE General Maritime Navigation.
MCA Day skipper for Sail and Power craft.

 

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John Griffiths
Title Unit  Safety Officer 

Leading Volunteer
MVS Patriot 
Unit Boat Manager
AET Cert Instructor,, H&S
Security Advisor
RYA ESAN
RYA PB2 
Diploma in Terrestrial and Coastal Navigation (Land base)
Bronze Medallion Life Saving Award Kent Resilience Flood Warden
DEFRA 1 Instructor

john.griffithsmvs@outlock.com 

Medway & Gravesend Unit Members

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Rob Gardener
Title MVS Patriot Engineer
Grading Leading Volunteer
UKSA Yacht Engineers Certificated
RYA / MCA Day Skipper
Medic Care/ First Aider 
Fire Safety Certificated  


 

Graham Clarke
Titel Unt Rib Boat Manager



Unit Management 
Chief Volunteer

First Aider

RYA PB2

RYA PB2 Instructor

Rosemary Dymond
Title 
Deputy Patron of the MVS Charity

 Unit Management

Safeguarding Officer

First Aid 

RYA ESAN 

PB2 in training 2023

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Julie Scorer

Title MVS Honorary Regional Commodore

UKSA Yacht  Certificated
RYA PB2
RYA Day Skipper

 
 



 

Reverend Jacqueline Littlewood
Title Unit Safeguarding Officer


Unit Chaplin
First Aider
RYA Engineer
RYA ESAN 
PB2 in Training 2023

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Cllr Jorden Mead
Title Vice-Chair  MVS Council


Deputy Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health

Iren Lucero
Title Safeguarding Officer


Able Volunteer
First Aider Responder
RYA ESAN
PB2 in Training 2023

2022 winner of the Peter Hamond Trophy 
 

Christopher Roger 

Title Chief Volunteer
(Unit Training Advisor)

First Aider
RUD Day Skipper Motor (Practical & Shore-based)
MCA Boat Master Licence
RYA PB2 Advanced
Commercial Licence
RYA VHF
RYA Yachtmaster (Shore-based)

Our Safeguarding & Welfare Management Team

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Dave Davidson
Title Unit Events Coordinator
Leading Volunteer
 
ESAN in training
RNX Able Seaman
Fire Control
RYA PB2
RYA Radio



 

Shane Hoadey

Title Chief Engineer and Master Boatbuilder

 
 
 

RYA PB2 advanced 
Commercial Indorsed
RYA Day Skipper

RYA Sea Survival
First Aid

 

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Morgan King
Title Unit Events Coordinator

 Unit Fundraiser
Grading Volunteer

RYA ESAN in Training


 

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Diane Morton
Title  Unit Fundraiser
RYA ESAN in Training
RYA PB2
First Aid

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Grading Able Volunteer
First Aider FREC 3
AET Certificated Trainer
First Aid Instructor
Qualified Mechanic 
ESAN In-Training



 

Llewellen Jones

Title Unit Training Support

Iris Smith
Grading
New Member 

MVS Training Path-Way

 

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Tom O'Keeffe
Grading
New Member 
MVS Training Path-Way

 

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Stephen Brown
Grading
New Member 

MVS Training Path-Way
 

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Neil Rothwell
Grading
New Member 

MVS Training Path-Way
 

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Matt Wordley
Grading
New Member 

MVS Training Path-Way

 

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Grading
New Member 

MVS Training Path-Way

 

Name
Grading
New Member 

MVS Training Path-Way

 

Name
Grading
New Member 

MVS Training Path-Way

 

Name
Grading
New Member 

MVS Training Path-Way

 

Our Operational Support Team & Friend of Our Units

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Kathy Robinson

Operational Support 

Catering Practitioner 
Food Hygiene

First Aider


 

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Rebecca Cleasby

Operational Support 

Catering Practitioner 
Food Hygiene

First Aider


 

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Farah Rosia
Grading Operational
Support 

 

MVS Support Services

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Cllr Stephen Thomson
Grading Operational Support


 

MVS Support Services

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Matt Bartlett
Grading Operational Support 

 

MVS Support Services

“One is not always happy when one is good; but one is always good when one is happy”

MVS Gravesend & Medway Unit Projects 2024

Take a Look below

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MVS National training vessel Patriot
Servicing works have begun

Exceptional Achievement Our Training vessel and Flag ship of our Unit, so far so much more to do.

The project will continue in 2023 operational very soon.

2024 Sea trails and crew training operational March 2024

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Project Annie, Rib and PB2

Perfect Execution, Annie Our Training Rib, It is a on going general maintenance and servicing of  the engine and safety & and recovery equipment project.

2024 Unit fundraising Retub 5,00,00

Project MaGarrity

A Real Success, 
5.4 Rib McGarrity,  Newley re-tube, full engine service.


