FACT turned 50 in 2017!

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When we look back at all that has been achieved in the last 50 years we know that we have been blessed. To celebrate our 50th year we had a community day full of activities and fun, with almost 400 past staff, volunteers and friends coming down to Tollesbury to join in the celebrations.

After a period of anticipation, the day was finally upon us – the preparations paid off and everything ran smoothly. The activities were well attended and everyone had a good time in the sun. Later on in the afternoon we packed the marquee with almost 400 people where we had a service of celebration, followed by a hog roast and barn dance too! We were just sorry that everyone could not have been there! The highlights were:-

  • Fantastic to welcome almost 400 Fellowship Afloaters to Tollesbury for a day of celebration and thanksgiving for 50 years of serving people through adventure and community.
  • Climbing, Powerboat trips, High Ropes and Sailing sessions were enjoyed during the day, along with displays, and opportunities to be creative and share memories and comments.
  • The day brought everyone together for a service of thanksgiving that featured interviews, readings, prayer aeroplanes and our very own Hugh Dibbens who encouraged us all to commit to the future before enjoying a hog roast and barn dance.
  • Huge thanks to a team of almost 70 people who helped run the day so well – we couldn't have done it without you!

Some comments to give you a flavour…


“Thank you for a magnificent, superbly organised day which was most enjoyable. It is evident that much hard work, thought, effort, energy and planning had gone into ensuring that the event was a truly successful and memorable event.”


“It has reminded me of all the good work you are doing in Christ's name and I look forward to volunteering with you again in the near future. “


“…a perfect combination of activity and celebration. It was a humbling and privileged experience to be there – as always.”


“It was a real blessing to recall 50 years of ministry on the water.”


“May God bless your summer programme richly and we look forward to visiting again to see the exciting developments come to fruition.”