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In 1989 we moved into Tolken - our new purpose-built headquarters. This replaced the old, worn out, wooden workshop and store.

This new building was mainly funded by a very good friend to the scheme John Tolhurst – who also helped fund the wages of a second full-time Skipper for 3 years.

The new building gave us the whole range of facilities, sleeping accommodation, a large galley and food store, office with a telephone. This enabled us to deal with the administration in normal office hours, rather than late at night from my home – so that I then worked an 8/9-hour day instead of 12 hours.

The large workshop could accommodate a vessel up to 20 feet long, and still leave plenty of storage space for sails and equipment.

Tolken was officially opened by the then Chief Scout Garth Morrison DL, on the 4th February 1989.

This gave more opportunities to expand the Scheme still further, and it was in this year that Graham Barnes took over as Chairman from CAM.

In 1990 our good friend Ralph died, and left us a legacy in his will to set up a bursary scheme as long as we called it the Scouts Offshore Bursary.

From this, over the years, a large number of young people have benefited.

Chapter 5: Tolken