Operational from March 23

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Image by Ian Keefe

“One is not always happy when one is good; but one is always good when one is happy”


In 1998- Armed Forces Minister, Dr John Reid, announces that the Royal Navy would give Formal Recognition to the Maritime Volunteer Service – Parliament Link.





 

 

 



 

 

 

 

HRH Prince Michael of Kent becomes the Royal Patron of the Maritime Volunteer Service. The MVS are granted a Privileged Ensign and Marshalling duties are performed by Portsmouth unit at the International Festival of the Sea

The Maritime Volunteer Service is a UK national charity run by volunteer members.

The majority of our members come from seagoing professions.

Our senior members give their time to encourage younger people to act safely and responsibly on the water and to use their skills in emergency response activities.

We are funded by public donations and the fundraising efforts of our volunteers.

We are not attached to any other organisation and we need your help.

Prince Michael of Kent GCVO KStJ is a cousin of Queen Elizabeth II, being a grandson of King George V and Queen Mary. Prince Michael occasionally carries out royal duties representing the Queen at some functions outside the United Kingdom.

In 1994, Prince Michael was made Honorary Commodore (later Honorary Rear Admiral) of the Royal Naval Reserve, and in 2002 he was made Honorary Air Commodore of RAF Benson (promoted to Honorary Air Marshal in 2012). From 2009 to 2012 he was Regimental Colonel of the Honorable Artillery Company and has been, since 31 January 2012, Royal Honorary Colonel of that regiment. He is also Colonel-in-Chief of the Essex and Kent Scottish Regiment in Canada.

His Patronages and Presidencies number over 100 and include, the Association of Dunkirk Little Ships for which he is the Honorary Admiral and the Royal Life Saving Society as well as the Maritime Volunteer Service.

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Here at Medway & Gravesend MVS, we’re committed to investing our expertise and resources in order to further achieve our cause. Since 2000, we’ve been supporting our community members in a variety of ways and measuring our success not by monetary size, but by more qualitative measurements such as the scale and effectiveness of our efforts. Just imagine what we can achieve together!

 

 


1994-The Maritime Volunteer Service is formed and takes over and expands many former RNXS roles. The Royal Naval Auxiliary Service (RNXS) was disbanded following a defence review

Our Story

Behind the Scenes

TESTIMONIALS

From: ywdb@gravesendsc.org.uk
To:
Sent: Wednesday, 17 Aug, 2022 At 20:08
Subject: GSC Regatta

Thank you so much for making the weekend a great success!

 

Your support and efforts are a true testament to GSC's community spirit and togetherness, thank you.

Gravesend Sailing Club / Harriot / Commodore

We Welcome New Members and Supporter

OUR Membership

MVS Subscriptions 2023 MVS membership is renewed annually covering the year from April 1st to March 31st. The Trustees review the fees payable every year with a view to keeping them affordable and in line with the costs of running the charity.

This year they are pleased to announce a continuation of the reduced membership fees that has been made possible thanks to the Caledonia Charitable Trust’s sponsorship. Some slight amendments have been made to the different lists. Membership list Fee Notes List A Active member £20.00 Members who are attached to a Unit and undertake regular attendance and training.

New members will be charged on a pro-rota basis for the number of months remaining in the year.

See table below. List B Professional Technical member £20.00 Members with professional or technical skills, qualifications or experience relevant to the work of the MVS who wish to support the MVS but who do not need to undertake regular training. This list is suitable for ex RN, MN, RNLI etc. personnel. New members will be charged on a pro-rota basis for the number of months remaining in the year.

List E Educational £10:00 Members in full time education who wish to take part as an active member but live away from home during the academic year and return home during vacations. This list is also suitable for students at University or MN Cadets at Nautical College who can undertake activities during term time but go home during vacation

List N National Affiliated Member £10.00 Open to those who are unable to fulfil the level of commitment required by List A or B because there is no unit within practical travelling distance or for other reason. They may either be attached to a unit as an affiliated member or to HQ

Maritime Volunteer Service

The administrative centre for the MVS can now be found in Dallam Court, Dallam Lane Warrington WA2 7LT.

Please note :-  Our telephone number is now 01925 563 620 

                        Our email remains hq@mvs.org.uk

Registered Company No: 3003565
Charity No: 1048454
SCO No: SC039269

MVS Gravesend and Medway are working with the  commuitity projects 

Holding On Letting Go is a Kent-based charity that helps children to cope with the death of someone close to them.

Often the children we see have lost their mum, dad, grandparents, a sibling or a friend. Sometimes more than one person in their family has died or there are sudden and traumatic circumstances surrounding the death, such as suicide, a road accident or murder.

Since the adults around them are also grieving, these children often feel unable to express their feelings or talk about their loved one or their sadness.

Many adults don’t know how to support children through the grieving process, so we give support and guidance to parents and carers too.

Our MVS Unit is looking for to working with our with you all.

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